Metropolitan Nikitas of the Dardanelles Elected Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain (Video)

Metropolitan Nikitas of Dardanelles, the new Archbishop of Thyateira. (Photo: Courtesy of Fr. Michael State)

BOSTON – The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate unanimously elected Metropolitan Nikitas of Dardanelles as the new Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain, succeeding Archbishop Gregorios who retired as of Wednesday June 12, 2019.

Metropolitan Nikitas is the Director of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute in Berkeley, California.

The newly elected Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain made his first statement to The National Herald stating that “with much surprise I learned about my election as Archbishop of Thyateira. I have no words to express my gratitude to His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the members of the Holy and Sacred Synod for their trust in my person. I pray to God to grant me illumination to do His Will. I also pray that all those things that I have learned in the Mission and also at the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute will help me to serve God and His Church as a good and humble shepherd of the People. I thank all the good people for their good wishes and love that they have shown to me all these years.”

Archbishop Nikitas was scheduled to depart on Wednesday June 12 to travel to the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople for the Services of Lesser and Great Minima (Announcements) before Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the members of the Holy Synod.

Εκλογή νέου Αρχιεπισκόπου Θυατειρων και Μ.Βρετανίας, του από Δαρδανελλίων Νικήτα, από τα μέλη της Αγίας και Ιεράς Συνόδου.

Posted by Ecumenical Patriarchate on Wednesday, June 12, 2019

His enthronement will be scheduled to take place by the end of July at St. Sophia Cathedral in London. Newly elected Archbishops Elpidophoros of America and Makarios of Australia telephoned and congratulated Archbishop-elect Nikitas.

It is reminded that the members of the Eparchial Synod of America with the exception of Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco, under the presidency of former Archbishop Demetrios, had excluded Nikitas from the candidacy for Metropolitan of Chicago even after the official declaration of the Ecumenical Patriarchate that he was eligible to be among the candidates.

Archbishop Nikitas of Thyateira and Great Britain is the son of Constantine and Kalliope Lulias. He was born on June 22, 1955 in Tampa, FL and raised in Tarpon Springs, FL with his brother John. His roots are from Krokos Kozanis and the island of Kalymnos.

A member of Savant, the University of Florida Honor Society, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree from the University in 1976. His Eminence attended Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and received his Masters’ of Divinity, with Honors, in 1980. He was a Rotary International Graduate Scholar from 1980-1981 and a Graduate Scholar, Ministry of the Exterior, Greece, from 1981-1982. He pursued graduate studies at the University of Thessaloniki, Greece until November 1982. He also studied the Russian language at the St. Petersburg Theological Seminary, St. Petersburg, Russia from late 1992 to mid-1993. His Eminence Nikitas’ first assignment upon ordination was Associate Pastor at Sts. Constantine and Helen Cathedral in Merrillville, Indiana. He remained at the Cathedral until 1987 at which time he became the Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Chicago. During his tenure as Chancellor from 1987 to 1995, he was involved in numerous educational, community service, and interfaith activities, including teaching a course in Orthodox Christian Theology at Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois (1988 to 1991). In 1994 he was appointed Director of Development for International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) and on July 1, 1995 he became Pastor of the St. Demetrios Orthodox Church of Chicago. He was consecrated a bishop and named Metropolitan of Hong Kong and South East Asia on December 14, 1996. That historic event took place in the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. George the Great Martyr at the Phanar in Constantinople. He was enthroned as the first Metropolitan of Hong Kong and South East Asia (the Exarchates of China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore) on January 12, 1997 at the Cathedral of Saint Luke the Evangelist in Hong Kong.

In March of 2007, His Eminence Nikitas was appointed Director of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute.

12 Comments

    1. Allegedly, Australia and the Greek Ambassador had to offer safe passage from the country the next day.

  1. Mr. Pappas- Can you please elaborate on this? I can’t seem to find out why he fled Hong Kong. Noboby in his hometown of Tarpon Springs seems to know anything. Any and all info will be very appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  2. They’ve kept him out of the US for a long, long time, alright. Why is that?

    Every one of these dudes needs to have criminal background investigation and credit, legal, and driving record checks along with full field interview life-style investigations to include all social media before trusting them with even a hello.

    An audited financial disclosure filing would also help.

    1. What is the big secret with this guy?? Why did he need to flee with Australia’s immediate assistance?? Does it involve underage children ( young boys)?? What else could it be??

  3. When he was the [Greek] Metropolitan of Hong Kong and SE Asia he swung by my area to make a presentation on the work of his metropolinate. He showed a picture of a group of Filipino children in a rural area and gushed that they had taught them to chant in Greek, Byzantine chant that sounded like “just like I was in Athens!”

    The response from his American, English speaking audience?

    A very loud silence punctuated by *crickets*

    This is the same metropolinate that declared that Russian and Antiochian Orthodox missionaries were outside of the Church because they dared to share the gospel (including translating services into the native language!) in what the EP considers its territory.

    1. A worthless unaccountable party boy roaming Asia on our nickle. Number of converts–statistically zero, probably. Main job–promote Hellenism and fight co-religionists.

      What a joke !

  4. “Metropolitan Nikitas of Dardanelles”
    Does the author have an issue with the word “Hellespont?”

  5. Seems like an EP rewrite of the 20th Century slapstick comedy television show, “The Three Stooges”.
    However, I like Mo, Larry & Curly much better!

  6. And wasn’t he the Met who also “received a gift” of money from the Milwaukee Church trust fund, from Fr. Dokos who was suspended (and now back at a parish)? I think Bishop Demi got some of that, too. Was the money ever returned? These are were not “customary” gifts when they come from misdirected funds and mismanagement of a trust fund.

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