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Elder Archbishop Demetrios of America (born Demetrios Trakatellis; Greek: Δημήτριος Τρακατέλλης) is a former elder archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Exarch of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.[2] He resigned from this position in 2019.[3][4][2]


Demetrios
Emeritus Archbishop, Geron of America
Συνάντηση ΥΠΕΞ κ. Δ. Δρούτσα με τον Σεβ. Αρχιεπίσκοπο Αμερικής κ. Δημήτριο.jpg
ElectedAugust 19, 1999
InstalledSeptember 18, 1999
Term endedMay 11, 2019
PredecessorSpyridon
SuccessorElpidophoros
Orders
Ordination1964
ConsecrationSeptember 17, 1967
Personal details
Birth nameDemetrios Trakatellis
Born (1928-02-01) February 1, 1928 (age 91)[1]
Thessaloniki, Greece
NationalityGreek
DenominationGreek Orthodox
ResidenceNew York, New York, USA
ParentsGeorgia and Christos Trakatellis
Alma materUniversity of Athens, Harvard University

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BiographyEdit

Demetrios was born in Thessaloniki, Greece on February 1, 1928 to Georgia and Christos Trakatellis. He attended the School of Theology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, graduating with distinction in 1950. He became a deacon in 1960 and was ordained as a priest in 1964. He moved to the United States in 1965, attending the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and obtaining his PhD in 1972. He later returned to the University of Athens, obtaining his Doctor of Theology degree in 1977. He served as auxiliary bishop to the Archbishop of Athens from 1967, and in 1968 declined to serve as metropolitan bishop of Attika and Megaris due to the political upheaval then taking place in Greece.[1]

He was Distinguished Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Origins at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, from 1983 to 1993, and was a visiting professor at Harvard Divinity School in 1984–85 and 1988–89. He returned to Greece in 1993 to serve at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Athens.[1]

On September 18, 1999, Elder Archbishop Demetrios was enthroned at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity as Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.[5][6] The cathedral on New York City's Upper East Side serves as the national cathedral of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and is the seat of the Archbishop.[7][8]

On November 26, 2015, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announced the elevation of the archdiocese to the rank of Gerontiki Eparchy (meaning an eparchy headed by a Geron/Elder hierarch) of the Ecumenical Throne in the person of Archbishop Demetrios of America, who will henceforth be titled His Eminence Geron Archbishop Demetrios of America.[9]

Academy and Holy SynodEdit

Demetrios was elected as a member of the Academy of Athens in November 2002 and was inducted on November 14, 2003. He was elected to the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on February 19, 2004.[1]

Archbishop Demetrios delivered invocations at the Democratic National Convention on August 27, 2008 and the Republican National Convention on September 4, 2008.[10] He also delivered the benediction at the Presidential Inaugural Luncheon on January 21, 2013.[11][12]

Resignation as Archbishop of AmericaEdit

On May 4, 2019, Demetrios submitted his letter of resignation as Archbishop of America, which would into effect on May 9.[2] Demetrios, whose leadership has been criticized by some as leading the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America into "financial, administrative, and spiritual bankruptcy,"[2] had previously been pressured three times by the Eastern Orthodox Church's Ecumenical Patriarchate Bartholomew I to "voluntarily resign."[2] After refusing each time, Bartholomew denied Demetrios another extension.[2] His letter of resignation was made public on the scheduled date.[4] Hours after Demetrios' letter was made public, Bishop Andonios of Phasiane made his letter of resignation as Chancellor of the Archdiocese of America public as well.[4] On May 11, Metropolitan Elpidophoros of Bursa was unanimously elected to succeed Demetrios.[13] The same day, Demetrios' resignation as Archbishop of America was made official.[14]

WritingsEdit

Demetrios is the author of six books as well as hundreds of articles and essays published in various periodicals.

  • Presence of the Holy Spirit (1984)
  • Authority and Passion (1987)
  • The Transcendent God of Eugnostos (1991)
  • Christ, the Pre-existing God (1992)
  • The Fathers Interpret (1996)
  • A Call to Faith (2004)

FamilyEdit

His brother, Antonios Trakatellis, is a New Democracy MEP for Greece and former Vice-President of the European Parliament.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Official Biography of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America". Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Archived from the original on 15 September 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f https://www.thenationalherald.com/242723/archbishop-demetrios-of-america-resigned/
  3. ^ Cite error: The named reference may11resign was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  4. ^ a b c https://www.thenationalherald.com/243188/bishop-andonios-resigns-as-chancellor-of-the-archdiocese-of-america/
  5. ^ Nadine Brozan (September 19, 1999). "Orthodox Archbishop Enthroned in a Majestic Ceremony". The New York Times. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
  6. ^ Rubin, Cathy (September 27, 1999). "Greek Orthodox diocese's leaders to discuss future | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review". Archive.ocl.org. Orthodox Christian Laity. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  7. ^ "Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity". Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
  8. ^ Thomas E. FitzGerald. The Orthodox Church: Student Edition. Books.google.com. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
  9. ^ "Archbishop Demetrios of America Receives the High Title of "Geron"". Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. November 26, 2015. Archived from the original on 21 November 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2008-09-04.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Archbishop Demetrios Offered Benediction at Presidential Inaugural Luncheon". Goarch.org. Archived from the original on 2016-11-17. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  12. ^ "Archbishop Demetrios delivers benediction at Inauguration Luncheon". C-spanvideo.org. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  13. ^ https://www.goarch.org/-/metropolitan-elpidophoros-of-bursa-elected-unanimously-archbishop-of-america
  14. ^ https://www.goarch.org/-/resolution-of-thanks-and-appreciation-for-his-eminence-archbishop-demetrios-geron-of-america

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