Saturday, July 14, 2012

Carpatho-Russian Diocese nominates Arch. Grigorios (Tatsis)

JOHNSTOWN, PA (ACROD) - Meeting in Special Assembly today which was presided over by His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios of America, Diocesan Locum Tenens, the priests of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA nominated the Very Rev. Archimandrite Grigorios (Tatsis) as successor to His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas of Amissos.

Having formally designated Archimandrite Grigorios as the nominee, His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios, as Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate will submit his name to the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Canonical Election.

Archimandrite Grigorios was born in Charlotte, NC on Dec 7, 1958, with the baptismal name of George, the first of two children of Peter and Antonia Tatsis. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earning a BA degree in Biology (1981) and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte earning a MS degree in Biology (1989). Working for more than 20 years in the field of Cardiovascular Research at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC, he authored/co-authored over one hundred articles, abstracts, and book chapters.

A true son of the Church, from his early youth Archimandrite Grigorios served in his home parish of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Charlotte, NC in various capacities including altar server, Sunday School teacher for 13 years and in several leadership positions including Parish Council President. He was also a founding member of St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church in Charlotte, NC where he served on the Parish Organizing Committee, as Sunday School teacher for four years, as a member of the choir and as its first parish council president.

After taking part in a mission trip to Alaska sponsored by the Orthodox Christian Mission Center, Archimandrite Grigorios felt the calling to pursue his life-long dream of studying for the Holy Priesthood. Leaving his secular job in early 2003, he entered Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookine, MA in the Fall of 2003 and graduated in May of 2006 with the Masters of Divinity degree.

Archimandrite Grigorios was ordained a Deacon at St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church in Charlotte, NC on November 4, 2006 by His Eminence, Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta. He was tonsured a Monk at Agia Lavra Monastery in Kalavryta, Greece on January 17, 2007, receiving the name Grigorios with St. Gregory Palamas as his Patron Saint. He was ordained a priest at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Atlanta, GA on January 28, 2007 also by His Eminence, Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta and was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite on the same day. On February 1, 2007, he was appointed as the Ierokyrix (Itinerant Preacher) of the Metropolis of Atlanta. On September 14, 2007, he received the offikion (rank) of Confessor at the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Chapel in Atlanta, GA.

Serving in his role as Itinerant Preacher and Confessor, Archmandrite Grigorios has travelled extensively throughout the Metropolis of Atlanta, where he has led parish retreats, heard confessions and provided spiritual direction to countless numbers of clergy and faithful. Recognizing his affinity for youth ministry and his administrative skills, he was given the responsibility of overseeing all youth programs in the Metropolis of Atlanta.

Archimandrite Grigorios also served as the Parish Priest of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Raleigh, NC from December 20, 2010 until May 31, 2011. Since October of 2011, he has served as Dean of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in New Orleans, LA, and as Vicar of the Western Conference of the Metropolis of Atlanta.


  1. This is interesting that the successor to Metropolitan Nicholas was not chosen from among those within the ACROD. Maybe this was just an assumption on my part. It does see like that the process within the ACROD is different from that of the UOC-USA (of which I am a member, btw) and has more involvement from Archbishop Demetrios, even though we are both Patriarchal jurisdictions.

    1. There were some candidates from within the diocese, but they declined the position. The Greek Archdiocese really took a very hands off approach not only to this episcopal search process, but also to the running of the diocese in general.

    2. Perhaps part of the issue is that the ACROD stands alone under the Church of Constantinople, whereas the UOCUSA is a metropolia with its own synod and hierarchy.

      If the GOAA was so hands off, how did a random Greek-American priest become the only nominee to have his name brought up on the diocesan website?

    3. He was not random at all. The diocese looked within itself for candidates. Men were selected as candidates but they all declined the offer. Then there was a process where priests of the diocese could submit men for consideration and the Greek Archdiocese was asked who they also had that met the requirements. After the clergy referrals and GOARCH names were run through the process the archimandrite was the only one both willing and able (met the criteria for nomination). Additional time was given to the clergy for additional names. No new candidates came out of the other end of that process and then on June 15th the submission period ended and the nomination outlined above was scheduled.

    4. Using the GOAA's list of potential candidates is hands off? :-)

    5. Well, one diocesan requirement is that he has to be American. So the excludes more than a few people. I also don't think an OCA person would work. The Ukrainians are about to elect a new hierarch. Who else does that leave? And of those left I don't know who was asked and declined.