Thursday, June 2, 2016

Ecumenical Patriarchate representatives for Council in Crete

I have been asked in email several times who from such-and-such Patriarchate will be joining (No, the OCA has no representatives). Below it the Ecumenical Patriarchate's list of participants. It is a rather comprehensive gathering from across the globe and of their ethnically non-Greek jurisdictions.

JOHNSTOWN, PA (ACROD) - His Grace, Bishop Gregory has been informed that he has been invited to serve as a member the Ecumenical Patriarchate's official delegation at the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, to be held from June 16-27 in Crete. For the first time in 1200 years, the primates of all 14 Orthodox autocephalous (or self-governed) Churches, along with more than 300 bishops and others, will meet to pray and discuss issues of common concern.

According to the official press release issued by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the composition of the delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate is as follows:
  • His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, President of the Holy and Great Council
  • His Eminence Archbishop Leo of Karelia and all Finland
  • His Eminence Metropolitan Stephanos of Tallinn and all Estonia
  • His Eminence Metropolitan Elder John of Pergamon
  • His Eminence Archbishop Elder Demetrios of America
  • His Eminence Metropolitan Augustine of Germany
  • His Eminence Archbishop Irenaeus of Crete
  • His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver
  • His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta
  • His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos of the Princes’ Islands
  • His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph of Prikonnisos
  • His Eminence Metropolitan Meliton of Philadelphia
  • His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel of France
  • His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas of the Dardanelles
  • His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit
  • His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco
  • His Eminence Metropolitan Amphilochios of Kissamos and Selini
  • His Eminence Metropolitan Ambrosios of Korea
  • His Eminence Metropolitan Maximus of Selyvria
  • His Eminence Metropolitan Amphilochios of Adrianopolis
  • Most Reverend Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia
  • Most Reverend Metropolitan Antony of Ierapolis, head of the Ukrainian Orthodox in the USA
  • Most Reverend Archbishop Job of Telmessos, Permanent Representative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to the World Council of Churches
  • Most Reverend Archbishop John of Charioupolis, head of the Patriarchal Exarchate of Orthodox Parishes of Russian Tradition in Western Europe
  • His Grace Bishop Gregory of Nyssa, head of the Carpatho-Russian Orthodox in the USA
Special Consultants:
  • His Grace Bishop Makarios of Christopolis (Estonia)
  • Very Reverend Archimandrite Tikhon, Abbot of Stavronikita Monastery of Mount Athos
  • Reverend Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Throne Konstantinos Myron (Germany)
  • Very Reverend Sister Theoxeni, Abbess of the Holy Patriarchal and Stavropegic Monastery of the Life-Giving Spring (Chrysopigi), Chania
  • Mr. Panteleimon Vingas, Archon Grand Chartophylax of the Holy and Great Church of Christ (Constantinople)
  • Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou, Professor (USA)
  • Very Reverend Archimandrite Bartholomew Samaras, Chief-Secretary of the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical
  • Patriarchate and Secretary to the Holy and Great Council’s President.
The clergy and faithful of the Diocese are asked to pray for the safety and guidance of the Holy Spirit for His Grace, Bishop Gregory and all of the Hierarchs participating in the Holy and Great Council.


  1. That's a lot of American bishops.

  2. Nice to see 2 women listed as consultants. One is a nun and the second one is Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou, Professor (USA. Dr. Prodromou is a professor of Conflict Resolution. She is a member of the US Secretary of State’s Working Group on Religion and Foreign Policy: Subgroup on Religious Freedom, Democracy, and Security in the Middle East and North Africa (2011-present). Her research interests include Orthodox Christianity and Islam as well as the Balkan states, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. She is well qualified to be a consultant.
    She can read more about her here:

  3. Very happy to see there are at least two women who will be present! Too bad there's no OCA representation, though. Was that by choice of the OCA?

  4. Sabrina, the OCA is not an autocephalous Church.