Elpidoforos Elected as New Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America

Elpidoforos, the Bishop of Bursa, was elected as the new Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America on Saturday.

The decision was made in Istanbul by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I presiding over the meetings which were held between Thursday and Saturday.

Elpidoforos Lampriniadis was born in Istanbul in 1967.

Ηe graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1991. He was then admitted as a graduate student in the School of Byzantine Literature at the University of Bonn in Germany.

Elpidoforos completed his postgraduate studies in 1993.

As a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Pastoral and Social Theology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, he submitted his doctoral thesis on ”The stand of Severus of Antioch against the Synod of Chalcedon.”

The newly-elected Archbishop has served as the Abbot of the Monastery of Holy Trinity in Halki since August of 2011.

Demetrios, the former Archbishop of America, submitted his resignation on Saturday, May 4.

The 91-year old Archbishop had led a church of more than one and a half million Greek Orthodox Christians in the United States while promoting the values and interests of Hellenism among ordinary Americans as well as powerful players in the White House and the State Department.

He was elected on August 19, 1999, and was enthroned on September 18 of the same year.