GOARCH - June 16, 1998

Bishop-Elect George Papaioannou Ordained to Episcopacy June 13th

New York, NY - His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, ordained Bishop-elect George (Papaioannou) of Komanon to the episcopacy at St. George Church, Bethesda, MD on Saturday, June 13th.

Bishop George,65, a native of Prodromos, Thebes and a 1957 graduate of the Theological School of Halki (Constantinople), has been a priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese since 1958, the last 27 years at St. George Church. A widower, Bishop George and his late Presvytera Maria, have three married daughters and six grandchildren.

The Formal Election Announcement (Mega Minima) was read on Thursday, June 11, in the Chapel of St. Paul at the Archdiocese. Preceding the service, His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon elevated Father George to the dignity of Archimandrite.

Participating with His Eminence in the ordination were Metropolitan Silas of Saranta Ecclesiai, Metropolitan Maximos of Aenos, Presiding Hierarch of the Diocese of Pittsburgh; Metropolitan Methodios of Aneon, Presiding Hierarch of the Diocese of Boston and Bishops Philotheos of Meloa, Kallistos Ware of Diocleia and Vikentios of Apamia.

On Sunday, June 14th, Bishop George assisted Archbishop Spyridon in the consecration of the Church of St. George.

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