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Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

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Recent history


In recent years, there has been much tension between the Archdiocese and the current Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew I, especially regarding the level of autonomy the former has with regard to the latter. One of the important incidents in this ongoing tension was the (allegedly forced) retirement in 1996 of Archbishop Iakovos after his leadership during the Ligonier Meeting in 1994, where many of the Orthodox hierarchs in America came together to begin the formation of a unified Orthodox Church of America. Iakovos was replaced with Archbishop Spyridon, whose 'tempestuous' tenure as archbishop lasted only 3 years, seeing his retirement in 1999 and replacement by the current Archbishop, Demetrios.

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Archbishops of America

Alexander (Demoglou), 1922-1930

Athenagoras (Spyrou), 1931-1948

Michael (Konstantinides), 1948-1958

Iakovos (Coucouzis), 1959-1996

Spyridon (Papageorge), 1996-1999

Demetrios (Trakatellis), 1999-present

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