Name Day March 25th
Consecration May 10, 2003
Enthronement May 11, 2003
Born in New York City on September 20, 1961 to
John and Magdalene Kourounis, the Most
Evangelos (Kourounis) attended the Greek-American parochial
schools of St. Eleftherios and St. Spyridon in New York City. He
enrolled in Hellenic College, in Brookline, Massachusetts from which he
graduated in 1983 and then continued his studies at Holy Cross Greek
Orthodox School of Theology graduating in 1986 with a Masters of
In 1987-88 he attended the Ecumenical Institute
of Bossey of the University of Geneva, Switzerland from which he
received a Certificate of Ecumenical Studies.
He was ordained to the Holy
Diaconate February 1st, 1987 at the Greek Orthodox Church of St.
Eleftherios in Manhattan and to the Holy Priesthood on July 30th, 1989
by Bishop Philotheos of Meloa at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in
His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos
elevated him to the rank of Archimandrite on March 30th, 1991 at Sts.
Catherine and George Greek Orthodox Church in Astoria, New York. He
served as Deacon to the Orthodox Center of Ecumenical Patriarchate in
Chambesy, Geneva in 1987-1988, as Deacon to Archbishop Iakovos
Assistant Director of Archives of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in
1988-1989. From August 1989 until September 1993 he served as assistant
to the Dean of St. Demetrios Cathedral in Astoria, New York.
Prior to his election to the
Episcopacy, Metropolitan Evangelos served as Chancellor of the Diocese
of New Jersey from 1993-1999. He served as Director of the Registry of
the Archdiocese from 1996 to 2001, and as President of the Spiritual
Court for the Archdiocesan District from 1996 until April 2003.
From October 2001 until his
election to the Episcopacy
, he served as Dean of the Hellenic Orthodox
Community of Astoria "St. Demetrios Cathedral".
On April 12th, 2003, upon the
recommendation of and nomination by the Holy Eparchial Synod of the
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the Holy and Sacred Synod of the
Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople under the Presidency of His
All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, unanimously elected
Metropolitan Evangelos as Metropolitan and
Spiritual Leader of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey.
"Mega Minima" (Official announcement and declaration of the Election) of
His Eminence, Metropolitan Evangelos was read on May 9th, 2003 at the
Archdiocesan Chapel of St. Paul the Apostle.
On Saturday, May
10th, 2003 His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios together with His Eminence,
Archbishop Iakovos, His Eminence, Metropolitan Methodios of Boston, His
Eminence, Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta and several other Hierarchs,
ordained the Very Reverend Archimandrite Evangelos Kourounis to the
Episcopacy at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity.
Enthronement of His Eminence, Metropolitan Evangelos as
the Spiritual Leader of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey
which include the mid-Atlantic states o
f Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and the Greater Philadelphia area,
took place on Sunday, May 11th, 2003 at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of
St. John the Theologian in Tenafly, New Jersey.
Metropolitan Evangelos succeeds Metropolitan Silas and Bishop George
of New Jersey. With the new Charter granted to the Archdiocese by the
Ecumenical Patriarchate in 2003, the Diocese of New Jersey, which was
established in 1977, was elevated to a Metropolis. Therefore,
Metropolitan Evangelos is the first hierarch enthroned as Metropolitan
of New Jersey.
The Metropolis is comprised of
fifty-six parishes in New Jersey, the Greater Philadelphia area,
Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. Archbishop Demetrios stated: "I am sure
that by the Grace and strength from God, the new Metropolitan of New
Jersey will prove to be a true imitator of our Good Shepherd Jesus
Christ and will lead the devoted flock of his God-saved Metropolis to
'springs of living water" (Rev. 7:17).
NAMEDAY: March 25th
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CONSECRATION: May 10, 2003
ENTHRONEMENT: May 11, 2003
Official announcement of his Election
Official announcement of his Ordination
ENTRONEMENT OF METROPOLITAN EVANGELOS
HOLY METROPOLIS OF NEW JERSEY
May 11, 2003