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EMINENCE METROPOLITAN EVANGELOS OF NEW
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 Reverend Evangelos (Kourounis) attended the
Greek-American parochial schools of St. Eleftherios and St. Spyridon in
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 at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in New York City by His Grace, Bishop Philotheos of Meloa.
His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos of North and South America elevated him
the rank of Archimandrite on March 30th, 1991 at Sts. Catherine and George Greek
Orthodox Church in
Prior to his election to the Episcopacy, Metropolitan Evangelos served as Chancellor of the Diocese of New Jersey from 1993-1999. He also served as Director of the Department of Registry of the Greek Orthodox 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.
The "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 took place on
Sunday, May 11th, 2003 at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. John the
H. E. 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.
Upon his election 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).
The Metropolis is comprised of fifty-five parishes in New Jersey, the Greater Philadelphia area, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.