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Former Archbishops

  • Germanos Strenopoulos (1922-1951)
  • Athenagoras Kavadas (1951-1963)
  • Athenagoras Kokkinakis (1963-1979)
  • Methodios Fouyias (1979-1988)

Metropolitan Germanos

Germanos Strenopoulos (1872-1951) was born in Bithynia in a modest Greek family. He studied at the Halki Institute of Theology, studies that he complete in Leipzig, in Strasbourg and in other scholarly centers. From 1904 to1922, Germanos was the rector of Halki, and he contributed, in this way, to the formation of the elite of the Greek hierarchy. Ecumenical Patriarch Meletios (Metaxakis) made Germanos his apocrisary to the Archdiocese of Canterbury, at the same time that he was charged, with the title of patriarchal exarch, with the spiritual care of the Greek communities of Central and Western Europe. An ecumenical personality, His Eminence Germanos was at Lausanne, Stockholm and in all the pan-Christian conferences the most listened to representative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.


Athenagoras KavMetropolitan Athenagoras Kavadasadas (1884-1963), born in Corfu (Greece),  studied theology in Athens. In 1909, he was ordained deacon and priest in 1910. The same year he became the vice rector of the Rizarion Seminary, until 1917. In the 1918-1919 academic year, he studied in Oxford on a scholarship. In 1921, he was called by Metropolitan Meletios (Metaxakis), who later became Ecumenical Patriarch, to America, where served several Greek parishes. After he was named vicar general of the Archdiocese of America. In 1937, he was appointed rector of “Holy Cross” Institute of Theology in Brookline (Boston). A year later, the Ecumenical Patriarchate elected him auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of America. In 1949, he became Metropolitan of Philadelphia (residing in Athens) and in 1951 Metropolitan of Thyateira and Exarch of Western and Central Europe (with his See in London).


Archbishop Athenagoras KokkinakisAthenagoras (Theodore) Kokkinakis was born on the island of Patmos in 1912. He graduated from the Theology School of Halki in 1934. On 14th September 1950, he was ordained Titular Bishop of Elaias and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of America. He served as Head of the Theology School of Holy Cross, Boston. On 6th September 1960, be became Titular Metroplitan and for a while served in Canada. On 10th December 1963 he was elected Metropolitan of Thyateira and Great Britain. On 24th February 1968 he was elevated to Archbishop. He died on 9th September 1979.



Archbishop MethodiosMethodios Fouyias was born in 1925, in Corinthia. He received his bachelor degree in Theology from the Athens University in 1952 and continued his studies at the Manchester University in Great Britain from where he received a Ph. Degree in Philosophy in 1962.

In 1970 he was appointed Theology professor at the Edinburgh University and in 1984 at the Boston Hellenic Orthodox Theological School. Methodios Fouyias was ordained deacon in 1947 and priest in 1950.

He served as head priest of the Munich Hellenic Orthodox Community from 1951 to 1954, head secretary of the Alexandria Patriarchate from 1954 to 1956 while from 1958 to 1960 Methodios was head priest at the Adis Abeba Hellenic Orthodox Community and teacher at the Greek School there.

From 1966 to 1968 secretary of the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece, from 1968 to 1979 Metropolitan Bishop of Ethiopia and from 1979 to 1988 Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain.

Methodios has written many books among them: Steps in the course of the youth, Hellenism and Judaism, International dimension of Greek culture.

He died on Friday, July 7, 2006.

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