New York.-Archbishop Demetrios presided on Friday at the Mega Minima Ceremony (Announcement of Election) of His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco in St. Paul’s Chapel of the Archdiocese. The Enthronement of the new Metropolitan will take place on Saturday, April 2, 2005 in San Francisco.
The ceremony was attended by several hierarchs, the Consul General of Greece Katerina Boura, Vice Chairman of the Archdiocesan Council Michael Jaharis, President of the Presbyters Council Rev. Fr. James Moulketis, the brother of Metropolitan Gerasimos Peter Michaleas and his wife Nafsica, representatives from the senior class of Holy Cross School of Theology, and family and friends including members of the Archdiocesan staff.
The Mega Minima was read, followed by the reading and signing of the acknowledgement of acceptance by Metropolitan Gerasimos while Archbishop Demetrios signed the Mega Minima.
Archbishop Demetrios then offered warm remarks applauding the many years of service and dedication to the church by Metropolitan Gerasimos. He praised the Metropolis of San Francisco and its strong and dynamic clergy and laity. He continued by wishing Metropolitan Gerasimos many years of both a qualitative and quantitative growth of his ministry. Archbishop Demetrios closed his remarks by conveying the blessings and prayers of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Eparchial Synod coupled with the full and continuous support by all in his new ministry.
Metropolitan Gerasimos responded warmly thanking His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Holy Eparchial Synod and His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios for their support and confidence. He also conveyed his appreciation to the senior class of Holy Cross urging them to remember the most sacred and meaningful commandment of the Lord “Love one another”. Finally, he acknowledged the successful ministry of his predecessor, the late Metropolitan Anthony, and asked God to grant him the same strength, vision and love to continue this ministry and to build upon it.
Gerasimos election took place on Tuesday, by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. The Metropolitan-elect was chosen for the see of the Metropolis of SanFrancisco from a list of three candidates whose names were submitted to the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate by the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
Metropolitan-elect Gerasimos has been serving as Chief Secretary of the Holy Eparchial Synod since his elevation to the episcopacy on February 9, 2002, which took place at the Annunciation Cathedral in Boston, MA.
He was born on August 2, 1945 in Kalamata, Greece where he completed his primary and secondary education. In September 1969 he matriculated at Hellenic College, Brookline, MA, graduating in 1973 with a B.A. with High Distinction. He continued his studies at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, earning his M. Div. with High Distinction in 1976. Following graduation, he was appointed Registrar of Hellenic College/Holy Cross, a post that he held until 1979.
On December 16, 1979, Metropolitan-elect Gerasimos was ordained to the Diaconate and appointed Archdeacon to His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos, serving in this position until 1996. From 1980 until May 1986, he was Dean of Students of HC/HC. During this period he developed the Orthodox Actionline, the telephone call-in ministry of the School. In September 1986 he entered the Master of Arts Program at Boston College. Upon successful completion of this program, he was accepted into the Doctoral Program at Boston College School of Education earning a Ph.D. in School and Counseling Psychology in June 1993. His doctoral dissertation was a study of intellectual deficits in a severe alcoholic population.
Metropolitan-elect Gerasimos taught for a number of years at Hellenic College as well as Northeastern University, where he holds the title of Senior Lecturer. At the same time he was appointed a staff member at the Veterans Administration Medical Center (Boston), in the Department of Psychology (1991-1995). In 1990, he was reappointed as the Dean of Students at Hellenic College/Holy Cross, a post that he held until 1998, when he became Director of Admissions and Records. In 2000, he was named Administrative Assistant to the President of Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology, the Rev. Father Nicholas Triantafillou.