Archbishop Demetrios, assisted by several hierarchs, will ordain the Very Rev. Archimandrite Evangelos Kourounis to the episcopacy as Metropolitan of New Jersey on Saturday, May 10 at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. The Orthros will begin at 8:00 a.m. followed at 9:30 a.m. by the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and Ordination. A reception will follow in the Cathedral Center.
Archbishop Demetrios upon receiving official notification of the election said: “ I congratulate Metropolitan-elect Evangelos, whom I have known for many years, initially as a student of our Holy Cross Theological School and then as a clergyman of our Archdiocese of America…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 Mega Minima (Formal Election Announcement) will be read at 4:00 p.m. on May 9 at the Archdiocesan Chapel of St. Paul. The enthronement of the first Metropolitan of New Jersey will take place at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, May 11 at the Cathedral of St. John the Theologian, Tenafly, NJ (353 East Clinton Avenue). The new Metropolitan will celebrate his first Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on Sunday, May 11 at St. Demetrios Cathedral, Astoria, beginning with the Orthros at 8:00 a.m. and Liturgy at 9:30. He has been Dean of St. Demetrios Cathedral for the last two years.
Metropolitan-Elect Evangelos was unanimously elected by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on April 12, 2003, on the recommendation of the Eparchial Synod of the Archdiocese of America.
Born in New York City in 1961 to immigrant parents from the Greek Island of Kalymnos, he attended the Greek American day schools of St. Eleftherios and St. Spyridon in New York City. He enrolled in Hellenic College (Brookline, MA), 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 Divinity degree. In 1988 he attended the Ecumenical Institute of Bossey of the University of Geneva (Switzerland) from which he received a Certificate of Ecumenical Studies.
In addition to his parents John and Magdalene, his immediate family includes his brothers Haralambos and Michael and their families.