NEW YORK –
The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elected unanimously on Saturday Archimandrite Evangelos Kourounis as Metropolitan of New Jersey. The Metropolitan-elect was the first of three candidates chosen for the see of the Metropolis of New Jersey whose names were recently submitted to Fanar by the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
Archbishop Demetrios of America, as soon as he received the official letter from the Ecumenical Patriarch, offered the following comments: “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 Holy Archdiocese of America. During all these years and frequently under challenging conditions, the Metropolitan-elect has demonstrated wholehearted devotion to God, unyielding adherence to the dogmas, the canons and the ethos of the Church, zeal for the dissemination of the Gospel, faithfulness to our Hellenic cultural heritage and our Orthodox traditions and remarkable liturgical expertise. I am sure that by the grace and strength from God, the new Metropolitan of New Jersey of the Holy Archdiocese of America 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 Very Reverend Archimandrite Evangelos Kourounis has been the dean of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Demetrios in Astoria, NY for the last two years. He was born in New York in 1961 to immigrant parents from the Greek Island of Kalymnos of the Dodecanese. He also served as Chancellor of the Diocese of New Jersey.