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The Metropolis

The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco oversees 67 parishes in the western region of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, which is under the spiritual guidance and jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos leads over 150,000 Greek Orthodox faithful in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Under the direction of His Eminence, the Metropolis supports the ministries and work of local parishes and, through the life of the parish, extends its support to both clergy and laity. Today, the Metropolis has developed thirteen distinct Ministries which support the unique needs of its parishes and provides spiritual and educational programs for the preservation and perpetuation of our Orthodox faith and Hellenic culture, as well as social and outreach activities to support local and international communities.   

In addition to our parishes, there are also three vibrant monastic communities: 

St. Anthony Monastery in Florence, Arizona; the Monastery of the Theotokos the Life Giving Spring in Dunlap, California; and Saint John the Forerunner Monastery in Goldendale, Washington.

History

Since the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America was established in 1927, the Diocese of San Francisco has been one of its most important components caring for the Greek Orthodox faithful and anchoring growth in the Western United States.  Since its inception, Greek Orthodox in the west have been led by distinguished Bishops, all of blessed memory:  +Bishop Kallistos (Papageorgapoulos 1927-1940), and +Bishop Eirinaios (Tsourounakis 1941-1944) both bore the title of Bishop of San Francisco. +Bishop Athenagoras (Kokkinakis 1950-1955),  +Bishop Demetrios (Makris 1955-1968) and +Bishop Meletios (Tripodakis 1968-1979) were Titular Bishops (of Elaia, Olympus, and Christianoupolis, respectively). 

The election of +Bishop Anthony (Gergiannakis, 1979-2004) in 1979 coincided with the canonical restructuring of the Archdiocese. Having served one year in the Diocese of Denver as Titular Bishop of Amissos, he was enthroned on June 7, 1979, as the Bishop of San Francisco. On November 24, 1997, the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elected +His Grace Bishop Anthony as Metropolitan of the Dardanelles and Exarch of all Hellespont. 

In September 2002, the Diocese of San Francisco was declared the Holy Metropolis of San Francisco, and +Metropolitan Anthony, of blessed memory, was named Metropolitan of San Francisco. Following the passing of +Metropolitan Anthony on December 25, 2004, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople elected His Eminence Gerasimos, formerly Bishop of Krateia, as Metropolitan of San Francisco.

Core Values

  • Christ centered
  • Active participation in sacramental life
  • Education
  • Integrity, transparency and accountability
  • Stewardship
  • Outreach and evangelism
  • Inclusiveness and engagement
  • Courage
  • Communication using all media
  • Minister to all generations
  • Strengthen families and relationship
  • Financial Responsibility

His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos

His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos

His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos has devoted his entire life in service to the Lord. Born in Kalamata, Greece, he came to the United States in 1970 to study at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology where he received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Divinity degrees, both with High Honors. Following more than three decades of service, the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate selected him to be the new Metropolitan of San Francisco on February 22, 2005. The Enthronement for Metropolitan Gerasimos was held on April 2, 2005 at the Ascension Cathedral in Oakland, California.

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Strategic Plan for the Metropolis

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“Where there is no vision, the people will perish,” Proverbs 29:18

We are well into the implementation of our current strategic plan. Join us as we move forward to accomplish the goals of the Metropolis in service to Our Lord.

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Meet Our Dedicated Staff

His Grace Bishop Apostolos of Medeia

His Grace Bishop Apostolos of Medeia

Chancellor
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Kristen Bruskas

Kristen Bruskas

Director of Development and Communications
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Johanna Duterte

Johanna Duterte

Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries
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Paul Gikas

Paul Gikas

Director of Ministries and Administration
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Thomaida Hudanish

Thomaida Hudanish

Assistant Director of the Commission for Orthodox Missions & Evangelism
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Presv. Aliki Kyriacou

Presv. Aliki Kyriacou

Assistant to the Metropolitan, Registrar and Bookkeeper
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Rev. Fr. Timothy Pavlatos

Rev. Fr. Timothy Pavlatos

Director of Family Wellness
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Foula Vasilogiorgis

Foula Vasilogiorgis

Administrative Assistant
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Metropolis Council

President

His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos

Vice President

Theofanis Economidis

Secretary

Isidoros Garifalakis

Treasurer

Michael Syrengelas

Council Members

  • His Grace Bishop Apostolos of Medeia
  • Philippos Athanasiades
  • Rev. Fr. Andrew Barakos
  • Spiro Beckas
  • John Buzas, Esq
  • V. Rev. Fr. John Constantine
  • The Honorable Steven Counelis
  • George Demos
  • Gerry Kamilos
  • Rev. Fr. Dean Kouldukis
  • Rev. Fr. Stephen Kyriacou
  • Theodore Laliotis
  • Rev. Fr. Constantine Pappademos
  • George Psihogios
  • Jeannie Ranglas
  • Rev. Fr. Peter Salmas
  • Rev. Fr. Peter Stratos
  • Paul Sogotis
  • Dr. Eve Tibbs
  • Ted Vavoulis
  • Rev. Fr. Thomas Zaferes
  • James Eleopoulos
  • Steve Padis
  • Valerie Roumeliotes

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