Beloved in the Lord,

“For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.” Romans: 14:8

It is with profound sadness yet with hope in the Resurrection that we share news of the passing of His Eminence Maximos, former Metropolitan of Pittsburgh, who reposed in the Lord on November 2, 2020. Though he retired in 2011 due to his failing health, His Eminence Metropolitan Maximos was a distinguished Hierarch in the Greek Orthodox Church.

I had the privilege of knowing His Eminence Metropolitan Maximos for many years, back to my time as a student at Hellenic College Holy Cross, where he served as Chaplain and as a Professor of Dogmatics. He was a mentor who cared deeply for the students, and always nurturing their spiritual development with his compassion and pastoral care. Metropolitan Maximos was involved with the Church at many levels, both in the United States and overseas. He worked tirelessly to foster a healthy dialogue within the Ecumenical community while always emphasizing our foundation with the Mother Church as the see of Orthodox Christianity.

The clergy and faithful of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco convey our deepest sympathy to all his family, his flock and all those who mourn his passing. We join in prayer for his eternal rest in the loving embrace of Jesus Christ, receiving his crown of righteousness as a reward for his faithful life and esteemed ministry.

May his memory be eternal!

With Love in Christ,
+ G E R A S I M O S

Metropolitan of San Francisco