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Metropolitan '''Alexios (Panagiotopoulos)''' is a [[bishop]] of the [[Ecumenical Patriarchate]] serving in the United States.  He is primate of the Metropolis of Atlanta, which covers the southeastern portion of the United States.
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[[Image:AlexiosAtlanta.JPG|thumb|Metropolitan Alexios at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York]]
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His Eminence Metropolitan '''Alexios (Panagiotopoulos)''' is a [[bishop]] of the [[Ecumenical Patriarchate]] serving in the United States within the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America]].  He is primate of the [[Metropolis of Atlanta]], which covers the southeastern portion of the United States.
  
 
=== Early life ===
 
=== Early life ===
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Anthimos Panagiotopoulos was born on [[December 25]], 1943, in Patras, Greece.  His parents were Spyridon and Angeliki Panagiotopoulos.  In 1963, Anthimos was [[tonsure]]d as a [[monk]] of Vatopedion Monastery.  He graduated from the Anthonias Ecclesiastical Academy in 1964.  Upon his [[ordination]] to the [[diaconate]] in late 1965, he served as [[archdeacon]] of the Metropolis of Patras, but later moved to Athens to enroll in the School of Theology of the University of Athens (from which he received a degree in 1973).  While enrolled at the university, he served concurrently as deacon to the Athenian churches of St. Panteleimon and St. Spyridon.
  
Anthimos Panagiotopoulos was born on [[December 25]], 1943 in Patras, GreeceHis parents were Spyridon and Angeliki PanagiotopoulosIn 1963, Anthimos was [[tonsured]] as a [[monk]] of Vatopedion Monastery.  He graduated from the Anthonias Ecclesiastical Academy in 1964Upon his ordination to the [[diaconate]] in late 1965, he served as [[archdeacon]] of the Metropolis of Patras, but later moved to Athens to enroll in the School of Theology of the University of Athens (from which he received a degree in 1973.) While enrolled at the university, he served concurrently as deacon to the Athenian churches of St. Panteleimon and St. Spyridon.
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Deacon Anthimos returned to Patras upon his ordination to the [[priest]]hood on [[August 27]], 1972.  He became a member of the Gerokomion [[Monastery]] of the Virgin Mary, while serving the church of St. Sophia in Patras.  Shortly after receiving his degree from the University of Athens, he applied to the Doctor of Ministry program at Boston University's School of TheologyHe was accepted and moved to Boston, where he served as [[proistamenos]] of the church of the [[Dormition]] of the Theotokos in Burlington, VermontFr. Anthimos received his doctoral degree in 1977 and returned to Patras, where he was appointed [[Hegumen]] of the Gerokomion Monastery.  He was shortly summoned back to America, however, to become [[Dean]] of the Cathedral of Ss. Constantine and Helen in Brooklyn, New YorkThe following year, he was transferred to Astoria to serve as dean of the combined communities of St. Demetrios and Ss. Catherine and George.
  
Deacon Anthimos returned to Patras upon his ordination to the priesthood on [[August 27]], 1972.  He became a member of the Gerokomion Monastery of the Virgin Mary, while serving the church of St. Sophia in Patras.  Shortly after receiving his degree from the University of Athens, he applied to the Doctor of Ministry program at Boston University's School of Theology. He was accepted and moved to Boston, where he served as [[proistamenos]] of the church of the [[Dormition]] of the Theotokos in Burlington, Vermont.  Fr. Anthimos received his doctoral degree in 1977 and returned to Patras, where he was appointed [[Hegumen]] of the Gerokomion MonasteryHe was shortly summoned back to America, however, to become [[Dean]] of the Cathedral of SS. Constantine and Helen in Brooklyn, New York.  The following year, he was transferred to Astoria to serve as dean of the combined communities of St. Demetrios and SS. Catherine and George.
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On [[April 7]], 1987, the [[Holy Synod]] of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elected Fr. Anthimos as [[titular bishop]] of Troas.  At his consecration on [[May 17]] of that year, he was appointed as [[chorepiscopos]] (village bishop) of Astoria(Although this is a former office in Orthodox canon law, in this case the term seems to have been more intended to describe the scope of his responsibilities with respect to the Astoria community.)  In 1989, his duties were expanded to include oversight of parishes throughout Queens, Long Island, southern Connecticut, and upstate New York.  He was also named as director of the [[Hellenic Cultural Center]], an institution of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America based in Astoria.
  
On [[April 7]], 1987, the [[Holy Synod]] of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elected Fr. Anthimos as [[titular bishop]] of Troas.  At his consecration on [[May 17]] of that year, he was appointed as [[choroepiscopos]] (village bishop) of Astoria.  (Although this is a former office in Orthodox canon law, in this case the term seems to have been more intended to desctibe the scope of his responsibilities with respect to the Astoria community.)  In 1989, his duties were expanded to include oversight of parishes throughout Queens, Long Island, southern Connecticut, and upstate New York.  He was also named as director of the [[Hellenic Cultural Center]], an institution of the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America]] based in Astoria.
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On [[January 1]], 1997, Bishop Alexios was designated as Archepiscopal Vicar for the Diocese of Atlanta, following the death of Bishop [[Philip (Koutoufas) of Atlanta|Philip]].  In 1999, Bishop Alexios was elected as the new bishop of the Diocese.  At the end of 2002, the Diocese of Atlanta was elevated, along with the other dioceses of the American Archdiocese, to the status of Metropolis, and Bp. Alexios was elevated to the rank of Metropolitan.
 
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On [[January 1]], 1997, Bishop Alexios was designated as Archepiscopal Vicar for the Diocese of Atlanta, following the death of [[Philip (Koutoufas) of Atlanta|Bishop Philip]].  In 1999, Bishop Alexios was elected as the new bishop of the Diocese.  At the end of 2002, the Diocese of Atlanta was upgraded, along with the other dioceses of the American church, to the status of Metropolis, and Bishop Alexios was elevated to the rank of Metropolitan.
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==Source==
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* [http://atlanta.goarch.org/biography.htm Biography of Metropolitan Alexios on the website of the Metropolis of Atlanta]
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* "Bishop Alexios Enthroned in Atlanta Diocese," ''The Orthodox Observer'', June 1999, page 2 [http://www.goarch.org/en/news/observer/pdf/1999/99-JUNE.pdf PDF copy]
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==Sources==
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*[http://atlanta.goarch.org/biography.htm Biography of Metropolitan Alexios on the website of the Metropolis of Atlanta]
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*"Bishop Alexios Enthroned in Atlanta Diocese," ''The Orthodox Observer'', June 1999, page 2 [http://www.goarch.org/en/news/observer/pdf/1999/99-JUNE.pdf] (PDF)
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==External link==
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*[http://orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/resources/hierarchs/constantinople/goarch/current.htm#alexios_bishop Listing] at the Orthodox Research Institute
  
 
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Latest revision as of 14:15, February 24, 2012

Metropolitan Alexios at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York

His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios (Panagiotopoulos) is a bishop of the Ecumenical Patriarchate serving in the United States within the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. He is primate of the Metropolis of Atlanta, which covers the southeastern portion of the United States.

Early life

Anthimos Panagiotopoulos was born on December 25, 1943, in Patras, Greece. His parents were Spyridon and Angeliki Panagiotopoulos. In 1963, Anthimos was tonsured as a monk of Vatopedion Monastery. He graduated from the Anthonias Ecclesiastical Academy in 1964. Upon his ordination to the diaconate in late 1965, he served as archdeacon of the Metropolis of Patras, but later moved to Athens to enroll in the School of Theology of the University of Athens (from which he received a degree in 1973). While enrolled at the university, he served concurrently as deacon to the Athenian churches of St. Panteleimon and St. Spyridon.

Deacon Anthimos returned to Patras upon his ordination to the priesthood on August 27, 1972. He became a member of the Gerokomion Monastery of the Virgin Mary, while serving the church of St. Sophia in Patras. Shortly after receiving his degree from the University of Athens, he applied to the Doctor of Ministry program at Boston University's School of Theology. He was accepted and moved to Boston, where he served as proistamenos of the church of the Dormition of the Theotokos in Burlington, Vermont. Fr. Anthimos received his doctoral degree in 1977 and returned to Patras, where he was appointed Hegumen of the Gerokomion Monastery. He was shortly summoned back to America, however, to become Dean of the Cathedral of Ss. Constantine and Helen in Brooklyn, New York. The following year, he was transferred to Astoria to serve as dean of the combined communities of St. Demetrios and Ss. Catherine and George.

On April 7, 1987, the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elected Fr. Anthimos as titular bishop of Troas. At his consecration on May 17 of that year, he was appointed as chorepiscopos (village bishop) of Astoria. (Although this is a former office in Orthodox canon law, in this case the term seems to have been more intended to describe the scope of his responsibilities with respect to the Astoria community.) In 1989, his duties were expanded to include oversight of parishes throughout Queens, Long Island, southern Connecticut, and upstate New York. He was also named as director of the Hellenic Cultural Center, an institution of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America based in Astoria.

On January 1, 1997, Bishop Alexios was designated as Archepiscopal Vicar for the Diocese of Atlanta, following the death of Bishop Philip. In 1999, Bishop Alexios was elected as the new bishop of the Diocese. At the end of 2002, the Diocese of Atlanta was elevated, along with the other dioceses of the American Archdiocese, to the status of Metropolis, and Bp. Alexios was elevated to the rank of Metropolitan.


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Alexios (Panagiotopoulos) of Atlanta
Preceded by:
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Bishop of Troas
1987-1999
Succeeded by:
Savas (Zembillas)
Preceded by:
Philip (Koutoufas)
Metropolitan of Atlanta
1999-present
Succeeded by:
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