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His Eminence Metropolitan '''Anthony (Gergiannakis) of San Francisco''' was the first [[bishop]] of the [[Diocese of San Francisco]] of the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America]] after it was created in the general reorganization of the archdiocese in 1979.  Previously, he was the titular Bishop of Assimos, assigned to the Eighth Archdiocesan District in Denver, Colorado in 1978. In the re-designation of dioceses as metropolises in 2002 he was designated Metropolitan of San Francisco.
His Eminence Metropolitan '''Anthony (Gergiannakis)''' was the first [[bishop]] of the Diocese of San Francisco of the [[GOARCH|Greek Orthodox Archdiocese]] of America created in the general reorganization of the Archdiocese in 1979.  He was previously the titular Bishop of Assimos, assigned to the Eighth Archdiocesan District in Denver, Colorado in 1978. At the general elevation of the bishops to [[metropolitan]]s, but before the [[diocese]]s were designated metropolises, he was designated Metropolitan of the Dardanelles and All Hellespont, and the presiding bishop of San Francisco. In 2002, coincident with the elevation of the dioceses to metropolises,  Metropolitan Anthony was designated the Metropolitan of San Francisco.
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==Life==
 
==Life==
He was born on [[March 2]], 1935, in the village of Avgeniki on the island of Crete.
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Metropolitan Anthony was born on [[March 2]], 1935, in the village of Avgeniki on the island of Crete, the third of six children, and grew up during the German occupation of World War II. For his early education he attended the ecclesiastical school of Chania, Crete. He continued his education at the [[Theological School of Halki|Halki Theological School]] in Turkey, graduating in 1960. While at Halki he was [[ordination|ordained]] a [[deacon]] on [[July 27]], 1958.
He attended the [[Theological School of Halki|Halki Theological School]] and was [[ordination|ordain]]ed a [[priest]] on [[September 29]], 1960. Emigrating to the United States, he earned a Master of Divinity from Yale University. On [[June 7]], 1979, he was [[enthronement|enthroned]] as the first bishop of the then [[Diocese]] of San Francisco.
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Five weeks after being diagnosed with Burkitts Lymphoma[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burkitt%27s_lymphoma]], he passed away on [[December 25]], 2004 in San Francisco at the age of 69.
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On [[September 29]], 1960, he was ordained a [[priest]]. After his ordination as a priest he emigrated to the United States of America. While serving as a [[parish]] priest, he earned a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University. He continued his studies for a doctorate at the University of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin.
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In 1974, he was appointed Dean of St. George Cathedral in Montreal, Canada, where he served until his elevation to the episcopate. On [[May 21]], 1978, he was [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated]] [[titular Bishop]] of Amissos. As Bishop of Amissos, Bp. Anthony served the Eighth Archdiocesan District in Denver, Colorado in 1979. On [[June 7]], 1979, he was [[enthronement|enthroned]] as the first bishop of the newly created [[Diocese]] of San Francisco.
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Metr. Anthony was enthroned as the first bishop of the newly-created Diocese of San Francisco on [[June 7]], 1979. He served as the Bishop and later Metropolitan of San Francisco for over twenty-five years, overseeing the western states of California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii.
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At the general elevation of the bishops to [[metropolitan]]s, but before the [[diocese]]s were designated metropolises, he was elevated to the titular title of Metropolitan of the Dardanelles and All Hellespont, but remained the ruling Bishop of San Francisco. In 2002, after the re-designation of the dioceses to metropolises, Metropolitan Anthony was given the title of Metropolitan of San Francisco.
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During his tenure at San Francisco, Metr. Anthony led the expansion of ministries and programs of the diocese. His tenure saw the founding of over twenty new parishes and missions in the Metropolis of San Francisco, nearly one parish for each year of his ministry. In addition he saw the establishment of three monasteries. He initiated the establishment of St. Nicholas Ranch, the Greek Orthodox conference and retreat center located in the Sierra Nevada foothills. He was also the driving force behind the construction on the premises of St. Nicholas Ranch of the [[Monastery]] of the Theotokos the Life-Giving Spring.
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He initiated the Bishop Anthony Student Aid Endowment Fund, a multi-million dollar scholarship account that provides funding for seminarians and students from the Metropolis to attend Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He also served as a member of the Holy Eparchial [[Synod]] of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
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Metr. Anthony passed away on [[December 25]], 2004 in San Francisco at the age of 69,
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five weeks after being diagnosed, in November, with Burkitts Lymphoma[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burkitt%27s_lymphoma]], a rare form of cancer.
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==Source==
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*[http://www.annunciation.org/met_anthony_obituary.html  Metropolitan Anthony's Obituary]
  
 
==External Links==
 
==External Links==

Revision as of 16:21, May 21, 2011

His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony (Gergiannakis) of San Francisco was the first bishop of the Diocese of San Francisco of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America after it was created in the general reorganization of the archdiocese in 1979. Previously, he was the titular Bishop of Assimos, assigned to the Eighth Archdiocesan District in Denver, Colorado in 1978. In the re-designation of dioceses as metropolises in 2002 he was designated Metropolitan of San Francisco.

Life

Metropolitan Anthony was born on March 2, 1935, in the village of Avgeniki on the island of Crete, the third of six children, and grew up during the German occupation of World War II. For his early education he attended the ecclesiastical school of Chania, Crete. He continued his education at the Halki Theological School in Turkey, graduating in 1960. While at Halki he was ordained a deacon on July 27, 1958.

On September 29, 1960, he was ordained a priest. After his ordination as a priest he emigrated to the United States of America. While serving as a parish priest, he earned a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University. He continued his studies for a doctorate at the University of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin.

In 1974, he was appointed Dean of St. George Cathedral in Montreal, Canada, where he served until his elevation to the episcopate. On May 21, 1978, he was consecrated titular Bishop of Amissos. As Bishop of Amissos, Bp. Anthony served the Eighth Archdiocesan District in Denver, Colorado in 1979. On June 7, 1979, he was enthroned as the first bishop of the newly created Diocese of San Francisco.

Metr. Anthony was enthroned as the first bishop of the newly-created Diocese of San Francisco on June 7, 1979. He served as the Bishop and later Metropolitan of San Francisco for over twenty-five years, overseeing the western states of California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii.

At the general elevation of the bishops to metropolitans, but before the dioceses were designated metropolises, he was elevated to the titular title of Metropolitan of the Dardanelles and All Hellespont, but remained the ruling Bishop of San Francisco. In 2002, after the re-designation of the dioceses to metropolises, Metropolitan Anthony was given the title of Metropolitan of San Francisco.

During his tenure at San Francisco, Metr. Anthony led the expansion of ministries and programs of the diocese. His tenure saw the founding of over twenty new parishes and missions in the Metropolis of San Francisco, nearly one parish for each year of his ministry. In addition he saw the establishment of three monasteries. He initiated the establishment of St. Nicholas Ranch, the Greek Orthodox conference and retreat center located in the Sierra Nevada foothills. He was also the driving force behind the construction on the premises of St. Nicholas Ranch of the Monastery of the Theotokos the Life-Giving Spring.

He initiated the Bishop Anthony Student Aid Endowment Fund, a multi-million dollar scholarship account that provides funding for seminarians and students from the Metropolis to attend Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He also served as a member of the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Metr. Anthony passed away on December 25, 2004 in San Francisco at the age of 69, five weeks after being diagnosed, in November, with Burkitts Lymphoma[[1]], a rare form of cancer.

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