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His Grace, the Right Reverend Bishop '''Athenagoras (Peckstadt) of Sinope''' is an [[auxiliary bishop]] of the [[Ecumenical Patriarchate]] serving in Belgium.
  
His Grace Bishop Athenagoras (Peckstadt) of Sinope, (in the world Yves Peckstadt) was born on the 24th March 1962 in Ghent (Belgium), as a son of Archpriest Ignace Peckstadt (Orthodox parish of Ghent) and Marie-Thérèse Janssens. After some years of law school at the University of Ghent, he joins the University of Thessaloniki (Greece), due to a scholarship granted by the Ecumenical Patriarchate. He successfully graduates with a Master degree in Theology. He continues his studies at the Ecumenical Institute of Bossey (University of Geneva), graduating with the thesis entitled "History of Orthodox presence in Benelux and its importance to the ecumenical movement".
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Bishop Athenagoras, ''né'' '''Yves Peckstadt''', was born on the [[March 24]], 1962, in Ghent, Belgium, the son of Archpriest Ignace Peckstadt (who served there in Ghent) and Marie-Thérèse Janssens. After some years of law school at the University of Ghent, he began study at the University of Thessaloniki in Greece, having received a scholarship granted by the [[Ecumenical Patriarchate]]. He successfully graduated with a Master's degree in Theology. He continued his studies at the Ecumenical Institute of Bossey (University of Geneva), graduating with a thesis entitled ''History of Orthodox presence in Benelux and its importance to the ecumenical movement''.
  
In November 1989 he was ordained deacon by Metropolitan Bartholomew of Philadelphia, presently the Ecumenical Patriarch, who also gave him the name of Athenagoras in honor of the great Patriarch Athenagoras. Later, Metropolitan Panteleimon of Belgium ordains him as priest. In September 1996 he is promoted as Archimandrite and then Epsicopal Vicar of the Archdiocese (Benelux). For more than five years he functioned as religion teacher in different high schools in Flanders. At the beginning of 1994, Metropolitan Panteleimon nominated him responsible producer for the Belgium radio and television Orthodox broadcasts in French and Flemish. In the same year, the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate nominated him as collaborator of the newly established Liaison Office of the Orthodox Church to the European Union, located in Brussels. By 1995, Archdeacon Athenagoras Peckstadt had founded with the blessing of Metropolitan Panteleimon, an Orthodox parish in Bruges, under the patronage of the Saint Emperors Constantine and Helen, where he served as the first Dean. He functions as Orthodox Chaplain of the International Airport of Brussels since several years. He is also a member in the Concertation of Christian Churches in Belgium, in the Committee "A Soul for Europe" and President of the E.I.I.R. (International and Interconfessional Association for Meetings of Monks and Nuns), after serving as President of the Interecclesiastical Committee of Brussels. He speaks fluently Flemish, Greek, French, English and German.
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In November of 1989 he was ordained to the [[deacon|diaconate]] by Metr. [[Bartholomew I (Archontonis) of Constantinople|Bartholomew of Philadelphia]] (presently the Ecumenical Patriarch), who also gave him the name of Athenagoras in honor of the great Patriarch [[Athenagoras I (Spyrou) of Constantinople|Athenagoras I]]. Later, Metr. Panteleimon of Belgium ordained him as a [[priest]]. In September 1996 he was elevated to the rank of  [[archimandrite]] and then as Epsicopal Vicar of the Archdiocese (Benelux).  
  
On the 13 May 2003 he was unanimously elected by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople auxiliary bishop of the Metropolitan of Belgium with the high title of “Bishop of Sinope
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For more than five years he functioned as religion teacher in different high schools in Flanders. At the beginning of 1994, Metr. Panteleimon named him as producer for the Belgian radio and television Orthodox broadcasts in French and Flemish.  In the same year, the [[Holy Synod]] of the Ecumenical Patriarchate made him a collaborator of the newly established Liaison Office of the Orthodox Church to the European Union, located in Brussels.  By 1995, Archdeacon Athenagoras Peckstadt had founded with the blessing of Metr. Panteleimon an Orthodox parish in Bruges, under the patronage of the Ss. [[Constantine the Great|Constantine]] and [[Helen]], where he served as the first dean.  He functioned as Orthodox Chaplain of the International Airport of Brussels since several years, and is also a member in the Concertation of Christian Churches in Belgium, in the committee "A Soul for Europe," and president of the E.I.I.R. (International and Interconfessional Association for Meetings of Monks and Nuns), after serving as President of the Interecclesiastical Committee of Brussels.
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He speaks Flemish, Greek, French, English and German fluently.
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On the [[May 13]], 2003, he was unanimously elected by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople as auxiliary bishop to the Metropolitan of Belgium with the ancient title of ''Bishop of Sinope'', and was [[consecration|consecrated]] on Sunday, [[June 22]], 2003 in the Orthodox [[cathedral]] in Brussels.  In addition to his episcopal functions, Bp. Athenagoras continues to carry on most of his former duties.
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Revision as of 07:58, July 16, 2005

Bp. Athenagoras (Peckstadt) of Sinope

His Grace, the Right Reverend Bishop Athenagoras (Peckstadt) of Sinope is an auxiliary bishop of the Ecumenical Patriarchate serving in Belgium.

Bishop Athenagoras, Yves Peckstadt, was born on the March 24, 1962, in Ghent, Belgium, the son of Archpriest Ignace Peckstadt (who served there in Ghent) and Marie-Thérèse Janssens. After some years of law school at the University of Ghent, he began study at the University of Thessaloniki in Greece, having received a scholarship granted by the Ecumenical Patriarchate. He successfully graduated with a Master's degree in Theology. He continued his studies at the Ecumenical Institute of Bossey (University of Geneva), graduating with a thesis entitled History of Orthodox presence in Benelux and its importance to the ecumenical movement.

In November of 1989 he was ordained to the diaconate by Metr. Bartholomew of Philadelphia (presently the Ecumenical Patriarch), who also gave him the name of Athenagoras in honor of the great Patriarch Athenagoras I. Later, Metr. Panteleimon of Belgium ordained him as a priest. In September 1996 he was elevated to the rank of archimandrite and then as Epsicopal Vicar of the Archdiocese (Benelux).

For more than five years he functioned as religion teacher in different high schools in Flanders. At the beginning of 1994, Metr. Panteleimon named him as producer for the Belgian radio and television Orthodox broadcasts in French and Flemish. In the same year, the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate made him a collaborator of the newly established Liaison Office of the Orthodox Church to the European Union, located in Brussels. By 1995, Archdeacon Athenagoras Peckstadt had founded with the blessing of Metr. Panteleimon an Orthodox parish in Bruges, under the patronage of the Ss. Constantine and Helen, where he served as the first dean. He functioned as Orthodox Chaplain of the International Airport of Brussels since several years, and is also a member in the Concertation of Christian Churches in Belgium, in the committee "A Soul for Europe," and president of the E.I.I.R. (International and Interconfessional Association for Meetings of Monks and Nuns), after serving as President of the Interecclesiastical Committee of Brussels.

He speaks Flemish, Greek, French, English and German fluently.

On the May 13, 2003, he was unanimously elected by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople as auxiliary bishop to the Metropolitan of Belgium with the ancient title of Bishop of Sinope, and was consecrated on Sunday, June 22, 2003 in the Orthodox cathedral in Brussels. In addition to his episcopal functions, Bp. Athenagoras continues to carry on most of his former duties.

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