Chrysostomos (Alemangos) of Sydney

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His Eminence Chrysostomos (Alemangos) was the Bishop of Sydney and New South Wales, and Exarch of Australia, for the Holy Synod in Resistance from 1993-2010.

Biography

  • 1929: Born Nicholas Alemangos in Petalidi.
  • Became a monk at 14, at Panagoulaki Skete, Kalamata.
  • Soon sent to Mt Athos, living an ascetic life in one of the desert huts, under the jurisdiction of the Skete of St Anne. He learnt iconography.
  • Enrolled at the Athonias School in Karyes. During his attendance at the school, he was a brother of Esphigmenou monastery.
  • 1963: Celebration of 1000-year anniversary of Mt Athos brought him in contact with Patriarch Athenagoras of Constantinople, who sent him to Constantinople to study theology at Halki. The Turkish authorities did not allow this, because he was a Greek from outside Turkey; so he returned to Greece and was admitted to the Theological Faculty of the University of Thessaloniki.
  • 1967: Ordained as a priest.
  • 1969: He graduated from the university with "highest honors". Subsequently sent to Australia to serve the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand.
  • Dec 1970: Public and formal joint prayer of Archbishop Ezeliel with the Pope (despite assurances to then-Archimandrite Chrysostomos that this wouldn't occur), led to Archim. Chrysostomos leaving the Archdiocese.
  • Subsequently recruited by the Koinotites (the Federation of Greek Communities, which had left the Archdiocese) and consecrated as a bishop in 1971 by Archbishop Spyridon (Ermogenous) of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of the Greek Communities of Australia and bishop of the Free Serbian Orthodox Church and the Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.
  • Bishop Chrysostomos applied himself to founding churches and schools, teaching the Greek language and religion to the children of Greek-Australians.
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