Epiphanios (Perialas) of Bryoula

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Metropolitan '''Epiphanios (Perialas)''' is a hierarch of the [[Ecumenical Patriarchate]].  He was the first [[primate]] of the [[Metropolis]] of Spain and Portugal.
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==Life==
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Metropolitan Epiphanios was born in Ithaca, New York, in 1935, as Constantine Perialas.  He is a graduate of Syracuse University and [[Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Brookline, Massachusetts)|Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology]].
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The future metropolitan served for 30 years as a professor of speech and communications at Ithaca College.  He also served for a period as a vice president of the college, in charge of student affairs.  The college established the Perialas Prize in Epiphanios' honor in 1997.  The prize is given to three students annually.
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In 1984 he was [[ordination|ordained]] to the [[priest]]hood (taking at that time the name ''Epiphanios'') and served in a variety of [[parish]]es, including St. Catherine's in Ithaca (for 15 years) and the Assumption ([[Dormition|Koimisis]] of the [[Theotokos]]) Greek Orthodox Church in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, from which he was elected Metropolitan.
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On [[April 12]], 2003, the [[Holy Synod]] of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elected Fr. Epiphanios as the first [[bishop]] of the newly-created Metropolis of Spain and Portugal.  Previously, Spain and Portugal had constituted an [[exarchate]] of the Metropolis of France.
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In March of 2007, Metropolitan Epiphanios informed the Ecumenical [[Patriarch]] [[Bartholomew I (Archontonis) of Constantinople|Bartholomew]] of his intentions to retire.  The [[Holy Synod]] then elected him as Titular Metropolitan of Bryoula, and elected his successor: the V. Rev. [[Archimandrite]] Polikarpos Stavropoulos, from the Metropolis of Italy.  Metropolitan Polikarpos was [[consecration|consecrated]] at the Patriarchate on [[May 6]], 2007, and was enthroned on June 16, 2007, in the Orthodox Cathedral of Apostle Andrew and Saint Dimitrios in Madrid.
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His Eminence Metropolitan Epiphanios stayed on for a short transition and returned to the U.S. in mid-summer 2007.
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==Sources==
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*[http://www.goarch.org/en/news/observer/pdf/2003/03-05-MAY.pdf "Archimandrite Epiphanios Perialas Elected First Metropolitan of Spain and Portugal," (PDF)] ''The Orthodox Observer'', May 2003, page 5.
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*[http://www.ithaca.edu/ithacan/articles/0309/11/accent/3former_profe.htm "Former professor keeps the faith,"] ''The Ithacan'', September 11, 2003.
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*[http://www.detroit.goarch.org/news/shepherds/4-03.pdf "Archimandrite Epiphanios Perialas Elected Metropolitan," (PDF)] ''The Shepherd's Staff'', May 2003, page 4.
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* [http://www.orthodox-christian-comment.co.uk/news-firstmetropopitanofspain&portugal.htm "Archimandrite Epiphanios Perialas Elected First Metropolitan of Spain and Portugal,"]  Orthodox Christian Comment website.
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==External links==
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*[http://www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/resources/hierarchs/constantinople/currenta.htm#epiphanios_perialas_metr_spain Listing] at the Orthodox Research Institute
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*[http://www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/resources/hierarchs/constantinople/spain/bio_epiphanious_perialas_metr_spain.htm Biography] at the ORI
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years=2003-2007|
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after=[[Polikarpos (Stavropoulos) of Spain and Portugal|Polikarpos (Stavropoulos)]]}}
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title=Metropolitan of Bryoula|
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[[Category:Bishops]]
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[[Category:Holy Cross Seminary Graduates]]
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