Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Zealand

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== History ==
 
== History ==
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In 1924, the jurisdiction of New Zealand was transferred to the [[Church of Constantinople]], who sent [[Christoforos (Knitis) of Samos|Christoforos]] to be the first metropolitan of Australia and New Zealand.  He served until 1929 when he returned to Samos, his homeland.  The next metropolitan was [[Timotheos (Evangelinidis) of Rhodes|Timotheos]], and he arrived in [[January 26|26 January]] 1932, serving until he was elected metropolitan of Rhodes in 1947He was replaced by [[Theophylactos (Papathanasopoulos) of Australia and New Zealand|Theophylactos]], who served until his death in a car crash on [[August 2|2 August]] 1958[[Ezekiel (Tsoukalas) of Pisidia|Ezekiel]], then assistant bishop of America, was elected metropolitan of Australia and New Zealand in February 1959, and arrived on [[April 2|2 April]] 1959.
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Before 1908 New Zealand, along with the rest of the 'diaspora', was under the omophorion of the [[Church of Jerusalem]]; but, in 1908, jurisdiction over New Zealand was transferred to the newly-recognised [[Church of Greece]].  In 1924, the parishes of Australia and New Zealand - by now, Greek in character as well as in name - were formed into a metropolis under the [[Church of Constantinople]].  In 1959, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Australia and New Zealand was elevated to Archdiocese, and Metropolitan Ezekiel elevated to Archbishop with itIn 1970, due to the growing size and needs of the Archdiocese, Australia and New Zealand were split into the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia]] under Archbishop Ezekiel, and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Zealand under Metropolitan Dionysios.
 
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On [[September 1|1 September]] of that year, the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand was elevated to Archdiocese, and Ezekiel to Archbishop.  Later, in 1970, the [[Holy Synod]] of the Church of Constantinople separated New Zealand from Australia, leaving the Archdiocese of Australia and the Metropolitanate of New Zealand, electing [[Dionysios (Psiahas) of Proussa|Dionysios]] to be the first metropolitan of New Zealand and [[exarch]] of Korea and Japan.
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In 2003, Dionysios was promoted to the Metropolis of Proussa, promoting [[Joseph (Harkiolakis) of New Zealand|Joseph]] to be the second metropolitan of New Zealand.  In 2004, the decision was made to separate the exarchate of Korea from New Zealand and to make it a metropolis of its own, leaving Metropolitan Joseph the sole hierarch of New Zealand.  In August 2005, Metropolitan Joseph resigned from his see, and has left New Zealand to reside in Greece.  In October 2005, [[Amphilochios (Tsoukos) of New Zealand|Amphilochios]] was promoted to Metropolitan of New Zealand.
 
In 2003, Dionysios was promoted to the Metropolis of Proussa, promoting [[Joseph (Harkiolakis) of New Zealand|Joseph]] to be the second metropolitan of New Zealand.  In 2004, the decision was made to separate the exarchate of Korea from New Zealand and to make it a metropolis of its own, leaving Metropolitan Joseph the sole hierarch of New Zealand.  In August 2005, Metropolitan Joseph resigned from his see, and has left New Zealand to reside in Greece.  In October 2005, [[Amphilochios (Tsoukos) of New Zealand|Amphilochios]] was promoted to Metropolitan of New Zealand.
  
 
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==Organisation==
 
==Organisation==
 
The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Zealand is a single metropolis with seven churches.  There is also a [[Monastery of St. Andrew the First-called (Miramar, New Zealand)|monastery]], founded and headed by the Metropolitan, centered at the archdiocese.
 
The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Zealand is a single metropolis with seven churches.  There is also a [[Monastery of St. Andrew the First-called (Miramar, New Zealand)|monastery]], founded and headed by the Metropolitan, centered at the archdiocese.

Revision as of 13:21, June 15, 2006

The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Zealand, headquartered in Wellington, is an eparchy of the Church of Constantinople. Its current primate is His Eminence Metropolitan Amphilochios (Tsoukos) of New Zealand.

Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Zealand
Jurisdiction Constantinople
Diocese type Metropolis
Founded 1970
Current bishop Met. Amphilochios
See(s) Wellington
Headquarters Wellington, New Zealand
Territory New Zealand
Liturgical language(s) Greek
Musical tradition Byzantine Chant
Calendar Revised Julian
Population estimate 9,588 (2001 Census, all Orthodox included)
Official website Greek Metropolis


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History

For more detailed history before 1974, See Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand.

Before 1908 New Zealand, along with the rest of the 'diaspora', was under the omophorion of the Church of Jerusalem; but, in 1908, jurisdiction over New Zealand was transferred to the newly-recognised Church of Greece. In 1924, the parishes of Australia and New Zealand - by now, Greek in character as well as in name - were formed into a metropolis under the Church of Constantinople. In 1959, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Australia and New Zealand was elevated to Archdiocese, and Metropolitan Ezekiel elevated to Archbishop with it. In 1970, due to the growing size and needs of the Archdiocese, Australia and New Zealand were split into the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia under Archbishop Ezekiel, and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Zealand under Metropolitan Dionysios.

In 2003, Dionysios was promoted to the Metropolis of Proussa, promoting Joseph to be the second metropolitan of New Zealand. In 2004, the decision was made to separate the exarchate of Korea from New Zealand and to make it a metropolis of its own, leaving Metropolitan Joseph the sole hierarch of New Zealand. In August 2005, Metropolitan Joseph resigned from his see, and has left New Zealand to reside in Greece. In October 2005, Amphilochios was promoted to Metropolitan of New Zealand.

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Organisation

The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Zealand is a single metropolis with seven churches. There is also a monastery, founded and headed by the Metropolitan, centered at the archdiocese.

The Episcopacy

Current Episcopacy

  • Metropolitan Amphilochios of New Zealand, Oct 2005-present.

Previous Bishops of the Metropolis

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