Iakovos (Tsigounis) of Militoupolis

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His Grace '''Iakovos (Tsigounis) of Militoupolis''' is an assistant bishop in the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia]].  He is the first Australian-born [[bishop]] to serve in that [[eparchy]].
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His Grace '''Iakovos (Tsigounis) of Militoupolis''' is an assistant [[bishop]] in the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia]].  He is the first Australian-born [[bishop]] to serve in that [[eparchy]].
  
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
Born in 1966 in Kogarah, His Grace then completed school at Model Farms High School in 1983.
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Born in 1966, the future bishop was the eldest of three sons to parents who hailed from Sparta.  He grew up in Winston Hills, attended church in Parramatta and completed school at Model Farms High School in 1983.
  
In 1992 he started studies at [[St Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theologial College (Sydney, Australia)|St Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theologial College (Sydney, Australia)]].  He completed his Bachelor of Theology in 1996 before completing a graduate course at the Sydney College of Divinity.
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In 1992 he started studies at [[St. Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College (Sydney, Australia)|St Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theologial College (Sydney, Australia)]].  He completed his Bachelor of Theology in 1996 before completing a graduate course at the Sydney College of Divinity.
  
He was ordained to the diaconate in 1993 by Archbishop Stylianos, becoming his [[protodeacon]].  He also served as editor of the Theological School until 2001.
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He was [[ordination|ordained]] to the [[deacon|diaconate]] in 1993 by Archbishop Stylianos, becoming his [[protodeacon]].  He also served as editor of the Theological School until 2001.
  
In 1999, he was ordained to the priesthood.  His name was changed at this point to Iakovos to honour the late Principal of the Halki Theological School, Iakovos of Iconium.  He was elevated to Archimandrite in 2000.
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In 1999, he was ordained to the [[priest]]hood.  His name was changed at this point to Iakovos to honour the late Principal of the [[Theological School of Halki|Halki Theological School]], Iakovos of Iconium.  He was elevated to [[Archimandrite]] in 2000.
  
 
After his ordination to the priesthood, he served at the Cathedral of the Annunciation, Redfern, and at the Parish-Community of the Resurrection at Kogarah.  In 2002, he was transferred to Melbourne, where he was appointed rector of the Holy Unmercenaries Church in Oakleigh.
 
After his ordination to the priesthood, he served at the Cathedral of the Annunciation, Redfern, and at the Parish-Community of the Resurrection at Kogarah.  In 2002, he was transferred to Melbourne, where he was appointed rector of the Holy Unmercenaries Church in Oakleigh.
  
On 11 January 2011, he was unanimously elected bishop with the title of Militoupolis, which was the title that Archbishop Stylianos had prior to arriving in Australia.  On February 20, he was consecrated by Archbishop Stylianos, Bishop Ezekiel, Bishop Seraphim and Bishop Nikandros.  He will serve alongside Bishop Ezekiel in the Second Archdiocesan District of Victoria and Tasmania.
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On [[January 11]], 2011, he was unanimously elected bishop with the title of Militoupolis, which was the title that Archbishop Stylianos had prior to arriving in Australia.  On [[February 20]], he was [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated]] by Archbishop Stylianos, Bishop Ezekiel, Bishop Seraphim and Bishop Nikandros.  He presently serves alongside Bishop Ezekiel in the Second Archdiocesan District of Victoria and Tasmania.
  
 
==Sources==
 
==Sources==
* [http://neoskosmos.com/news/el/node/12749 «Δικός» μας Επίσκοπος], by Kosta Nikolopoulos, Neos Kosmos.
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*[http://www.greekorthodox.org.au/downloads/files/BishopIakovos First Australian-Born Bishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese], The Greek-Australian Vema, Feb 2011.
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*[http://neoskosmos.com/news/el/node/12749 «Δικός» μας Επίσκοπος], by Kosta Nikolopoulos, Neos Kosmos.
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*[http://stgerasimosfellowship.blogspot.com/ Our first born Aussie bishop]
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*[http://stgerasimosfellowship.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?orderby=updated Our first born Aussie bishop]
  
 
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His Grace Iakovos (Tsigounis) of Militoupolis is an assistant bishop in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. He is the first Australian-born bishop to serve in that eparchy.

Biography

Born in 1966, the future bishop was the eldest of three sons to parents who hailed from Sparta. He grew up in Winston Hills, attended church in Parramatta and completed school at Model Farms High School in 1983.

In 1992 he started studies at St Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theologial College (Sydney, Australia). He completed his Bachelor of Theology in 1996 before completing a graduate course at the Sydney College of Divinity.

He was ordained to the diaconate in 1993 by Archbishop Stylianos, becoming his protodeacon. He also served as editor of the Theological School until 2001.

In 1999, he was ordained to the priesthood. His name was changed at this point to Iakovos to honour the late Principal of the Halki Theological School, Iakovos of Iconium. He was elevated to Archimandrite in 2000.

After his ordination to the priesthood, he served at the Cathedral of the Annunciation, Redfern, and at the Parish-Community of the Resurrection at Kogarah. In 2002, he was transferred to Melbourne, where he was appointed rector of the Holy Unmercenaries Church in Oakleigh.

On January 11, 2011, he was unanimously elected bishop with the title of Militoupolis, which was the title that Archbishop Stylianos had prior to arriving in Australia. On February 20, he was consecrated by Archbishop Stylianos, Bishop Ezekiel, Bishop Seraphim and Bishop Nikandros. He presently serves alongside Bishop Ezekiel in the Second Archdiocesan District of Victoria and Tasmania.

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