Metropolis of Rhodes

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The Metropolis of Rhodes is one of five metropolises under the jurisdiction of the Church of Constantinople located in the Dodecanese island group in the eastern Aegean Sea. Until 2004, the Metropolis of Rhodes included the islands of Symi, Halki, Tilos, and Kastelorizo which were then detached and organized as a separate metropolis, the Metropolis of Syme,

History

Orthodox Christianity among the islands of the Dodecanese is traced back to the times that the Apostle Paul visited Rhodes. Orthodox Christianity maintained a continuous presence during the centuries as the islands of the metropolis endured occupation by many invaders including Arab, Turkish, and various Latin forces. In 1912, the islands of the Dodecanese came into possession of Italy, which pursued a policy of de-Hellenization and conversion of the population to the Roman Catholic Church. Following the end of World War II, the islands became part of Greece in 1947, and the Orthodox churches came under the jurisdiction of the Church of Constantinople. Under the Ecumenical patriarchate the faithful of the islands of the Dodecanese was formed into five metropolises of which the Metropolis of Rhodes is one.

Metropolitans

  • Cyril (Kogerakis) 2004 - Present
  • Apostolos Dimelis 1988 - 2004
  • Spyridon (Sinodinos) 1951 - 1988
  • Timotheos (Evangelinidis) 1948 - 1950
  • Apostolos I (Triphonos) 1913 - 1946
  • Benjamin 1912 - 1913
  • Gerasimos 1910 - 1912
  • Joachim II (Valasiadis) 1900 - 1910
  • Ierotheos (Dimitriadis) 1900
  • Constantine (Alexandrite) 1893 - 1900
  • Gregory (Lesvios) 1888 - 1893
  • Germanus (Kavakopoulos) 1876 - 1888
  • Dorotheos (Byzantios) 1862 - 1865
  • Cyril (Papadakis) 1861 - 1861
  • Ignatius III 1856 - 1861
  • James (Patmian) 1839-1856
  • Kallinikos 1836 - 1839
  • Paisios IV 1833 - 1836
  • Methodios 1831 - 1832
  • Paisios III 1829 - 1831
  • Zacharias 1811 - 1823
  • Agapios 1792 - 1829
  • Kallinikos 1758 - 1792
  • Ieremias III 1733 - 1758
  • Neophytos 1722 - 1733
  • Ignatius II 1702 - 1722
  • Constantine (Mytilineos) 1692 - 1702
  • Parthenios 1676 - 1691
  • Ioachim 1656 - 1676
  • Nathaniel II 1652 - 1655
  • Gregory 1651 - 1652
  • Meletius II 1643 - 1651
  • Paisios II 1639 - 1651
  • Meletius I 1637 - 1639
  • Pachomius 1612 - 1637
  • Ignatius I 1610 - 1612
  • Philotheus II 1604 - 1610
  • Ieremias II 1603 - 1604
  • Paisios I 1597 - 1603
  • Kallistos 1576 - 1594
  • Nikandros 1581
  • Theodosius II 1541 - 1548
  • Efthimios 1524 - 1525?
  • Klimis 1522 - 1523
  • Ieremias I 1511 - 1522
  • Mitrophanes II 1498 - 1511
  • Mitrophanes I 1471 - 1498
  • Neilus III 1455 - 1470
  • Makarius 1450 - 1455
  • Nathaniel I 1437 - 1439
  • Andreas 1432 - 1437
  • Neilus II (Diassorianus) 1355 - 1369
  • John IV 1350 - 1355
  • George 1256
  • Theodoulus 1256 - 1274
  • John III 1166
  • Leon II 1166 - ?
  • Nikiphorus 1147 - 1156
  • John II 1070 - 1100
  • Theodore 997 -?
  • Leontius 879
  • Michael 868 - 879
  • Neilus I 833 - ?
  • Theophanis 814 - 832
  • Leon I 783 - 801
  • Isidorus 680 - 681
  • Theodosius I 553 - ?
  • Isaiah 513 - 528
  • Agapitus 455 - 459
  • John I 449 - 459
  • Jury 431 - ?
  • Effrosynus (Effrantor) 305 - 325
  • Photeinus 284 - 305
  • Prochoros (Psefdoprochoros)  ?

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