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Gregory (Tatsis) of Nyssa

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His Grace [[Bishop]] '''Gregory (Tatsis) of Nyssa''' is ruling bishop of the [[American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese]] (ACROD) as a [[titular bishop]] of the [[Ecumenical Patriarchate]]. He was nominated in July 2012, elevated to the episcopacy on [[August 30]], 2012, in Constantinople, and consecrated a bishop and enthroned on [[November 27]], 2012, at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
==Life==
After taking part in a mission trip to Alaska sponsored by the [[Orthodox Christian Mission Center]], he felt the calling to pursue his life-long dream of studying for the holy priesthood. Leaving his secular job in early 2003, he entered [[Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Brookline, Massachusetts)|Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology]] in Brookline, Massachusetts, in the fall of 2003 and graduated in May of 2006 with the Masters of Divinity degree.
===Ordination and Service in the Metropolis of Atlanta (GOARCH)===His Grace was [[ordain]]ed a [[deacon]] at St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, on [[November 4]], 2006, by His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta. He was [[tonsure]]d a [[monk]] at [[Monastery of Holy Lavra (Kalavryta, Greece)|Agia Lavra]] [[Monastery]] in Kalavryta, Greece, on [[January 17]], 2007, receiving the name Grigorios, with St. [[Gregory Palamas]] as his [[patron saint]]. He was ordained a [[priest]] at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Atlanta, Georgia, on [[January 28]], 2007, also by His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta, and was elevated to the rank of [[Archimandrite]] on the same day. On [[February 1]], 2007, he was appointed as the [[Ierokyrix]] (itinerant preacherPanagiotopoulos) of the Metropolis of Atlanta. On [[September 14]], 2007, he received the offikion (rank) of [[Confessor]] at the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox [[Chapel]] in Atlanta, Georgia.
He was [[tonsure]]d a [[monk]] at [[Monastery of Holy Lavra (Kalavryta, Greece)|Agia Lavra]] [[Monastery]] in Kalavryta, Greece, on [[January 17]], 2007, receiving the name Grigorios, with St. [[Gregory Palamas]] as his [[patron saint]].  He was ordained a [[priest]] at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Atlanta, Georgia, on [[January 28]], 2007, also by His Eminence Metropolitan [[Alexios (Panagiotopoulos) of Atlanta|Alexios of Atlanta]], and was elevated to the rank of [[Archimandrite]] on the same day. On [[February 1]], 2007, he was appointed as the [[Ierokyrix]] (itinerant preacher) of the [[Metropolis of Atlanta]]. On [[September 14]], 2007, he received the offikion (rank) of [[Confessor]] at the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox [[Chapel]] in Atlanta, Georgia. Serving in his role as Itinerant Preacher and Confessor, Archmandrite Grigorios has travelled extensively throughout the [[Metropolis of Atlanta]], where he has led parish retreats, heard confessions[[confession]]s, and provided spiritual direction to countless numbers of clergy and faithful. Recognizing his affinity for youth ministry and his administrative skills, he was given the responsibility of overseeing all youth programs in the Metropolis of Atlanta. Archimandrite Grigorios also served as the parish priest of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, from [[December 20]], 2010, until [[May 31]], 2011.  Since October of 2011, he has served as Dean of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in New Orleans, Lousiana, and as [[Vicar]] of the Western Conference of the [[Metropolis of Atlanta]].  ===Election and Consecration as Bishop of ACROD===Archimandrite Grigorios was nominated as successor to His Eminence, Metropolitan [[Nicholas (Smisko) of Amissos|Nicholas of Amissos]] by the Clergy of the [[American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese|American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the U.S.A.]] at a Special Assembly on July 14, 2012.  He was canonically elected Titular Bishop of Nyssa and ruling Hierarch of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the U.S.A. by the Sacred and [[Holy Synod of Constantinople|Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople]] on August 30, 2012. His Eminence, Archbishop [[Demetrios (Trakatellis) of America]], was blessed by His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch [[Bartholomew I (Archontonis) of Constantinople|Bartholomew]], to be the main Consecrator of His Grace, Bishop Gregory, on November 27, 2012. Other Co-Consecrators included: :* His Eminence, Metropolitan [[Alexios (Panagiotopoulos) of Atlanta]] (who in an act of Christian love and concern released His Spiritual Son, His Grace, Bishop Gregory for service in the Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese):* His Eminence, Metropolitan [[Savas (Zembillas) of Pittsburgh]], of the neighboring Greek Orthodox [[Metropolis of Pittsburgh]], PA (who presided over the Canonical Election of His Grace, Bishop Gregory by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate):* His Eminence, Metropolitan [[Antony (Scharba) of Hierapolis]], of the [[Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the USA|Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA]] (who offered great assistance to the Diocese during and after the illness and repose of Metropolitan Nicholas):* His Grace, Bishop Daniel of Pamphilon, of the [[Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the USA|Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA]]
Archimandrite Grigorios also served as the parish priest of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, from [[December 20]], 2010, until [[May 31]], 2011. Since October of 2011, he has served as Dean of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in New Orleans, Lousiana, and as [[Vicar]] of the Western Conference of the Metropolis of Atlanta.
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 ==SourceSources==*[http://www.acrod.org/news/releases/nomination-announcement Archimandrite Grigorios (Tatsis) Is Nominated By Diocesan Priests As Successor To Metropolitan Nicholas]. ACROD. July 13, 2012.* [http://www.acrod.org/news/releases/election-of-bishop-grigorios The Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople Elects the Very Reverend Archimandrite Grigorios Tatsis Bishop of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese]. ACROD. August 31, 2012.* [http://www.acrod.org/news/releases/bishop-consecrated His Grace Bishop Gregory of Nyssa Is Consecrated and Enthroned As The Fourth Ruling Hierarch of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese]. ACROD. November 27, 2012.
==External links==
*[http://www.acrod.org/consecration Consecration of Bishop Gregory]*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qa-3SQ7NaR0 Video highlights of the consecration] (YouTube video)*[http://acrod.org/news/releases/election-of-bishop-grigorios The Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople Elects the Very Reverend Archimandrite Grigorios Tatsis Bishop of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese] (ACROD)*[http://atlanta.goarch.org/index.php?pr=Ierokyrix Ierokyrix of the Metropolis of Atlanta]*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_b8BYIwt5Rc Fr. Grigorios Tatsis - Homily 6-19-12] (YouTube video), given at St. George's Orthodox Church (ACROD), in Taylor, Pennsylvania*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaRzLT8Ry0o Nomination of Archimandrite Grigorios Tatsis As Successor to Metropolitan Nicholas] (YouTube video), July 14, 2012
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