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Dionysios (Psiahas) of Proussa

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'''Metropolitan Dionysios''' (secular name '''Panayotis Psiahas''' or '''Psiachas''', {{lang-el|Παναγιώτης Ψιάχας}}; 1916-2008), QSO, was a [[hierarch]] of the [[Ecumenical Patriarchate]] serving the Church for most of his life in East Asia. In 1970 he was [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated]] as the first Metropolitan of New Zealand, a position he held for 33 years.
[[Metropolitan]] '''Dionysios (Psiahas)''' <!-- or ''Psiachas''--->(1916-2008), QSO, was a [[hierarch]] of the [[Ecumenical Patriarchate]] serving the Church for most of his life in East Asia. In 1970 he was [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated]] as the first Metropolitan of New Zealand, a position he held for 33 years.== Biography ==
Dionysios was born in Halkidona in 1916. Following initial studies in Halkidona, he was educated at the Great Patriarchal Clergy School in Fanar. In 1934 he entered the [[Theological School of Halki]], graduating in 1941. As soon as he graduated he was [[ordination|ordained]] [[deacon]] and served the Tataouli Community of Constantinople. In October 1945 he was ordained [[presbyter]], and was elevated the following month to the office of [[archimandrite]], serving as [[vicar]] and Chief Education Officer of Halki's Holy Theological School.
Metropolitan Dionysios died on [[January 6]], 2008.
 
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