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Talk:Ephraim (Moraitis) of Philotheou
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:In practise, many monks (almost all, in the west) have surnames that secular authorities have (eg on birth certificates, drivers licenses, passports, etc). Some simply have their preferred name as their ecclesiastical name; some officially change their name based on the name of their monastery (eg Abbot [[Stefanos (Pantanassiotis)]] and his monks are all officially surnamed 'Pantanassiotis'). The only exception I can think of is Hieromonk Damascene, who appears to have officially changed his name so that Hieromonk appears to be, officially, his first name. Of course, the fact that I remember specific cases tells you how common that practise is...
:All that being said, he is usually known as Elder Ephraim - much like Elder Paisios. -- [[User:Pistevo|oea]] 15:09, 5 November 2005 (CST)
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