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Bishop '''Gerasimos (Papadopoulos) of Abydos''' ([[October 10]], 1910 - – [[June 12]], 1995) was an a [[auxiliary titular bishop]] of the [[Ecumenical Patriarchate]] serving in the United States. He oversaw districts of the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America|Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America]] in Boston and Pittsburgh, but is remembered most vividly as a mentor to many students of [[Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Brookline, Massachusetts)|Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology]] in Brookline, Massachusetts , during his time as a professor and administrator, and later as spiritual father in residence.
==Life=====Early Lifelife===Gerasimos was born ''Elias Papadopoulos'' on [[October 10]], 1910, in the town of Bouzi (today called Kyllini) in the province of Corinth. His parents were Ioannis and Athanasia Papadopoulos. The fourth of ten children, Elias was marked early in life as having a sober and serious disposition. In elementary school, he was nicknamed "Pappou" (grandfather) by his schoolmates. He left school at age thirteen and took a series of jobs in business, including grocer's assistant, shoemaker's apprentice, and worker in a forge.
Gerasimos was born In 1928, Elias Papadopoulos on October 10, 1910 became a [[novice]] in the town [[monastery]] of Bouzi [[Mega Spelaion]]. Within two years he had moved to the [[St. Anne's Skete (today called KylliniAthos) in the province |Skete of CorinthSt. Anna]] on [[Mount Athos]]. His parents were Ioannis He placed himself under the spiritual supervision of Monk [[Chrysostomos (Kartsonas)]], and was respected by the elders of the skete for his virtue and Athanasia Papadopoulosprudence. The fourth of ten children, Elias It was here that he was marked early in life as having [[tonsure]]d a sober [[monk]] and serious dispositiontook the new name of ''Gerasimos''. He left the skete in 1934 with the blessing of his elder to undertake studies at the [[Theological Seminary of Corinth]]. In elementary schoolJune of 1935, on the [[feast day]] of the [[Holy Spirit]], he was nicknamed "Pappou" [[ordination|ordained]] to the [[deacon|diaconate]] by Metropolitan [[Damaskinos (grandfatherPapandreou) by his schoolmatesof Athens|Damaskinos of Corinth]]. He left school at age thirteen and took a series entered the School of Theology of the University of jobs Athens in business1938, including grocer's assistant, shoemaker's apprentice, and worker but his studies were interrupted by the German invasion of Greece in a forge1940.
In 1928, Elias became a novice in ===Priesthood===Gerasimos was ordained to the [[monasterypriest]] hood in May of 1941 by [[Mega SpelaionMetropolitan]]. Within two years he had moved to the [[Skete Michael (Konstantinides) of America|Michael of St. Anna]] on [[Mount AthosCorinth]]. He placed himself under the spiritual supervision of Monk Damaskinos, now [[Chrysostomos (Kartsonas)Archbishop]]of Athens, and was respected by appointed Gerasimos as director of the elders orphanage of the skete for his virtue and prudenceVouliagmeni. It was here that he was tonsured a monk and took He held this position through the new name remainder of '''Gerasimos'''. He left the skete in 1934 with war and the blessing occupation of his elder Greece, following which he agreed to undertake studies at the become [[Theological Seminary of Corinth.Chancellor]] In June of 1935, on the feast day of the [[Holy SpiritMetropolis of Corinth]]in 1945. In 1947, he was ordained relocated to the diaconate by Metropolitan Germany, where he served as [[Damaskinos (Papandreou) of Athens|Damaskinos of Corinthproistamenos]]. He entered the School of Theology of the University of Athens Greek Orthodox church in 1938, but Munich. It was during this service that he completed his studies were interrupted by the German invasion of Greece in 1940first book ''Greek Philosophy as Propaideia to Christianity''.
===Father GerasimosAmerica===Following one year of service as [[chaplain]] to the student dormitory of [[Apostoliki Diakonia]], Gerasimos arrived in the United States in 1952 to become Professor of New Testament at [[Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Brookline, Massachusetts)|Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology]], Brookline. His former Metropolitan, Michael, had been elected Archbishop of North and South America four years earlier, and sought to have his former Chancellor with him. He was eventually appointed sub-Dean, but ran into conflict with the Dean, Fr. [[Ezekiel (Tsoukalas) of Pisidia|Ezekiel (Tsoukalas)]], who removed him from the position. Nevertheless, he developed a strong bond with the students, who gave him the nickname "Fr. GULF." ("Gerasimos - Understanding, Love, Faith) in recognition of the topics he discussed avidly with them. Meanwhile, he undertook advanced studies at Boston University, where he received the degree of Master of Theology. Concurrently, he was invited to speak and give retreats throughout New England and in other forums throughout the United States.
Gerasimos was ordained to ===Episcopacy===On [[April 6]], 1962, the priesthood in May [[Holy Synod]] of 1941 by Metropolitan the [[Michael (Konstantinides) of America|Michael of CorinthEcumenical Patriarchate]]. Damaskinos was now Archbishop of Athens and appointed elected Gerasimos as director of the orphanage titular Bishop of VouliagmeniAbydos. He held this position through was initially assigned to oversee the remainder of the war and the occupation of GreeceThird Archdiocesan District, following which he agreed to become [[Chancellor]] of the Metropolis of Corinth based in 1945Boston. In 19471967, he relocated was transferred to GermanyPittsburgh and the Sixth Archdiocesan District, where he served as [[proistamenos]] of the Greek Orthodox church remained until retirement in Munich. It was during this service that he completed his first book ''Greek Philosophy as Propaideia to Christianity1977.''
===Upon his retirement, Bishop Gerasimos contemplated returning to Greece, but after a short stay he accepted an invitation to return to Boston and Holy Cross Seminary as a professor. Of greater significance was his role as spiritual father in America===residence. He lived simply, in one of the dormitories and made himself available to counsel the students and share spiritual wisdom. The bishop was deeply respected by the students and by the larger community in Boston as an ''Abba'', a source of spiritual advice and strength. His nephew, Dr. Stylianos Papadopoulos, recounts an incident in the book ''Agape and Diakonia: Essays in Memory of Bishop Gerasimos of Abydos'' that examplifies the reputation acquired by the bishop:
Following one year :''The visit of service as chaplain Bishop Gerasimos to the student dormitory of Holy Mountain coincided with the [[Apostoliki Diakoniafeast day]], Gerasimos arrived in of the United States in 1952 to become Professor main church of New Testament at Holy Cross in Brooklinethe St. Anna Skete. His former Metropolitan, Michael, had been elected Archbishop As a bishop of North the Ecumenical Patriarchate and South America four years earlier, and sought to have his a former Chancellor with himmonk of Mt. He was eventually appointed sub-DeanAthos, but ran into conflict with a few of the Deanold monks who remembered him, particularly the monks of Fr. Chrysostomos Kartsonas, naturally, wanted him to celebrate the [[Ezekiel (Tsoukalas) of Pisidia|Ezekial TsoukalasDivine Liturgy]], who removed him from at the positiongreat festival of St. NeverthelessAnna. Bishop Gerasimos, however, because he developed had been living in America had a strong bond with short, trimmed beard. This prompted some of the monks of the studentsSkete to oppose his liturgizing because, who gave they claimed, the people would be scandalized seeing him the nickname "Frwith a trimmed beard. GULF." ("When they clearly intimated their perplexity over this matter, Bishop Gerasimos - Understandingdismissed it, Love, Faith) giving it no thought at all. He simply went and stood in recognition a back corner of the topics church as if nothing had happened, and he discussed avidly with themremained there from the beginning of the [[All-Night Vigil|all night vigil]] until late the next day when the Divine Liturgy was celebrated. MeanwhileThere, alone, without any distinctive signs, a stranger among strangers, he undertook advanced studies at Boston University, where recalled his old monastic experiences and prayed as much as he received could. It is the custom during the degree vigil of Master the feast day of TheologySt. ConcurrentlyAnna for the hesychast ascetics and hermit monks, who live a very austere monasticism in poor, isolated kalyves, far from the Sketes and Monasteries, to gather silently in the central church. After the liturgy, one of these ascetic monks approached two leading monks of the Skete and asked them: "Who was that [[clergy]]man who stood in that corner stasidi?" They explained to him that he was invited Bishop Gerasimos of Abydos, who had not been permitted to speak liturgize because he had trimmed his beard. Then the ascetic monk crossed himself and give retreats throughout New England and in other forums throughout the United States.told them: "What have you done? How could you? All night long I could see over his head a light like a dove, while over your heads there appeared something like little devils!"''
===Bishop Gerasimons===Gerasimos died of complications following heart surgery in Boston on[[ June 12]], 1995. His remains were interred next to the chapel at Holy Cross Seminary.
On [[April 6]], 1962 the [[Holy Synod]] of the [[Ecumenical Patriarchate]] elected Gerasimos ==Bibliography==*''Greek Philosophy as titular Propaideia to Christianity''*''Bishop Gerasimos of Abydos. He was initially assigned to oversee the Third Archdiocesan District, based in Boston. In 1967, he was transferred to Pittsburgh : The Spiritual Elder of America'' (with Peter Chamberas) ISBN 1885652046*''Orthodoxy: Faith and Life'' ISBN 0916586383*''Reflections and Christian Faith'' ISBN 1885652372*''Agape and the Sixth Archdiocesan District, where he remained until retirement Diakonia: Essays in 1977Memory of Bishop Gerasimos of Abydos'' (with Peter A.Chamberas) ISBN 978-1885652164
Upon his retirement, Bishop Gerasimos contemplated returning to Greece, but after a short stay he accepted an invitation to return to Boston and Holy Cross Seminary as a professor. Of greater significance was his role as spiritual father in residence. He lived simply, in one of the dormitories and made himself available to counsel the students and share spiritual wisdom. The bishop was deeply respected by the students and by the larger community in Boston as an '''Abba''', a source of spiritual advice and strength. His nephew, Dr. Stylianos Papadopoulos, recounts an incident in the book ''Agape and Diakonia: Essays in Memory of Bishop Gerasimos of Abydos'' [ISBN 188565216X] that serves to examplify the reputation acquired by the Bishop:
''The visit of {{start box}}{{succession|before=Meletios (Tripodakis)|title=Bishop Gerasimos to the Holy Mountain coincided with the feast day of the main church Abydos<br>3rd District/Boston|years=1962-1967|after=[[Demetrios (Makris) of the St. Anna Skete. As a bishop of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and a former monk of Mt. Athos, a few of the old monks who remembered him, particularly the monks of Fr. Chrysostomos Kartsonas, naturally, wanted him to celebrate the Divine Liturgy at the great festival of St. Anna. Olympus|Demetrios (Makris)]]}}{{succession|before=?|title=Bishop Gerasimos, however, because he had been living in America had a short, trimmed beard. This prompted some of the monks of the Skete to oppose his liturgizing because, they claimed, the people would be scandalized seeing him with a trimmed beard. When they clearly intimated their perplexity over this matter, Bishop Gerasimos dismissed it, giving it no thought at all. He simply went and stood in a back corner of the church as if nothing had happened, and he remained there from the beginning of the all night vigil until late the next day when the Divine Liturgy was celebrated. There, alone, without any distinctive signs, a stranger among strangers, he recalled his old monastic experiences and prayed as much as he could. It is the custom during the vigil of the feast day of St. Anna for the hesychast ascetics and hermit monks, who live a very austere monasticism in poor, isolated kalyves, far from the Sketes and Monasteries, to gather silently in the central church. After the liturgy, one of these ascetic monks approached two leading monks of the Skete and asked them: “Who was that clergyman who stood in that corner stasidiAbydos<br>6th District/Pittsbirgh|years=1967-1977|after=?}}{{succession|before=?” They explained to him that he was |title=Bishop Gerasimos of Abydos, who had not been permitted to liturgize because he had trimmed his beard. Then the ascetic monk crossed himself and told them: “What have you done? How could you<br>Retired|years=1977-1995|after=? All night long I could see over his head a light like a dove, while over your heads there appeared something like little devils!”''}}{{end box}}
==Source==*[http://www.goarch.org/en/ourfaith/articles/article8175.asp "Gerasimos Papadopoulos: Bishop Gerasimos died of complications following heart surgery in Boston on June 12Abydos, 1995. His remains were interred next to the chapel at Holy Cross Seminary.The Wise Abba of America"] ([[GOARCH]])
==Books by Bishop GerasimosExternal link==*[http://orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/resources/hierarchs/constantinople/former2.htm#gerasimos_papdopoulos_bishop_abydos Listing] at the Orthodox Research Institute
* Bishop Gerasimos of Abydos[[Category: The Spiritual Elder of America (with Peter Chamberas) [ISBN 1885652046Bishops]* Orthodoxy, faith and life [ISBN 0916586383]* Reflections and Christian Faith [ISBN 1885652372] ==Sources== [httpCategory://www.goarch.org/en/ourfaith/articles/article8175.asp Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Website "Gerasimos Papadopoulos: Bishop of Abydos, The Wise Abba of America"20th-century bishops]]
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