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Gerasimos (Michaleas) of San Francisco

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His Eminence Bishop-Metropolitan '''Gerasimos (Michaleas)''' of San Francisco (b. Kalamata, Greece) is the metropolitan [[bishop]] of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco. Prior to his selection by the [[Ecumenical Patriarchate]] on [[February 22]], 2005, to head the Metropolis of San Francisco, he was of Bishop of Krateia, having been elected by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in December of 2001, and was serving as the Chief Secretary of the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. He saw previous service as Administrative Assistant to the President of [[Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Brookline, Massachusetts)|Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology]] in Brookline, Massachusets, after serving there earlier as Director of Admissions and Records and as Dean of Students.
He received his B.A. and M.Div. from Hellenic College and Holy Cross, respectively, in 1973 and 1976, both with high honors. He holds both a master's degree and a doctorate in counseling and school psychology from Boston College. He taught courses in psychology at Hellenic College and on teleturgics at Holy Cross, and was Senior Lecturer in the field of personality and psychology at Northeastern University, University College.
From his ordination to the diaconate in 1976 until 1996, he was [[archdeacon]] to His Eminence [[Iakovos (Coucouzis) of America|Archbishop Iakovos]].
Despota Gerasimos is fond of travelling and has visited each and every parish in his diocese.
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