Metropolitan '''Tarasios (Anton)''' is a hierarch of the [[Ecumenical Patriarchate]]. He is the [[primate]] of the [[Metropolis]] of Buenos Aires, and as such has jurisdiction over the countries of South America.
[[Metropolitan]] Tarasios was born Peter (Panayiotis) Anton in Gary, Indiana in 1956, to Peter and Angela Anton. The family moved to San Antonio, Texas, in 1960, and young Peter grew up in the Church of St. Sophia in San Antonio. He studied at [[Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Brookline, Massachusetts)|Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology]], as well as Trinity University in San Antonio, the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, and the Pontifical School of Paleographyand Archives at the Vatican.
He served as a lay assistant at St. Nicholas' church in St. Louis, Missouri beginning in 1980, and eight years later became administrative assistant in the Diocese of Atlanta.
In 1990, Peter became the first American to serve at the Patriarchal court in Constantinople, when he was ordained to the [[diaconate]] by Metropolitan [[Bartholomew I (Archontonis) of Constantinople|Bartholemew of Chalcedon]]. He advanced through the ranks of the patriarchate, eventually being appointed as Grand Archdeacon of the Patriarchate. In this role he oversaw the operation of the Patriarchal Church of St. George (the seat of the Ecumenical Patriarch), as well as various
functins of the Archdiocese of Constantinople. He supervised the production of the first English language guidebook to the Patriarchal church,
He was ordained to the [[priest|priesthood]] on [[May 27]], 2001, in Prokopi, and to the [[bishop|episcopate]] on [[June 3]] in Constantinople. He was enthroned in Buenos Aires on July 14, 2001.
Metropolitan Tarasios speaks Greek, English, Italian, French, and Spanish.
*"Metropolitan Tarasios of Buenos Aires," ''The Orthodox Observer'', June 2001, page 8. [http://www.goarch.org/en/news/observer/pdf/2001/01-June.pdf PDF link]