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Dimitrios (Couchell) of Xanthos

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=== Florida ministries ===
In 1981, Couchell was appointed by the Archbishop of America, [[Iakovos (Coucouzis) of America|Iakovos]], as the executive director of the new [[St. Photios National Shrine (St. Augustine, Florida)|St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine]] in St. Augustine, Florida. On [[March 20]], 1983, James Couchell was [[ordination|ordained]] a [[deacon]] by Bishop [[John (Kallos) of Amorion Amoriun |John of Atlanta]]. It was at this time that he took the name ''Dimitrios''. Deacon Dimitrios was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by Archbishop Iakovos on [[Pentecost]] Sunday, [[June 26]], 1983, in St. Augustine. The date was significant: it marked the 215th anniversary of the landing in St. Augustine of the first Greek colony on the North American continent. On the occasion of the [[consecration of a church|consecration]] of the shrine's Chapel of St. Photios, Archbishop Iakovos elevated Fr. Dimitrios to the rank of [[archimandrite]].
In January of 1985, Fr. Dimitrios was appointed to serve concurrently as the executive director of the newly founded [[Orthodox Christian Mission Center|Archdiocesan Mission Center]], which initially was based at the St. Photios Shrine. Fr. Dimitrios oversaw the construction of a new facility for the mission center and initiated key programs, including the sending forth of the first Orthodox mission teams to Africa.
==External links==
*[http://orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/resources/hierarchs/constantinople/current2a.htm#dimitrios_bishop_xanthos Listing] at the Orthodox Research Institute
*[http://jillb.smugmug.com/Dance/Greek-Dance/Groundbreaking/9985214_8NpS3#682602591_bf5Jy Bishop Dimitrios at October, 2009 groundbreaking ceremony, St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, Melbourne, FL.]
*[http://www.ocmc.org/news.php?sub=press&action=topic&id=7 Founding Director of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center, His Grace Dimitrios Bishop of Xanthos, honored at OCMC Banquet]
 
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