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[[Image:MetropolitanAthenagorus.jpg|thumb|right|Abp. Athenagoras (Aneste) of Mexico]]
His Eminence Metropolitan Archbishop '''Athenagoras (Aneste) of Mexico''' is the ruling hierarch of the [[Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Mexico, Central America, Columbia, Venezuela, and the Caribbean Islands]] under the [[jurisdiction]] of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.
 
==Life==
His Eminence Metropolitan Archbishop Athenagoras of the Born on [[Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Mexico, Central America, Columbia, Venezuela, and the Caribbean IslandsSeptember 17]] was born George Angelo Aneste , 1941 in Chicago, Illinois. On September 17, 1941. Upon completing George Angelo Anastasiadis received his elementary and High School high school education in Chicagobefore beginning his theological education at [[Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Brookline, His Eminence entered Massachusetts)|Hellenic College/Holy Cross Seminary ]] in Brookline, MassMassachusetts. Following his first year of studies, he transferred to the Theological School of the University of Athens, Greece ( in 1959-1965) where he received his Masters of Theology Degreein 1965. His Eminence Fr. Athenagoras also pursued graduate studies at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor Campus) where in 1973 he received a Master Masters Degree in Russian Literature.
In 1965, His Eminence George was [[ordination|ordained ]] a Deacon [[deacon]] on [[December 19]], 1965 at the Annunciation Cathedral of Chicago, receiving the ecclesiastical name, Athenagoras, (Dec. 19In 1966, 1965) Dn. Athenagoras was appointed deacon and Priest secretary to His Grace Bishop Timotheos of Rodostolon, in Toronto, Ontario Canada. On [[July 21]], 1967, he was ordained a [[priest]] at the Parish [[parish]] of St. George in Toronto, Ontario Canada (July 21, 1967).
In 1966 His Eminence was appointed as Deacon and Secretary to His Grace Bishop Timotheos of Rodostolon, in Toronto, and upon Following his ordination to the Priesthood he priesthood Fr. Athenagoras served the Parishes a number of: [[parish]]es including Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, London Ontario Canada (from 1967-to 1970), St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Ann Arbor, Michigan (from 1970-to 1963), St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church, Niles, Illinois (197 6-from 1976 to 1978), and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Flushing, New York (from 1979-to 1982).
In August of 1973, His Eminence Fr. Athenagoras was appointed as Chancellor of the Diocese of Chicagoof the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America]], where he served until January 1979. In his capacity as Chancellor of the Diocese, His Eminence Fr. Athenagoras represented the Greek Orthodox Church in the midwest in a number of capacities, assisted in administering the vast region of the Diocesediocese, and served as General Secretary of the Clergy Laity Congress of the Archdiocese of North and South America, which convened in Chicago in July of 1974.
Upon the direction of His Eminence Archbishop [[Iakovos(Coucouzis) of America|Iakovos]], the then Fr. Athenagoras chaired a the Committee of Clergy and Young Adults and that restructured the Senior GOYA (, as the Young Adult program) of the Archdiocesearchdiocese, that, establishing in 1975 , was established as the YAL (Young Adult League(YAL) and writing that wrote the YAL Manual which defines the work and activities of the YAL to this day.In that same yearAlso during 1975, His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos appointed Fr. Athenagoras to be the first National Director of the newly established Young Adult League. In this capacity , Fr. Athenagoras covened convened the first YAL Conference in Philadelphia, during July of 1976.
On [[August 22]], 1982, Metropolitan Fr. Athenagoras was [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated ]] Auxiliary Bishop to His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos at the Holy Trinity Cathedral of New York as an Auxiliary Bishop to His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos, assuming with the title of Bishop of Dorylaion. In his capacity as an Auxiliary Bishop to the Archbishopauxiliary [[bishop]], Metropolitan Bp. Athenagoras represented the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese at numerous civic and religious functions. He served as General Secretary of the [[Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas; he ]]. He was the Official official representative of the Archdiocese to the National Council of Churches and also served as national coordinator of the three major dialogues between the [[Orthodox Church in America ]] and the [[Roman CatholicChurch|Roman Catholic]], the Anglican , and the Lutheran Churches. In 1987 and In , in the presence of numerous many Cardinals and Roman Catholic Hierarchs and many of the Orthodox Hierarchs in America, Bishop Bp. Athenagoras was the guest speaker at St. Patrick’s Cathedral of New York, on the occasion of the celebration of the 1200 1,200 anniversary of the 7ht [[Seventh Ecumenical Council]]. As an Auxiliary Bishop [[auxiliary bishop]] to the Archbishop, Metropolitan Bp. Athenagoras also administered the Greek Orthodox Parishes parishes of Connecticut and Up-State New York and served as the Overseer overseer for [[St. Basil Academy (Garrison, New York)|St. Basil’s Academy]].
In 1996, His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew asked requested Bishop Athenagoras to go Hong-Kong and in behalf of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to pursue the establishment in Hong Kong of a new [[Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia|Metropolitan Archdiocese of Hong-Kong and all All of South East Asia]] on behalf of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. In November of that year, Upon accomplishing this task, After establishing the new Metropolitan Archdiocese, in November 1996 Bp. Athenagoras was directed by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, to officially [[enthronement|enthrone ]] the newly elected Metropolitan [[Nikitas (Lulias) of Dardanellia|Nikitas]] as the first Metropolitan of this newly established the new Metropolis. On December 2nd , 1996, Bishop Athenagoras was unanimously elected by the Holy and Great Synod of Constantinople to the newly established Metropolitan Archdiocese of Central America and the Caribbean. He was enthroned on January 25, 1997. The jurisdiction of the Metropolitan Archdiocese includes the Countries of Mexico (where His Eminence resides), Venezuela, Colombia, all the Countries of Central America (Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador) and the Islands of the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba.  Since then, His Eminence travels unceasingly to the various Countries of the region, bringing the message of the Orthodox Church to an ever growing number of individuals and groups, seeking to embrace the Orthodox Faith.
On [[December 2]], 1996, Bp. Athenagoras was elected unanimously by the Holy and Great Synod of Constantinople to the newly established Metropolitan Archdiocese of Central America and the Caribbean. He was enthroned on [[January 25]], 1997. The area of jurisdiction of the Metropolitan Archdiocese includes the Countries of Mexico (where His Eminence resides), Venezuela, Colombia, all the Countries of Central America (Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador) and the Islands of the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba.
==Sources==
*[http://www.ec-patr.org/hierarchs/index.php?lang=en Metropolitans - Archbishops of the Throne]
==External links==
*[http://www.orthodoxiamexico.org/ Holy Orthodox Metropolis of Mexico]*[http://www.gocanada.org/clergyhistory/aneste.htm His Eminence Metropolitan Athenagoras (Aneste) of Panama]*[http://timelines.ws/days/01_21.HTML Today in History - January 21, 2004]
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[[Category:Orthodoxy in Central America]]
[[Category:Dioceses]]
[[Category:Ecumenical Patriarchate Dioceses|Central America]]
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