Timotheos (Evangelinidis) of Rhodes

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His Eminence Timotheos (Evangelinidis) was Metropolitan of Rhodes from 1947 to 1949. Before that, he was Metropolitan of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Australia and New Zealand between 1931-1947.

The Metropolitan was born on the island of Mytilene (Lesvos) in 1880.

Succeeding Metropolitan Christoforos, in 1931 Timotheos was elected as the second Metropolitan of Australia and New Zealand. Coincidentally, he arrived in Australia on Australia Day (Jan 26), 1932.

Metropolitan Timotheos had the distinction of having the longest reign within Australasia, a distinction he held until 1990, being eclipsed during the reign of Archbishop Stylianos (1974-present).

He presided over the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Australia and New Zealand until his 1947 election as Metropolitan of Rhodes.

In June of 1949, Metropolitan Timothy was elected Archbishop of North and South America, as successor to Archbishop Athenagoras who had been chosen as Ecumenical Patriarch earlier in the year. However, the Metropolitan suffered a series of heart attacks prior to assuming the post and was forced to resign before he could assume the throne of the Archdiocese. He was permitted to continue as Metropolitan of Rhodes, where he died in October 1949.

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Timotheos (Evangelinidis) of Rhodes
Preceded by:
Christoforos (Knitis)
Metropolitan of Australia and New Zealand (Greek)
Succeeded by:
Theophylactos (Papathanasopoulos)
Preceded by:
Metropolitan of Rhodes
Succeeded by:
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  • Archbishop Named for New York See, The New York Times, June 8, 1949
  • Timothy of Rhodes Dead at Age of 69, The New York Times, October 7, 1949

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