Difference between revisions of "Archdiocese of Kinshasa"

From OrthodoxWiki
Jump to: navigation, search
m (style)
 
(26 intermediate revisions by 4 users not shown)
Line 1: Line 1:
The Holy '''Archdiocese of Central Africa''' is a [[diocese]] under the jurisdiction of the Greek Orthodox [[Church of Alexandria|Patriarchate of Alexandria]] and All Africa. Its territory includes the [[parish]]es and missions located in the countries of Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Congo-Brazzaville.
+
The '''Holy Archdiocese of Kinshasa and Central Africa''' is a [[diocese]] under the [[jurisdiction]] of the Greek Orthodox [[Church of Alexandria|Patriarchate of Alexandria]] and All Africa. Its territory includes the [[parish]]es and missions located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (the DRC) and the Congolese Republic (Congo-Brazzaville).
 +
 
 +
==History==
 +
The see of Elisabethville (modern Lubumbashi) in Belgian Congo was established as '''Archdiocese of Central Africa and All the Equator''' on [[November 28]], 1958 by the Patriarchate of Alexandria with [[Archbishop]] Kyprianos as the first ruling hierarch. He was succeeded by Abp. Nicodemus. In 1977, Abp. Timothy (Kontomeros) moved the see to Kinshasa, the capital of Zaire (modern Congo), and became the ruling [[bishop]] of the [[missionary]] activities of the diocese until his repose in 2003.
 +
 
 +
In 2003, [[Archimandrite]] [[Ignatios (Madenlides) of Pentapolis|Ignatios (Madenlidis)]], who had been a missionary in Kananga for twenty years, was [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated]] as the Archbishop of Central Africa. On [[November 11]], 2006, His Eminence founded the [[Archdiocese of Katanga|Diocese of Kolwezi]] in Congo under his omophorion. After his resignation in 2010, Archimandrite [[Nikiforos (Mikragiannanitis) of Central Africa|Nikiforos (Mikragiannanitis)]]  was consecrated on [[October 24]], 2010 and enthroned in the Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas in Kinshasa on [[December 19]], 2010.<ref>[http://pa-imka.org/index.php/en/archbishopric-en/history-en  History of the Archdiocese]</ref> On November 24, 2015, following the new administrative changes in the Congolese provinces by the government and the elevation of the see of Kolwezi to an independent archbishopric, the archdiocese received its current name.
  
 
==Ruling Bishops==
 
==Ruling Bishops==
*[[Timotheos of Central Africa|Timotheos]]   ?-2003
+
*Kyprianos (Papadopoulos)  1958–1973
*[[Ignatios (Madenlides) of Central Africa|Ignatios (Madenlides)]]   2003-Present  
+
*Nicodemos (Galiatsatos) 1974–1976
 +
*Timothy (Kontomeros)  1976–2003
 +
*[[Ignatios (Madenlides) of Pentapolis|Ignatios (Madenlides)]]  2003–2010
 +
<small>(lost territory to establish the [[Archdiocese of Katanga|Diocese of Kolwezi]] and the [[Archdiocese of Brazzaville|Diocese of Brazzaville]])</small>
 +
*[[Nikiforos (Mikragiannanitis) of Kinshasa|Nikiforos (Mikragiannanitis)]]  2010–Present
 +
<small>(lost territory to establish the [[Archdiocese of Kananga]], the [[Diocese of Goma]] and the [[Diocese of Kisangani]])</small>
 +
 
 +
==Reference==
 +
<references/>
 +
 
 +
==See also==
 +
*[[Chrysostomos Papasarantopoulos]], pioneering missionary to Congo.
 +
 
 +
==Further reading==
 +
*Demetrios Aslanidis and Monk Damascene Grigoriatis. ''[http://uncutmountain.com/index.php?/uncut/pages/apostle_to_zaire/ Apostle to Zaire: The Life & Legacy of Blessed Father Cosmas of Grigoriou].'' Uncut Mountain Press, 2001. 240pp. ISBN 9789608677814
  
==Source==
+
==Sources==
 +
*[http://pa-imka.org/index.php/en/ The Official site of the Archdiocese of Central Africa of the Orthodox Church]
 
*[http://www.greekorthodox-alexandria.org/index.php?module=content&cid=004001 Patriarchate of Alexandria Archdiocese website]
 
*[http://www.greekorthodox-alexandria.org/index.php?module=content&cid=004001 Patriarchate of Alexandria Archdiocese website]
 +
*[http://theorthodoxchurch.info/blog/news/2010/10/the-ceremony-of-the-great-message-of-the-elected-metropolitan-mikiphoros-of-central-africa/  The Ceremony of the Great Message of the Elected Metropolitan Mikiphoros of Central Africa]
  
 +
{{DEFAULTSORT:Kinshasa}}
 +
[[Category:Orthodoxy in Africa]]
 +
[[Category:Dioceses]]
 +
[[Category:Alexandria Patriarchate Dioceses]]
  
[[Category: Dioceses|Central Africa]]
+
[[pt:Arquidiocese da África Central e Todo o Equador]]
[[Category: Alexandria Patriarchate Dioceses|Central Africa]]
 

Latest revision as of 22:22, March 17, 2021

The Holy Archdiocese of Kinshasa and Central Africa is a diocese under the jurisdiction of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa. Its territory includes the parishes and missions located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (the DRC) and the Congolese Republic (Congo-Brazzaville).

History

The see of Elisabethville (modern Lubumbashi) in Belgian Congo was established as Archdiocese of Central Africa and All the Equator on November 28, 1958 by the Patriarchate of Alexandria with Archbishop Kyprianos as the first ruling hierarch. He was succeeded by Abp. Nicodemus. In 1977, Abp. Timothy (Kontomeros) moved the see to Kinshasa, the capital of Zaire (modern Congo), and became the ruling bishop of the missionary activities of the diocese until his repose in 2003.

In 2003, Archimandrite Ignatios (Madenlidis), who had been a missionary in Kananga for twenty years, was consecrated as the Archbishop of Central Africa. On November 11, 2006, His Eminence founded the Diocese of Kolwezi in Congo under his omophorion. After his resignation in 2010, Archimandrite Nikiforos (Mikragiannanitis) was consecrated on October 24, 2010 and enthroned in the Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas in Kinshasa on December 19, 2010.[1] On November 24, 2015, following the new administrative changes in the Congolese provinces by the government and the elevation of the see of Kolwezi to an independent archbishopric, the archdiocese received its current name.

Ruling Bishops

  • Kyprianos (Papadopoulos) 1958–1973
  • Nicodemos (Galiatsatos) 1974–1976
  • Timothy (Kontomeros) 1976–2003
  • Ignatios (Madenlides) 2003–2010

(lost territory to establish the Diocese of Kolwezi and the Diocese of Brazzaville)

(lost territory to establish the Archdiocese of Kananga, the Diocese of Goma and the Diocese of Kisangani)

Reference

See also

Further reading

Sources