His Eminence, Metropolitan Pavlos of the Genuine Greek Orthodox Church of North & South America, (in the world, Peter Stratigeas) was born on Sept. 26, 1955 in Astoria, N.Y. His parents Panagiotis and Maria were devout people with great faith in God and deep spirituality. From his youth he lived in the bosom of the Church, where he was raised in Christian piety by his uncle, Bishop Petros of Astoria, who baptized him in 1956 in the newly-founded church of Saint Markella. His spiritual father was his other uncle, Archmandrite Niphon (Astyfides).
He completed elementary school in New York, after which he moved to Greece to study at the American Community School in Chalandri. In 1974 he entered the Theological School of the University of Athens, from which he graduated in 1978. On November 17, 1978 he joined the monastic brotherhood of St. Markella, and on Pentecost of 1979 he was tonsured a monk by Bishop Petros, who gave him the name Pavlos. A year later, on Pentecost 1980, he was ordained deacon, and in 1985, also on Pentecost, he was ordained priest and elevated to he rank of Archimandrite. He took active part in the teaching ministry at St. Markella's and participated in the pastoral work of the Diocese of Astoria.
In 1981, with the blessing of Bishop Petros, he began giving theological lectures every Monday night after Vespers, which have continued uninterrupted to this day. For many years he was a preacher for the Diocese of Astoria, and for twelve years he had a weekly television program that reached the Greeks of the diaspora in America.
On Feb. 6, 1998 he was elected Metropolitan of the Metropolis of the G.O.C. of North & South America by the Holy Synod in Greece under the presidency of His Beatitude, Chrysostomos II of Athens and All Greece. He was ordained in Greece on Feb. 13 by His Beatitude.
In 1999, he founded the Monastery of the Holy Ascension in Bearsville, N.Y., and served as the abbot.
On Sept. 15, 2000 at his request, the Holy Synod unanimously elected Archimandrite Christodoulos as Bishop of Theoupolis to serve as his auxiliary bishop. His Grace was consecrated on Sept. 20, 2000 by Metropolitan Pavlos in St. Menas Monastery in Attica, Greece.
In September 2012, His Eminence resigned as abbot of the Holy Ascension Monastery in Bearsville, N.Y., and in late 2013, he resigned from his position as Metropolitan of America. His Eminence, Metropolitan Demetrius is the current Metropolitan of America. Please view the following documents regarding His Eminence's resignation:
Iftar, refers to the evening meal when Muslims break their fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan. Iftar is one of the religious observances of Ramadan and is often done as a community, with people gathering to break their fast together. Iftar is done right after sunset.
We report the following unchanged as it was published:
"The leaders of the Armenian, Roman, Jewish and Syrian communities of Turkey sat around the fasting Iftar dinner in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul." Read more...
Jonesboro is a town located near the Eastern border of Arkansas, with a population of approximately 60,000. From a human standpoint, it’s not the most likely candidate for a traditional Orthodox mission, but for an Orthodox Christian who orders his priorities around Christ and His Church, it makes perfect sense. Read more...
Q. There seems to be a lot of variation in how people observe fasting, but my confessor told me to fast from oil on Wednesday and Friday. Oil is a pretty vague category, though, and I was wondering if I could get a more explicit description of what kinds of food and drink are excluded on strict fast days. Read more...