The Rt.Rev. Archimandrite Ierotheos Zacharis,Abbot of the Sacred Patriarchal and Stavropegial Monastery of St.Irene Chrysovalantou in Astoria,New York,has been elected Bishop of Evkarpias by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.Evkarpias is a suburb of Thessaloniki,Greece.*
Bishop-elect Ierotheos is from Thermo,Greece.He graduated from the Athonite Ecclesiastical Academy and the Theological School of Athens.Ordained by the late Metropolitan of Patras Nicodemos,he was Chancellor of the Holy Metropolis of Patras and director of the Metropolis TV station "LAMP."
Archimandrite Ierotheos was also a secondary education teacher and Scholar at the Athonite Ecclesiastical Academy.*
The Holy Metropolis of Thessaloniki is one of the New Lands within the nation of Greece belonging to the Ecumenical Patriarchate rather than the Church of Greece;yet,for practical reasons,is administered by the Church of Greece under an agreement with the Patriarchate.His Eminence Anthimos is Metropolitan of Thessaloniki.*
The Athonite Ecclesiastical Academy is a high school administered by the Holy Community of Mt.Athos.Located in the pastoral outskirts of Athos,it teaches Greek Orthodox studies such as as Patristics,Iconography and Byzantine Music as well as the conventional high school subjects.Room and board is free for the students,many of whom go on to leadership roles in Church and society.