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March 22, 2005

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San Francisco, CA - His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, Primate
of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, will preside at the enthronement
of His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco on Saturday, April
2 in the Ascension Cathedral, 4700 Lincoln Ave., Oakland, beginning at
10:30 a.m. A luncheon will follow in honor of Metropolitan Gerasimos
hosted by the Ascension Cathedral. Metropolitan Gerasimos will celebrate
his first Hierarchal Liturgy, Sunday morning, April 3 in the Annunciation
Cathedral, 245 Valencia St., San Francisco beginning at 10:30 a.m. Clergy
of the Metropolis of San Francisco will assist him.

The Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople
elected the new Metropolitan of San Francisco on February 22, 2005 to
succeed Metropolitan Anthony of San Francisco who fell asleep in the Lord
on December 25, 2004.

In his first Pastoral Address to the Clergy and Faithful at the Holy
Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix, AZ, March 13, His Eminence Metropolitan
Gerasimos said: "??The Fathers of the Church went to the desert, not as
teachers, but as pupils and pilgrims. They went to the desert in order to
learn the lessons the desert itself had to offer. ??I come to this
Metropolis, to this unique place, not in order to impose upon it some
preconceived notions taken from another place or time; that would be as
foolish as attempting to transplant and grow wetland plants in the desert,
I have come rather seeking to learn the lessons that this place has to
teach, to plant myself in the unique soil of this region, and to preserve
and build up the parish communities that thrive here, like indigenous
plants. And as I prepare for the day of my enthronement in the Metropolis
of San Francisco, I have constantly before me the accomplishments, visions
and expectations of my predecessor, the late Metropolitan Anthony, who also
had the experience of the desert."

The entire Enthronement Ceremony will be
Broadcast Live on the INTERNET
Saturday, April 2 beginning at 10:30 a.m. (PST).

The doors of Ascension Cathedral will open at 9 a.m. on Saturday for early
arrival. Shuttle service will be provided at additional parking sites
available at the Mormon Temple and Cerebral Palsy Center. For more
information, call 415.753.3075 or visit


Metropolitan Gerasimos was born in Kalamata, Greece to Nicholas and
Anastasia Michaleas. Upon successful completion of his elementary and
secondary school education in Greece, he immigrated to the United States.
In 1970, he enrolled at Hellenic College in Brookline, Massachusetts, where
he received his B.A. with High Honors in 1973. That same year, he was
admitted to Holy Cross School of Theology, where he completed his M.Div.
Degree in 1976 with High Honors.

In 1977 he joined the administration of Hellenic College/Holy Cross,
serving as Registrar until 1979. During his tenure in this post, he
organized and updated the Registrar's Office, creating the Office of
Admissions and Records for the school.

He was ordained to the diaconate in 1979 and was called to serve as
Archdeacon to His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos, a position he held until
1996. Concurrently, he was appointed Dean of Students at Hellenic
College/Holy Cross from 1980 until 1999. As Dean, he created the "Orthodox
Actionline," the first Archdiocesan telephone ministry directed towards
those who do not have substantive ties to the Church. Eventually, this
ministry became an official part of the Office of Field Education at Holy

Also during his tenure as Dean of Students at Hellenic College/Holy Cross,
he became centrally involved in the success of various programs benefiting
future priests of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and their
families. Specifically, he organized and monitored programs that evaluate
and assist individuals at Hellenic College/Holy Cross with development in
both their emotional and spiritual growth. These programs have been
modified to suit the needs of the institution's current student population.

In 1984 he enrolled in the Master's Degree Program in Counseling and School
Psychology at Boston College. After receiving his degree in 1986, he
entered the doctoral program. He received his Doctorate in Counseling and
School Psychology in 1993. His doctoral dissertation is titled,
"Intellectual Deficiencies in a Substance Abuse Population."

While maintaining his position as Archdeacon and Dean of Students, he was
appointed a member of the staff of the Outpatient Clinic of the V.A.
Medical Center in Boston, a post he held until 1996.

In 1998, he became Director of Admissions and Records at Hellenic
College/Holy Cross. In 2000, he became Administrative Assistant to the
Rev. Nicholas Triantafilou, President of Hellenic College/Holy Cross, a
post he held until he was elected Bishop of Krateia by the Holy and Sacred
Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in December of 2001. He was appointed
by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios as Chief Secretary of the Holy
Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. As Chief
Secretary, he assisted the Synod in the promulgation and realization of its

In the area of academic achievements, he taught courses in Psychology at
Hellenic College, as well as courses on Teleturgics at Holy Cross. Since
1985, he has been Senior Lecturer in the field of Personality and
Psychology at Northeastern University, University College. The University
Press of America published his dissertation in 1994. He is the author of a
number of articles published in periodicals in the area of psychology, and
is a member of the APA (American Psychological Association) and the ACA
(American Counseling Association).

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