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February 25, 2005

New York – His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios presided today at the Mega Minima Ceremony (Announcement of Election) of His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco in St. Paul’s Chapel of the Archdiocese. The ceremony was attended by several hierarchs, the Consul General of Greece Katerina Boura, Vice Chairman of the Archdiocesan Council Michael Jaharis, President of the Presbyters Council Rev. Fr. James Moulketis, the brother and sister-in law of Metropolitan Gerasimos Mr. & Mrs. Peter Michaleas, representatives from the senior class of Holy Cross School of Theology, and family and friends including members of the Archdiocesan staff.

The Mega Minima was read, followed by the reading and signing of the acknowledgement of acceptance by Metropolitan Gerasimos while Archbishop Demetrios signed the Mega Minima.

Archbishop Demetrios then offered warm remarks applauding the many years of service and dedication to the church by Metropolitan Gerasimos. He praised the Metropolis of San Francisco and its strong and dynamic clergy and laity. He continued by wishing Metropolitan Gerasimos many years of both a qualitative and quantitative growth of his ministry. Archbishop Demetrios closed his remarks by conveying the blessings and prayers of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Eparchial Synod coupled with the full and continuous support by all in his new ministry.

Metropolitan Gerasimos responded warmly thanking His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Holy Eparchial Synod and His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios for their support and confidence. He also conveyed his appreciation to the senior class of Holy Cross urging them to remember the most sacred and meaningful commandment of the Lord “Love one another”. Finally, he acknowledged the successful ministry of his predecessor, the late Metropolitan Anthony, and asked God to grant him the same strength, vision and love to continue this ministry and to build upon it.

Following the Mega Minima Archbishop Demetrios announced that the Enthronement of the new Metropolitan will take place on Saturday, April 2, 2005 in San Francisco. Enthronement details will be forthcoming.