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The Greek Orthodox Church

His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of North America

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Greetings & Salutations to Orthodox Clergy


Born in New York City in 1961 to John and Magdalene Kourounis, the Most Reverend Evangelos Kourounis attended the Greek-American parochial schools of St. Eleftherios and St. Spyridon in New York City. He enrolled in Hellenic College, in Brookline, Massachusetts from which he graduated in 1983 and then continued his studies at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology graduating in 1986 with a Masters of Divinity Degree. In 1988 he attended the Ecumenical Institute of Bossey of the University of Geneva, Switzerland from which he received a Cerificate of Ecumenical Studies.

He was ordained to the Holy Diaconate February 1, 1987 and to the Holy Priesthood on July 30, 1989 by Bishop Philotheos of Meloa. His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos elevated him to the rank of Archimandrite on March 30, 1991. He served as Deacon to the Orthodox Center of Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambessy, Geneva in 1987-1988, as Deacon to Archbishop Iakovos and Assistant Director of Archives of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in 1988-1989. From August 1989 until September 1993 he served as Assistant to the Dean of St. Demetrios Cathedral in Astoria, New York.

He served as Chancellor of the Diocese of New Jersey for six years from 1993-1999. He served as Director of the Registry of the Archdiocese from 1996 to 2001, and as President of the Spiritual Court for the Archdiocesan District from 1996 until April 2003. The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate unanimously elected Metropolitan Evangelos on April 12, 2003, on the recommendation of the Eparchial Synod of the Archdiocese of America.


His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey

The “Mega Minima” (Official Declaration of the Election) was read on May 9, 2004 at the Archdiocesan Chapel of St. Paul. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, assisted by other hierarchs, ordained the Very Reverend Archimandrite Evangelos Kourounis to the Episcopacy on Saturday, May 10, 2003 at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. The Enthronement or Installation of the Metropolitan of New Jersey took place on Sunday, May 11, 2003 at the Cathedral of St. John the Theologian, Tenafly, New Jersey.

Metropolitan Evangelos succeeds Metropolitan Silas and Bishop George of New Jersey. With the new Charter granted to the Archdiocese by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Diocese of New Jersey, which was established in 1977, was elevated to a Metropolis. Therefore, Metropolitan Evangelos is the first hierarch enthroned as Metropolitan of New Jersey.

The Metropolis is comprised of fifty-three parishes in New Jersey, the Greater Philadelphia area, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. Archbishop Demetrios stated: “I am sure that by the Grace and strength from God, the new Metropolitan of New Jersey will prove to be a true imitator of our Good Shepherd Jesus Christ and will lead the devoted flock of his God-saved Metropolis to ‘springs of living water (Rev. 7:17).’”