Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco to undergo heart surgery

BOSTON — His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco is scheduled to undergo mitral valve replacement surgery on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, as he personally notified clergy and laity in his metropolis via email.

He wrote among other things that “this condition has been monitored for several years, and I have decided, in consultation with my doctors, that this is the most appropriate time to undergo this procedure”.

Metropolitan Gerasimos will be away from his archpastoral duties for about two weeks after the operation, but he wrote that he plans “to resume communication by email and virtual meetings by the Christmas holidays, and hopes to reach my full schedule later in January”. .”

He assures the clergy and laity of the Metropolis that “there will be no interruption in the ongoing work of our Metropolis, and I look forward to hearing of our continued progress during my recovery and of m ‘immerse in our work pleasing to God’.

He also wrote, “I know I’m in good hands with my surgeon, but most importantly, I’m in God’s hands and that’s where I place my trust.

Metropolitan Gerasimos was born in Kalamata, Greece. After completing his primary and secondary education in Greece, he went to Canada to live with his brother for a few years and then immigrated to the United States. In 1970 he enrolled at Hellenic College in Brookline, Massachusetts, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1973, followed by a Master of Divinity in 1976, both degrees conferred with honors. After graduating, he worked with the school’s new president, Dr. Thomas Lelon, and helped upgrade Hellenic College Holy Cross’ administrative services infrastructure to include the Registrar’s Office, Office student affairs and the advice and guidance office. .

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 to 1984. He returned to the Office of Student Affairs in the early 1990s and remained tied to the school until 1996.

In 1984, he enrolled in the master’s program in Counseling and School Psychology at Boston College. After graduating in 1986, he entered the doctoral program and received his doctorate in counseling and school psychology in 1993.

While retaining his position as Archdeacon and Dean of Students, he was appointed to the staff of the outpatient clinic at the VA Medical Center in Boston, a position he held until 1996. He was elected Bishop of Krateia by the Synod of the Ecumenical Church. Patriarchate in December 2001 and was appointed by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios as Chief Secretary of the Eparchial Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

On February 22, 2005, the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elected him the new Metropolitan of San Francisco, his enthronement taking place on April 2, 2005.

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