His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas
His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas of Dardanellia, son of Constantine and Kalliope Lulias, was born on June 22, 1955 in Tampa, Florida where he was raised with his brother John. A member of Savant, the University of Florida Honor Society, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree from the University in 1976. He was listed in the Who’s Who of American Colleges and Universities in 1975 and 1979. His Eminence attended the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and received his Master of Divinity, with Honors, in 1980.
He was a Rotary International Graduate Scholar from 1980-1981 and A Graduate Scholar, Ministry of the Exterior, Greece, from 1981-1982. He pursued his graduate studies at the University of Thessaloniki, Greece until November 1982. He further studied the Russian language at the St. Petersburg Theological Seminary, St. Petersburg, Russia from late 1992 to mid 1993.
His Eminence Nikitas’ first assignment upon ordination was Associate Pastor at Ss Constantine and Helen Cathedral in Merriville, Indiana. He remained at the cathedral until 1987 at which time he became the chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Chicago, Illinois.
During his tenure as Chancellor from 1987 to 1995, he was involved in numerous educational, community service, and interfaith activities. He lectured a course in Orthodox Christian Theology at Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois (1988 to 1991). In 1994 he was appointed Director of Development for the International Orthodox Christian Charities and on July 1, 1995 he became Pastor of the St. Demetrios Orthodox Church of Chicago.
He was consecrated a Hierarch and named Metropolitan of Hong Kong and South East Asia on Saturday, 14 December 1996. This historic event took place in the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. George the Great Martyr, Phanar, Istanbul. He was enthroned as the first Metropolitan of Hong Kong and South East Asia (the Exarchates of China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore) on Sunday, 12 January 1997 at the Cathedral of Saint Luke the Evangelist in Hong Kong.
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Nameday: September 15
Date of ordination: December 14, 1996