His Grace Bishop Andonios
of Phasiane





His Grace Bishop Andonios of Phasiane is the grandson of immigrants from Pontus in modern-day Turkey, and was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on January 15, 1953.† Known also by his legal name of Allen, he is the middle child of Steven and Despina Poulos (Paropoulos or Parides) and along with his parents, brother and sister attended the St. Demetrios Church which was the center of life for the first Pontian immigrants to the US in the first decades of the 20th Century.† Following his education at Stevens Academy, a private college-preparatory high school, he enrolled in St. Peterís College from which he graduated with a Bachelors in Accounting.† During this time, he became actively involved in parish life and served as treasurer on the Parish Council.†

In 1976, he entered Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, MA. He graduated in 1979 receiving a M. Div with Distinction and was President of the graduating class.† In January 1980, he was invited to work at Hellenic College/Holy Cross and served for 31?2 years in various capacities in the Office of Student Life.† He accepted the position of Associate Director of St. Basilís Academy in August of 1983 and in the following Fall assumed the Directorship of the National LOGOS Office at the Archdiocese Headquarters in New York City.† On August 18, 1985, at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Archbishop Iakovos ordained him into the Holy Diaconate and he assumed his baptismal name of Andonios.† He served as Deacon to the Archbishop until December 3, 1989, when he was ordained to the Holy Priesthood at the Church of Our Savior in Rye, NY by Archbishop Iakovos.†

Following his ordination, he continued to serve in the both the Office of the Archbishop and the Office of the Chancellery and was Assistant Chancellor and Personnel Director of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America.† On February 24, 1991, he was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite.† After a sabbatical in Greece from 1991-1992, he returned to the Archdiocese and was subsequently assigned to the parish of Zoodohos Peghe in the Bronx until 1995.† At that time, he returned to the Archdiocese to assist with the retirement of His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos and also assumed the position of Coordinator for the 1996 Clergy-Laity Congress which was held in New York.† In July of that year, he was appointed Director of St. Michaelís Home in Yonkers and in June 2001 also assumed the Directorship of the Archdiocesan Department of Philanthropy which in addition to other tasks handled the relief efforts of the Archdiocese for victims of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and the recent fires in Greece.† In addition, he serves as the advisor to the National Board of the Ladies Philoptochos Society and to the Direct Archdiocesan District Philoptochos Board.† He has also traveled to Ethiopia as part of an IOCC delegation and has been involved in several IOCC philanthropic endeavors on the African continent.

On December 11, 2001, the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople elected him an auxiliary bishop to Archbishop Demetrios and bestowed upon him the title of Bishop of Phasiane, an ancient Diocese in Pontos.† The Formal Election Announcement (Mega Minima) was read on February 22, 2002 at the Archdiocese Chapel of St. Paul in New York City and his episcopal ordination took place at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on Saturday, February 23, 2002.


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Nameday: January 17

Date of ordination: February 23, 2002

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