John (Kallos) of Amorion

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John of Amorion, Retired Bishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

His Grace John (Kallos) of Amorion was the first American-born clergyman to be consecrated a bishop in the American Greek Archdiocese, as the titular Bishop of Thermon. He reposed on December 1, 2012.


He was born on March 29, 1928, in Chicago, Illinois. He was raised and educated in the Boston area. He was a long time resident of Tucker, Georgia. Although he had no siblings, he had 6 paternal first cousins in the USA and 7 maternal first cousins in Greece.

Bp. John attended Boston College in Boston, Massachusetts, graduating in 1955.

Bishop John became the first American born bishop in the Greek Orthodox Church of America when he was ordained titular Bishop of Thermon by the late Archbishop Iakovos of America and two other hierarchs on January 17, 1971, at the Annunciation Cathedral in Houston, Texas. He served as Auxiliary Bishop in Houston (1971-1973), and Denver (1974-1977), as Diocesan Bishop in Charlotte (1978-1980), and Atlanta (1980-1988).

He appointed to administer the Eighth Archdiocese District of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America.

During his administration, Bp. John transferred the regional headquarters of the Eighth District from Houston, Texas to Denver, Colorado.[1] He served the district until 1979.

He served as Director of St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine in St. Augustine, Florida.

Bishop John received the title Bishop of Amorion upon his retirement.

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