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Dimitrios (Couchell) of Xanthos

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=== Early life ===
Dimitrios was born James George Couchell in Greenville, South Carolina on [[February 17]], 1938. He began his primary education in Spartanburg, South Carolina, then continued most of his primary and secondary education in Schenectady, New York. He completed high school in Spantanburg, and after one year at Northwestern universityUniversity, he transferred to the [[Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Brookline, Massachusetts)|Holy Cross School of Theology]], graduating in 1963 with a BA in Theology. Following a year of postgraduate study at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut, he worked at the headquarters of the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America|Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America]] for the next seventeen years in a variety of capacities.
=== Youth work ===
During his years at the Archdiocese, Couchell developed the Orthodox Campus Ministry program under the auspices of SCOBA and served as Executive Director. Part of this ministry included the publication of the quarterly magazine "Concern" for Orthodox college students. In seven years, Couchell visited more than 1,000 college campuses throughout the United States and initiated links with the National Student Christian Federation, the World Student Christian Federation and [[Syndesmos|SYNDESMOS]], the world Fellowship of Orthodox Youth. At that time, there were more than 100 chapters of the [[Orthodox Christian Fellowship]] of on American campuses, and an annual National Conference was convened for Orthodox college students.
In 1971 he was appointed as the first English Editor of the new biweekly newspaper of the Archdiocese, the ''[[Orthodox Observer]]''. He served in that role until 1981. From 1977-1980, he served as President of SYNDESMOS.
[[Category:Holy Cross Seminary Graduates]]

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