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John (Rinne) of Nicea

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Elder John was born in Turku, Finland in the year 1923. He pursued his theological education in Finland, New York, England, Greece, and the Soviet Union. He received a doctorate in theology from the University of Finland in 1966 and from Aristotle University of Thessalonica in 1971. After graduation he taught theology at a number of high schools and universities in Finland.
In 1967, he was [[tonsure]]d a [[monk]] at the [[Monastery of St. John the Theologian (Patmos, Greece)|Monastery of St. John the Theologian]] on the Island of Patmos. Subsequently, he was [[ordination|ordained ]] a [[deacon]] and then [[priest]] at the patriarchate in Istanbul. On [[May 26]], 1969, Fr. John was [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated ]] Bishop of Lapland, an [[auxiliary bishop]] of the Archbishop of Karelia and All Finland. In October 1987, Bp. John was elected Archbishop of Karelia and All Finland, a position he held until he voluntarily resigned in 2001.
Subsequent to his resignation he was given the titular metropolitan see of [[Nicea]] by the patriarchate of Constantinople.
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