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Damaskinos (Gaganiaras) of Jappa

His Eminence the Most Reverend Archbishop Damaskinos (Gaganiaras) of Jappa is the bishop of Jappa of the Church of Jerusalem.


Anastasios Gaganiaras was born in Vlasti, Kozani prefecture Greece in 1952. He moved to Jerusalem in 1967. In 1968, Anastasios was tonsured a monk with the name Damaskinos. In 1970, Mk. Damaskinos was ordained a deacon and served churches in Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Amman. In 1977, Dn. Damaskinos was ordained to the priesthood, and in 1980, he was raised to the dignity of archimandrite.

Having attended the Catholic University of Bethlehem, Fr. Damaskinos upon graduation received a degree in English Philosophy in 1980. He continued his education at the Aristotle University of Thessalonica, receiving a degree in Theology in 1984. Continuing his studies in Byzantine History in the Postgraduate Department of the Aristotle University, Archim. Damaskinos received a postgraduate degree cum laude in 1985, followed by receiving a Doctorate degree in Theology in 1986. He also was a graduate of the School of Law at the University.

In 1994, Fr. Damaskinos undertook the renovation of the Church of the Archangels and the monastery in Jappa at his expense. In 1996, he was elected to the Holy Synod of the Church of Jerusalem. In October 1998, Fr. Damaskinos was elected Bishop of Jappa, with his consecration taking place on October 13. In the your 2000, he was raised to the dignity of Archbishop of Jappa, as well as receiving an appointment as president of the Ecclesiastic Court of Jappa.

In 2001, he received the appointment as the Exarch of the Holy Sepulchre in Greece, and in 2002, he was named Exarch of the Jerusalem patriarchal parishes in America.

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