John (Rinne) of Nicea

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The Metropolitan Elder John (Rinne) of Nicea, of a titular see of the Church of Constantinople, was the Archbishop of Karelia and All Finland from 1987 to 2001 when he resigned and was transferred by the Patriarchate of Constantinople to his present see.


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 tonsured a monk at the 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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John (Rinne) of Nicea
Preceded by:
Bishop of Lapland - auxiliary
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{{succession| before=Paul (Olmari)| title=Archbishop of Karelia and All Finland| years=1987-2001| after=Leo (Makkonen)}

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