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Anthony (Gergiannakis) of San Francisco

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{{stub}}[[Image:AnthonyGergiannakisSF.jpg|right|thumb|250px|Metropolitan Anthony (Gergiannakis) of San Francisco]]His Eminence Metropolitan '''Anthony (Gergiannakis) of San Francisco''' (Αντώνιος Γεωργιαννάκης) was the first [[bishop]] of the [[Metropolis of San Francisco|Diocese of San Francisco ]] of the [[GOARCH|Greek Orthodox Archdioceseof America]] after it was created in the general reorganization of the archdiocese in 1979. Previously, he was the titular Bishop of Assimos, assigned to the [[Metropolis of Denver|Eighth Archdiocesan District]] in Denver, Colorado in 1978. In the redesignation of Americadioceses as metropolises in 2002 he was designated Metropolitan of San Francisco.
He Metropolitan Anthony was born on [[March 2]], 1935 , in the village of Avgeniki on the island of Crete, the third of six children, and grew up during the German occupation of World War II. For his early education he attended the ecclesiastical school of Chania, Crete.He attended continued his education at the [[Theological School of Halki|Halki Theological School]] and in Turkey, graduating in 1960. While at Halki he was [[ordination|ordainordained]] a [[deacon]] on [[July 27]], 1958.  On [[September 29]], 1960, he was ordained a [[priest]ed ]. After his ordination as a priest he emigrated to the United States of America. While serving as a [[parish]] priest, he earned a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University. He continued his studies for a doctorate at the University of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin.  In 1974, he was appointed Dean of St. George Cathedral in Montreal, Canada, where he served until his elevation to the episcopate. On [[May 21]], 1978, he was [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated]] [[Titular bishop|titular Bishop]] of Amissos. As Bishop of Amissos, Bp. Anthony served the Eighth Archdiocesan District in September 1960Denver, Colorado until 1979. On March 15, 1979 he was elected Bishop of San Francisco. On [[June 7]], 1979, he was [[enthronement|enthroned]] as the first bishop of the newly created [[Diocese]] of San Francisco. He served as the Bishop and later Metropolitan of San Francisco for over twenty-five years, overseeing the western states of California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii. At the general elevation of the bishops to [[metropolitan]]s, but before the [[diocese]]s were designated metropolises, he was elevated to the titular title of Metropolitan of the Dardanelles and All Hellespont, but remained the ruling Bishop of San Francisco. In 2002, after the redesignation of the dioceses to metropolises, Metropolitan Anthony was given the title of Metropolitan of San Francisco. During his tenure at San Francisco, Metr. Anthony led the expansion of ministries and programs of the diocese. His tenure saw the founding of over twenty new parishes and missions in the Metropolis of San Francisco, nearly one parish for each year of his ministry. In addition he saw the establishment of three monasteries. He initiated the establishment of St. Nicholas Ranch, the Greek Orthodox conference and retreat center located in the Sierra Nevada foothills. He was also the driving force behind the construction on the premises of St. Nicholas Ranch of the [[Monastery]] of the Theotokos the Life-Giving Spring. He did initiated the Bishop Anthony Student Aid Endowment Fund, a multi-million dollar scholarship account that provides funding for seminarians and students from the Metropolis to attend Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He also served as a member of the Holy Eparchial [[Synod]] of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.  Metr. Anthony passed away on [[December 25]], 2004 in San Franciscoat the age of 69,five weeks after being diagnosed, in November, with Burkitts Lymphoma[[http://en.]], a rare form of cancer. {{start box}}{{succession|before=[[John (Kallos) of Amoriun|John (Kallos) of Thermon]]|title=Bishop of Amissos<br>8th District/Denver|years=1979-1979|after=Kallistos of Zelon}}{{succession|before=''&mdash;''|title=Bishop of San Francisco|years=1979-1997|after=''&mdash;''}}{{succession|before=''unknown''|title=Metropolitan of Dardanellia<br>Ruling hierarch of San Francisco|years=1997-2002|after=[[Nikitas (Lulias) of Dardanellia|Nikitas(Lulias)]]}}{{succession|before=[[Meletios (Tripodakis) of Christianoupolis|Meletios (Tripodakis)]]|title=Metropolitan of San Francisco|years=2002-2004|after=[[Gerasimos (Michaleas) of San Francisco|Gerasimos (Michaleas)]]}}{{end box}} ==Source==*[ Metropolitan Anthony's Obituary]
==External Links==
 *[ Anthony Gergiannakis: 1935-2004]*[ Metropolitan Anthony Gergiannakis]*[ Anthony Gergiannakis]*[ Information Bulletin]*[ Metropolitan Anthony of San Francisco dies following short illness]
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[[Category:20th-21st-century bishops]]
[[Category: Bishops of San Francisco]]
[[Category: Theological School of Halki Graduates]]

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