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Archimandrite Epiphanios Perialas

Elected First Metropolitan of Spain and Portugal

April 16, 2003

New York -- The Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople unanimously elected on April 12 the Very Reverend Archimandrite Epiphanios Perialas as the first Metropolitan of the newly established Metropolis of Spain and Portugal.

Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, when he was informed of this election offered the following comments: “The election of a fine clergyman of our Holy Archdiocese of America like Archimandrite Epiphanios Perialas in the newly established Metropolis of Spain and Portugal is an event of particular joy and pride in the Lord. We congratulate the Metropolitan-elect who has served with zeal and success in the Church and in the field of education for many years here in America, the place of his birth. Now, God calls him to offer his God-given talents and minister in Europe as Metropolitan of a newly established Metropolis. It is apparent that this new sacred post is not only pastoral but also missionary in character; it is a complex and challenging task. He has our best wishes for the abundant blessings from God for spiritual prosperity which we believe will be, with the grace of God ‘exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think’ (Eph. 3:20).”

The Metropolitan-elect of Spain and Portugal Epiphanios was born in Ithaca, New York, in 1935 and received the name of Constantine. He enrolled and graduated from Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline and Syracuse University. He also holds a certificate in Educational Management from the School of Business of Harvard University and has attended Cornell and Fordham Universities. Prior to being ordained, Constantine Perialas taught English and Speech in High School and went on to become the debate coach at Syracuse University.  In 1967 he transferred to Ithaca College as Professor of Speech and Teacher Education.  His administrative capabilities led him to become Vice President at Ithaca of Student and Campus Affairs.  Before his early retirement from Ithaca College in 1996, he was named Department Chair of Communication.

It was after his 25 year class reunion from Holy Cross in 1984, that he was ordained by the late Bishop Timothy of Detroit.  The Bishop bestowed the name of Ephiphanios upon him, changing his name from Constantine.  Father Epiphanios was elevated to Archimandrite in May, 1985, at St. George, Bloomfield Hills.  While at Ithaca College, he served various parishes in upstate New York, Ohio and Michigan.   

From 1959 to 1984 he served in various positions as youth director, chanter and choir director in many parishes. From 1984 until his election, he served many parishes as pastor and was for 15 years at St. Catherine’s parish in Ithaca, NY. 

At the time of his election to the see of the Metropolis of Spain and Portugal he was serving in the parish of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.

Archimandrite Epiphanios will receive the Episcopal Ordination in Constantinople on Thomas Sunday, 4 May 2003 and will be enthroned as Metropolitan of Spain and Portugal in Madrid on 7 June 2003, serving his first Divine Liturgy in Madrid, the following day, Sunday.


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