Friday, July 7, 2017

National Herald predicts new Greek metropolitan of Chicago

NEW YORK (National Herald) – His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela was elected Metropolitan of Chicago during the process of the selection of the three person ballot (triprospon) by the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, presided by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios Geron of America.

Bishop Sevastianos was until now the Chief Secretary of the Holy Eparchial Synod and the Spiritual Advisor to the National Philoptochos Society. He was ordained a Bishop and given the honorary title of the city of Zela on December 17, 2011.

The result of the selection process of the Eparchial Synod will be sent to the Ecumenical Patriarchate for the ratification by its Holy Synod by the official election. According to the existing tradition the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate presiding by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew elects the candidate who gets the majorly of the votes of the Eparchial Synod.

Bishop Sevastianos was born in Ano-Zodia, Cyprus, he is the first born of three children of Panayiota and Frixos Skordallos. He is a graduate of the Theological School of the University of Athens, Greece (1978). He received a scholarship through the World Council of Churches to study in the United States at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur Georgia (1982) where he received a Th.M. in Pastoral Psychology. He has worked and received advanced certification in Clinical Pastoral Education at Caraway Methodist Medical Center, Birmingham, Alabama (1980-1982), and furthered his studies in Pastoral Psychology at Vanderbilt University, Nashville Tennessee and Middle Tennessee State University (1982-1984).


  1. I notice that while Sr. Vassa is criticized for giving an opinion (which she noted up front was hers and not that of the Church) here we have an example of utter nonsense that the Church ignores, from hierarchs themselves. A fellow is elected bishop while being at the moment the consecrated bishop of precisely NOTHING, NOWHERE and NO ONE. Let that sink in. What a joke. Fix the bishops. Maybe fix the patriarchs. They're broken.

    1. Bob, I don't know if I'd compare these two issues, but to your point about "titular bishops" I say: Well said! This particular issue has driven me nuts for years. Unfortunately, almost no one seems to see it as a problem or even care...