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1955-1960: Bishop Polyefktos of Tropaiou (Later Metropolitan of Aneon)

His Grace, the Very Reverend Polyefktos (Finfinis) of Tropaiou was an auxiliary bishop of the Greek Archdiocese of North and South America under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarch. He served both the Sixth (Pittsburgh) Archdiocesan District, and in South America, of the Archdiocese before being transferred to Asia Minor.

Konstantinos Finfinis was born in Constantinople in 1912, and attended the Theological School of Halki from 1928-1934.  Just before his graduation he was ordained a deacon by Bishop Benjamin of Heraclea (in March).  On January 16, 1937 he was appointed as the under-secretary to the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.  On March 20, 1938 he was ordained to the holy priesthood in the Church of the Holy Trinity in Pera byu Metropolitan Germanos of Sardis.  After this point, he moved to the United States and served in a number of parishes: 4 years in Perth Amboy, New Jersey; 3 years at St. Demetrios in Astoria (while teaching at Holy Cross in Pomfret, CT); and finally a decade as the dean of the Annunciation Cathedral in San Francisco (1944-1955), where he hosted a radio program for 9 years, published an Orthodox periodical, and founded an institute of Orthodox theology.

On October 11, 1955 he was elected as the bishop of Tropaiou by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, to be assigned as an auxiliary Bishop to Archbishop Michael of America.  He was consecrated on November 3 of that year at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Pittsburgh by His Eminence Archbishop Michael and their Graces Bishops Theodosios of Eukarpias, Athenagoras of Elaias, and Ezekiel of Nazianzus.  Until his elevation as a Metropolitan in 1960 he served as the auxiliary bishop of the Sixth Archdiocesan District (Pittsburgh).

Metropolitan Polyefktos was then transferred to South America, where he served until early 1963.  On February 5, 1963, the Synod in Constantinople elected him as the first bishop of the newly created Metropolis of Germany (and the Exarch of Holland and Denmark).  Then, in June of 1968, he was elected Metropolitan of Ilioupoleos and Theira, and in August of 1969 as the first Metropolitan of the new Metropolis of Sweeden.  In April of 1974 he was elected as the Metropolitan of Aneon, and he retired to Athens, where he reposed in peace on February 1, 1988.  During his lifetime he published 9 books and a number of newspaper and magazine articles.


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