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New Archbishop of Johannesburg and Pretoria

8 October 2010

Archbishop Seraphim of Johannesburg and Pretoria - moving to Zimbabwe

The Orthodox Archbishop of Johannesburg and Pretoria, Metropolitan Seraphim (Kykkotis) has been appointed as an ecumenical representative of the Patriarchate of Alexandria on various bodies, including the World Council of Churches (WCC), All-Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) and other such bodies. Because these duties will require him to travel a great deal, he has been transferred to the smaller Archdiocese of Zimbabwe.

The Bishop of Ghana, Bishop Damaskinos, has been transferred to the Archdiocese of Johannesburg and Pretoria. Bishop Damaskinos is no stranger to South Africa, as he also served as parish priest in Durban and KwaZulu-Natal, where he opened new mission congregations in various parts of the province.

The Archbishopric of Zimbabwe is also being reduced in size by the creation of new dioceses in Mocambique and Botswana.

Read the full story here (in Greek), and more here (in English).

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jon Marc permalink
    18 October 2010 5:09 am

    Does the Patriarchate regularly make such sweeping transfers of its metropolitans from one corner of the continent to another? In the States I think that we tend to think of the hierarchs as wedded to their dioceses/metropolises/eparchies/whatever, but I feel like I read about this happening back when I was still living in Ethiopia and Kenya as well…

  2. Jon Marc permalink
    18 October 2010 6:30 am

    What’s the impact of such practices on the life of the metropolises and dioceses?

    • 18 October 2010 7:24 am

      Sometimes there are surprises. But I suppose you can also have surprises if a bishop you thought was going to be around for another 30 years dies unexpectedly, as happened here in 2004 when several of our bishops were killed in a plane crash.

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