Ezekiel Tsoukalas

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The Most Reverend
Ezekiel Tsoukalas
Archbishop of Australia
Installed 1959
Term ended 1974
Predecessor Theophylactos Papathanasopoulos
Successor Stylianos Harkianakis
Personal details
Birth name Ezekiel Tsoukalas
Born 1913
Died 1 July 1987

Ezekiel Tsoukalas (Greek: Ιεζεκιήλ Τσουκαλάς; 1913 – 1 July 1987) was a Greek priest and the first Archbishop of Australia in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia.

Tsoukalas was an assistant bishop in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America from 1950 to 1959. He had served as a bishop in Boston and Chicago. He had been Assistant Director of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1943 and elevated to director in 1949.[1]

Archbishop of Australia[edit]

Ezekiel Tsoukalas of Nazianzos was elected the fourth Metropolitan of Australia and New Zealand in February 1959. He replaced Metropolitan Theophylactos Papathanasopoulos, the third metropolitan who was killed in a car crash in 1958. On 1 September 1959 the Metropolis of Australia and New Zealand was elevated to an archdiocese and Metropolitan Ezekiel was elevated to archbishop.[2] In 1970 the Metropolis of New Zealand was created, so Archbishop Ezekiel became the Archbishop of Australia.

In August 1974 the Ecumenical Patriarchate promoted Archbishop Ezekiel to the Metropolis of Pisidia where he remained until 1987. He died in Athens in July 1987.

On 3 February 1975, the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate unanimously elected Metropolitan of Miletoupolis Stylianos Harkianakis, lecturer at the University of Thessaloniki, as the new Archbishop of Australia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tamis, A. (2005). The Greeks in Australia. Cambridge University Press. p. 112. ISBN 9780521547437. Retrieved 2014-10-13. 
  2. ^ "Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia — History". greekorthodox.org.au. Retrieved 2014-10-13. 
Eastern Orthodox Church titles
Preceded by
Bishop Athenagoras
Bishop of Boston
1950–1954
Succeeded by
Bishop Athenagoras
Preceded by
Theophylactos Papathanasopoulos
Metropolitan of Australia and New Zealand
1959
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Archbishop of Australia and New Zealand
1959–1970
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Archbishop of Australia
1970–1974
Succeeded by
Stylianos Harkianakis