Timotheos Evangelinidis

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Timotheos Evangelinidis (Greek: Τιμόθεος Ευαγγελινίδης; Polichnitos, Lesbos, 23 April 1880 – Istanbul, 6 October 1949), was a Greek priest and Greek Orthodox bishop who presided over the Metropolis of Australia and New Zealand from 1931 to 1947, and the Metropolis of Rhodes from 1947 to 1949.

Early life[edit]

He was born as Tilemachos Evangelinidis (Τηλέμαχος Ευαγγελινίδης) in the village of Polichnitos, on the island of Lesbos (then still part of the Ottoman Empire), on 23 April 1880.[1]

He studied at the Evangelical School of Smyrna and the Great School of the Nation in Constantinople, before becoming a monk and serving as protosynkellos under the metropolitan of Methymna, Stephen, until 1910. He then studied in the Halki seminary until 1914, before going to Bucharest as parish priest for the local Greek community and teacher in the city's Greek college. In 1921 and for the next ten years, he served as apokrisiarios of the Patriarchate of Constantinople to the Romanian Orthodox Church.[1]

Metropolitan of Australia and New Zealand[edit]

Evangelinidis was elected as the second Metropolitan of Australia and New Zealand in 1931. The position had officially remained vacant since 1928, when his predecessor Metropolitan Christoforos Knitis had been recalled to Greece. Father Theophylactos Papathanasopoulos had presided over the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand until Metropolitan Timotheos arrived in Australia on 26 January 1932 (Australia Day).[2]

Metropolitan of Rhodes[edit]

On 16 January 1947, Metropolitan Timotheos was elected to head the Metropolis of Rhodes.[1][3]

In June 1949, he was elected Archbishop of North and South America but was unable to assume the post due to a cardiac arrest. Unable to travel, he was re-instated as Metropolitan of Rhodes until his death in Istanbul on 6 October 1949.[1][4][5] He was buried in the Balıklı Greek cemetery, until in 1961 his remains were transferred to his birthplace.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΙΤΗΣ ΡΟΔΟΥ ΤΙΜΟΘΕΟΣ (1948 - 1950) (in Greek). Metropolis of Rhodes. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  2. ^ http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A150655b.htm?hilite=theophylactos
  3. ^ Archbishop Named for New York See, The New York Times, 8 June 1949
  4. ^ Timothy of Rhodes Dead at Age of 69, The New York Times, 7 October 1949
  5. ^ Kiminas, Demetrius (2009). "Metropolitanate of Rhodes". The Ecumenical Patriarchate: A History of Its Metropolitans with Annotated Hierarch Catalogs. Wildside Press LLC. pp. 115–117. ISBN 978-1434458766. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
Eastern Orthodox Church titles
Preceded by
Christoforos Knitis
Metropolitan of Australia and New Zealand
Succeeded by
Theophylactos Papathanasopoulos
Preceded by
Apostolos Tryphonos
Metropolitan of Rhodes
Succeeded by
Spyridon Synodinos