The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate unanimously elected Metropolitan Nikitas of Dardanelles as the new Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain, succeeding Archbishop Gregorios, who retired as of June 12, 2019.
Metropolitan Nikitas is the current Director of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute in Berkeley, California.
His enthronement will be scheduled to take place by the end of July at St. Sophia Cathedral in London.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, addressing the new Archbishop, stressed that the Holy Synod honored him with this position “because we regard you worthy of this position and responsibility, because you have morals, education and culture, perfect dedication and reverence to the Mother Church.”
In his speech, Bartholomew referred to the rich pastoral ministry of the new Archbishop in Asia and America, and pointed out that many believers are now waiting for him in Albion, and especially those from Greece and Cyprus.
“It is up to you now to write new, bright pages of glory and honor for your province and the Mother Church, to make us, who have honored you, feel proud of you,” the Ecumenical Patriarch added.
The new Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain expressed to the Ecumenical Patriarch and the members of the Holy Synod his heartfelt gratitude for his election to the important position.