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His Emminence the Metropolitan of Rhodes, Kyrillos Kogerakis Patriarchal Exarch of the Cycladic islands (25-04-2004)

Biography

His Emminence the Metropolitan of  Rhodes, Kyrillos (Constantine Kogerakis), was born in Koumasa Monofatsiou Heraklion Crete (Municipality of Gortinas), on the 2nd of July 1964. (Constantinos Kogerakis) was born in Koumasa Monofatsiou Heraklion (in the prefecture of Gortinas, Crete) on the 2nd of July, 1964.

He completed his general studies in Heraklion, Crete and studied theology at the Theological Faculty of the University of Athens. His Emminence continued with He completed Postgraduate studies firstly at the Theological School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in the field of Liturgics and afterwards with a scholarship from the PRO ORIENTE Foundation. he continued his studies in the field of Catholic Theology at the Theological Faculty of the University of Graz, Austria (Karlsuniversitat).

He was tonsured a monk in the historical monastery of Agarathos (17-2-1991) by the then abbot, Gennadios Stavroulakis. He was ordained by the now deceased Archbishop of Crete Timothy, as a Deacon on February 23rd 1991, and as a priest on the 16th of August 1995. On the same day he received the office of Archimandrite. 

For five years he served as the Archdeacon of the previous Metropolitan of Austria Michael (1991-1995) and upon his return to Crete he became an official preacher of the Holy Archdiocese of Crete (1995-2000) and Director of the Holy Archdiocese Radio (1996-2000).

In the year 2000 he was named by His Emminence Archbishop Timothy of Crete, as the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Crete.

On the 20th of April 2004, he was elected Metropolitan of Rhodes by the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. He was and was ordained to the episcopate by His All Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I on the 25th of that month (Sunday of the Myrrh bearers) in the Sacred Patriarchal and Stavropegic Monastery the Life-Giving Fountain, Baloukli.

On June 5th of 2004, His Emminence Mr. Kyrillos was enthroned in the capital of the Dodecanese prefecture, Rhodes Greece, in the presence of the representative of the Ecumenical Patriarch,, His  Metropolitan of Iconium, Mr. Theoliptos.

Metropolitan Kyrillos has published many articles in the Heraklion and Cretan press and in local Church magazines. As a hymnographer of the Holy Orthodox Church he has written a large number of Services, for Saints of the Orthodox Church, many of which have been issued in the Church's publication "Cretan Saints" as well as various other publications. In 2011 and as Metropolitan of Rhodes, he published a monumental work known as the "Limonarion", a collection of services for the Rhodian and Dodecanese Saints and Holy Places.

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