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His Eminence Metropolitan Panteleimon of Belgium (in the world Nikolaos Kontogiannis) was born on February 7, 1935, in Chios (Greece). In 1957, he successfully graduated with a Master degree in Theology from the Theological Institute of Halki (Turkey). On November 28, 1954, he was ordained deacon by Metropolitan Iakovos of Ikonium, who also gave him the name of Panteleimon. The same metropolitan ordained him as priest on October 18, 1957. Since 1957, he has served in Belgium and has created different parishes. He was promoted as Archimandrite and then Epsicopal Vicar of the Archdiocese of France for Belgium and Luxemburg. When the Ecumenical Patriarchate created the Archdiocese of Belgium and Exarchate of the Netherlands and Luxemburg, he was nominated the first chancellor of it. In 1974, he was unanimously elected by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople as auxiliary bishop of the Metropolitan of Belgium with the high title of Bishop of Apollonias. In December 1982, he was unanimously elected by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople as Metropolitan of Belgium.

Nameday: July 26

 

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