Cephalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands and
has a glorious history which includes its struggle for liberation
that culminated in the Union with Greece in 1864.
Its religious past is also glorious as the island
has been priviledged in having superb figures grace its Archerarchical
Throne, among them Germanos Kalligas who later became Archbishop
of Athens and All Greece, Gerasimos Dorizas, and Germanos Roubanis.
Currently, Head of the Cephalonian Church is the
most Reverend Spyridon a native of Pireaus, who for the past 18
years has been is widely acknowledged as an excellent Keeper of
the Local Church.
The island has a population of 30.000 according to
the recent census. However, there are literally thousands of Cephalonians
all over the world who maintain unbreakable ties with their birthland.
It is worth noting that the Holy Metropolis Administration
is composed exclusively of Cephalonians.
Bishop's Assistant (Chancellor) is the Reverend Gerasimos
Fokas, a Theology graduate who at an early age abandoned the worldly
and specifically his father's hotel business, in order to follow
Christ. His brother is the world-renowned mathematician Athanasios
Fokas. Father Fokas is the chief admistrator at the Holy Metropolis,
represents the Metropolitan in all affairs and signs all official
documents in his place. At the same time he liturgizes and preaches
God's word in towns and villages throughout the island.
Father Fotios Kavallieratos heads the Financial and
Accounting Office, assisted by Metropolis employee Nektarios Valentis.
Father Spyridon Petinatos heads the Secretariat and
Information Systems Office, assisted by employee Gerasimos Kavallieratos.
Deacon Konstantinos Liosatos heads the Office of Marriages
Deacon Konstantinos Liosatos, assisted by employee
Gerasimos Kavallieratos, is in charge of Registry and Expedition.
Nektarios Valentis runs the radio station while Deacon
K. Liosatos and Mr. Gerasimos Kavallieratos have authority to access
and use the equipment.
Fotios Gavrielatos operates the Bokkstore "St.
Paul the Apostle", asisted by Popi Aggeliki Kounadi and Pitsa
Father Spyridon Petinatos is responsible for the operation
of the Spiritual Center "St. Paul the Apostle", assisted
by Deacon K. Liosatos.
Mr. Konstantinos Staveris is responsible for the Ecclesiastic
Mr. Loukas Simatos is on duty as chauffer - clerk.
The Holy Metropolis is divided into five Archieratic
Regions which are headed by the Archieratic Bishop appointed by
1. Archieratic Bishop of Argostoli
The chancellor of the Church of Theotokos Sissiotissa and head of
the Financial Office at the Holy Metropolis.
2. Archieratic Bishop of Lixouri
The Reverend Gerasimos Markantonatos, a Theology Graduate
3. Archieratic Bishop of Sami
The Reverend Chrysostomos Alexatos, Chancellor of The Church of
Theotokos in Sami and Abbot at Agrilia Monastery.
4. Archieratic Bishop of Livatho
The Chancellor of Theotokos Church in Spartia Father Panagis Annias.
5. Archieratic Bishop of Erissos-Pylaros
The officiating priest of the area, Reverend Nektarios Sklavounos
The Most Reverend Metropolitan presides over:
1. The Metropolitan Council, member of which are:
a. Protopresbyter Fotios Kavallieratos
b. Protopresbyter Michael Fokas
c. A judge appointed by the Chief Justice of Argostoli
d. The Director of Argostoli's Tax Office
e. Mr. Dionyssios Potamianos, representative of the Church Councils
of the Holy Metropolis
2. The Episcopal Court, composed of five clergymen, appointed on
the recommendation of the Metropolitan by the Holy Synod of the
Church of Greece, and the Reverend Archimandrite Gerasimos Fokas
who is the Court's Secretary.
3. The local TA.PO.E.K.E., composed of three clergymen, appointed
on the recommendation of the Metropolitan by the central TA.PO.E.K.E.
Detailed information on the various entities over which the Metropolitan
of Cephalonia presides may be found on the corresponding web pages
of this site. Below is a summary list:
1. The Clergymens' Fund
2. The Home for the Aged (Argostoli's "Oikos Evgirias")
3. Korgalenios Library
4. Anastasios Livieratos Trust Fund
5. Anastasios Mazarakis Trust Fund
6. Michael Anninos Trust Fund
7. Haritatos Trust Fund
8. Petratos-Livieratos Trust Fund
9. Stavropanagis Vryonis Trust Fund
10.Evie Foka Trust Fund