Fr. Nathanael Symeonides, Graduate of Both Hellenic College and Holy Cross, Elected Metropolitan of Chicago
The entire HCHC community has greeted with special joy and pride the election of the Very Reverend Nathanael Symeonides as Metropolitan of Chicago by the unanimous vote of the Synod of Bishops at the Ecumenical Patriarchate. He succeeds His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos of blessed memory, who fell asleep in the Lord last June. Fr. Christopher Metropulos, HCHC President, responded to the news by saying, “We are delighted to learn of the election this morning of Fr. Nathanael as the new spiritual head of the Metropolis of Chicago. We wish him well in this new sacred step in his life and the life of the Metropolis. Our graduates continue to make us so very proud. Many years to him!”
A native of Thessaloniki, Greece, Fr. Nathanael earned his bachelor’s degree from Hellenic College in 2000 and his Master of Divinity degree from Holy Cross in 2003. He went on to earn a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University and a Doctor of Theology degree from Boston University with a dissertation on bioethical issues examined from the Orthodox perspective. Fr. Nathanael has served the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in numerous roles, most recently as Director of the Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical, and Interfaith Relations.