Crete, Greece, August 4, 2023
The Archbishop of Crete has been discharged after several days in the hospital.
Archbishop Eugenios, 55, was hospitalized with a respiratory infection over the weekend. And according to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia’s Vema of the Church outlet, His Eminence is now back at home.
The Archbishop hopes to return to his duties starting Monday.
The Vema writes:
At the same time, the concern of the faithful who, with dozens of messages both on Cretalive and on social media posts, expressed their obvious anxiety about the health of the Archbishop and prayed that everything would go well. It was a challenging period, but everything went well!
Abp. Eugenios was born in Heraklion on February 14, 1968. After high school he graduated from the Theological School of the University of Athens in May 1990. He completed postgraduate studies at the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1992.
He was tonsured a monastic the Holy Monastery of St. George Selinari on the island of Crete on February 23, 1991. He was ordained a hierodeacon the next day, and a hieromonk a week later. He was appointed a preacher of the Metropolis of Petra and elevated to the rank of archimandrite on December 24, 1991.
Beginning in 1994, he served as a parish priest at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Panagia Neapolis, and in 1997, he took over the administration of the Ecclesiastical Spiritual Center of the city of Agios Nikolaos. He has served in the management of a number of organizations, including as Vice President of the Association of Cretan Theologians (1995-1997). He has also served as secretary of the Synod of Crete and as chief editor of the official Church of Crete bulletin.
He was consecrated as Bishop of Knossos on May 28, 2005. He was later enthroned as Metropolitan of Rethymno on October 16, 2010, then elected as Archbishop of Crete by the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople on January 11, 2022.