HIS EMINENCE METROPOLITAN PETROS OF AXUM

 

Date of Consecration:

1972

Date of Election:

1972

Date of Ordination to the Priesthood:

1956

Date of Ordination to the Diaconate:

1956

Date of Birth:

1932

Full Name:

George Giakoumelis

 

BIOGRAPHY:

His Eminence Petros, Archbishop of Axum, known in the world as George Giakoumelos, was born in Zakynthos in 1932. He studied at the Theological Faculty of the University of Athens. He was ordained a Deacon in 1955 and a Priest in 1956. In 1965 he studied Sociology at the Sorbonne and Catechism — Pastoral Theology in Paris. He served as Archdeacon, Preacher and Chancellor of the Holy Archdiocese of Elasson, as Superior of Holy Churches in England and France and as Great Chancellor of the Throne. In 1972, he was elected Archbishop of Axum. He was appointed to and served as Patriarchal Exarch in the Holy Archdiocese of Kenya and Irenoupolis in 1996 and 1997. He speaks French, English and Italian.

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