Sotirios, Metropolitan of Pisidia

Rev. Metropolitan of Pisidia Mr. Sotirios (Trampas) was born in Arta in 1929, where he received his high school and secondary education. He graduated from the Theological School of the University of Athens. He was ordained a Deacon in 1956. He served as a Preacher of the I. Metropolis of Mithymni. In 1960, he was ordained an Elder and ordained an Archimandrite. During the years 1965-1968 he served as a military Chaplain. He was then appointed Chancellor of the I. Archdiocese of Athens, until December 1973. In November 1975, he was assigned to Korea and appointed Priestly Head of the I. Temple of Agios Nikolaos Seoul and General Hierarchical Commissioner for the Far East. In 1982 he was appointed Director of the Theological Seminary "Saint Nicholas" Seoul and in 1986 President of the missionary organization "Orthodox Eastern Mission" established by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which was active outside of Korea and in other countries of South East Asia, Hong Kong, the Philippines , Singapore, Indonesia and India. In 1993 he was elected Assistant Bishop of the Metropolitan of New Zealand, with the title of the Diocese of Zealot. In 1995 he was appointed Head of the newly founded missionary institution "Exarchate of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Korea". In 1999, he was named an Honorary Citizen of Seoul, for his 25 years of service to Korea. He has received the Priest award of the "George and Katigos Laimos" Foundation and has also been awarded by the Academy of Athens with its bronze medal. On April 20 , 2004, he was elected Metropolitan of the artistic Holy Metropolis of Korea. On May 27 , 2008, he was elected Metropolitan of the Holy Metropolis of Pisidia.

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