Concerning Elder Ephraim’s Monasteries In America (Ken McRae, 2005)

NOTE: The following is a segment from an Orthodox Christian debate about Geronda Ephraim’s monasteries. There are links at the end of the article for all the articles referenced:

Map of Geronda Ephraim's monasteries in America (minus the secret ones).
Map of Geronda Ephraim’s monasteries in America (minus the secret ones).

Hello to All ~

Thanks for the links. Sorry, but I have’nt had a chance to check them out as yet, though I intend to. In the mean time, I’ve cut and pasted the passages from the links I originally posted that gave me pause to question what’s going on with Elder Ephraim. For the record, though, I regard or esteem him eminently worthy of double honour for his monastic labours. Sixteen monasteries in the North American wasteland is nothing short of miraculous, IMO.

However, I cannot deny that I’m deeply troubled by the number of hierarchs that obviously have a problem with him and his monasteries. Are these hierarchs working for the Adversary? They certainly seem to think Elder Ephraim might be!! What has the Elder done to offend so many Orthodox hierarchs, who clearly think he’s a great deceiver and manipulator?

From the May  2008 SCOBA Meeting.
From the May 2008 SCOBA Meeting.

The accusations made below, and I’m sure you’ll agree, are clearly of the most serious kind, and it troubles me deeply to see hierarchs utter them daringly or fearlessly! I will have to check all the links that have been posted to keep up-to-date on this matter. I am particularly interested to hear how Elder Ephraim’s spiritual father has addressed the matter. Does anyone know who that is and if he’s ever spoken out, at any time, in Elder Ephraim’s defense?

I must confess, though, that I am deeply biased toward Elder Ephraim. My first inclination is to discredit his enemies, and think them to suffer from strong delusions themselves. Nevertheless, I will reserve such judgment(s) for now, ’til I have time to look into the matter more fully. God grant us all spiritual discerment, in Christ!!

Icon given to monks & nuns for their cells. In some monasteries, monastics have a blessing to prostrate before it and pray to Geronda Ephraim for help during difficult warfares.
Icon given to monks & nuns for their cells. In some monasteries, monastics have a blessing to prostrate before it and pray to Geronda Ephraim for help during difficult warfares.

Excerpts from the Links In the Original Post:-

01 – “There is a wide spectrum of feelings about Ephraim, among both clergy and laity. On the extremes, some view him as God’s gift to Orthodox spirituality in America, while others see him as a cult leader who should return to Mt. Athos.” from The Ephraim Question

02 – “At its annual meeing in the year 2000, the Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL), heard a speaker on “Cult Mentality: A Threat to Individual Responsibility in the Church”. The speaker was Greta Larson, a co-founder of the web-site, “Protection of the Theotokos – A Site for Victims of Abuse in the Orthodox Church.” The site address is “pokrov. org”, and it contains other articles on cults. In her speech, Ms. Larson also referred to an article by Metropolitan Isaiah which warned about the dangers of blind obedience.” from Yes, Investigate the Monasteries

03 – “In 1998, Metropolitan Isaiah of the Denver diocese issued a protocol to his priests titled: “The Lord Does Not Want Slaves in His Kingdom”. He wrote in part:

Metropolitan Isaiah, Geronda Ephraim & Hieromonk Nektarios Arvanitakis
Metropolitan Isaiah, Geronda Ephraim & Hieromonk Nektarios Arvanitakis

“This spirit of blind obedience with the deadening of the free will is unfortunately being practiced among some of our people and even by some of our clergy. They will not do anything without first receiving a ‘blessing’ from their ‘spiritual father’. And if they have been convinced that the spiritual father is a walking saint, they will eat his unfinished food after the common meal and even consume other things which may have touched the spiritual father in some particular way. This is nothing more than idolatry. It puts God aside and constitutes the worship of His creature.”

He went on to say that: “It may be that some of our people, by following the monastic rule in the outside world, feel convinced that they are becoming more spiritual. However, they are sadly mistaken: for the monastic, as a novice, is willingly obedient in order to determine if he wishes to live the life of a monastic. Once he is accepted as a monk, he must resume the use of his free will in conforming to the way of life which he has chosen. The laity, on the other hand, cannot use the monastery or the spiritual elder as one uses a horoscope, not functioning unless they receive permission.”

He concluded with: “If there are members of the Diocese who have fallen into the error of negating their free will and being totally dependent on what their spiritual mentor instructs them to do, let them know that God does not want slaves in His Kingdom, but obedient children who constantly exercise their free will as sons and daughters of our Father in heaven.” from The Ephraim Question

04 – “When the new Metropolitan (Bishop) of the New Jersey diocese took office this spring, it was reported reliably that at his first meeting with the clergy, he announced that Ephraim and his followers were not welcome in the diocese and that the faithful should go to their own priests for confession. This diocese includes some 50 churches in five states. There has been no further confirmation or a denial of the Metropolitan’s statement. In the absence of any denials, one can assume there is some validity to the reports about the Synod’s concern and about the Metropolitan’s directive.

L-R: Bps. Vikentios and Evangelos of New Jersey.
L-R: Bps. Vikentios and Evangelos of New Jersey.

There was also the warning earlier this year from another bishop, Metropolitan Methodios of Boston. He was quoted by the Herald as saying: “Neither is there a place in Orthodoxy for radical fundamentalism, religious fanaticism or cult leaders disguised as Orthodox sages.” “Was he talking about the Ephraim situation? If not, who was he referring to?

Are these accidental words: fundamentalist and cult? Did the bishops wake up one fine day and decide to use them?” from The Ephraim Question

Bishop Methodios of Boston Liturgizing on Mt. Athos (2011)
Bishop Methodios of Boston Liturgizing on Mt. Athos (2011)

05 – “In the Greek-American paper, The National Herald, English Edition of April 5-6, 2003, it was reported that the Eparchial Synod of America, recently discussed “…the monasteries established all over the U.S. by the former abbot from Mt. Athos, Fr. Efraim. It has been said that some sort of fundamentalist movement with a cult philosophy has been advocated by the followers of Efraim, and is having an impact among the clergy and theology students at Holy Cross School of Theology.” from Yes, Investigate the Monasteries

Ambassadors

[Note: Hellenic College Holy Cross sponsors regular pilgrimages to St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Monastery in Roscoe, NY, – See more at: http://www.hchc.edu/studentlife/#sthash.62VYsxtX.dpuf ]

06 – “One of the complaints voiced by some clergy and laity is that the Ephraimite confessors have focused on sexual matters. A member of a group visiting an Ephraimite monastery reported that the monk-confessor had a lengthy list of questions, most of them of a sexual nature, and gave severe penances even to married couples, with the penances being longer for the wives. In the evening, the men and women were separated to hear different speakers. The one who addressed the women berated them about being sinful, as women, and that their only virtue was in bearing children. If true, is this an example of the “fundamentalism” that has been referred to? In view of what has been learned these past two years about the clergy abuse problem , particularly in the Catholic church, the monks’ pre-occupation with sexual matters could indeed be seen as a form of sexual misconduct.” from The Ephraim Question

[Note: The sexual sins contained in the 38 Canons of St. John the Faster are the questions asked in confession:

07 – “I understand that Father Ephraim insists that a married couple must abstain from Holy Communion for a forty-day “purification” period after they have had sexual relations.” by Archbishop Lazar Puhalo, from Troubling Teachings

Archbishop Lazar Puhalo, censing an icon of Fr. Seraphim (Rose)
Archbishop Lazar Puhalo, censing an icon of Fr. Seraphim (Rose)

08 – “Sadly, in our day, perhaps more in North America than in Greece, but even in Greece, there has developed a new guru cult concept of “gerontes.” Alas, this cultish idea is actually cultivated by many self-styled and even acknowledged “elders.” Gerontes or elders, many of them self-appointed and self advertised, others acknowledged by monastic establishments, have begun to act and be looked upon like the Hindu gurus, and this may be linked in part to the all-encompassing New Age Movement. In English, we call this a “cult.” It means that people have begun to have a “proskynisis” [worship] for the “geronta,” that comes parlously close to idolatry, but often even passes over the border into real idolatry. This is a great danger for us in our time. One frequently encounters people who say with complete conviction, “my salvation depends on Father so and so, my geronta.” Archbishop Lazar Puhalo, from The Problem of Guru Cultism

09 – “Concerns about Efraim have been expressed for several years now. It is about time that there was an investigation. Because monasteries don’t have “parish councils” doesn’t mean that lay people should be kept in the dark about them, here in America or elsewhere. Some of the concerns about Efraim and his monasteries have to do with funding, with personality cults and with blind obedience and mind-control.” from Yes, Investigate the Monasteries

St. Kosmas Monastery in Canada is the only Ephraim monastery with a "parish council," collection plate, etc.
St. Kosmas Monastery in Canada is the only Ephraim monastery with a “parish council,” collection plate, etc.

10 – “Fr. Ephraim who came to America under nefarious circumstances in the early 90’s first joined the Russian synod in exile after receiving a “directive” from God as he proclaimed at the time. However, when he was threatened by the Ecumenical Patriarchate that he would be defrocked, he received another “directive” from God and abandoned the Russians.” from Diocesan Clergy Refuse to Support the Archbishop

11 – “One should be reminded that in the past Fr. Ephraim has troubled the Greek Orthodox Church of America including the Ecumenical Patriarchate by the formation of religious organizations with his devotion to the Russian monks of the diaspora, according to the information he received as he claims from God. Later, he left the Russians and placed himself under the Greek Orthodox American Archdiocese. Nikos Pantanizopoulos, according to the interview with his father John, met Fr. Ephraim through their parish priest in Knoxville, Tennessee, a Fr. Carellas, who presently is in a convent in Saxonburg, Pennsylvania. When Niko’s parents advised him to enter the Holy Cross Theological Seminary and then to decide if he wants to become a priest, he answered them, “Fr. Carellas and Fr. Ephraim told him that the Holy Cross is inhabited by the devil” and they [Carellas and Ephraim] advised him to go to the St. Tikon Theological Seminary [Russian], as stated by Mr. Pantanizopoulos.” from He Became Ill

"Fr. Carellas and Fr. Ephraim told him that the Holy Cross is inhabited by the devil" - John Pantanizopoulos
“Fr. Carellas and Fr. Ephraim told him that the Holy Cross is inhabited by the devil” – John Pantanizopoulos

12 – “The Clergy Brotherhoods of the Detroit and Chicago Dioceses refused to throw their support behind Archbishop Spyridon in his effort to fight off open defiance by the five Metropolitans of the Eparchial Synod of America, by a significant part of the clergy and wide segments of the laity.” And: “In private conversations some priests expressed fears about the climate of divisiveness among the clergy which is fostered by the Archdiocese. Just last weekend the Archbishop visited Detroit and had spoken against the Eparchial Synod of the Metropolitans in front of both the clergy as well as the lay Parish officers (see article, page 3).” And again: “Fr. Ephraim has significant influence in the administration of the Archdiocese. The current Chancellor, Fr. George Passias, happens to be one of the Ephraim’s most loyal followers. Ephraim is also admired by the new President of the Theological School, Archimandrite Damaskinos Ganas, who, according to sources, wants to invite Fr. Ephraim to hear confessions from students.” from Diocesan Clergy Refuse to Support the Archbishop

Fr. George Passias, happens to be one of the Ephraim's most loyal followers.
Fr. George Passias, happens to be one of the Ephraim’s most loyal followers.

13 – “Monks from the “army” of the mysterious Fr. Ephraim, the spiritual father of Fr. George Passias, the Chancellor of the Archdiocese, are participating in the pro-Spyridon campaign.” from Church Life In America Is Being Trivialized

14 – ” … all the rules that were stated about monks not interfering with the ministries of our parish have been broken in our parish.” from Monasticism vs. the Parish

15 – “A message that appeared on the Internet in 1999 may provide a clue or two. It was apparently from an Orthodox priest in Arizona, and said, in part:

“My situation has progressed with the mission group here and there is new pressure on me to be in a more ‘regular’ situation. Let me explain. There are about a dozen convert families here who float between all the ‘ethnic’ churches because they are zealous for traditional spirituality and get impatient with either the closed minded ethnic dominance or a ‘modernized’ and enemic version of Orthodoxy. So these people spend a lot of time at Fr. Ephraim’s monastery in Florence and take seriously the advice of their spiritual fathers there. They have committed themselves to starting a new mission parish that is traditional, not dominated by one ‘ethnic’ flavor, doesn’t have the old world parish politics, has services every day, does outreach to young people, helps bring new converts deeper into the church, etc., etc. They are withdrawing from the Greek, Antiochian, OCA and ROCOR churches to begin this new mission, and are doing it under the guidance of the monks at the monastery.” from The Ephraim Question

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https://web.archive.org/web/20091012020433/http://www.monachos.net/forum/showthread.php?t=2198

Articles Referenced:

The Ephraim Question: https://web.archive.org/web/20050826125554/http://www.orthodoxnews.netfirms.com/43/The%20Ephraim%20Question.htm

Yes, Investigate the Monasteries: https://web.archive.org/web/20100106032611/http://rickross.com/reference/ephraim/ephraim12.html

Two Troubling Teachings Reported: https://web.archive.org/web/20091113093352/http://www.rickross.com/reference/ephraim/ephraim11.

The Problem of Guru Occultism: https://web.archive.org/web/20100106032524/http://rickross.com/reference/ephraim/ephraim10.html

Diocesan Clergy Refuse to Support the Archbishop: https://web.archive.org/web/20100106032725/http://rickross.com/reference/ephraim/ephraim1.html

He Became Ill: https://web.archive.org/web/20091113093417/http://www.rickross.com/reference/ephraim/ephraim8.html

Church Life in America is being Trivialized: https://web.archive.org/web/20100106032409/http://rickross.com/reference/ephraim/ephraim4.html

Monasticism vs. the Parish: https://web.archive.org/web/20100106032457/http://rickross.com/reference/ephraim/ephraim5.html

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Spyridon Advocates A Uniform Charter for US Monasteries (Justine Frangouli, 1998)

The following is an article that appeared in ΕΡΑ – Η Φωνή της Ελλάδας, November 8, 1998

Archbishop Spyridon, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, introduced the issue of a single uniform charter for all Greek Orthodox monasteries in the United States at a meeting in Texas. The meeting was attended by representatives from all Greek Orthodox monasteries gathered at Kendalia, Texas, for the official opening of a local Monastery dedicated to the Archangels.

Based on the principles of the monastic order and tradition of Mount Athos, the new uniform charter, once completed, is expected to constitute a turning point in the development of Orthodox monasticism in America.

As the Archbishop told ERA-5: “The objective of both sides, the Archdiocese and the monasteries, is to implement in all Greek Orthodox monasteries in the United States a single charter as soon as possible. This will constitute the general canonical framework within which the monasteries will operate. It is believed that the official adoption and implementation of such uniform charter by all monasteries will decisively contribute to the further development and growth of Greek Orthodox monasticism throughout the whole country.”

Archbishop Spyridon in inaugurating a dialogue with all Greek Orthodox monasteries hopes that “monasticism which only recently has taken root in our Archdiocese and has ever since grown in an astonishing manner, will offer a decisive contribution to the overall ministry of the Church, and particularly to a more effective preservation of its genuine Greek Orthodox tradition.”

After inaugurating the new Monastery dedicated to the Archangels, formerly a Muslim mosque, Archbishop Spyridon installed monk Dositheos as its first Abbot.

http://www.spyridon.ws/EN/author/na_spyridon-mcharter.html

The grand opening of the Holy Archangels Monastery's katholikon took place in November of 1998 with the former Archbishop Spyridon dedicating it and serving the first Divine Liturgy.
The grand opening of the Holy Archangels Monastery’s katholikon took place in November of 1998 with the former Archbishop Spyridon dedicating it and serving the first Divine Liturgy.

Archbishop Spyridon Convenes Monastic Leaders in Texas (Orthodox Observer, 1998)

The following is an article that appeared in the Orthodox Observer, November 20, 1998, p. 2:

KENDALIA, Texas. Archbishop Spyridon and leaders and representatives of 12 recently founded monastic communities that continue the witness of the 1,100-yearold tradition of Mt. Athos, met Nov. 3-5 at Holy Archangels Greek Orthodox Monastery in Kendalia, Texas to promote the Athonite monastic movement in the United States.

Orthodox Observer, November 20, 1998, p. 2
Orthodox Observer, November 20, 1998, p. 2

Among his activities at the conference, the Archbishop officiated at the Thyranoixia (the Opening of the Doors) of the monastic church in Kendalia, which was built on the site of an abandoned mosque. He also enthroned the newly-elected Abbot, Fr. Dositheos.

TX Consecration of the Church

In services on Nov. 4-5, the Archbishop ordained two deacons and two priests. In a private meeting with the heads of the monastic communities, he presented the framework of a proposed charter that will serve to establish Orthodox Monastic practice in America in continuity with the ancient tradition of Mt. Athos.
Along with monastics from both male and female institutions, over 800 visitors and guests attended the three-day festivities surrounding the official opening of the main church edifice.

TX 1998

That Orthodox Christianity can sustain a burgeoning monastic tradition, even as it struggles through a variety of evolutionary pains, is a testament to the flexibility of an ancient and rigorous practice. The diversity and multicultural cacophony of American religious and cultural life has become a most promising vineyard for the most traditional forms of Christian witness. It is about the accommodations that the spiritual life can make to the complexities of American culture, that make it possible for it to reside comfortably in the heart of American Protestant culture.

Holy Archangels Monastery is a living reminder of the complexity and flexibility of American culture. The complex had been a Sufi Muslim retreat center. It closed in 1983.

Remaining behind is a Muslim cemetery which the monks have pledged to tend in reverence to the those buried there. Muslims of Turkish, Arabic, Iraqi and Iranian origin repose in peace and safety on the monastery grounds. Their relatives return from time to time to pay their respect to their relations and a debt of gratitude to the monks who care for them.
Following in the footsteps of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who visited the Monastery of St. Anthony in Florence, Ariz., Archbishop Spyridon admonished the monastics concerning their role in the Church and in the larger American Society.

“Imagine, my brothers and sisters, just what is happening here. You are a model of life lived in the Lord. Monastic life is a search for God. Monastic life is being present to God. Monastic life is the anticipation of God- it is the eschatological life of the age to come lived out in the current age. Monks at peace with one another are a source of peace for the entire world. The peace and serenity of your communal life will impress upon the world the truth of Christ’s love. The things you accomplish here are not the result of misguided choices by fanatics, nor are they the syncretistic eclecticism of arbitrary values, but they are grounded in the firm foundation of Jesus Christ.”
The Archbishop also presented to the assembled abbots and abbesses of the monasteries around the United States, the charter proposed by the Holy Eparchial Synod. This charter would serve as a constitutional framework for the monasteries that exist now, and for any future monasteries future.
The Archbishop also affirmed that the tradition and Typikon of Mt. Athos, which has inspired monasticism throughout the Orthodox world for centuries, must remain the standard for American monasticism. This is all the more appropriate when one considers that Mt. Athos, like the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, is under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Deacon Chrysostomos Filotheitis (now a hieromonk) censes Archbishop Spyridon, Geronda Ephraim and the other monastic leaders arriving at the Holy Archangels Monastery.
Deacon Chrysostomos Filotheitis (now a hieromonk) censes Archbishop Spyridon, Geronda Ephraim and the other monastic leaders arriving at the Holy Archangels Monastery.

Diocesan clergy refuse to Support the Archbishop (Theodore Kalmoukos, 1998)

Note: This article is taken from The National Herald, November 21, 1998.

BOSTON. – The Clergy Brotherhoods of the Detroit and Chicago Dioceses refused to throw their support behind Archbishop Spyridon in his effort to fight off open defiance by the five Metropolitans of the Eparchial Synod of America, by a significant part of the clergy and wide segments of the laity. In particular, the two regional clergy organizations refused to endorse a letter put forth by the National Presbyters Council in opposition to previous statement signed by 73 priests which contained a scathing condemnation of the Archbishop’s policies (The National Herald, Nov. 7-8,1998).

Archbishop Spyridon gave Geronda Ephraim the blessing to open 8 new monasteries in 1998 [2 in NC, 2 in FL, 1 in MI, 1 in IL, 1 in TX, 1 in NY].
Archbishop Spyridon gave Geronda Ephraim the blessing to open 8 new monasteries in 1998 [2 in NC, 2 in FL, 1 in MI, 1 in IL, 1 in TX, 1 in NY].
At a Tuesday meeting of the Clergy Brotherhood meeting of the Detroit Diocese, 16 out of the 42 diocesan priests present also questioned the tactics of their Brotherhood’s president Fr. George Matsis, of Toledo, Ohio, who tried to promote the letter supporting the Archbishop. Sources told The National Herald that Fr. Matsis was unable to overcome the opposition and that, after a motion by one of the objecting priests, the proposal was tabled. A telephone message by the Herald to Fr. Matsis has not returned.

Fr. George Matsis. While in Toledo, he was one of 18 priests who were invited to Constantinople to be received at an audience by Patriarch Bartholomew I.
Fr. George Matsis. While in Toledo, he was one of 18 priests who were invited to Constantinople to be received at an audience by Patriarch Bartholomew I.

In private conversations some priests expressed fears about the climate of divisiveness among the clergy which is fostered by the Archdiocese. Just last weekend the Archbishop visited Detroit and had spoken against the Eparchial Synod of the Metropolitans in front of both the clergy as well as the lay Parish officers (see article, page 3).

In Chicago, where Fr. Chris Kerhulas, the President of the National Presbyters’ Council serves as priest at the Parish of St. Basil, the local Clergy Brotherhood was called to a meeting on Friday, November 13. The meeting was attended by only eight outof the 55 diocesan priests. Fr. Kerhulas raised the issue of his letter in response to the statement by his 73 colleagues against Archbishop Spyridon. Participants in the meeting vehemently rejected Fr. Kerhulas proposal– Fr. Kerhulas was unable even to read his letter. (Fr. Kerhulas discusses this issue extensively in an interview published in this issue of the National Herald).

Fr. Chris Kerhulas. Robert Krantz's movie "Do You Wanna Dance" (1999) was based on the life and ministry of Father Chris Kerhulas, who served St. Basil Church in Chicago for many years.
Fr. Chris Kerhulas. Robert Krantz’s movie “Do You Wanna Dance” (1999) was based on the life and ministry of Father Chris Kerhulas, who served St. Basil Church in Chicago for many years.

The influential Fr. Ephraim

In the early 90's, Fr. Ephraim joined the Russian synod in exile after receiving a "directive" from God as he proclaimed at the time. However, when he was threatened by the Ecumenical Patriarchate that he would be defrocked, he received another "directive" from God and abandoned the Russians.
In the early 90’s, Fr. Ephraim joined the Russian synod in exile after receiving a “directive” from God as he proclaimed at the time. However, when he was threatened by the Ecumenical Patriarchate that he would be defrocked, he received another “directive” from God and abandoned the Russians.

Other sources told the National Herald that at a meeting of the National Presbyters Council Fr. Kerhulas proposed to invite the controversial priest-monk Ephraim, a former abbot from the Athos, the monastic enclave in northern Greece, as speaker at a retreat of the Clergy of the Archdiocese but was forced to abandon the plan when some of the members of the Council opposed it. Fr. Ephraim who came to America under nefarious circumstances in the early 90’s first joined the Russian synod in exile after receiving a “directive” from God as he proclaimed at the time. However, when he was threatened by the Ecumenical Patriarchate that he would be defrocked, he received another “directive” from God and abandoned the Russians.

Fr. George Passias is a long-time spiritual child of Geronda Ephraim. His time as chancellor in the mid-90's was instrumental in helping the Elder expand his monastic vision here in America.
Fr. George Passias is a long-time spiritual child of Geronda Ephraim. His time as chancellor in the mid-90’s was instrumental in helping the Elder expand his monastic vision here in America.

Ephraim has established a string of monasteries in America and, under through intense confessional activity, has created many personal loyalties. Typical of his activity the case of 16-year-old Angelo Lenekakis who acknowledges Fr. Ephraim is his “role model” as published the “Orthodox Observer,” the official newspaper of the Archdiocese (October 20,1998). Fr. Ephraim and his followers try to attract youths in order to fill his Monasteries.

Angelo Lenakakis (Orthodox Observer Youth Spotlight, Oct 20, 1998, p. 21)
Angelo Lenakakis (Orthodox Observer Youth Spotlight, Oct 20, 1998, p. 21)

Fr. Ephraim has significant influence in the administration of the Archdiocese. The current Chancellor, Fr. George Passias, happens to be one of the Ephraim’s most loyal followers. Ephraim is also admired by the new President of the Theological School, Archimandrite Damaskinos Ganas, who, according to sources, wants to invite Fr. Ephraim to hear confessions from students. Fr. Ganas did not respond to the Herald’s offer for an interview.

V. Rev. Damaskinos Ganas, Presiding Priest at Kimisis Theotokou Church, Brooklyn, NY.
V. Rev. Damaskinos Ganas, Presiding Priest at Kimisis Theotokou Church, Brooklyn, NY.

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