His Grace Bishop Christoforos


 

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His Grace Bishop Christophoros (Rakintzakis) (H.B.A., B.Div., B.Ed., M.A.) is a titular bishop of the Ecumenical Patriarchate serving in Canada within the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto (Canada).  His Grace Bishop Christophoros of Andida was born in Athens. He is a Graduate of the Theological and Philosophical School of Athens. A recipient of the Greek State Scholarship award, he received His Master of Arts degree from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. He also served a two-year term as a reserve artillery officer in the Hellenic Army.

In Greece he served in the Public Education system as a Middle School Principal, High School Principal, and Superintendent of Secondary Education of the Province of Vyoteia (Boeotia Prefecture). He was then appointed to the Office of Educational Affairs at the Consulate General of Greece in Toronto.

From September 1997 to June 1999 the Very Rev. Archimandrite Christophoros Rakintzakis served as the parish priest at Saint George’s Greek Orthodox Church, founded in 1909 as the first Orthodox community to be established in the City of Toronto.

He later served as the Dean of the Toronto Orthodox Theological Academy from its founding in 1998, until 2006.

In 1999 upon the recommendation of His Eminence Metropolitan Archbishop Sotirios (Athanassoulas) of Toronto, the Sacred and Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elected the Very Rev. Christophoros Rakintzakis as titular Bishop of Andida, which was a former Diocese of the Metropolis of Pergis in Asia Minor.  He was elected Auxiliary Bishop on June 10, 1999 and was ordained as Bishop on June 26, 1999. His Grace Bishop Christophoros was consecrated Bishop at the Church of St. Nicholas in Scarborough, in a ceremony full of Byzantine majesty and beauty. Along with His Eminence Metropolitan Archbishop Sotirios, who presided at the consecration, the other ordaining Hierarchs who participated in the Consecration Liturgy were:

  • His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony of Dardanellion and San Francisco;
  • His Eminence Metropolitan Maximos of Ainos and Pittsburgh;
  • His Grace Bishop Yurij of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Canada; and
  • His Grace Bishop Vasileios of Trimythountos from the Church of Cyprus.

His Grace represented His All Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Extraordinary Sobor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada held from August 22-24 2008 in Saskatoon.

Bishop Christophoros also took part at the inaugural meeting of the Episcopal Assembly of North and Central America from May 26-28, 2010, representing the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto (Canada).

His Grace is much loved and respected, especially within the Orthodox community of Toronto. His Name day is on May 9