His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael
His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael (Symeonides) of Chicago is of Pontic and Asia-Minor ancestry, and was born in Thessaloniki, Greece (1978). He is the third child of Irene and Vasilios Symeonides. He received his early education from the Greek American Institute of the Zoodochos Peghe Parish of the Bronx, NY. He later graduated from Hellenic College (BA, 2000) and from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (MDiv, 2003). He earned an STM (2003) in Christian Ethics and a ThD (2007) in Bioethics from Boston University. Fr. Nathanael has also studied the History and Ethics of Public Health at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
Photos from the ordination of His Metropolitan Nathanael of Chicago
Letter to the Metropolis of Chicago
From his His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios
With great joy and paternal love we inform you that, upon the recommendation of the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Holy Archdiocese of America, the Holy and Sacred Synod of our Ecumenical Patriarchate on February 7, 2018, elected the Very Reverend Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonides, a man of deep piety, strong theological education and churchly demeanor to be the new Metropolitan of one of the Metropolises of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, namely the Holy Metropolis of Chicago.