Biography of Metropolitan Nikitas

Metropolitan Nikitas, the son of Constantine and Kalliope Lulias, was born on June 22, 1955, in Tampa, Florida where he was raised with his brother, John. A member of Savant, the University of Florida Honors Society, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) from the University in 1976. He is listed in the Who's Who of American Colleges and Universities in 1975 and 1979. His Eminence attended Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Schooll of Theology (Brookline, MA) and received his Master of Divinity, with Honors, in 1980.

He was a Rotary International Graduate Scholar from 1980 - 81 and a Graduate Scholar, Ministry of the Exterior, Greece, from 1981 - 82. He pursued his graduate studies at the University of Thessaloniki, Greece, until November, 1982. He further studied the Russian language at the St. Petersburg Theological Seminary, St. Petersburg, Russia from late 1992 through mid 1993.

His Eminence Nikitas' first assignment upon ordination was Associate Pastor at SS. Constantine and Helen Cathedral in Merriville, Indiana. He remained at the Cathedral until 1987 at which time he became the Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Chicago, Illinois.

During his tenure as Chancellor from 1987 to 1995, he was involved in numerous educational, community service and interfaith activities including:
  • Lecturer in Orthodox Christianity
  • Teaching theology at Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, from 1988 to 1991
  • Member, Board of Directors, the Hellenic Foundation (1989 - present)
  • Member, Board of Directors, the Hellenic Museum (1991 - 1992)
  • Teen Living Program Volunteer (1990 - 1992) and Volunteer of the Year, Teen Living Program (1992)
  • Member, Executive Committee, National Workshop - Relations between Christians and Jews (1991)
  • Member, Steering Committee, 32nd Biennial Clergy - Laity Congress
In 1994, he was appointed Director of Development for the International Orthodox Christian Charities and on July 1, 1995, he became Pastor of St. Demetrios Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois.

On Saturday, December 14, 1996, His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas was consecrated a Hierarch and named Metropolitan of Hong Kong and South East Asia. This historic event took place in the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. George the Great Martyr, Phanar, Instanbul. He was enthroned as the first Metropolitan of Hong Kong and South East Asia (the Exarchates of China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore) on Sunday, January 12, 1997 at the Cathedral of St. Luke the Evangelist in Hong Kong.

In March of 2007, His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas was appointed Director of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Insitute in Berkeley, California.

His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas is fluent in English, Greek and Russian and has a working knowledge of Latin, Church Slavonic and Spanish.

 
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