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A Fragrant and Sacred Remembrance: The Memorial Conference Papers for Bishop Gerasimos and the Testimonials to His Life and Spiritual Legacy

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Throughout his long and blessed life, Bishop Gerasimos never drew attention to himself; he directed all who came to him for guidance to the very source of life and love, to the source of grace and truth - to Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior and to his one and holy Church. His beautiful life of love and peace was a truly sacrificial and a most fragrant offering of faithful service to the Church in America. Even after the twenty-seven years following his blessed repose in the Lord, his precious spiritual legacy has not waned; it remains fresh and abides as a fragrant and a sacred remembrance in the consciousness of the faithful, as evidenced by the Conference Papers and the Testimonials contained in this volume.

It is our prayer and hope that this volume, together with the others like it, and especially the books written by the Elder of America himself, will serve to reinvigorate the general consciousness of the older generations who knew Bishop Gerasimos as a truly humble and saintly man of God. We also hope that it will inspire and motivate the younger generations of Orthodox Christians in America today to seek out his books and to read them prayerfully, as a way of being imbued by his spirit of love for the Sacred Scripture, for Jesus Christ the Savior and for his Church.

Contents



Preface 7

Opening Remarks 

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America

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Part One - The Memorial Conference Speakers and Their Topics

THE PRECIOUS SPIRITUAL LEGACY OF BISHOP GERASIMOS PAPADOPOULOS OF ABYDOS 

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, formerly of America

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THE BISHOP OF ABYDOS, GERASIMOS PAPADOPOULOS 

The Years of His Youth and Early Monastic Life 

Priest-Monk Filotheos Papadopoulos, Docheiariou Monastery, Holy Mountain

30

THE ELDER AND HIS THEOLOGICAL STUDIES

Rev. Fr. Athanasios G. Melissaris, Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Throne, Licensed Psychologist-Psychotherapist, Associate Professor at the University of Athens

 

 

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BISHOP GERASIMOS, ELDER OF AMERICA: HIS LIFE AND WITNESS AT HOLY CROSS - HELLENIC COLLEGE

Rev. Fr. Alkiviadis C. Calivas, Professor Emeritus of Liturgical Theology

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THE ELDER GERASIMOS AS INTERPRETER OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

Rev. Fr. Theodore Stylianopoulos, Professor Emeritus of the New Testament

66

BISHOP GERASIMOS, ELDER OF AMERICA, AS SPIRITUAL FATHER

Dr John Fotopoulos, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Theology at St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN

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Part Two - The Testimonials to Bishop Gerasimos Papadopoulos


Our Spiritual Elder of America, Fr. George Alexson

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Remembrances of Bishop Gerasimos, Helen Petrides McCallum

88

Memories of Bishop Gerasimos, Ted. J Theodore

92

Memories of Bishop Gerasimos, Fr. Timothy Pavlatos

94

An Appreciation of Bishop Gerasimos, Fr. Alexander Leonides

95

A Memory of Bishop Gerasimos, John Nixon

95

Bishop Gerasimos as Father Confessor, Fr. Stanley Harakas

96

The Saintly Life of His Grace Bishop Gerasimos of Abydos, Presbytera Roxanne Mendrinos

98

The Little New Testament, and the Story as Told to Me by Bishop Gerasimos, Constantine Mersinas

102

Bishop Gerasimos of Abydos, Angela Maragos

104

Reminiscences of Bishop Gerasimos, Dr. Lewis Patsavos

106

Memories of Bishop Gerasimos, Fr. Nicholas Triantafilou

111

A Personal Recollection, Dan Christopoulos

112

Memories of Bishop Gerasimos, Fr. Seraphim Dedes

113

Memories of Bishop Gerasimos, Presbytera Harriet Pepps Wilson

113

Stories about Bishop Gerasimos, Fr. John Kaloudis

115

A Story about Bishop Gerasimos, Dr. Valerie A. Karras

116

Stories about Bishop Gerasimos, Fr. Nicholas Kasemeotes

116

Memories of Bishop Gerasimos, Presbytera Kerry Kaloudis Pappas

117

Bishop Gerasimos, the Elder of America, Fr. Alkiviadis C. Calivas

119

A Conversation with Bishop Gerasimos, Fr. Mark LIchtenstein

123

A Brief Memory, Fr. Paul Paris

125

Spiritual Father and Mentor, Fr. Paul Hatjistilianos

125

Bishop Gerasimos of Blessed Memory, Fr. Harry Pappas

127

Bishop Gerasimos' Intercessions, Presbytera Melanie DiStefano

133

An Inspirational Model, Fr. Steve Dalber

135

His Grace Bishop Gerasimos of Abydos, Fr. John Maheras

137

Reflections on Bishop Gerasimos of Abydos, Fr. Alexander Veronis

138

A Wise Counsel, Fr. Theodore Stylianopoulos

141

Memories of Geronta, Fr. Harry Vulopas

142

A Student from Harvard Meets the Elder at Holy Cross

146

The Funeral of Bishop Gerasimos, Presbytera Mary Scoulas

152

A Eulogy, Professor Stylianos Papadopoulos (Paraphrased by Presbytera Mary Scoulas)

159

Bishop of Abydos Gerasimos, Anonymous (Ω)(From Ecclesiastike Alitheia, October 1, 1995)

161

The Bishop of Love and Peace, Archimandrite Ambrose-Aristotle Zographos (Reprinted from Bishop Gerasimos of Abydos: The Spiritual Elder of America)

164

Fragrant Remembrance: The Blessed Gerasimos Bishop of Abydos (1910-1995), Fr. Dr. Athanasios Melissaris

175

Postscript

The published books of Elder Gerasimos Papadopoulos with a brief description and illustration of each

208

Selected photographs - A pictorial journey through the Elder's life (1910-1995)

223
Members of the Memorial Conference Committee and Websites with Information on Bishop Gerasimos Papadopoulos 238

 

 

Paperback:
238 Pages
Publisher:
Holy Cross Orthodox Press
ISBN:
978-1-935317-81-4
Product Dimensions:
6 x 9 in
Publication Year:
2022