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Metr. Joachim was born in Constantinople. He attended the Theological School of Halki, graduating in 1966. After receiving the name Joachim upon his monastic tonsure, he was ordained deacon and served in the Patriarchal Court as Deacon "in Order". Later he served as a Defterevon Deacon until his election as Auxiliary Bishop of Melitinis in 1973.
He was appointed Chancellor of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on March 25, 1974 and served in this capacity for eighteen years. During his tenure in the Chancery of the Patriarchate he served as Patriarchal Locum Tenens during the absence of the Ecumenical Patriarch. Expressing his organizational abilities, he contributed greatly in the renovation of the Patriarchal office and library. In 1990, he accompanied Patriarch Dimitrios on his visit to the United States.
On September 21, 1996, Metr. Joachim presided at the enthronement ceremonies for His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon (Papageorge) as primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York City.
On February 6, 2002, Metr. Joachim suffered a stroke at his residence in Chalcedon, Istanbul, Turkey. He was taken to the American Hospital in Istanbul for treatment.
|Bishop of Melitinis |
1973 - 1991
|Metropolitan of Chalcedon|