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His Eminence, the Most Reverend Archbishop Michael (Konstantinides), (Greek: Μιχαήλ Κωνσταντινίδης), was the Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America from December 18, 1949 to July 13, 1958. Abp. Michael succeeded Abp. Athenagoras who had been named Patriarch of Constantinople.
Born Michael Konstantinides, little is known of his early life. Michael was ordained to the priesthood in 1919 and was elected Metropolitan of Corinth in 1939. Metr. Michael was appointed in late 1949 to head the American Archdiocese to succeed Abp. Athenagoras after the first choice, Abp. Timotheos (Evangelinidis), the Metropolitan of Australia and New Zealand, refused the appointment due to poor health. He died later in 1949.
Abp. Michael was particularly active in expansion of the educational activities of St Basil Academy in Garrison, New York.
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