His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas of the Dardanelles has been elected Archbishop of Thyateira, Great Britain and Ireland

His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas of the Dardanelles

His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas (Lulias) of the Dardanelles is currently Director of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute, a member of the Graduate Theological Union of the University of California at Berkeley CA. Before being elected metropolitan of the Dardanelles in Turkey, he served as the first Metropolitan bishop of the Greek Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, named to this office by the Sacred and Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in December 1996 and formally installed in January 1997 at the Cathedral of Saint Luke the Evangelist in Hong Kong. Metropolitan Nikitas was born in Tampa FL in 1955), earned his B.A. (Honors) and M.Div. (Honors) from the University of Florida (1976) and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline MA (1980). He pursued graduate studies at the University of Thessaloniki in Greece (1980-82) and studied the Russian language at St. Petersburg Theological Seminary in Russia (1992-93).

Icon of St Celer

Our latest acquisition; we have been entrusted with an Icon of St Celer (by the hand of Fr Vladamir Lysak).

Little is known of the life of St Celer, a hermit and martyr who, in the second half of the seventh century, lived in the woods and caves surrounding the healing well. A chapel dedicated to the Mother of God stood over the well. Only a few stones now remain of this chapel, and several very old yew trees. People from all over Wales came on pilgrimage to receive counsel from the holy hermit, to pray and seek healing from the waters of the well. This pilgrimage continued after the death of St Celer. In the Middle Ages, and well into the eighteenth century, a ‘Saint Celer Fair’ was held there from 21 June (date of the repose of the saint) to 29 June (Sts Peter and Paul) and was renowned throughout Wales. Crutches and mementos were left by the well, testyifying to graces received.