Sotirios Trambas

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July 6, 2022

Sotirios Trambas (Greek: Σωτήριος Τράμπας; July 17, 1929 - June 10, 2022) was a Greek Orthodox clergyman, the first archbishop of the Korean Orthodox Church and the archbishop of Pisidia. Sotirios was born on July 17, 1929 in Arta, Greece. After graduating from Arta High School, he entered Athens Theological Seminary in 1951. After serving in the military for half a year, he worked as a sermon and catechesis teacher in middle and high schools for two years. On June 26, 1956, Sotirios entered the Lemonos Monastery in Lesbos and became a monk, and three days later, he was ordained a deacon. He was ordained a priest on June 12, 1960, and in the same year he was promoted to magistrate. From 1965 to 1968 he pastored as a chaplain in the Greek army. In 1968, he served as vice-minister of the Archbishop of Athens and presbytery of the Cathedral of the Archbishop of Athens. In November 1975, Sotirios decided to go to Korea and undertake missionary work, and with the approval of the Patriarch of Constantinople, he was appointed as the head priest of St. Nicholas Cathedral in Ahyeon-dong, Seoul. Sotirios built Orthodox churches in Busan, Incheon, and Jeonju, built a monastery in Gapyeong for the Transfiguration of the Savior, and a temporary chapel in Ilsan. In 1982, he established St. Nicholas Theological Seminary, the first Orthodox seminary in Korea, and focused on cultivating Orthodox clergy in Korea and other Asian countries. In 1993, he was ordained by the Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople as Assistant Bishop of the New Zealand Orthodox Church and as Bishop of Zilon. According to the resolution of the Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople on April 20, 2004, the Korean Orthodox Church was elevated from the parish to the capital archdiocese, and Sotirios was seated as the first archbishop of the capital. On May 28, 2008, he retired as the archbishop of the capital of Korea, and he was transferred to the position of archbishop of the capital of Pisidia. He rested on June 10, 2022, in Seoul at the age of 93.

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