Thursday, December 8, 2022

    Metropolitan Job (Getcha) of Pisidia gets enthroned

    The enthronement of Metropolitan Job (Getcha) of Pisidia took place on September 17. The celebrations were held in the church of the venerable Alypius the Stylite in Antalya.

    This is reported by the Mission “Stauropegium of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Ukraine.”

    The Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarch, Bishop Michael (Anishchenko) of Koman, arrived for the enthronement of the newly elected Metropolitan Job, who was elected to the widowed Pisidian See.

    Vladyka Job delivered an address during his enthronement.

    Bishop Michael served as a priest in the said church from 2011 to 2019. In addition, Bishop Job (Getcha) was his teacher during his studies at the Institute of Higher Theological Studies of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambez.

    Metropolitan Job has known Bishop Michael for years, and that is why he invited the exarch to his enthronement, because the city of Antalya and the temple of the venerable Alypius the Stylite are native to both of them.

    Previously, the Metropolitanate of Pisidia was headed by Metropolitan Sotirios (Trampas) (1929 – 2022), former Metropolitan of Korea. After he retired, he was appointed ruling Metropolitan of Pisidia. From the Pisidian Metropolis – Antiochia Pisidia (modern-day Yalvac) ap. Paul began his missionary journeys.

    Bishop Sotirios opened an old church in Antalya – the temple of Saint Alypius the Stylite, and while living in Korea he flew in twice a year and lived there for significant periods of time to attend to the temple. Then a temple in Alanya was built, and now a temple in Manavgat. Until the last day, bishop Sotirios managed the process of the temple construction. That is, even before his death, his sermons had been written a month in advance as he would print them on his iPad himself, as well as composed them, himself.

    The newly elected bishop, Metropolitan Job (Getcha), previously held the Telmis Cathedral. He is a Doctor of Theology, professor at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Orthodox Theology at the Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambéz (Switzerland) and the Catholic University of Paris (France), permanent representative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate at the World Council of Churches in Geneva, co-chairman of the Joint international commission for theological dialogue between the Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches.

    Bishop Job was one of the main speakers of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church in Crete on June 19-26, 2016. He speaks English, French, Greek, Ukrainian, Russian, and Italian. He has deep knowledge of Ukrainian church history. He defended his doctoral thesis on the topic “Liturgical reform of Metropolitan Kyprian of Kyiv (1330-1406).