Update: Father Ioannis Maridakis

Author: Melanie Jula Sakoda
Date Published: 08/07/2019
Publication: Pokrov.org

Early last month, Father Ioannis Maridakis was apparently taken into the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia as priest and assigned to the Monastery of Saint Anthony the Great in Phoenix, Arizona. However, on July 23, 2019, the reception was withdrawn because of “serious allegations” leveled against the priest that “require an investigation.” A copy of the notification is linked above.

In 2013, the Chancellor of the Metropolis of San Francisco of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America said that Father Maridakis had been suspended by his bishop in Crete, and that he was not permitted to work in that diocese or to communicate with parishes or parishioners.