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Following the Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at Ascension Cathedral in Oakland, California on March 1, 2023, Fr. Athanasios (Tom) Zaferes was elevated to Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Throne by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros. His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco and His Grace Bishop John concelebrated the Liturgy with the Archbishop.