Emmanuel Lemelson

Emmanuel Lemelson
Padre Emmanouil Lugano Switzerland 2013 retouched.jpg
Lemelson in 2013
OrdinationJuly 23, 2011
by Metropolitan Elpidophoros the Abbot of the Theological School at Halki
Personal details
Born (1976-06-29) June 29, 1976 (age 42)
Phoenix, Arizona,
United States
OccupationGreek Orthodox priest, social commentator, and hedge fund manager
EducationSeattle University (BA)
Hellenic College Holy Cross (MDiv)

Father Emmanuel Lemelson (born Gregory Manoli Lemelson; June 29, 1976) is an American-born Greek Orthodox priest, social commentator and businessman.

Between 1999 and 2010, he ran the internet company Amvona. After closing the business in 2010, he reformed the company website into a social commentary page. Following the change, his commentary in regard to the securitization of mortgage-backed securities was widely cited.

In 2011, Lemelson was ordained a Greek Orthodox priest. He is in favor of reconciliation between the Greek Orthodox and Catholic churches. Lemelson has advocated a philosophy of investment based on Christian ethics, and in 2012, he founded Lemelson Capital Management, which runs The Amvona Fund, a hedge fund.[1] Additionally in 2012, Lemelson founded The Lantern Foundation with its purpose being to support religious, charitable, and educational causes with a focus on those associated with the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Early life and education

Gregory Manoli Lemelson[2] was born on June 29, 1976 in Phoenix, Arizona to a Jewish father and Christian mother.[3][1] Following high school, he attended Seattle University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies[4] in 1999.[citation needed] He then attended Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, where he received a Master's of Divinity in 2003.[2]

While a 17-year old undergraduate at Seattle University, Lemelson met Robert Spitzer, a Jesuit priest and philosopher. In interviews, Lemelson has indicated that the encounter was a significant event in his religious life.[clarification needed][5][6][7]

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