Athens, October 10, 2023
A number of hierarchs of the Orthodox Church of Greece have retired or reposed recently. Thus, during the first day of its latest session yesterday, Monday, October 9, the Council of Bishops elected 10 new hierarchs, and three more are to be elected today.
The most anticipated election was that of Metropolitan of Thessaloniki. Metropolitan Anthimos (Roussas), who led the Metropolis for nearly two decades, Long-time bishop of Thessaloniki resignsMetropolitan Anthimos (Roussas), who has led the Metropolis of Thessaloniki for nearly two decades, submitted his letter of resignation to the Archbishop of Athens on Monday.
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With a total of 73 votes, Bishop Philotheos of Oreoi, an assistant bishop of the Archdiocese of Athens, was elected as the new Metropolitan of Thessaloniki, reports Vima Orthodoxias.
Two other metropolitans were also elected:
And six assistant bishops:
Archimandrite Epiphanios Karageorgos as Bishop of Talantio
Archimandrite Ignatios Sotiriadis as Bishop of Salona
Archimandrite Pavlos Kitsos as Bishop of Thespies
Archimandrite Nikodimos Efstathiou as Bishop of Skopelos
Archimandrite Apostolos Kavaliotis as Bishop of Tanagra
Archimandrite Theophilos Mantzavrakos as Bishop of Lacedaemonia
Archimandrite Christophoros Angelopoulos as Bishop of Amphipolis
The newly elected Metropolitan Philotheos of Thessaloniki was born on July 9, 1977, in Chalkida.
He initially studied at the Higher Ecclesiastical School of Athens (1995-1998) and then at the Theological School of the University of Athens (1998-2002). He pursued postgraduate studies at the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
On February 16, 2002, he became a monk at the Monastery of St. George Arma (near the village of Fylla, Evia). On February 17, 2002, he was ordained a deacon by Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Chalkida. On June 19, 2002, he was ordained a priest by the same Metropolitan, receiving the title of archimandrite.
He served as a preacher (2002-2009) and General Archpastoral Commissioner (2009-2016) of the Metropolis of Chalkida, Istiaia, and Northern Sporades. Additionally, he worked in youth catechesis, serving as a catechist and leading one of the camp seasons at the camps of the Holy Metropolis of Chalkida in Rovies. Since 2014, he has been a member of the Child Protection Society of Chalkida, representing the Metropolis.
He holds a diploma in Byzantine Music (2000) and served as director and professor at the School of Byzantine Music of the Holy Metropolis of Chalkida. He also taught as a professor in the special schools of the Metropolis for Catechism Candidates and Camping Leaders.
For several years, he coordinated the parents’ schools of the Holy Metropolis of Chalkida. He served as a member of the administrative board of the Ecclesiastical Orphanage of Boys and the St. Timothy of Evripos Cultural Foundation.
In 2016, he was appointed Secretary of the Synodal Committee for Ecclesiastical Education and Training of the Clergy. In 2018, he was appointed First Secretary-Recorder of the Holy Synod. On March 21, 2019, he was appointed Chief Secretary of the Holy Synod, following a decision by Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens.
On October 11, 2019, with the proposal of the Archbishop, he was elected Assistant Bishop of the Holy Archdiocese of Athens with the title of the former Diocese of Oreoi. He was consecrated on October 15, 2019, at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens by the Archbishop of Athens, with the participation of a group of Metropolitans.
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