After completing his education at the Westminster School in London, he studied classics and theology at The University of Oxford, where he received a First Class Honours degree. Later in 1965 he completed a Doctorate, on the subject of the ‘Ascetic works of Mark the Hermit.
He was an Anglican layman until 1958 and at the age of 24, he joined the Orthodox Church and specifically to the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain. In 1965 he was ordained a deacon under the name Kallistos. In 1966, he was ordained a priest and received the title, or ‘Offikion’ of Archimandrite at the Monastery of St John the Theologian in Patmos. In 1966 he founded the Orthodox Community of the Holy Trinity in Oxford and in 1982 he became Assistant Bishop of the Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain.
He was awarded an honorary doctorate at Cluj-Napoca University in Romania, Lawrence University of Wisconsin in the United States, the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, Belgrade’s Orthodox Theological School, the St. Sergius Institute of Orthodox Theology in Paris and the School of Philosophy in Athens in 2007. In June 2015 he was named honorary doctor of the Department of Pastoral and Social Theology of the Theological School at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. From 1959 to 1960 he taught as a ‘Jane Eliza Procter Viking Fellow’ at Princeton University and in 1966 he was elected and appointed Spalding Lecturer in Eastern Orthodox Studies at the University of Oxford, until 2001, teaching classical and Byzantine philosophy and Orthodox theology. In 1970 he was elected ‘Fellow of Pembroke College,’ Oxford, and in 1971 he was named Senior Denyer and Johnson Scholar of Oxford University. As a visiting professor he taught at the Gregorian University of Rome in 2006.
He is chairman of the Friends of Orthodoxy group on the Isle of Iona in Scotland and also chairman of the dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Anglican Communion. On the 31st March 2007 he was elected Titular Metropolitan.
Metropolitan Kallistos’ writings are renowned throughout the Orthodox world, particularly amongst the Anglophone faithful. Here are some of his most popular and successful works:
– The Orthodox Church, 2nd ed. Pelican, 1993
– The Orthodox Way Mowbray, 1979
– The Lenten Triodion, Tr. Mother Mary and Archimandrite Kallistos Ware St. Tikhon’s Seminary Press, 2002,
– The Inner Kingdom: Collected Works, Vol. 1 St Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2000
– In the Image of the Trinity: Collected Works, Vol. 2 St Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2006
– Communion and Intercommunion Light & Life, 1980
– How Are We Saved?: The Understanding of Salvation in the Orthodox Tradition Light & Life, 1996
– Praying with Orthodox Tradition Abingdon, 1990
– Eustratios Argenti: A Study of the Greek Church under Turkish Rule Clarendon, 1964
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His Eminence Metropolitan Athanasios (Theocharous), of Colognia, was born in Marathovounos, Cyprus in 1943. He studied at the School of Theology in Athens and was ordained to the diaconate and priesthood in 1969 by the Archbishop of Thyateira, Athenagoras Kokkinakis. From 1969 to 1972 he served as a priest of the Greek Orthodox Community of St. Athanasius and St. Clement, Cambridge. In 1976 he was appointed as priest-in-charge of the Church of the Dormition of the Mother of God, and has continued to serve there until today. On the 12th of April 1997, he was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Tropaeou by Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain.
On the 14th of January 2021 he was elected Metropolitan of Colognia.
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