Bishops – 2
His Eminence Theophanes, Archbishop of Gerassa (civil name Theodosios Hasapakis) was born in Loutra on the island of Mytilene in 1948. He came to Jerusalem in 1961. Graduating from the Patriarchal School in 1966, he was tonsured Monk, ordained as Deacon and appointed to the Chief -Secretariat.
In 1970 he was ordained Priest and studied at the Theological School of the University of Athens from where he graduated in 1974, to be promoted to Archimandrite.
On his return, he was reappointed to the Chief-Secretariat, serving as Secretary of the Holy and Sacred Synod. In 1981 he pursued post graduate studies at the University of Durham in England, receiving the Masters Degree in Patristic Theology.
In 1986 he was appointed Patriarchal Commissioner in Constantinople, while in 1988 he was ordained Bishop of Iamnia. In 1992 he was elected Archbishop of Gerassa and in 1993 he was appointed Patriarchal Commissioner in Bethlehem. Between 2005 and 2009 he served as Exarch of the Most Holy Sepulchre in Athens. In 2006 he was appointed as representative of the Patriarchate for the dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church.
His Eminence Alexios, Archbishop of Tiberias (civil name, Alexios Moschonas) was born in Lehena in 1954. He came to Jerusalem in 1967. Graduating from the Patriarchal School, he studied the Sacred Sciences at the Theological School of the University of Athens.
He was tonsured Monk and ordained as Deacon in 1972. In 1975 he was ordained Priest and received the title of Archimandrite in 1978.
He served as Secretary in the Patriarchal Offices, while in 1979 he was appointed Master of Ceremonies of the Patriarchates and Director of the Patriarchal Museum and Patriarchal Gallery.
In March 1991 he was appointed Member of the Holy and Sacred Synod and in November 1st 1991, he was elected Bishop of Porphyroupolis. In June 1996 he was elected Archbishop of Tiberias and was nominated President of the Education Committee. In 2001 he was appointed Patriarchal Commissioner in Gaza.
He accompanied Patriarch Diodoros in his travels.
His Eminence Dorotheos, Archbishop of Avela (civil name, Demetrios Leovaris) was born in Pitiounta on the island of Chios in 1948. He came to Jerusalem in 1963. Graduating from the Patriarchal School, he was tonsured Monk and in 1969 was ordained as Deacon.
In 1973 he was ordained Priest. He received the title of Archimandrite in 1975. He is a graduate of the Theological School of the University of Athens.
He served as Abbot at the Holy Monasteries of St John the Baptist in Jerusalem and of the Prophet Elijah in Haifa, as well as President of the Estate Committee.
In March 1991 he was appointed Member of the Holy and Sacred Synod and in October of the same year Patriarchal Commissioner in Acre and President of the local Judicial Court.
In October 1998 he was elected and ordained Bishop of Avela. In 2000 he was advanced to Archbishop of Avela and was nominated Patriarchal Commissioner in Bethlehem.
In 2001 he was named Patriarchal Commissioner to Madaba. In 2005 he was re-appointed President of the Estate Committee.
In 2008 he was appointed Archivist.
In 2016 he was appointed Hegoumen at the Theotokos’ Tomb in Gethsemane.
His Eminence Damascene, Archbishop of Joppa (civil name, Anastasios Gaganiaras) was born in Vlasti of Kozani in 1952. He came to Jerusalem in 1967.
He was tonsured Monk in 1968. In 1970 he was ordained as Deacon serving in Jerusalem, Nazareth and Amman. In 1977 he was ordained Priest and received the title of Archimandrite in 1980.
Also in 1980, he received a degree in English Literature from the Catholic University of Bethlehem. In 1984 he received a degree in Theology from the University of Thessaloniki. In 1985 he received a postgraduate degree cum laude (with distinction) in Byzantine History from the University of Thessaloniki. From the same University he received a Doctorate in Theology in 1986. He is also a graduate of the Aristotle University School of Law.
He served as Candle Keeper at the Most Holy Church of the Resurrection, Sacristan in Bethlehem, Hegoumen in various Monasteries, President of the Department of Rents and Teacher at the Patriarchal School. In 1994 he renovated at his own expenses the Holy Church of the Archangels in Joppa and the Holy Monastery there.
In 1996 he was appointed Member of the Holy and Sacred Synod. In October 1998 he was elected and on 13/10/1998 ordained Bishop of Joppa. In 2000 he was advanced to Archbishop of Joppa and appointed President of the Ecclesiastic Court of Joppa. In 2001 he renovated and opened the School of Joppa.
In 2001 he was appointed Exarch of the Most Holy Sepulchre in Greece and in 2002 Exarch in America. In 2008 he graduated with a Doctorate Degree in Law from the Aristotle University, his PhD dissertation titled: “The structural organization of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem”.
His Eminence Aristarchos, Archbishop of Constantina (civil name, Anthony Peristeris) was born at Prinia of Malevyzio, Crete in 1948. He came in Jerusalem in 1962. Graduating from the Patriarchal School in 1966, he was tonsured Monk. In 1969 he was ordained Deacon and Priest in 1970. He received the title of Archimandrite in 1973. He is a graduate of the School of Philosophy and Theology of the University of Athens.
He served as Principal of the Patriarchal School from 1975 to 1988. In 1988 he was appointed Chief Editor of the “New Sion” journal. In 1990 he was appointed Elder Kamarasis and Director of the Private Office of His Beatitude as well as His Counsel. In 1991 he was appointed Member of the Holy and Sacred Synod and in 1992 Librarian.
In October 1998 he was elected and ordained Bishop of Constantina. In 2000 he was elevated to the rank of Archbishop of Constantina.
In 2001 he took over the management of Patriarchal Offices as Secretary General.
He accompanied Patriarch Diodoros in his official visits to Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia. In 2005 he was named Elder Secretary General.
In 2009 he was appointed manager of the news reports of the Official Website of the Patriarchate. In 2018 he was appointed General Patriarchal Commissioner.
His Eminence Methodios, Archbishop of Tabor (civil name, Nicholas Liveris) was born in Viro of Corfu in 1935. He came in Jerusalem in 1953 to study at the Patriarchal School from where he graduated in 1959.
In 1957 he was tonsured Monk and soon after ordained as Deacon. He served as Secretary of the Selection Council and contributor to the journal “New Sion”. Following his ordination to Priest in 1959, he was appointed successively Patriarchal Commissioner in Ptolemais (1959), Hegoumen of the Holy Monastery of St John the Baptist in Jerusalem (1967), Exarch of the Most Holy Sepulchre in Cyprus (1970) and Hegoumen of the Mother of God Monument in Gethsemane (1979).
In 1963 he was elevated to Archimandrite.
In 1982 he was appointed Hegoumen in the town of Beit Jalla and at the same time he studied at the Theological School of Athens. In 1987 he was appointed Patriarchal Commissioner in Bethlehem and in 1994 Hegoumen of the Holy Monastery of Saint George in Beit Jalla (Al- Hader). In 2001 he was appointed Member of the Holy and Sacred Synod, Overseer of the Typicon at the Monastery of Saints Constantine and Helen, and Treasurer of the Sacred Commons of the Most Holy Sepulchre.
In 2003 he was appointed Vice-President of the Finance Committee and Member of the Ecclesiastic Court of Appeals of Jerusalem, maintaining at the same time the positions of Treasurer and Overseer of the Typicon.
On 18-11-2005 he was elected Archbishop of Tabor and appointed President of the Finance Committee. His ordination took place in the Most Holy Church of the Resurrection on 28-11-2005.
In 2014 he was appointed Chairman of the Audit Committee.
His Eminence Theodosios, Archbishop of Sebastia (civil name, Nizar Hanna) was born in the village of Rame of Western Galilee in 1965. In 1984 he went to Thessaloniki where he completed his studies at the Theological School in 1990.
In 1991 he was assigned, by Patriarchal Order, the duties of Secretary at the Secretariat General and Teacher at the School of Remli.
In 1991 he was tonsured Monk with the name Theodosios, joined the Hagiotaphite Brotherhood (Brotherhood of the Holy Sepulchre) and was ordained as Deacon. In 1992 he was ordained Priest and received the title of Archimandrite a few days later.
During the same year he was appointed Sub-principal and Teacher at the Patriarchal School of Saint Demetrios, Secretary of the Arabic Department of the Patriarchal Offices, and Professor of Pedagogy at the University of Haifa. He served as member of the Patriarchate’s Press Office, and as head of the Orthodox Religious Programme of the Palestinian Radio Service. He took part in several official missions of the Patriarchate, such as at the Doha of Qatar Summit Conference of Muslim Countries and in Conferences on the Palestinian issue. He received many honorary distinctions from Arab States and is a member of many dialogue commissions between Christians and Muslims and numerous local Associations and Committees. He was elected Archbishop of Sebastia on 18/11/2005 and was ordained on 11/12/2005 at the Most Holy Church of the Resurrection.
In May 2006 he accompanied His Beatitude in His visit of peace to Constantinople.