Archimandrite Andreas (Konanos), speaker and author known throughout Orthodox world, resigns from priesthood

Athens, August 24, 2020

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Archimandrite Andreas (Konanos), a well-known speaker and author from the Greek Orthodox Church whose works have been translated into numerous languages, has voluntarily stepped down from the priesthood after 20 years.

“Now I am ‘plain’ Andreas Konanos,” he writes in his statement, “An End, An Beginning,” published on Romfea today. He submitted his resignation to the Archdiocese of Athens today.

Konanos was born in 1970, ordained as a deacon in 1999, and as an archimandrite in 2000. In 2006, he began a radio broadcast that led to invitations to speak throughout Greece, Cyprus, America, and beyond.

“My dear friends, I wish you all well! Today is a milestone in my life. Something very important is coming to an end. And something new is beginning,” he writes.

While his statement does not directly address his status as a monastic, his language of an end and a beginning and of “plain” Andreas would seem to indicate that he no longer considers himself a monastic either.

“The reasons for my departure are many,” he writes, though his present statement was not written to go into those reasons. He remains grateful for his two decades of ministry as priest, which gave him the opportunity “to live amazing theanthropic moments and to meet beautiful people in all parts of the world.”

“And now, I move on,” he states.

He will continue to be inspired by God and to serve and love all, he writes, continuing to speak and write. He will now be able to serve “with more openness, breadth, and freedom,” he believes.

“I do not have to present holiness and great virtues, beyond the truth and honesty of my heart,” he writes. “It is this awareness that gives me joy and strength to move forward, having God and His Love always by my side.”

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8/24/2020

Comments
Valeria 9/13/2020 3:09 am
Quote from Russian priest Gennadi Fast: I believe it is better to never have a priesthood gift than to receive and then neglect it. This gift is given to a person for life - ordination, like baptism, cannot be canceled. “I remind you to warm up the gift of God, which is in you through my ordination,” the Apostle Paul writes to Timothy (2 Tim. 1, 6). So we must, on the advice of the apostle, kindle the gift of the Holy Spirit, received at the laying on of hands, and in accordance with it serve God and people. And for neglecting this great gift, you will have to answer before God. Of course, if a person, refusing the priesthood, does not renounce God, he can repent and partake as a layman, hoping for the salvation of his soul. But it seems to me that this is still an internal tragedy for the one who refuses. For laymen, a change of profession is indeed possible - even officers who, like us, take the oath can resign and take up a completely different trade in civilian life. But the priesthood must be carried to the last breath. I do not want to condemn anyone, I understand that anything can happen in life, but you cannot consider the rejection of the priesthood the norm.
Proto Dean Rev. Fr. Stephen Lunagula8/28/2020 11:31 pm
My Dear co-servant in Christ, Christ between us. Our Orthodox Church gives much respect to SAINTS. Referring to St. Andrew (talked about in the holy Bible and referred to as "The First Called". Whose name you became his successor through baptism. Something I believe you are proud of. Your human decision of stepping down from priesthood creates high imaginations in one who is holding the Orthodox faith in himself. Imagine, if this FIRST COLLED, the Apostle did deny, or refused the Call Jesus !!!!! And goes on his way....!!!! However, anyway I personally do appeal to whoever read your constructive books, articles, listened to your messages on TV and radios. And found beneficial to them. Let us All raise up a sound voice that: Let us pray to the Lord...... Maybe, you might have been inspired by the Holy Spirit. You having been a monastic monk. I remain not convinced yet I still regard you still my Co-servant in Christ. From Announciation of The Virgin Mary Nakyaka Orthodox parish -Uganda
Terry sourtzis8/26/2020 4:31 pm
Dear Andreas, I’m a follower from Australia I was born here but I am a proud Greek my name is Aristotelis, Terry in English to simplified things for the rest of the anglos I am friends with. I’ve been listening to your speeches almost every knight and I thank god I found you. Your inspiring and your inner thoughts you have shared felt that we had met in person and that you where helping me, I hope you still Pursue your work because you have helped me see life in a different light, the light of GOD. I wish you all the best for you and wherever he leads you I’m sure it will be the good of all people, I’m going to miss your radio talks I hope you still continue. God bless. Regards Aristotelis from Australia thank you
Fr Nicolas (Vera)8/25/2020 1:17 pm
The world and being in the world is the greatest temptation for a monk. The talks, writings and conferences are food for pride. I suppose that he will know that the monk is a monk for eternity and even if he removes his scheme and does not celebrate the Tiny Mysteries anymore, he will continue to be a monk and thus will appear before the tribunal of God. Let us pray for him.
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