Langadas, Greece, November 16, 2020
Yesterday, Sunday, November 15, Metropolitan Ioannis of Langadas of the Greek Orthodox Church reposed in the Lord at the age of 62 due to complications from the coronavirus.
The Metropolitan was hospitalized in Thessaloniki on Friday after testing positive for the virus, reports Romfea.
Despite the efforts of the hospital staff, his health sharply deteriorated on the night of Saturday to Sunday, and at 6:36 AM on Sunday morning, his heart stopped. The cause of death was cardiopulmonary arrest.
The Metropolitan had also suffered from diabetes and heart disease.
His funeral will be served today in the Cathedral of St. Paraskeva in Langadas.
May his memory be eternal!
Met. Ioannis was born in Thessaloniki in 1958. He graduated from the Ecclesiastical Pedagogical Academy of Thessaloniki in 1979 and from the Department of Pastoral and Social Theology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1982.
In 1982, he was ordained to the diaconate and took over management of the youth office of the Diocese of Thessaloniki. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1983.
He authored many theological articles and studies and taught in catechetical schools in the Diocese of Thessaloniki. He also taught as a professor in the Higher Ecclesiastical School of Thessaloniki and was a Doctor of Theology and Professor of Biblical Theology at the Theological Academy of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Uzhgorod, Ukraine.
He also founded a soup kitchen for the homeless in Thessaloniki.
On May 10, 2010, he was elected Metropolitan of Langadas and was consecrated on May 16.
Unfortunately, it is also noteworthy that Met. Ioannis was the first hierarch of the Greek Church to concelebrate with the Ukrainian schismatics, even before Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens had decided to recognize them, prompting the schismatic primate Epiphany Dumenko to declare that the Greek Church had de-facto recognized his “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” at that time. A press release from the Metropolis of Langadas argued that Met. Ioannis had concelebrated with them “in his academic capacity” as a professor at Uzhgorod University, and not as a representative of the Greek Orthodox Church.