Kastoria, Greece, December 29, 2020
His Eminence Metropolitan Seraphim of Kastoria of the Orthodox Church of Greece reposed in the Lord today at the age of 61.
He was hospitalized on December 8 with coronavirus symptoms and was later transferred to the ICU, reports Romfea.
Met. Seraphim served as hierarch of Kastoria since 1996. The Metropolis of Kastoria is among the New Land territories that are administered by the Church of Greece but are officially part of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.
The Metropolitan was known for his work on canonizing local saints of the Diocese of Kastoria and for organizing charitable activities.
May his memory be eternal!
Met. Seraphim was born in Agnandero Karditsas in 1959. He studied at the Rizarios Ecclesiastical School in Athens and at the Higher Ecclesiastical School, graduating in 1983. He then studied at the Theological School of Athens, graduating in 1987.
He was ordained to the diaconate in 1983 and to the priesthood in 1987, serving in the Church of St. Nicholas in the Athens neighborhood of Patisia. He also served as youth director for the Archdiocese of Athens and Secretary of the Holy Synod.
He was consecrated to the episcopate on October 5, 1996. By his efforts, many local saints of the Diocese of Kastoria were promoted and canonized.
Under his care, the Diocese of Kastoria organized and developed charitable and spiritual activities, including a nursing home, a blood bank, a food bank, a scholarship fund, unemployment support services, and much more.