Greek Metropolitan Jeremiah of Gortynia reposes in the Lord

Gortynia, Greece, December 15, 2021

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Metropolitan Jeremiah of Gortynia and Megalopolis of the Orthodox Church of Greece reposed in the Lord last night at the age of 80, the Metropolis reports.

He served 52 years in ordained ministry, including 15 years as a hierarch.

Met. Jeremiah was known as a defender of the faith against ecumenism and a critic of 2016’s Crete Council, though unfortunately he took an un-Orthodox stance on the matter of Constantinople’s invasion of Ukrainian Church territory.

The hierarch had been facing serious heart problems lately, and died after suffering a heart attack. His funeral will be served tomorrow.

May his memory be eternal!


Romfea provides a short biography of the newly-reposed hierarch. Met. Jeremiah was born in Nafpaktos in 1941. In 1964, he graduated from the Theological School of the University of Athens. He later received a doctorate from the same school in 2000.

He was ordained to the diaconate in 1969 and to the priesthood in 1972, and was appointed diocesan preacher in the Archdiocese of Athens and several other dioceses.

In 2003, he was elected assistant professor, and in 2006 full professor of the Theological School of the University of Athens.

He was elected Metropolitan of Gortynia and Megalopolis on October 14, 2006.

He is considered one of the leading Old Testament scholars in Greece and has interpreted and translated many books of the Old Testament.

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