Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) reposes in the Lord

Oxford, August 24, 2022


One of the most influential figures in the English-speaking Orthodox world has reposed in the Lord.

His Eminence Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, 87, the author of the well-known books The Orthodox Church and The Orthodox Way and countless articles, reposed this morning around 1 AM, reports the Patriarchate’s Phos Phanariou outlet.

He is also known for producing English translations of The Philokalia, The Lenten Triodion, and The Festal Menaion.

Met. Kallistos served as a hierarch of the Church for 40 years. He had been ill for quite some time, and was able to receive the Holy Mysteries just hours before he reposed.

May his memory be eternal!


Born Timothy Ware in Bath, Somerset, England, on September 11, 1934, Metropolitan Kallistos was educated at Westminster School (to which he had won a scholarship) and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he took a Double First in Classics as well as reading Theology. In 1958, at the age of 24, he embraced the Orthodox Christian faith (having been raised Anglican), traveling subsequently throughout Greece, spending a great deal of time at the Monastery of St. John the Theologian in Patmos. He also frequented other major centers of Orthodoxy such as Jerusalem and Mount Athos. In 1966, he was ordained to the priesthood and was tonsured as a monk, receiving the name Kallistos, in honour of St. Kallistos Xanthopoulos.

In the same year, he became a lecturer at Oxford, teaching Eastern Orthodox Studies, a position which he held for 35 years until his retirement. In 1979, he was appointed to a Fellowship at Pembroke College, Oxford, and in 1982, he was consecrated to the episcopacy as a titular bishop with the title Bishop of Diokleia, appointed to serve as the assistant to the bishop of the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain. Despite his elevation, Kallistos remained in Oxford and carried on his duties both as the parish priest of the Oxford Greek Orthodox community and as a lecturer at the University.

Since his retirement in 2001, Kallistos has continued to publish and to give lectures on Orthodox Christianity, traveling widely. Until recently, he was the chairman of the board of directors of the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge. He is the chairman of the group Friends of Orthodoxy on Iona. He serves on the advisory board of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship.

On March 30, 2007, the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elevated the Diocese of Diokleia to Metropolis and Bishop Kallistos to Titular Metropolitan of Diokleia.

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E.S.9/16/2022 2:50 am
Memory Eternal for His Grace Metropolitan Kallistos Ware! Please pray to God for us to have such a spiritual level for the acquisition immediately of the Holy Spirit! May You Be near with God in His Kingdom together with my dear Father Mihail!
Christine9/4/2022 12:59 am
It is with gratitude and warmth that I remember Metropolitan Ware. Yes, may his memory be eternal.
Mack Ashabranner8/27/2022 10:47 pm
I offer my sincere condolences to the Orthodox community, as a Catholic I developed a great respect for Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, and many Catholics also mourn the passing of one who worked diligently, to bring about unity in the Church. He always took time to listen, to genuinely understand. The Church lost a great and holy man. Requiescat in pace
Richard Murray8/25/2022 9:26 pm
Godspeed on your journey
Fr. Stefan Zencuch 8/25/2022 11:45 am
Dear Vladyko Kallistos, Such an enouguration in heaven for you! Thank you for sharing your Christian Orthodoxy with us, the people of all over the world. About "your heaven", just recently I shared with a people in Prague; for many Slavonic christians in the US for a solid 30 years. Царство Небесне, Святий Владико, Kallistos Ware!
Fr. Kevin Fletcher 8/25/2022 12:16 am
Memory Eternal
Godfried K. Mantey8/24/2022 9:12 pm
Metropolitan Kallistos Ware was one single instrumental figure never to be forgotten when it comes to the history of the Orthodox Church in Ghana. The turning point was his book, The Orthodox Church. By providence, my colleague and friend Emmanuel Darko (may he rest in perfect peace), with whom I worked (he at the University of Ghana Bookshop and I at the Economics Department of the University then) informed me: “We have a book of your Church – it is ‘called’ the Orthodox Church”. This was in 1972, when they (the Bookshop) had taken delivery of a number of new books, including The Orthodox Church by Timothy Ware. Without a shred of doubt, Metropolitan Kallistos Ware led the Orthodox Church in Ghana to canonicity, having been received in September, 1982 into the Patriarchate of Alexandria by His Eminence Irineos (Memory eternal). May his memory be eternal.
Fr. Deacon Evangelos 8/24/2022 6:23 pm
MEMORY ETERNAL! As he did to so many, +KALLISTOS touched my life greatly. We have lost a giant. I will miss him dearly.
Zondra Rapazzini8/24/2022 5:13 pm
Memory Eternal!! His books were so inspiring as I entered the Orthodox Life thirty years ago. He was truly an inspiration
Theodoros 8/24/2022 4:20 pm
His memory be eternal!
Dave8/24/2022 3:53 pm
I don’t know many in the Orthodox Church who were not impacted by his writings. His shared knowledge and understanding of Orthodoxy lead many of us into the church. May his memory be eternal!
Todd Moore8/24/2022 1:43 pm
May he rest in peace and may his memory be eternal!
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