Abbot of Athonite Grigoriou Monastery retires

Holy Mount Athos, February 13, 2014

Abbot of the Athonite Grigoriou Monastery Archimandrite George Kapsanis has handed in his resignation as abbot to the assembly of brethren (Gerontia) of the monastery.

According to, the abbot had earlier expressed his desire to retire for reasons that are still unknown. According to information on, the reason for such a step was his present state of health.

The election of the new abbot is to take place on Thursday, February 20.


Archimandrite George Kapsanis is a well-known contemporary Greek theologian and church figure. The following books by Fr. George are known to Russian readers: Pastoral Ministry According to the Holy Canons (M.: Svyataya Gora, 2006), and, God Became Man so that Man Might Become a God: Divinization as a Purpose of Human Life, Orthodoxy and Papism, Orthodoxy and Humanism (Moscow: DAR, 2008).


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