Fr. Athanasios: On Our Children Leaving the Faith
June 9, 2014: Our group of pilgrims met with Metropolitan Athanasios of Limassol (Cyprus). This is the eighth in a series of videos from the hour-long meeting we had with the Metropolitan. Fr. Athanasius is also known as “Fr. Maximos” in the book The Mountain of Silence by Kyriacos Markides. In the book, ‘Fr. Maximos’ shares his great wisdom gained from time spent among elders and monks on Mount Athos and also through prayer and personal experience. For this reason, the book is highly recommended.
Metropolitan Athanasios was born in 1959 in Limassol, Cyprus. He was ordained a deacon in 1976 and then went to the University of Thessaloniki to study theology. After graduation, he went to live at the New Skete on Mount Athos, where he was tonsured a monk. He was elected as a representative of the Holy Community of Mount Athos while he lived at Vatopedi Monastery and between 1991-1992 he held the position of Chief Overseer of Mount Athos.
In 1992, Archbishop Chrysostomos I asked Fr. Athanasios to return to Cyprus. With the blessing of the Monastery of Vatopedi, he returned to Cyprus and joined the brotherhood of the Priests’ Monastery in Paphos. In 1993, Fr. Athanasios was elected abbot of the Holy Monastery of Maheras, and later in the same year he was enthroned by the Archbishop.
In February, 1999, after election by the clergy and people, Fr. Athanasios was consecrated and enthroned Bishop of Limassol.
Source: Church of Cyprus