Hierotheos, Metropolitan of Nafpaktos and Saint Vlassios

Hierotheos, Metropolitan of Nafpaktos and St. Vlassios, of the church of Greece.

  • Born in Ioannina (Greece) in 1945.


Bachelor of Arts, Theological School of the University of Thessaloniki, magna cum laude (1968).

While at the University, he participated in manuscript research in the Libraries of Holy Mountain monasteries.

While at the University, he participated in the critical edition of the works of St. Gregory Palamas, under the guidance of Professor Panagiotis Christou.


Director of the fast-track Seminary of the Diocese of Edessa, Pella and Almopia (1970-1973)

Director-Speaker in Seminars of the Catechists of the Holy Archbishopric of Athens (1988-1995).

Visiting Professor at the Balamond Theological School in Lebanon:

  •          Instructor of Ancient and Modern Greek (1988-1990).
  •          Instructor of Ethics-Asceticism (1988-1990).
  •          Instructor of Bioethics (2001).

Honorary Ph.D. Department of Social Theology of the Theological School of the National Capodistrian University of Athens (2008).

Honorary Ph.D. Department of Medicine of the School of Health Sciences of the University of Ioannina (2016).

Lectures given at Universities and Theological Schools in Greece and abroad:

University of Athens, University Ecclesiastical Academy of Vella of Ioannina, Moscow Theological Academy, Theological School of Alba Julia Romania, University of Seattle USA, Pacific Lutheran University of Tacoma USA, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology Boston USA, University of Venice Italy, Theological School of Tbilisi Georgia, Theological School of Jassy Romania.

Lecturer at Conferences:  500 international and Greek Conferences.

Presented topics at the Holy Synod of the Hierarchy of the Church of Greece, which convenes once a year. (11 presentations: 1999, 2000, 2000 extraordinary session, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2016).

Radio programs:

Weekly half-hour program titled “The Fathers in the modern world” in the Radio Station of the Church of Greece (1989-1995) and a program titled “Theology in our life” (2010-2017).

TV programs:

Weekly half-hour program titled “Theology of events” in the TV Station “Lychnos” of the Holy Diocese of Patras (2015-2017).


Director for the Youth of the Archbishopric of Athens. (1989-1995).

Metropolitan of Nafpaktos and St. Vlassios (1995-now).

Member of the Standing Holy Synod of the Church of Greece (4 annual periods).

Chairman of 11 Charitable Institutions of the Province of Nafpaktos.


Studies – Books – Articles – Publications

 Books: Ninety-six (96).

Translated books: seventy-eight (78) into twenty-four (24) foreign languages. Total number of books, offprints and publications (excluding articles): three hundred and eight (308)

Academy of Athens Award for the book “The Person in the Orthodox Tradition” (1996).