Seraphim of Athens
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|Archbishop of Athens|
|Installed||January 13, 1974|
|Term ended||April 10, 1998|
|Birth name||Vissarion Tikas|
26 October 1913|
|Died||April 10, 1998
He was born in Artesiano, a borough of Karditsa in Greece, in 1913. Archbishop Seraphim of Athens enrolled in the Theological School of the University of Athens in 1936 and graduated in 1940. During his second year (1938), he became a monk in the Pendeli Monastery. He was ordained a deacon by the then Metropolitan Bishop of Corinth and by Archbishop Damaskinos of Athens, and served at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Neo Iraklio.
In 1942 he was ordained a priest and an archimandrite, also by Archbishop Damaskinos and served as parish priest at the Church of St Luke in Patisia. During the Axis occupation of Greece during World War II, he joined the ranks of EDES under general Napoleon Zervas.
Archbishop Seraphim of Athens was elected Archbishop of Athens and All Greece on January 13, 1974, succeeding Archbishop Ieronymos I.
|Eastern Orthodox Church titles|
|Archbishop of Athens and All Greece
1974 – 1998