Dionysius IV of Constantinople

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Dionysius IV of Constantinople
Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
Church Church of Constantinople
In office 8 November 1671 – 25 July 1673
29 July 1676 – 29 July 1679
10 July 1682 – 30 March 1684
end of March 1686 – 17 October 1687
August 1693 – April 1694
Predecessor Parthenius IV of Constantinople, James of Constantinople, Callinicus II of Constantinople
Successor Gerasimus II of Constantinople, Athanasius IV of Constantinople, Parthenius IV of Constantinople, James of Constantinople, Callinicus II of Constantinople
Personal details
Born unknown
Istanbul
Died 23 September 1696
Târgoviște

Dionysius IV Mouselimes (? – 23 September 1696) was Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople for five times, in 1671–73, 1676–79, 1682–84, 1686–87, and 1693–94. He was born in Istanbul, where he grew up. He studied at the Phanar Greek Orthodox College and worked as an administrative officer at the Patriarchate. On 9 August 1662 he was elected bishop of Larissa, where he remained until 1671, when he was first elected Patriarch of Constantinople.

After his second term as Patriarch of Constantinople, from 1676 to 1679, he settled in Wallachia, a historical region of Romania. Dionysius was in conflict with Patriarch James, Patriarch of Constantinople from 1679 to 1682, whom he forced to resign in 1682. After is third term (1682–84), when Parthenius IV (1684–85) was restored for his fourth time, he moved to Chalcedon until 1686. He returned to Constantinople on 7 April 1686 and overthrew James again, who was restored for the first time (1685–86). James retaliated by offering a large sum to the Grand Vizier and overthrew Dionysius on 17 October 1687.

He was imprisoned by the Ottoman Turks twice, in 1679, and from 1687 until 1688. After his final removal from the patriarchal throne in 1694, he retired in Bucharest, Romania. Dionysius died on 23 September 1696 at Târgoviște in Wallachia and was buried in Radu Vodă Monastery, a Romanian Orthodox monastery in Bucharest, where he lived his last years.

During his time of patriarchy he dealt with a large number of religious and political subjects including the position of the Orthodox church against the Protestant confessions and Calvinist theologians.

Preceded by
Parthenius IV
Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
1671–1673
Succeeded by
Gerasimus II
Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
1676–1679
Succeeded by
Athanasius IV
Preceded by
James
Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
1682–1684
Succeeded by
Parthenius IV
Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
1686–1687
Succeeded by
James
Preceded by
Callinicus II
Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
1693–1694
Succeeded by
Callinicus II