Marios Makrionitis

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Marios Makrionitis

Archbishop of Athens
Native name
Μάριος Μακρυωνίτης
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed11 March 1953
by Pope Pius XII
Term ended8 April 1959
PredecessorMarkos Sigalas
SuccessorVenediktos Printesis
Other postsApostolic Vicar of Thessaloniki
Ordination15 July 1941
Consecration10 May 1953
by Georges Xenopulos, SJ
Personal details
Birth nameΜάριος Μακρυωνίτης
Born8 October 1913
Vari [el], Greece
Died8 April 1959(1959-04-08) (aged 45)
Athens, Greece

Marios Makrionitis, SJ (Greek: Μάριος Μακρυωνίτης; 8 October 1913 – 8 April 1959) was a Greek Jesuit prelate of the Catholic Church. He served as the Archbishop of Athens from 1953 until 1959, when he died from injuries caused by an automobile accident.


Makrionitis was born on 8 October 1913 in Vari [el], a small village in the island of Syros.[1][2] He joined the Society of Jesus and was ordained to the priesthood on 15 July 1941.[1][2] In 1952, he was appointed Apostolic Vicar of Thessaloniki.[2][3]

Makrionitis was appointed Archbishop of Athens by Pope Pius XII on 11 March 1953.[1][2][3] His episcopal consecration took place on 10 May 1953, with the Bishop of Santorini, Georges Xenopulos, serving as principal consecrator, and Archbishop Giovanni Francesco Filippucci and Bishop George Calavassy as co-consecrators.[1][2] As archbishop, he held a Catholic Book Exhibition at the Athens Catholic Club, the first such event in Greek history.[4]

On 8 April 1959, Makrionitis was severely injured in an automobile accident, and died later that day[1][2][5] or in the early morning of April 9.[3][6] He was succeeded as archbishop by Venediktos Printesis, a former parish priest.[5]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f "Archdiocese of Athens, Greece". GCatholic. Retrieved 2017-05-08.
  3. ^ a b c svs. "Κατάλογος Επισκόπων". Η Καθολική Εκκλησία στην Ελλάδα (in Greek). Retrieved 2017-05-08.
  4. ^ "First Catholic Book Exhibition in Greece". The Tablet. 13 July 1957. p. 19. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Holy See News Briefs". Arkansas Catholic. 5 June 1959. p. 7. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Greek Archbishop Dies". The Los Angeles Times. 9 April 1959. p. 7. Retrieved 7 May 2017.