Studies in Honour of Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia
Edited By Andreas Andreopoulos and Graham Speake
Address by His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain
It is a great privilege to be present at this conference celebrating the eightieth birthday of my brother bishop, Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia, and to have had the honour to read the august message that His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I has addressed to the gathering.
I think I am right in saying that the first time that I saw Metropolitan Kallistos (or Timothy Ware, as he was then) was with a group of people who had come to visit the church of All Saints in Camden Town where I was then serving as a priest. I got to know him better and appreciate his abilities and talents some time later when I was driving the car in which he and my predecessor of blessed memory, Archbishop Athenagoras, were travelling; and I vividly remember how they were discussing the question of his ordination and how he agreed to become a clergyman of the Orthodox Church and of this Eparchy of the Ecumenical Throne. Indeed, it was I who, as a priest, gave him the Canonical Letter of Witness (Symmartyria) prior to his ordination as a deacon in the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Divine Wisdom (Agia Sophia) in London, which took place almost exactly fifty years ago (on 10 March 1965).
When he was ordained to the priesthood the following year (after having been tonsured as a monk of the monastery of St John the Theologian in Patmos), I remember him assuring me...
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