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New President of Caritas Athens the New Catholic Archbishop of Athens fr.Theodoros Kontidis

 

 

His Eminence fr. Theodoros Kontidis took over as the new President of Caritas Athens, according to the article no 1 of the statute of the Αssociation, which states that the current Archbishop of the Catholics of Athens is under his jurisdiction, according to the Canon Law of the Catholic Church.

He was elected Archbishop of Athens and Apostolic administrator of the Catholic Archdiocese of Rhodes at the will of the Holy See, on July 14, 2021, while on September 18 his ordination ceremony took place at the Cathedral of St. Dionysios (Panepistimiou and Omirou street).

He was born in Thessaloniki on March 11, 1956, originally from Giannitsa, Pella, where he finished elementary school. He continued his secondary studies at the Leontios School of Athens. He graduated in 1974 and then he went on a long journey with studies in various cities, such as Rome, Leuven, and Paris. He studied Philosophy at the Pontifical Greek College of Agios Athanasius and then Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in the Italian capital. During his postgraduate studies, he also received a degree from the Center Sèvres in Paris. In 1983 he joined the Lonely Order of the Jesuits and was ordained a priest on October 9, 1988. Initially, he served as assistant prist and then as parish priest of the Sacred Heart in Athens. In 1995 he took over as abbot of the Holy Monastery of the Jesuits, as well as director of the "Manresa" spiritual center, which operates as a venue for seminars and meetings of religious content.

In the framework of the Institute of Humanities, which was founded with the aim of publishing the magazine "Open Horizons" and carrying out religious and cultural activities, he collaborated in the organization of conferences and the publication of books, as he considers communication through writing to be extremely important.

For twenty years he participated in the ‘’wedding program’’ of the Archdiocese of Athens in order to prepare the bride and groom, as well as in the pastoral care of the Youth.

He was always present at the meetings with the "Faith and Light" communities, which are attended by families with mentally retarded children, as well as their friends. He also assisted as a priest in pastoral and catechism activities at the Greek-French school Jeanne D’ Arc, in Piraeus.

From 2020 he was the parish priest of Agios Andreas in Patras.

He speaks Italian, French and English.

Caritas Athens is a Non-Profit Organization (NGO) which has been recognized as such by the state, and is a member of Caritas Hellas (a branch of Caritas Europa and of Caritas Internationalis, the philanthropic organizations of the Catholic Church, which play an active role in over 165 countries worldwide)

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