Chrysostomos (Sabbatos) of Messenia

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His Eminence Chrysostomos (Sabbatos) of Messenia (Greek: Χρυσόστομος Σαββάτος) is the Metropolitan of the Metropolis of Messenia under the jurisdiction of the Church of Greece. The metropolis is located in the southwestern part of the Peloponnese. He has served the Metropolis of Messenia since 2007.


Christodoulos Sabbatos was born in the Athens suburb of Peristeri in 1961. After completing his general education, he entered the Higher Ecclesiastical School of Athens in 1980, graduating in 1983. He then studied at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Athens from 1983 to 1987. In 1988, Christodoulos entered into a career in the Orthodox Church when he was ordained a deacon and received the ecclesiastical name of Chrysostomos. He studied at schools in Rome, 1988 to 1990, and Strasbourg, receiving a Master in Patristic Theology and the Ecumenical Movement in 1990. In 1995, he received his PhD in Theology.

He is an Assistant Professor of Theology and theologian with the Theology Faculty of the University of Athens. He also holds membership in the Orthodox-Roman Catholic Dialogue Commission. In addition to Greek, he speaks the French and Italian languages and is familiar with English.

On March 15, 2007, Fr, Chrysostomos was elected Metropolitan of Messenia[1]. He has continued his university obligations after his consecration as metropolitan.

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