Hierotheus I of Alexandria

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Hierotheus I of Alexandria, also Ierotheos I of Alexandria, was the Patriarch of Alexandria of the Church of Alexandria from 1825 to 1845. He continued the work of his predecessors in re-organizing the Patriarchate of Alexandria in a friendly environment under Viceroy Mohammed Ali of Egypt.


Little is known of the life of Patr. Hierotheus before he became Patriarch of Alexandria. Hierotheus was elected patriarch, in 1825, after Patr. Theophilus II was deposed by the Patriarchate of Constantinople for abandoning his see. The Patriarchate was acting under pressure from the Ottoman government during the Greek war of independence.

Patr. Hierotheus I led the Church of Alexandria during the rule of Mohammed Ali the Viceroy of Egypt who had established good relations with the Hellenic community of Egypt. Hierotheus, thus, continued the restoration and expansion of ecclesiastical properties in Egypt. In collaboration with Michael Tositsas, the Greek Consul and members of the Hellenic Community in Egypt, in 1842, Patr. Hierotheus sponsored the establishment of the Hellenic-Arabic School of Cairo. Also, among the many projects he pursued were the renovation of the Monastery of St. Savvas in Alexandria and the Church of St. Nicholas in Cairo. He also established a guest house to host the poor.

Patr. Hierotheus was also able to ransom and free many Christian captives from the Arabs.

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Hierotheus I of Alexandria
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Theophilus II
Patriarch of Alexandria
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