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Philotheos (Zervakos) of Paros

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  • Blessed Elder Archimandrite Philotheos (Zervakos) was born 1884.
He was from a small village of the Peloponese called Pakia and was given the name of Constantine at his Holy Baptism.
From childhood he demonstrated an exceptional love for God.
  • In 1912, April 22, Father Philotheos was ordained to the priesthood.
He was ordained by Metropolitan Gabriel of Trifilia and Olympia.
  • In 1924, he made an extensive pilgrimage to the Holy land and Egypt.
This is all described in his book published in 1925 "Great and Wondrous Pilgrimages to Palestine and Sinai".
  • In 1930, Elder Ierotheos reposed and Father Philotheos succeeded him as abbot of Longovarda.
At this stage, Father Philotheos had the reputation of a Saint.
  • In 1934, he makes another pilgrimage, this time to Constantinople.
  • He founds the convent of the Theotokos "Myrtidiotissa" (of the Myrtle Tree) in Paros.
  • 1976 - Writes an Apologetic.
Addressed to Archimandrite Cyprian, Holy Monastery of Panagia Myrtidiotissa. Metropolitan Cyprian of Oropos and Fili, is also the spiritual son of Eldress Myrtidiotissa.
  • 1980 - Blessed Elder Philotheos (Zervakos) dies on the morning of May 8.
His funeral was conducted by Archimandrite Dionysios of Simonopetra Monastery of Mt Athos.
His relics were laid to rest at the convent in Paros, in a place that he chose beside the chapel dedicated to his spiritual mentor, Saint Nexktarios of Aegina November 9.

  • He is classified as a Modern Orthodox Saint.

Known Relationships

  • Saint Nectarios of Aegina, 1846 - 1920.
  • Saint 'Papa' Nicholas (Planas) of Athens, 1851 - 1932.
  • Blessed Papa Dimitri Gagastathis, 1902 - 1975.


  • The Blessed Elder Philotheos Zervakos by S Kementzentzidis, trans, by Palis and Chalice, Thessaloniki 1986.
  • Blessed Elder Philotheos Zervakos by C. Cavarnos, Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Belmont MA 1993