Savvas (Heimonetos) of Nubia

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His Grace, the Very Reverend Savvas (Heimonettos) of Burundi and Rwanda is Bishop of the Diocese of Burundi and Rwanda, part of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa.


Vasilios Heimonettos was born in 1971 in Rhodes. Vasilios graduated from the Patmios Ecclesiastical Academy and the Theological Faculty of the University of Athens, where he studied in the Department of Social Theology.

In 1990, he was tonsured a monk with the name Savvas at the Monastery of the Archangel Michael in Tharri, Rhodes by Igumen Amphilochios of the monastery. In 1991, he was ordained a deacon and then, in 1993, a priest by Metropolitan Apostolos of Rhodes. At the same time he was elevated to the dignity of archimandrite. During the next eight years Fr. Savvas served in the Metropolis of Rhodes as Hierarchal Vicar of Halki and as a priest in the parishes of the metropolis.

Fr. Savvas joined the Church of Alexandria at the invitation of Patriarch Petros VII, where he was appointed the parish priest of the Patriarchal Church of St. Savvas the Sanctified in Alexandria. Additionally, he was assigned duties at the Press and Public Relations Offices of the Patriarchate. In 2001, he served as Custodian and Financial Supervisor of the Patriarchate.

With the reopening of the Patriarchal Academy of St. Athanasios in Alexandria, Fr. Savvas was appointed its Dean by Patriarch Theodoros II. He was also made a member of the Synod Council on Education.

On October 9, 2009, the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Alexandria established a new Diocese of Burundi and Rwanda and elected Fr. Savvas the first ruling bishop of the new diocese. He was [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated Bishop of Burundi and Rwanda by Patr. Theodoros II on October 11, 2009.

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Savvas (Heimonetos) of Nubia
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