In Memoriam: Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware)

With faith in Christ and hope for the resurrection, we share the news of the sleeping Lord of His Eminence, Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia, a leading Orthodox Christian theologian, teacher and author.

His Eminence is the author, among many other works, of the immensely popular The Orthodox Way, published by St Vladimir’s Seminary (SVS) Press, and the Seminary has been fortunate to have him on campus on several occasions. In September 2011, the board and faculty of the seminary awarded Metropolitan Kallistos an honorary doctorate in theology in recognition of the many gifts His Eminence has given to the Orthodox Church and to Christians around the world.

Metropolitan Kallistos was born Timothy Ware in Bath, England on September 11, 1934. He was raised Anglican but discovered Orthodox Christianity in his youth, and he was finally received into the Church in 1958 at the age of twenty-four years old.

In 1966 he was ordained a priest and was tonsured as a monk, receiving the name Kallistos, in honor of St Kallistos Xanthopoulos. The same year, he became a lecturer at the University of Oxford where he taught Eastern Orthodox studies, a position he held for thirty-five years until his retirement in 2001. His Eminence was elected and consecrated titular bishop. of Diokleia (of the Patriarchate of Constantinople) in 1982, becoming the first Englishman to be consecrated as a bishop in the Orthodox Church since the Great Schism of the 11th century. In March 2007, the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elevated the Diocese of Diokleia to the rank of Metropolis and Bishop Kallistos to the titular Metropolitan of Diokleia.

For many years after his retirement as a university professor, Metropolitan Kallistos continued to publish and lecture on Orthodox Christianity, traveling extensively. He was considered by many to be one of the most important Orthodox Christian theologians of his generation.

May the memory of Metropolitan Kallistos be eternal!

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