Metropolitan of Dodoni
His Eminence Chrysostomos – Metropolitan of Dodoni
His Eminence, Metropolitan of Dodoni Mr. Chrysostomos, graduate of the Theological School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, at an early age moved from his home of Zakynthos to the Holy Monastery of Saint Catherine in Sinai, Egypt, where he became a monk. Upon his return to Greece, he was ordained Deacon and then Priest (1962), and made responsible of the Mount Sinai Monastery branch (Metochi) in Zakynthos and then in Ioannina, and in 1974, he was elected to the position of Abbot of the Penteli Monastery, in Athens.
In 1976, the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece elected him Bishop of Dodoni and in 1991 Metropolitan of Dodoni (a former Diocese), while in 1993, he was also assigned as Press Spokesman of the late Archbishop of Athens, His Beatitude, Mr. Seraphim.
On 25 May 1994 the Holy Synod elected him Metropolitan of the Holy Metropolis (Diocese) of Zakynthos, of the Church of Greece, where he developed actively religious institutions. He remained until 2011 when, after his 70th birthday, he resigned, and was bestowed with the title of Metropolitan of Dodoni, (which he had held previously).
At the same time, the Holy Synod appointed him as President of the Synodical Office for Pilgrimage Tours and Development of Religious Tourism. Under his guidance, a Protocol of Collaboration between the Church of Greece and the Hellenic Ministry of Tourism was signed, and then similar Protocols also with the Moscow Patriarchate and the Church of Cyprus; in the subsequent years, he has led the development of pilgrimage activity with various actions, among which the organisation of Official Missions of the Church of Greece, with the scope of developing pilgrimage tours, with the corresponding Vatican Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi Organization, with the Ministry of Tourism of Israel and of Jordan, and Missions undertaken to Bulgaria, to Ukraine, to Poland and to Georgia.