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Wessex Chronicle (Blog)

Interview: Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia

This interview originally appeared in Wessex Chronicle Volume 14, Issue 1 (Spring 2013). It follows last week’s obituary for Metropolitan Kallistos Timothy Ware was born in Bath and educated at Westminster School and at Oxford University, where he worked as a lecturer until his retirement. Raised as an Anglican, his interest in the Orthodox Church …

Obituary: Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia

With the passing of Metropolitan Kallistos on 24th August, the Wessex Society loses the last of its original patrons. Born Timothy Ware just outside Bath in 1934, he later converted from Anglicanism to Orthodoxy. In 1982, he became the first Englishman to be ordained as an Orthodox bishop since the Anglo-Saxon era. Metropolitan Kallistos was …

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