Dorotheus (Kottaras) of Athens

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His Beatitude Dorotheus (Kottaras) of Athens, Greek: Δωρόθεος Κοτταράς, was the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece and primate of the Church of Greece from 1956 to 1957. He is noted for his over forty treatises on ecclesiastical law.


He was born in 1888 on the island of Hydra, one of the Saronic Islands of Greece. After completing his secondary education he entered the University of Athens to study theology. After his graduation in 1909, he continued his education at the University of Athens studying ecclesiastical law before further study at Leipzig. During this period he briefly worked as a schoolteacher in Sparta.

On September 18, 1910, he was tonsured a monk, and ordained a deacon by Metropolitan Bishop Ioasaph of Hydra and Spetses. Subsequently, he served for nine years as a deacon in the Church of St. George Carytses in Athens. On December 18, 1922, Dcn. Dorotheus was ordained a priest by Metropolitan Bishop Procopius of Hydra and Spetses. Two days later, December 20, Fr. Dorotheus was consecrated a bishop by Metropolitan Bishops Ambrosius of Fthiotida and Athanasius of Syros. He was subsequently installed as Metropolitan Bishop of Kythira and Antikythera. On January 15, 1935, Metr. Dorotheus was transferred to the Metropolis of Larisa and Platmon.

On March 29, 1956, Metr. Dorotheus was appointed Archbishop of Athens and All Greece succeeding Archbishop Spyridon. Abp. Dorotheus died in Stockholm, Sweden on July 26, 1957.

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Dorotheus (Kottaras) of Athens
Preceded by:
Metropolitan of Kythira and Antikythera
Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
Metropolitan of Larisa and Platmon
Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
Spyridon (Vlachos)
Archbishop of Athens
Succeeded by:
Theocletos II (Panagiotopoulos)
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