Philotheos (Zervakos) of Paros

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  • Blessed Elder Philotheos (Zervakos) was born 1884 in a small village of the Peloponese and was given the name of Constantine at his Holy Baptism.
  • From childhood he demonstrated an exceptional love for God.
  • In 1912, April 22, Father Philotheos was ordained to the priesthood by Metropolitan Gabriel of Trifilia and Olympia.
  • In 1924, he made an extensive pilgrimage to the Holy land and Egypt. This is all described in his book published in 1925 "Great and Wondrous Pilgrimages to Palestine and Sinai".
  • In 1930, Elder Ierotheos reposed and Father Philotheos succeeded him as abbot of Longovarda.

: At this stage, Father Philotheos had the reputation of a Saint.

  • Blessed Elder Philotheos (Zervakos) died on the morning of May 8 with the new calendar.
  • He is classified as a Modern Orthodox Saint.
  • His Spiritual Father was Saint Nektarios of Aigina.
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