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Theodosios Georgiadis was born in 1951 in Haravgi at Kozani, Greece. He received his initial theological education at the Theological School of Xanthi in Thrace. He moved to Jerusalem in 1972, where he took the position of secretary of the Jerusalem Patriarchal office.
On [[February 16]], 1973, Theodosios was [[tonsure]]d a [[monk]] with the name Theophylactos. On [[February 19]], he was [[ordination|ordained]] [[deacon]]. Having served as an assistant to the Youth Overseer, Dn
, Theophylactos was appointed secretary of the Estate Council. In September 1977, he was ordained to the [[priest]]hood and was assigned as [[abbot]] of the Monastery of St. Simeon where he served until he entered the Theological Academy of Petroupolis to continue his theological education. While at the academy, he was elevated to [[archimandrite]] by Patr. [[Diodoros I (Karivalis) of Jerusalem|Diodoros]], in 1981, during his visit to the school.
After he completed his studies, Archim. Theophylactos returned to Jerusalem in 1984 and served at the Monastery of Bethlehem. In 1985, he was appointed to the position of secretary of the Economic Council. Then, in 1986, he was appointed abbot of the [[Monastery of the Cross (Jerusalem)|Monastery of the Holy Cross]].