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Ioakeim (Kontobas) of Helenopolis

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His GraceEminence, the Very Reverend '''Ioakeim (Kontobas) of Zambia''' is [[BishopArchbishop]] of the [[Diocese Archdiocese of Zambia]], part of the Greek Orthodox [[Church of Alexandria|Patriarchate of Alexandria]] and All Africa.
==Life==
He was [[ordination|ordained]] [[deacon]] by [[Archbishop]] Hezeliel of Kos in 1986 and as [[priest]] by Archbishop Chrysostomos of Peristeri in 1993. He served at a number of [[church]]es in Greece before transferring to the Church of Alexandria in 1996. He was originally assigned as superior of the Cathedral of St. Froumentios in Addis Ababa but also served the Church of the Annunciation in Asmara, Eritera. With the enthronement of Patriarch [[Petros VII (Papapetrou) of Alexandria|Petros VII]] as Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa in 1997, Fr. Ioakeim was recalled to Alexandria to serve as Chief Secretary of the Patriarchate. Additionally, he served as superior of the Patriarchal Church of St. Nicholas Ibraimia.
Fr. Ioakeim was elected by the [[Holy Synod]] as [[Bishop]] of Diocese of Zambia on [[March 14]], 2003 and consecrated on [[March 23]] in the Cathedral of St. Savvas in Alexandria. Bp. Ioakeim was elevated to Archbishop when under a decree of the Patriarchate of Alexandria the Diocese of Zambia was elevated to Archdiocese of Zambia on [[October 6]], 2009.
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[[Category:21st-century bishops]]
[[Category:University of Athens Theology School Graduates]]
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