His Grace Bishop Maximos of Evmenia (in the world Ioannis Mastichis) was born on September 30, 1935, in Stylis (Greece). In 1958, he successfully graduated with a Master degree in Theology fromthe Theological Institute of Halki (Turkey). On September 7, 1958, he was ordained deacon by Metropolitan Maximos of Stavroupolis, who gave him his name. The same metropolitan ordained him a priest on September 8, 1958. Since 1958, he has served in the Netherlands. He was promoted toarchimandrite. In 1977, he was unanimously elected by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople as auxiliary bishop of the Metropolitan of Belgium with the high title of "Bishop of Evmenia." His ordination took place in Rotterdam on December 11, 1977. Since 1991, Bishop Maximos resides in Brussels.