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His Eminence [[Metropolitan]] '''Hierotheos (Vlachos) of Nafpaktos''' and Agios Vlasios (also ''Ierotheos'') serves the Metropolis of Nafpaktos in the [[Church of Greece]].
He was born Hierotheos S. Vlachos in Ioannina, Epirus, Greece, in 1945 and graduated from the theological school of the University of Thessaloniki. He has been a [[priest]] since 1971. He served at the [[Archbishop]]'s House of Offices in Athens, as a preacher and Youth Director. He was [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated]] [[bishop]] on [[July 20]], 1995, and elected Metropolitan of Nafpaktos and St. Vlasios in the same year.
He taught Greek for several semesters and gave lectures on Orthodox [[ethics]] to the students of the St. John of Damascus Theological School at the University of the Patriarchate of Antioch, in northern Lebanon.
Already in his youth he was particularly interested in the [[:Church Fathers|Fathers of the Church]], working for a time in the [[monastery]] libraries of [[Mount Athos]], on the recording of the codices. He was especially interested in the teaching of St. [[Gregory Palamas]].
The study of the patristic texts and particularly those of the [[hesychast]] Fathers of the ''[[Philokalia]]'', many years of studying St. Gregory Palamas, association with the [[monk]]s of the Holy Mountain (Mt. Athos), and many years of pastoral experience, all brought him to the realisation that Orthodox [[theology]] is a science of the healing of man and that the [[nepsis|neptic]] fathers can help the modern restless man who is disturbed by many internal and existential problems.
Within this framework he has written a multitude of books, the fruit of his pastoral work, among which is ''Orthodox Psychotherapy''. Some of these books have been translated into various languages, such as English, French, Spanish, Russian, and Arabic. With these books he conveys the Orthodox spirit of the ''Philokalia'' to the restless and disturbed man of our time. This is why they have aroused so much interest.
*[http://www.pelagia.org/htm/b0niben.htm Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos]
==External links==
*[http://www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/resources/hierarchs/greece/current.htm#ierotheos_metr_nafpaktos Listing] at the Orthodox Research Institute
*[[w:Hierotheos (Vlachos)|''Hierotheos (Vlachos)'' at Wikipedia]]
*[http://www.pelagia.org/htm/index.htm Birth of the Theotokos Monastery]
*[http://www.romanity.org/cont.htm The Works of Metr. Hierotheos S. Vlachos]
*[http://www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/articles/fasts_feasts/hierotheos_vlachos_annunciation.htm "The Annunciation of the Virgin Mary"]
*[http://www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/articles/pastoral/hierotheos_vlachos_secularism.htm "Secularism in Church, Theology and Pastoral Care"]
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