What Happened To Bishop Kallistos? Death Cause And Age Revealed

 

Bishop Kallistos Ware has passed away ( Source : instagram )

It has been reported that eminent bishop and Eastern Orthodox theologian Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia has passed away.

Bishop and Eastern Orthodox Church theologian Kallistos Ware was from England. He had served as the titular bishop of Diokleia in Phrygia since 1982, and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople upgraded his position to a titular metropolitan bishopric in 2007.

He was a prominent theologian and hierarch in the Eastern Orthodox church today. Bishop Kallistos received an honorary degree at the Lawrence University of Wisconsin in the United States and Cluj-Napoca University in Romania.

The Archbishop of Canterbury presented Ware with the Lambeth Cross for Ecumenism in 2017 "for his remarkable contribution to Anglican-Orthodox theological discourse."

Bishop Kallistos Death Cause - What Happened To Him?

According to the Holy Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain, Bishop Kallistos passed away on Wednesday. He was 87. According to the Orthodox Times, Ware reportedly had a critical condition earlier this month.

Ware was said to have passed away on August 14, 2022, but his caregivers denied this and said he was actually in severe condition and "approaching the end of his life."

Ware was a well-known lecturer and novelist. He wrote or edited more than a dozen books, many pieces for a variety of journals, essays for books on various topics, and prefaces, forewords, and introductions for numerous more publications.

He was most known for writing The Orthodox Church, which was first published in 1963 while still a layman and later amended numerous times. He published The Orthodox Way as extra work in 1979.

He has contributed to translating and disseminating important liturgical and ascetic works for the Orthodox faith. He produced the Lenten Triodion and Festal Menaion with Mother Mary and the Philokalia (four volumes of five released as of 2018) with G. E. H. Palmer and Philip Sherrard.

Abba, The Tradition of Orthodoxy in the West, Festschrift for Bishop Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia, edited by John Behr, Andrew Louth, and Dimitri Conomos, was released by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press in 2003. 

Bishop Kallistos Age- How Old Was He? 

Kallistos was 87 years old when he passed away. He was born on September 11, 1934. He was raised by Anglicans and was schooled at Westminster School in London after being born in Bath, Somerset, England.

He received a King's Scholarship and attended Magdalen College in Oxford, where he received a double first in both classics and theology. At 24, he converted to Orthodoxy on April 14, 1958.

In an autobiographical work titled "My Journey to the Orthodox Church," he discussed his initial encounters with Orthodoxy and the rising appeal of the Orthodox Church.

Kallistos was an internationally renowned theologian, teacher and a faithful Bishop in the Orthodox Church.
Kallistos was an internationally renowned theologian, teacher and a faithful Bishop in the Orthodox Church. ( Source : twitter )

He spent six months as a layman in Canada's Russian Orthodox Church Abroad monastery. Ware, fluent in modern Greek, entered the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian in Patmos, Greece, to become an Orthodox monk. 

He frequently visited other important Orthodox centers, including Jerusalem and Mount Athos. He was given the monastic title "Kallistos" and was tonsured as a priest in the Ecumenical Patriarchate in 1966.

Who Was Bishop Kallistos? 

Kallistos was one of the most well-known Eastern Orthodox theologians. From 1966 to 2001, he served as a Spalding Lecturer in Eastern Orthodox Studies at the University of Oxford. He served in that capacity for 35 years until retiring.

He was given a fellowship at Oxford's Pembroke College in 1970. He was ordained to the episcopate in 1982 and given the title Bishop of Diokleia (in Phrygia) in the Ecumenical Patriarchate's Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain.

Ware continued to serve in the Greek Orthodox parish in Oxford and lecture at the University of Oxford after being consecrated.

On March 30, 2007, the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate promoted Ware to the level of metropolitan and the Diocese of Diokleia in Phrygia to that of a titular metropolitan diocese.

Ware has continued to publish and lecture about Orthodox Christianity since he retired in 2001. He was also the chairman of the Friends of Orthodoxy on Iona (Scotland), the Friends of Mount Athos, and the board of directors of the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge.

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