Bishop Athenagoras of Nazianzos, In Honor of His Grace’s Ordination Guests in Loving Service to the Holy Mother Church
His Grace Bishop Athenagoras (Ziliaskopoulos) was born in 1970 in Reutlingen, Germany, and grew up in Greece and Germany. He spent his early adulthood on Mount Athos as a monastic and learned to live a life devoted to Christ and the Church. He was ordained to the Holy Diaconate in 1994 and the Holy Priesthood in 1998 by His Eminence Metropolitan Augoustinos of Germany. In 1999, he was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite to the Ecumenical Throne by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
Since his priestly ordination, Bishop Athenagoras has served in Eparchies of the Ecumenical Throne throughout the world. For over 20 years, for over twenty years, Bishop Athenagoras served the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Germany as parish priest, Hierarchical Vicar and as a member of the delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Ecumenical Theological dialogues. He was a frequent speaker at universities, public schools, interfaith groups, cultural associations to discuss Orthodox life and spirituality. Among his many accomplishments in Germany, Bishop Athenagoras established the first Orthodox Chapel in the international Frankfurt Airport and a 24-hour Orthodox crisis hotline; he founded the first Greek Orthodox youth camp near Frankfurt; spearheaded the archeological renovation of a 15th-century church; and built a church and community center from the ground up.
In 2017, Bishop Athenagoras relocated to Toronto, Canada at the invitation of His Eminence Archbishop Sotirios of Canada to serve as Dean of the Patriarchal Theological Toronto Orthodox Theological Academy and Office Director for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Canada.
In 2019, he transferred to the United States of America, at the request of His Eminence Elpidophoros Archbishop of America, to serve as the Chaplain at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Boston, Massachusetts. In February, 2021 Bishop Athenagoras was appointed Chief Secretary of the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and as the Spiritual Advisor to the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society of America. In May of the same year, upon the recommendation of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elected unanimously then Archimandrite Athenagoras as Bishop of Nazianzos.
Bishop Athenagoras holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Theology, a Masters of Theology, and a PhD in Theology from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.