His Beatitude The Patriarch
His Beatitude Theophilos III
The Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem
His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III was elected the 141st primate of the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem on August 22, 2005.
Formerly the Archbishop of Tabor, Theophilus was elected unanimously by Jerusalem's Holy Synod to succeed the deposed, Irenaios I. He is styled "Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and all Palestine, Syria, Arabia, beyond the Jordan River, Cana of Galilee and Holy Zion." His Beatitude is originally from Messinia, Greece.
He was born in 1952. and in July 1964, he entered the Brotherhood of the Holy Sepulchre. that same year, he entered the Patriarchal School in Jerusalem, finishing in June 1970. On June 28, 1970, he was tonsured a monk with the name of Theophilos by His Beatitude Benedict of Jerusalem. On July 1, 1970 ordained deacon by Archbishop Basilios of Jordan.
He served as archdeacon for then patriarch Benediktos. In 1975, ordained to the Priesthood by Archbishop Diodoros of Ierapolis.
That same year, he was sent to study at the theological department of the University of Athens by the decision of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem.
In 1978, he was elevated to the rank of archimandrite.
In 2003 he was appointed Patriarchal Representative in Doha in the State of Qatar.
On February 14, 2005 he was consecrated Archbishop of Mount Tabor.
His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos gift to
The Representative of the State of Qatar in Jerusalem