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Ieronymos II
Archbishop of Athens
Enthroned February 7, 2008
Reign ended Incumbent
Predecessor Christodoulos
Personal details
Birth name Ioannis Liapis
Born 10 March 1938 (1938-03-10) (age 84)
Oinofyta, Greece

Ieronymos II (born March 10, 1938, Greek: Ιερώνυμος B', Ierōnymos; Latin: Hieronymus II, English: Jerome II) is the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece and as such the primate of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Greece. He was elected on 7 February 2008.[1]

Early life and career

He was born Ioannis Liapis (Greek: Ιωάννης Λιάπης, Iōánnēs Liápēs) in Oinofyta, Boeotia.[2] He is of Arvanitic ancestry.

Ieronymos is a holder of degrees in archaeology, Byzantine studies, and theology from the University of Athens. He has undertaken postgraduate studies at the University of Graz, the University of Regensburg and the University of Munich.[2] Following a stint as lector in Christian archaeology at the Athens Archaeological Society under professor Anastasios Orlandos, he taught as a philologist in Lycée Léonin and he was ordained deacon and then presbyter in the Orthodox Church in 1967.[2]

Ieronymos served as Protosyncellus of the diocese of Thebes and Levadeia, abbot of the monasteries of the Transfiguration of Sagmata and Hosios Loukas, and Secretary, later Archsecretary, of the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece. In 1981 he was elected Metropolitan Bishop of Thebes and Levadeia. In addition to his pastoral ministry, Ieronymos has been pursuing his work on Christian archaeology and has published two major textbooks: "Medieval Monuments of Euboea" (1970), and "Christian Boeotia" (2006). In 1998, he unsuccessfully contested the election to the throne of the archbishopric of Athens.[2]

On 7 February 2008, Ieronymos was elected the new Archbishop of Athens and All Greece by the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece,[3] receiving 45 out of 74 votes in a two-ballot process.[4] He formally took office on 16 February 2008.


Styles of
Archbishop Ieronymos II of Athens
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Reference style His Beatitude
Spoken style Your Beatitude, Déspota
Religious style Archbishop
Posthumous style NA

The official title of the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece is:

His Beatitude, Ieronymos II, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece;

in Greek:

Η Αυτού Μακαριότης ο Αρχιεπίσκοπος Αθηνών και Πάσης Ελλάδος Ιερώνυμος Β'

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Orthodox Church titles
Preceded by
Archbishop of Athens and All Greece
2008 – present

pt:Jerônimo II de Atenas ro:Ieronim al II-lea al Atenei ru:Иероним II (Архиепископ Афинский) fi:Ieronymos II uk:Ієронім II