Thursday, November 19, 2009

Brief Biography

Born Timothy Ware in Bath, Somerset, England, Metropolitan Kallistos was educated at Westminster School (to which he had won a scholarship) and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he took a Double First in Classics as well as reading Theology.

In 1958, at the age of 24, he embraced the Orthodox Christian faith (having been raised Anglican), traveling subsequently throughout Greece, spending a great deal of time at the Monastery of St. John the Theologian in Patmos. He also frequented other major centers of Orthodoxy such as Jerusalem and Mount Athos. In 1966, he was ordained to the priesthood and was tonsured as a monk, receiving the name Kallistos.In the same year, he became a lecturer at Oxford, teaching Eastern Orthodox Studies, a position which he held for 35 years until his retirement. In 1979, he was appointed to a Fellowship at Pembroke College, Oxford, and in 1982, he was consecrated to the episcopacy as a titular bishop with the title Bishop of Diokleia, appointed to serve as the assistant to the bishop of the Ecumenical Patriarchate's Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain.

Despite his elevation, Kallistos remained in Oxford and carried on his duties both as the parish priest of the Oxford Greek Orthodox community and as a lecturer at the University.Since his retirement in 2001, Kallistos has continued to publish and to give lectures on Orthodox Christianity, traveling widely. Until recently, he was the chairman of the board of directors of the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge. He is the chairman of the group Friends of Orthodoxy on Iona. He serves on the advisory board of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship.

On March 30, 2007, the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elevated the Diocese of Diokleia to Metropolis and Bishop Kallistos to Titular Metropolitan of Diokleia.

Articles, Lectures, Sermons, and Interviews

I Love, Therefore I Am

Through Creation to the Creator -- The Orthodox Fellowship of the Transfiguration

How to Build the Local Church -- at the St. Sergius Institute, Paris, 1 October, 2005

How to Read Your Bible

Sacraments of Healing -- from Orthodox Peace Fellowship retreat in April 1999

Some Thoughts on the "Western Rite" In Orthodoxy

John of Kronstadt -- 1998, from the Orthodox Research Institute

Excerpts from The Orthodox Church, Part 1: History

Excerpts from The Orthodox Church, Part 2: Faith and Worship

Concerning the Filioque

The Spiritual Father in Orthodox Christianity

Personal Experiences of the Holy Spirit

Interview: On Church and Nationalism

The Way of Ascetics

The Hesychastic Renewal

An Interview with The St. Nina Quarterly -- The role of women in the church

Interview with Virtue Online

Faith and Worship

Interview with Orthodox News

Audio / Video

The Future of Orthodoxy in the United States -- Presented at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, Troy MichiganTuesday, February 19, 2008

Bishop Kallistos Ware on Orthodox.TV

On The Sacramental Life -- interview on Ancient Faith Radio

Learning about Our Lord -- Part 1
Learning about Our Lord -- Part 2
Learning about Our Lord -- Part 3
Learning about Our Lord -- Part 4
Learning about Our Lord -- Part 5
Learning about Our Lord -- Part 6
Learning about Our Lord -- Part 7
Learning about Our Lord -- Part 8

Orthodox Houston Podcast

What is Prayer?

Salvation in Christ -- The Orthodox Approach

Who Offers What to Whom?

The Holy Icon