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His Eminence, the Most Reverend Theophylaktos (Tzoumerkas) of Tripoli is Metropolitan of the Archdiocese of Tripolis in northern Africa, part of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa.
Konstantinos Tzoumerkas in 1945 was born in Exohi, Nea Pieria, where he completed his basic education. After he finished school he entered the Monastery of Vatopedion on Mount Athos while still young in age. At the monastery he took monastic vows and was tonsured a monk. While at the monastery he was the chief secretary and librarian for the monastery. He continued to pursue his education at the Athonite Ecclesiastical School. He studied at the Theological Faculty of the Aristotelian University from which he holds a degree.
In 1966, he was ordained a deacon, followed by ordination as a priest in 1969. During the following years Fr. Theophylaktos served the Archdioceses of Veria and Naousa, and Larisa and Rhodes. In 1991, Fr Theophylaktos was attached to the Archdiocese of Carthage in Tripoli, Libya. Here he served as dean of the Cathedral of St George in Tripoli as well as served as head of the high school. He established the Hellenic Center of Greek Languages in Tripoli that served the children of mixed marriages, as well as Libyans who wanted to learn the Greek language.
In 1999, Fr. Theophylaktos was elected Bishop of Babylon (Old Cairo) by the Holy Synod with his see at the Patriarchal Church of St George in Old Cairo. On October 27, 2004, Bp Theophylaktos was elected Metropolitan of Tripoli.
|Bishop of Babylon (Old Cairo)|
1991 — 2004
|Metropolitan of Tripoli|
2004 — Present