Very Reverend Archimandrite Ambrose Bitziadis-Bowers
Very Reverend Archimandrite, Ambrose Bitziadis-Bowers
Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Philadelphia, PA
Archimandrite Ambrose Bitziadis-Bowers born in Thessaloniki-Greece on September 4 of 1964. He finished his elementary and high school education in Greece, his undergraduate and graduate education at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki-Greece, as well as the post-graduate studies in Theology, MTh, at the Theological School of the same University. On November 21, 1985, and in the second year of his Theological studies, was ordained Deacon by his Eminence Metropolitan of Eleftheroupolis Evdokimos, and on February 8, 1990 was ordained Priest and Archimandrite from the same Metropolitan at the Archdiocese of Athens-Greece.
He served as a Deacon at the Metropolis of Eleftheroupolis and Archdioceses of Athens, from 1985 to 1990, and priest and Archimandrite at the parishes of St. Prophet Elias of Penteli, and Hagia Zoni Kypselis of the Archdiocese of Athens, from 1990 to 1993.
On 1994 he came to the United States, upon invitation of His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos of North and South America, to continue his ministry serving as the Chief Secretary of the Archdiocese, and as the Secretary of the Holy and Eparchial Synod, from 1994-1996. From 1996 to today he appointed as a presiding priest in different parishes of the Archdiocese and the Metropolis of New Jersey: St. George, Asbury Park, NJ, St. George, Clifton, NJ, Annunciation Cathedral in Norfolk, VA, and St. George Cathedral, Philadelphia, PA. He is currently the Vicar of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley, representing the GO Metropolis of New Jersey in the region.
In the Unites States, he continued his education by attending between 1997 and 1999 graduate studies in Theology (MTh) at the Theological Seminary of Princeton University, NJ; from 1999 to 2002 MBA studies in Healthcare and non-for-profit organizations management; in 2002 he attended at Harvard Business School the executive education program, studying mergers and acquisitions for non-for-profit organizations; from 2009 to 2012 attended graduate studies in Theology, MTh, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Seminary, Seton Hall University defending a dissertation with the title: “The Donatist Movement in the 4th Century North Africa Christianity”; and from 2012 to 2016 he attended PhD Studies in Church History at the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki-Greece, defending a dissertation with the title: “The Cult of the Veneration of Martyrs according to Ambrose of Milan, John Chrysostom, Augustine of Hippo and the fathers of Galatia, Victricius of Rouen and Vigilantius of Galagurris.” He also wrote several academic books and articles in Greek and English.
He is fluent in Greek and English, and he is in command of Italian, French and Latin.
Holy Ascension; Third Finding of the Precious Head of St. John the Baptist; Therapon the Hieromartyr, Bishop of Cyprus; Memory of the Finding of the Holy Icon of Saint Demetrios the Great-Martyr and Myrrh-Streamer in Syria; Aldhelm, Bishop of Sherborne