Metropolitan Grigoli

His Eminence Prof. Dr. Metropolitan Grigoli of Poti and Khobi

(Guram Berbichashvili)

 

Born July 18th, 1956.

 

Education

2014-2017 – PhD (Grigol Robakidze University). PhD thesis title: "Iona Khelashvili's Metaphysical Conception"

1990-1994 – Tbilisi Theological Academy

1988-1990 – Tbilisi Theological Seminary

1974-1976 – civil aviation college (Krivoi Rog, Ukraine)

 

Ecclesiastical life

October 14th, 1989 – was ordained deacon at Svetitskhoveli Cathedral by Metropolitan Konstantine of Batumi and Shemokmedi.

March 27th, 1990 – was ordained priest at the Batumi Cathedral of the Birth of the Virgin Mary by Metropolitan Konstantine of Batumi and Shemokmedi.

April, 1990 – became dean of Likhauri Church of the Birth of the Virgin Mary (Ozurgeti municipality).

November, 1990 – was appointed dean at Achi St. George church. 

February, 2nd, 1994 – was ordained archpriest and awarded with golden cross by Catholicos Patriarch of all Georgia.

1991-1995 – was supervising courses in canonical law for teachers in Ozurgeti.

1991-1996 – editor of Orthodox Christian journal Tskaro.

May 30th, 1995 – by decree of Catholicos Patriarch of all Georgia was appointed rector at Ozurgeti St. Nino Gymnasium.

March 14th, 1996 – was appointed Bishop of Poti according to the decision of the Holy Synod of Georgian Apostolic Church.

March 21st, 1996 – was ordained monk.

March 23rd, 1996 – was consecrated archimandrite and awarded with beautified cross and mitre.

March 24th, 1996 – was consecrated Bishop of Poti by Catholicos Patriarch of all Georgia at Svetitskhoveli Cathedral.

September 7th, 2003 – was consecrated archbishop.

June 3rd, 2007 – was consecrated metropolitan.

1996-2003 – Head of the Department of the Georgian Patriarchate for the Armed forces and Law Enforcement Institutions.

2003-present – Head of the Department of the Georgian Patriarchate for Publishing and Reviewing.

2005-2008 – Head of the representative committee of the Georgian Patriarchate for the relationship with state on the issues of education.

2010-present – Editor-in-chief of Uplis tsikhe, Journal of the Georgian Patriarchate.

 

 

Ecclesiastical and state awards:

December 25th, 2007 – St. George’s golden order (by decree of Catholicos Patriarch of all Georgia).

September 16th, 2008 – Vakhtang Gorgasali Order of First Class (by decree No. 611 of President of Georgia).

September 13th, 2012 – Presidential Order of Excellence (by decree No. 13/09/01 of President of Georgia).

November 4th, 2013 – Order of St. Nicholas (by decree No. 04/11/04 of President of Georgia).

 

Angel’s day – 7th February, feast day of St. Gregory the Theologian.

 

Selected works

“Metaphysics of Freedom according to Iona Khelashvili”, in: T. Iremadze (ed.), The Idea of Freedom in Philosophy, Theology, and Social Sciences, Tbilisi, 2016, pp. 76-90.

“About Some Unknown Aspects of Iona Khelashvili’s (1778-1837) Life and Work”, in: European Scientific Journal, special edition, vol. 2 (November, 2014), pp. 146-152.

“Reconsidering the Biography of Iona Khelashvili”, in: T. Iremadze (ed.), Early Modern Georgian Philosophy and Its Major Representatives, Tbilisi, 2014, pp. 101-116.

“Christianity and Human Rights”, Uplis tsikhe, Georgian Patriarchate, No. 3, Tbilisi, 2014, pp. 18-26.

“Human Rights in the Contemporary Context and Their Actuality”, Guli gonieri, No. 7, Tbilisi, 2014, pp. 7-22.

On Some Actual Problems of Philosophy of Human Rights, Tbilisi, 2013.

Law is good, if a man use it lawfully, Ozurgeti, 1995.

A Short Catechism of Orthodox Christian Church for Catechumens, Ozurgeti, 1992.

 

Contact:

Poti, 1 Guria St.

Tbilisi, 1 Erekle square. T/Fax: 2-92 33 18