The Synod of the Constantinople Orthodox Church has canonized in the ranks of saints two elders from the 20th century: Archimandrite Gervasius (Paraskevopoulos, 1877–1964) and Hieromonk Athanasius (Hamakiotis, 1891–1967). The decision was made on November 16 by the Synod of the Constantinople Church upon the proposal of Patriarch Bartholomew.
The future elder Gervasius was born on January 1, 1877, in the village of Nymphasia on the Peloponnese. At the age of 13, he became a novice in the nearby Panagia-Kernitsa Monastery. In 1987, he joined the monastery of Girokomiou in the city of Patras, where he lived his entire life. He took monastic vows at the age of 26, studied at the Rizarios Theological School in Athens, becoming a spiritual disciple of Saint Nectarios of Aegina. At the age of 33, he was ordained a priest. During the Balkan Wars of 1912–1913, he served as a chaplain. After 1922, when the Greeks were expelled from Asia Minor, Father Gervasius cared for a community of thousands of Greek refugees who settled in Patras. He became renowned for his charitable works and founded several catechetical schools. The veneration of Father Gervasius began in the city after his death in the summer of 1964. In 2014, his relics were transferred to the Church of Saint Paraskevi at the school he founded in Patras.
Elder Athanasius (born Georgios Hamakiotis) was born in 1891 in the mountainous village of Kalavrita in northwest Peloponnese. He became a novice at the age of 15, took monastic vows with the name Athanasius, graduated from the seminary, and was ordained a priest at the age of 30. From 1931, he served in various parishes in Athens. In 1936, he was appointed the abbot of the Church of Panagia Neratziotissa in the suburb of Athens, Amarousion. Thanks to Father Athanasius's ministry, this church became famous throughout Attica. He spent the last four years of his life in the monastery of Panagia Faneromeni, founded by himself, where he passed away and was buried in 1967.