Metropolitan Athanasios (Nikolaou) of Limassol, attended the Gymnasium of Paphos. After graduating from the school, in 1976, he was ordained a deacon and then entered the Theological Faculty of the University of Thessalonica. After his graduation from the University of Thessalonica he entered New Skete on Mount Athos where he was tonsured a monk. In 1982. In 1987, while a resident of Vatopedi Monastery he was elected a representative of the Holy Community of Mount Athos. On February 11, 1999, after election by the clergy and people, Fr. Athanasios was consecrated and enthroned Bishop of Limassol on February 14, 1999.