His Grace, Bishop Johannes of Makarioupolis was born in Rotterdam, Holland, in 1930. During the German occupation, in World War II, he was interned in a concentration camp for a short period. He also spent a short time, after the war, in a Roman Catholic monastery. As yet unsatisfied in his spiritual yearnings, he decided to pursue higher studies at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he became interested in Iconography.
In 1965 Bishop Johannes settled in Sweden, where he also married and, finding in it the object of his spiritual seeking, converted to the Orthodox Faith, along with his family. He was ordained to the Priesthood in one of the several modernist jurisdictions in that country. In 1985, wishing to separate from what he saw as an increasing spirit of innovation and religious syncretism in the jurisdiction to which he belonged, he placed himself under the Holy Synod in Resistance, serving as a missionary Priest in Sweden and Scandinavia. In 1990, he was also awarded the Licentiate in Theology by the Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies in Etna, California, following the submission of a thesis on the theory of Iconography.
After the repose of his Presbytera, as a nun, Bishop Johannes himself embraced the monastic life. He was tonsured to the Great Schema on 28 February 2000, and, after his election by the Holy Synod, was Consecrated Bishop. He was appointed an Assistant to the President of the Holy Synod in Resistance, for the better organization and consolidation of the Synod’s mission in Sweden. Over the past few years, he has established a vibrant and growing community in that country. His Grace's daughter is a monastic in the American Exarchate of the Holy Synod in Resistance, at the Convent of St. Elizabeth in Etna, California.
• Name Day: 19 June (St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco)