Constantine Oikonomos of the Oikonomoi
Oikonomos was born on August 27, 1780 in Tsaritsani, now Larisa prefecture but then in Ottoman occupied Thessaly. He was first taught by his father, Kyriakos Oikonomou, a priest and a scholar. Later he went to Ampelakia, Pelion, where he was taught among other subjects, French.
Oikonomos married at age 20 and the following year was ordained a deacon. At age 25, he was ordained a priest.
In 1806, Oikonomos was arrested and jailed in Ioannina, as having taken part in the rebellion of Father Efthymios Vlachavas. After he was freed, Oikonomos took refuge in the Monastery of the Forerunner in Serres. Later he went to Thessaloniki where he spent the next two years. In 1809, he became a father and also left for Smyrna, Asia Minor to teach at the local "Gymnasium of Philology". He soon became head master of the school, a position he held until 1819 when he was called to Constantinople by Patriarch Gregory V, who named him Treasurer of the Patriarchate and "Preacher of the Grand Church of Christ". In 1821, Oikonomos fled to Odessa. There, on June 19, 1821, he attended the funeral of his former mentor, Patriarch Gregory V, who had been hanged in Constantinople on April 10, and delivered the eulogy.
In 1834, Oikonomos left Russia for newly-independent Greece. He took an active stand against any foreign-inspired ideas and reforms, especially those of Theophilos Kairis and Adamantios Korais, and opposed the independence of the Church of Greece from the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Oikonomos also opposed the translation of the Bible into modern Greek, then being proposed by Archmandrite Neophytus Vamvas.
In general, he was considered the voice of conservative, uncompromising Orthodoxy.