On October 14, 2001, Metropolitan Archbishop of Gori and Ateni Andria (Gvazava) became diocesan bishop of Samtavisi and Gori. In 2010, the title of Metropolitan Archbishop was awarded.
According to the Public Registry, the Metropolitan Archbishop Andria is as follows:
1. 158 sq.m. house in Didube, Tbilisi. He inherited the property in 2012 from Maria Diachenko;
2. 21 sq.m. house in David Agmashenebeli Avenue, Tbilisi; he received the property from the government in 2014, via direct purchase, in the amount of 1 GEL;
3. 133 sq.m house in Isani, Tbilisi. He bought the property in 2003, in 5000 GEL.
Metropolitan Archbishop manages the following organizations:
1. NNLE Revival of Ateni Sioni Church of – 2;
2. NNLE Fund for Reconstruction, Restoration of Churches-Monasteries and Preservation of sanctities in the Diocese of Gori and Ateni of the Georgian Patriarchate;
3. NNLE Georgian Traditional Wine Fund;
4. NNLE Ateni Monastery Wine Cellar;
5. NNLE Venerable Father Giorgi Mtatsmindeli Gymnasium of Gori;
6. NNLE Center of Culture and Spirituality of Gori and Ateni Dioceses of the Georgian Patriarchate;
7. NNLE Easter Church of Gori and Ateni Diocese of the Georgian Patriarchate;
8. NNLE St. John the Merciful Charity Center of Gori and Ateni Diocese of the Georgian Patriarchate;
9. NNLE Psycho-social Rehabilitation Center of the Diocese of Samtavisi and Gori – A way to survive
10. Mne Ltd;
11. Venerable Father Giorgi Mtatsmindeli Gymnasium of Gori Ltd.
In 2015, the National Agency for State Property transferred 184.17 sq. m. of non-residential space to NNLE Georgian Traditional Wine Fund through gratuitous usufruct for 25 years. Real estate is located on the first floor of №18 Vazha-Pshavela Avenue in Tbilisi.
According to the official website of the Patriarchate of Georgia, in August 2008, Andria Gvazava was in Gori during the Russo-Georgian War and led the humanitarian missions in the occupied territories. He was also involved in the return of captured Georgian citizens and the reburial of fallen soldiers, for which on September 16, 2008, he was awarded the highest state award of Georgia – St. Vakhtang Gorgasali Order of the First Degree.
However, in an interview with a Lithuanian newspaper in 2009, Metropolitan Andrew recalls, how the Russian occupiers helped Georgian peasants and how they established order in the city of Gori: “We can list many facts when Russian soldiers and officers helped the locals, protected them, helped the elderly to manage cattle.”
In the article, he says that Georgian-Ossetian relations will be settled only if Georgians and Russians can live together.
In the same interview, Andria Gvazava praises General Vyacheslav Borisov, who was the commander of the Russian army in the Tskhinvali War during the Russo-Georgian War in 2008. On August 13, under his leadership, Russian troops occupied Gori.
“During the war, I communicated with Russian soldiers, officers, and Gori Commandant General. What can I say? They thought Georgia was a Russophobic country. They thought that everything Russian was hated here and terrorists would be hiding in every corner. They imagined something like Chechnya, but when they came in and saw the reality, they were surprised and behaved differently then. ”…. “One of the military servicemen, who was a drunk, broke into the house of a Gori resident at night; he demanded a drink and fired a machine gun into the air. Major-General Borisov was informed about it by phone.
Metropolitan Andria Gvazava also visited Moscow in 2008 as a member of the Patriarchate delegation. Russian media “Ria Novosti” wrote based on the press service of the Patriarchate of Georgia that the purpose of the visit was to confirm the canonical rights of the Georgian Orthodox Church in the conflict regions and to settle the ongoing misunderstanding.
Andrew Gvazava visited Russia in February 2019 as well, to mark the 10th anniversary of the enthronement of the Russian Patriarch. Together with the delegation of the Patriarchate of Georgia, he delivered a letter of congratulation of Ilia II to Patriarch Kirill. The Georgian delegation also attended the jubilee ceremony held at the Danilov Monastery in Moscow.