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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America May 16, 2019 To the Reverend Clergy, The Esteemed Parish Councils, The Philoptochos Sisterhoods, The Youth Organizations, And the Faithful of the Holy Archdiocese of America: Today, May 16, 2019, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America held a teleconference call with the Hierarchs and clergy – active and retired, of the Holy Archdiocese of America. The call was organized by Metropolitan Methodios of Boston in his capacity as Archiepiscopal Vicar, with the cooperation of the Archdiocesan Presbyters Council. Over 400 clergy participated in the call. During the one-hour conference call, Archbishop Elpidophoros had the…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America My Beloved Faithful of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America: Χριστὀς Ἀνέστη!  Christ is Risen! He is truly risen! Even though I am, as the Apostle Paul once said, “absent in the body” from you, I am very much with you in heart, in mind, and in spirit (cf. I Cor. 5:3). I wanted to take this moment to communicate with you through this marvelous tool of social media, to express how much I desire to embrace all of you as spiritual children, and to manifest to you the love with which God has graced my heart for the precious flock of the Holy…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America May 14, 2019 To the Reverend Clergy, Parish Councils, Philoptochos Societies, Youth Organizations, and Faithful of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America: Christ is Risen! Χριστὸς Ἀνέστη! On behalf of the Most Reverend Metropolitans of the Holy Eparchial Synod of our beloved Archdiocese, it is with profound joy that we warmly welcome our new Archbishop, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, an exceptional hierarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate with an extraordinary record of service to our Holy Mother Church. We express our gratitude to His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and to the Members of…

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by PETER SMITH Despite calls to slow down the process or at least name a bishop from the United States, the top synod of the Greek Orthodox church has named a Greek abbot to lead that church in America. Appointed Saturday was Metropolitan Elpidophoros of Bursa, abbot of the Holy Monastery of the Holy Trinity in Halki, a Greek island. He is also a professor at the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople’s recommendation was unanimously approved by the Greek Orthodox’ Holy and Sacred Synod Saturday. He succeeds the retiring…

Source: Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate The Order of Saint Andrew is pleased to forward the announcement from the Ecumenical Patriarchate on May 11, 2019 on the unanimous election of His Eminence Metropolitan Elpidophoros of Bursa as Archbishop of America.  The announcement is as follows: ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE “Today, Saturday May 11 2019, the Holy and Sacred Synod, continuing its work, proceeded to fill the vacated seat of the Archdiocese of America following the voluntary resignation of its shepherd, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios Geron of America. “Therefore, following the suggestion, permission and exhortation of His-All Holiness, the holy synodical members dully casting their…

Source: The National Herald By ANA CONSTANTINOPLE – Archimandrite Makarios Griniezakis of Christoupolis was on Thursday unanimously elected as the new Archbishop of Australia, by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Griniezakis pursued graduate studies in the field of Christian Ethics at Boston University, School of Theology, where he earned a Master of Sacred Theology degree (STM). He also earned a Master of Arts (MA) in History of Science from Harvard University, School of Arts and Sciences, and a Master of Bioethics from Monash University, School of Arts and Sciences. He has additionally attended courses in philosophy at the…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America RESOLUTION OF THE ARCHDIOCESAN COUNCIL ATLANTA, MAY 10, 2019 WHEREAS: We recognize the exclusive privilege and canonical right of our beloved Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to elect the next Archbishop of America; WHEREAS: We, her faithful children in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, are grateful to our Mother Church for its wisdom in granting us an Archdiocesan Charter, and approving Archdiocesan Regulations, that provide to our beloved Holy Eparchial Synod and to the Archdiocesan Council a specific, meaningful and substantive advisory role in the election of the Archbishop of America;…

Source: The National Herald By Theodore Kalmoukos BOSTON – If all goes well Saturday May 11, 2019 is expected to be the day when a new Archbishop of America will be elected by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The Holy Synod will be in session from Thursday, May 9 to Saturday, May 11, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew presiding. The Synod accepted the written resignation of Archbishop Demetrios, which he submitted in person to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on Saturday May 4. The Synod also decided to send a letter to the Archdiocese to ask the Archdiocesan Council and the Eparchial Synod…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America ARCHIEPISCOPAL ENCYCLICAL Protocol No. 74/19 May 8, 2019 To the Most Reverend Hierarchs, the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils of the Greek Orthodox Communities, the Distinguished Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Day, Afternoon, and Church Schools, the Philoptochos Sisterhoods, the Youth, the Hellenic Organizations, and the entire Greek Orthodox Family in America Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Χριστὸς Ἀνέστη!   Christ is Risen!             Following the Apostolic injunction of speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), I have today the great honor to communicate with…

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