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Source: Ekathimerini ALEXIS PAPACHELAS ATHENS, GREECE – In an interview with Kathimerini, Elpidophoros, the new archbishop of America, says he is determined to tidy up the archdiocese’s finances and make sure there is full transparency in the administration of donors’ contributions. A key goal will be to complete construction of St Nicholas Orthodox Church at Ground Zero, a project that has been stalled for months amid allegations over missing donations and cost overruns. Elpidophoros, who was selected earlier this month to replace Archbishop Demetrios of America following the latter’s resignation, stresses that he will defend the rights of Hellenism around the…

Source: Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate On Friday, May 17, 2019, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America addressed the National Council of the Order of Saint Andrew, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate at its regularly scheduled meeting. Speaking via videoconference from the Phanar, America’s new Archbishop spoke for 30 minutes with the Archon leaders regarding his imminent service as Archbishop, which will commence formally when he is enthroned on June 22 in New York. The Archbishop noted among his primary goals will be to complete the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine, to revitalize the Holy Cross Seminary…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – Metropolitan Methodios of Boston, the Archiepiscopal Vicar, announces that the Enthronement Ceremony for His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America will take place at the Holy Trinity Archdiocesan Cathedral, 337 East 74th Street, New York, NY, on Saturday June 22, 2019 at 11:00 am. The Ceremony of Enthronement will be followed by an Enthronement Luncheon at 1:30 pm at the New York Hilton Midtown (1335 Avenue of the Americas). Archbishop Elpidophoros of America will arrive in the United States on Wednesday, June 19th. In advance of his Enthronement, he will hold a series…

Source: The National Herald By Theodore Kalmoukos BOSTON – The 77th Commencement of Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology began with a paternal message from the newly elected Archbishop Elpidophoros of America on Saturday May 18. In his message, which was delivered by Bishop Apostolos of Medeia, Chief Secretary of the Eparchial Synod of the Archdiocese, Archbishop Elpidophoros said: “My beloved Hellenic College and Holy Cross community, Christ is risen ! “As you assemble for your 77th Commencement exercises and festivities, I would like to assure you that my prayers and thoughts are with you. Moreover, I…

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…

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