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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America New York – Today, October 5, 2022, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America welcomed His Beatitude Patriarch Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa, to the United States. His Beatitude was accompanied by Their Eminences Metropolitans George of Guinea and Nikodimos of Memphis and Sub-Deacon Moses Kariuki Maina. The historic visit marks the first ever to the U.S. by a Patriarch of Alexandria. Upon arriving at the airport, His Beatitude was also greeted by Archdiocesan Chancellor Archimandrite Nektarios Papazafiropoulos, Rev. Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Throne Alex Karloutsos, Chancellor of the Archdiocesan…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America As announced by the Ecumenical Patriarchate during today’s meeting of the Holy and Sacred Synod, His All-Holiness designated as members of the Joint Committee on the Charter of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, on behalf of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Their Eminences Metropolitan Geron Emmanuel of Chalcedon and Archbishop Nikitas of Thyateira and Great Britain, the The V. Rev. Grand Ecclesiarch Archimandrite Aetios, Director of the Patriarchal Private Office, and Dr. Konstantinos Delikostantis, Archon “Didaskalos Tou Genos,” Director of the First Patriarchal Office, and Professor Emeritus of the University of Athens.

Source: The National Herald By Theo Karantsalis Christ the Saviour Cathedral, in Miami Lakes, Florida, founded by Russians and Ukrainians, now has a congregation that is more than 50 percent Hispanic. “Since the beginning of 2022, we received into our parish 21 new members,” said Rev. Joseph Lucas, who since 2018 has overseen operations at the Miami Lakes neighborhood church. “This is unprecedented at our parish.” More than 50 percent of its 200 members are now Hispanic, Lucas said, and others include Jamaicans, Guyanese, and more. Christ the Saviour, at 16601 Northwest 77th Court, consists of a nave, fellowship hall, bookstore,…

Source: The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America At the Clergy-Laity Congress, Archdiocesan Audit Committee Chair Maria Stefanis reported on the activities of the Audit Committee and the results of the 2021 financial audit. She noted that the financial audit was completed by April 26, 2022. This accomplishment is the earliest after year-end that an audit of the Archdiocese’s financial statements has ever been completed. The Audit Committee met with BDO, the independent accounting firm that has been engaged by the Audit Committee to conduct the audit, and was given the opportunity to ask questions about the financial statements, internal controls…

Source: The National Herald By Theodore Kalmoukos BOSTON – One of the grand benefactors of the Church and Omogenia in America, the scientist, inventor, and businessman Dr. Spiro Spireas, has broken his silence and in an exclusive interview with The National Herald, he discusses and opines about the situation that has developed in the Archdiocese of America, and the course and actions of Archbishop Elpidophoros. The voice of Dr. Spireas, founder and owner of the large pharmaceutical company Sigmapharm Laboratories, echoes the vast majority of his wealthy Greek Orthodox friends and acquaintances who belong to the lay body of the…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America This week, the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate lifted the suspension of the Charter of the Archdiocese.  The charter was initially placed in abeyance, by the decision of the Holy and Sacred Synod on October 8, 2020, for the purpose of developing a new charter for the Archdiocese that would strengthen the role of the largest Eparchy of the Mother Church with a new mandate suitable for the evolving and changing modern pastoral needs of American society.  The Vision for the Second Centennial: The Charter of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America was…

Source: Religion News Service His baptizing of a gay couple’s children is only the most recent case in point. By Mark Silk (RNS) — A couple of weeks ago, Elpidophoros, the Greek Orthodox archbishop of America, showed up in a seaside resort near Athens and baptized the son and daughter of a prominent gay couple, actor Evangelo Bousis and fashion designer Peter Dundas. The baptism, which was followed by a meal and “wild party,” was widely publicized. And it created a bit of a furor in the Church of Greece. As Orthodox protocol requires, Elpidophoros had informed the local metropolitan bishop that he…

Source:  Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America A. Antzoulatos The Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical, and Interfaith Relations is one of the most public-facing ministries of the Archdiocese. As its name suggests, it coordinates inter-Orthodox, ecumenical and interfaith dialogues between the Archdiocese-at-large, the Archbishop, and individual Archdiocesan departments and other faith-based organizations and faith groups, academic institutions, and NGOs. Working creatively within the Orthodox tradition, it cultivates these relationships for the progress of shared goals and values. The Department works closely with the Office of the Archbishop to organize critical meetings between His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros and interfaith leaders. In May 2022, for…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Clergy-Laity Congress Marriott Marquis – Broadway South, Sixth Floor New York, NY July 6, 2022 Your Eminence Elder-Metropolitan Emmanuel of Chalcedon, Your Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, Your Eminence Metropolitan Prodromos of Rethymnon and Avlopotamos, Very Reverend Grand Ecclesiarch Aetios, Your Eminences and Your Graces, Reverend Clergy, Representatives of our Church Institutions and Organizations, Brothers and Sisters in Christ, On October 8, 2020, the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate issued a communique which, in part, stated that, “It placed into abeyance the force of the Charter of the Holy Archdiocese of…

Source: The National Herald CONSTANTINOPLE – The Greeting by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for the Opening of the Clergy-Laity Congress follows: Your Eminence, Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, Venerable brother Hierarchs, Blessed organizers, delegates, and guests, Beloved sons and daughters, Dear friends, Beyond sending you my formal message as a word of paternal love; and in addition to commissioning our official representation to your deliberations and celebrations in the person of the most senior Hierarch of the Throne, His Eminence Elder Metropolitan Emmanuel of Chalcedon, the new Metropolitan of Rethymnon and Avlopotamos (in Crete), Prodromos, as well as my Ecclesiarch…

Source: Orthodox Times Monday, July 4 marked the Official Opening of this year’s historic Clergy-Laity Congress in New York City, which not only returns after over two years of pandemic, but also commemorates the Centennial of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The event began with a Doxology service for the Opening of the Clergy-Laity Congress and US Independence Day. It was led by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America and sung by the Archdiocesan School of Byzantine Music and the National Forum of Greek Church Musicians. Opening remarks were offered by Co-Chairs of the Clergy-Laity Congress Nick Karacostas and…

Source: Orthodox Times Early this morning, faithful, clergy, and supporters from across the United States gathered at the World Trade Center for the consecration of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine. Nearly 21 years after the harrowing attacks on the Twin Towers, the re-building of the Shrine, the only house of worship destroyed on 9/11, is “an act of faith—faith in God and in the American vision of religious liberty,” said the Friends of St. Nicholas. The ceremony involved the sealing of the Holy Relics of Saint Nicholas within the altar table and took place within the…

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