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Source: The National Herald Analysis by Theodore Kalmoukos We have occasionally dealt with the issue of the financial contributions of the parishes to the Archdiocese, either indirectly, when the ‘taxation’ increases periodically – because that’s essentially what it is – or when problems arise from parishes that struggle financially and cannot keep up with the ever-increasing demands from the Archdiocese. These demands are passed down to the Metropolises and then to the communities. There is a chain system that ultimately ends with the faithful, who are bombarded with requests for donations week after week. This week’s Analysis is prompted by…

Source: The National Herald By Theodore Kalmoukos BOSTON – Bishop Constantine of Sasima is the new Metropolitan of Denver, according to the ‘triprosopon’ (the list of three candidates) prepared by the Eparchial Synod of the Archdiocese of America, which met on Monday, May 13 under the presidency of Archbishop Elpidophoros. During the voting, Bishop Constantine, who serves in the Metropolis of Denver as the chancellor, received eight votes. Bishop Sevastianos of Zela, chancellor of the Metropolis of Atlanta, received two votes, and Fr. George Nikas, presiding priest of the Holy Trinity community in Salt Lake City, UT, also received two…

Source: The National Herald By Theodore Kalmoukos BOSTON – The Archdiocese of America is increasing the annual financial assessment of each parish by 5.9 percent for 2025 and 3.0 percent for 2026, according to financial documents obtained by The National Herald. It is emphasized that this increase, in conjunction with the financial budget of the next two years, 2025 and 2026, was discussed and approved by the Archdiocesan Council at its remote meeting on Monday, May 13. The National Herald was informed that at least seventeen members of the Archdiocesan Council voted against the proposals. It was not said how…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Prot. No. 104/2024 Archepiscopal Encyclical on Great and Holy Pascha, 2024 May 5, 2024 Unto the Most Reverend and Right Reverend Hierarchs, Pious Priests and Deacons, Monks and Nuns, Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils, Honorable Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Members of Leadership 100, Day and Afternoon Schools, Philoptochos Societies, Youth, Greek Orthodox Organizations, and entirety of the Christ-loving Plenitude of the Sacred Archdiocese of America: You who fast, and you who fast not, rejoice today! The table is laden; let all fare sumptuously. (Catechetical Oration of the Holy Chrysostom) [i] My beloved…

Source: Hellenic College / Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (GOARCH.org) On Saturday, April 20, 2024, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America ordained Bishop Anthony of Synada at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. Axios! His Grace’s family, fellow hierarchs, local clergy, and many Greek Orthodox faithful gathered for this special ordination. Hierarchs in attendance include Archbishop Demetrios former of America, Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco, Bishop Irinej of the Serbian Orthodox Church of North, Central and South America, Bishop Athenagoras of Nazianzos, Bishop Theophan of Philomelion, and Bishop Nektarios of Diokleia.  Also attending the ceremony was…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Holy Eparchial Synod New York, March 27, 2024 Communique His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America presided today over the session of the Holy Eparchial Synod meeting, which convened via teleconference, in order to appoint, in accordance with the current Charter of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the Locum Tenens of the now vacant Holy Metropolis of Denver, following the submission of the resignation of His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah and his subsequent election by the Holy and Sacred Synod (March 23, 2024) as Metropolitan of Lystra. After discussions, His…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America received the joyous news of the election of two clergymen of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America: V. Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Papazafiropoulos as Bishop of Diokleia and V. Rev. Archimandrite Antonios Avramopoulos (Anton C. Vrame) as Bishop of Synades on March 22, 2024, by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Mother Church in response to the request of the Holy Eparchial Synod’s submission of the three-person (τριπρόσωπα) recommendations. The newly elected Bishops have already received the Small and Great Minima and will return to New York tomorrow.…

Source: The National Herald LOMBARD, IL – The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago announced the expansion of its Higher Calling initiative to focus on developing and nurturing leadership skills critical to the priesthood. Fr. Richard ‘Rick’ Andrews, pastor of Saints Peter and Paul of Glenview, Illinois, volunteered to be the first priest to participate in the program. His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael began and completed the program in August of 2022 as the inaugural participant. An evaluation tool developed and facilitated by the outside consultancy Ruotolo Associates called the Multi-Source Feedback Process (MSFP), will be used to assess, measure, and encourage…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America The Department of Religious Education (DRE) of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is overjoyed to announce the launch of Did You Know? The DRE is kicking off this enlightening initiative just in time for the Triodion, the pre-Lenten period, marking the starting point of our journey to Pascha (Easter). Did You Know? is your go-to source for concise answers to a wide range of intriguing questions about the Greek Orthodox faith. Each answer packs a punch of insight in 200 words or less (up to 1.5 minutes). While they are mini, they are…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America today welcomed American Bible Society’s (ABS) Board of Directors, who visited the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese as part of their triennial Board Retreat, focused on strengthening Church partnerships and fostering innovative approaches to Bible access, engagement, and distribution. This is the first time American Bible Society’s Board has met at the Archdiocese. The ABS Board reflects an inter-Christian character. Elaine Allen, Treasurer of the Archdiocese and Special Advisor to the Archbishop and Theo Nicolakis, Chief Information Officer of the Archdiocese, serve on the ABS Board along with representatives from…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Archbishop Elpidophoros of America arrives at the Holy Monastery of Xenophontos at Mount Athos Published 1/18/24 His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America arrives at the Holy Monastery of Xenophontos at Mount Athos where he will spend four days and officiate a vigil and the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy for the Feast Day of the Epiphany as well as the blessing of the waters on January 19. Philotheou Monastery Mount Athos In our Greek Orthodox community in America, Philotheou Monastery holds a unique place in our hearts. It is the birthplace of Orthodox Monasticism in the United States,…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Prot. No. 350/2023 Archepiscopal Encyclical on the Feast of Christmas December 25, 2023 Unto the Most Reverend and Right Reverend Hierarchs, Pious Priests and Deacons, Monks and Nuns, Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils, Honorable Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Members of Leadership 100, Day and Afternoon Schools, Philoptochos Societies, Youth, Greek Orthodox Organizations, and entirety of the Christ-loving Plenitude of the Sacred Archdiocese of America: Thus says the Lord: a rod shall come forth out of the root of Jesse, and a blossom shall rise from that root. (Prophecy of Isaiah 11:1)…

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