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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)…

Source: The National Herald By Eleni Sakellis NEW YORK – Consul General of Greece in New York Dinos Konstantinou in collaboration with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America hosted the opening reception of the moving exhibition Echoes of Asia Minor: Life, Catastrophe and Resilience on November 29 at the Consulate General of Greece in New York. The fascinating exhibition which brings history to life through everyday objects, housewares, clothing, textiles, and photographs, among other objects, is made possible with generous support from the Consulate General of Greece in New York, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the Ministry of Culture…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America New York, NY – On Sunday, November 5, Capitale in New York City was adorned with the warmth and unity of over 500 attendees as they rejoiced in the revival of the cherished Archbishop’s Nameday Gala. This historic Archdiocesan tradition, which once brought people from every corner of the Archdiocese together during the tenure of the late His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos, was joyfully resurrected by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America. The Gala, following its original model, sought to raise funds for a worthy cause within the Archdiocese. In its renewed form, the Archbishop’s…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Holy Eparchial Synod New York, November 3, 2023 Communique His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America presided over a special session of the Holy Eparchial Synod today, which is being held in conjunction to this weekend’s Archdiocesan Council meeting in New York, in order to review ongoing affairs concerning the life of the Church. The Archbishop began the meeting by welcoming all the hierarchs who were physically present as well as those who were participating via teleconference. Thereafter, the Holy Eparchial Synod: Accepted the proposal of the Third Monastic Synaxis…

Source: The National Herald CLEVELAND – Presvytera Nikki Stephanopoulos, passed away at her home in Beachwood, Ohio on September 29, 2023 at the age of 90. Her husband, the Rev. Dr. Robert G. Stephanopoulos was by her side.  Born in Minnesota, Presbytera Nikki was a public relations dynamo and a mentor to many women, and men, who served the Church alongside of her. The daughter of Andrew and Margaret Chafos from Rochester, Minnesota, Presvytera Nikki graduated from Rochester High School and the University of Minnesota before moving to New York City with the Campus Crusade for Freedom. She met her…

Source: The National Herald By Theodore Kalmoukos BOSTON – The former Archimandrite of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, John Heropoulos, who left the priesthood after twenty years of ministry, surprised everyone when The National Herald revealed that on January 9, 2016, he married a man. The National Herald now reveals that John Heropoulos became a pastor at a Protestant church in the White Mountains area of New Hampshire. John Heropoulos was widely known in the Church and the Greek-American Community in America as a clergyman with abilities and administrative skills. He served as Deacon to the late Archbishop Iakovos…

Source: The Orthodox Observer In this eleventh installment, Fr. Samuel Davis speaks with Holy Cross seminarian Cornelius (Kevin) Grandberry about his conversion, his charismatic background, the importance of lay chaplaincy, and effective Orthodox outreach. Baptized and Chrismated into the Church in July 2020, Cornelius comes from a Nondenominational/Pentecostal background, and has a Master of Divinity degree from Liberty University with a concentration in Evangelism and Church Planting. He is currently a seminarian at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, recently completing his first year of study. The Black American Orthodox Experience is a program focused on Orthodox missions in…

Source: Orthodox Times The National Hellenic Museum (NHM) in Chicago’s Greektown neighborhood is hosting the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America’s centennial exhibit Legacy, Renewal & Unity: Celebrating 100 Years of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, from September 16, 2023, through February 11, 2024. Last year, members of the Greek Orthodox church and community came together to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Archdiocese (1922-2022), the legacy of the church and the breadth of the organization’s impact. The exhibit was designed to help people from both within and outside of the Greek community understand and celebrate the history of the…

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