35TH CLERGY-LAITY CONGRESS • PHILADELPHIA, JULY 1-7, 2000 VOL. 65 NO. 1174 http://www.goarch.org/goa/observer E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org JUNE 25, 2000 Historic Celebrations Mark Pentecost at Lowell Church ARCHBISHOPS ENCYCLICAL ON INDEPENDENCE DAY byJim Golding July 4, 2000 LOWELL, Mass. In keeping with the spirit of Pentecost, three historic events marked the June 18-19 weekend at Holy Trinity Church the dual celebration of the communitys centennial anniversary, the 60th anniversary of the ordination of Archbishop Iakovos and the first visit to the parish of Archbishop Demetrios as head of the Church in America. The oldest Greek Orthodox church in New England marked its 100th anniversary with a luncheon at the Doubletree Hotel attended by more than 450 persons, including several from its Lowell sister parishes of Assumption, St. George and Transfiguration. At one time in the 1940s, Lowell had a Greek population of about 40,000 in a city of 100,000. About 8,000 Greeks live in the city today. The church building itself is the oldest Byzantine-style church in the U.S. Its doors officially opened March 15, 1908. Archbishop Demetrios celebrated the Divine Liturgy and then invited Archbishop Iakovos to preside over the Pentecost service. Metropolitan Methodios, presiding hierarch of the Boston Diocese, assisted with the prayer readings. Participating in the services were several active and retired priests: the Very Rev. Timothy Kapsalis, pastor; the Rev. Dr. For Wisdom teaches selfcontrol and prudence, justice and courage; nothing in life is more profitable for men than these. (Wisdom of Solomon 8:7b) 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 Day and Afternoon Schools, the Philoptochos Sisterhoods, the Youth, the Hellenic Organizations, and the entire Greek Orthodox Family in America. Orthodox Observer SUNDAY OF PENTECOST was a day of celebration for the Holy Trinity Church in Lowell and for Archbishop Iakovos formerly of N. & S. America. Demetrios Constantelos, Fr. Nicholas Triantafilou, the Rev. Dr. Frank Marangos, Fr. Andrew Mahaleras, Fr. Paul Pantelis, the Rev. Dr. Peter G. Rizos, the Rev. Dr. George Karahalios, Fr. Philip G. Gialopsos, and Fr. Anastasios Koulouras. Of the above clergy, Frs. Mahaleras and Gialopsos were former pastors at Holy Trinity, and Fr. Rizos was an assistant. Fr. Gialopsos served from 1966-91, the second longest tenure of any priest. The late Fr. Demetrios Sgouras served for 26 years, from 1936-62. For Archbishop Iakovos, it was the second time since 1994 that he celebrated the anniversary of his ordination at the church by Bishop Athenagoras Kavadas on Pentecost, June 16, 1940. u page 6 Orthodox Hierarchs Hold Regular Spring Meeting NEW YORK The Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in America (SCOBA) convened its spring meeting May 16th at the Antiochian Ortho- u page 8 u page 23 Archdiocese Charter Revision Progresses AT SCOBA meeting — Archbishop Demetrios, with other SCOBA and visiting hierarchs (from left); Protopresbyter Ilia Katre, Vicar, Albanian Orthodox Diocese; Archbishop Peter, representing the Orthodox Church in America; Metropolitan Philip, Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese; visiting Metropolitan Elia of Tripoli, Patriarchate of Antioch; Archbishop Victorin, Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese; and Metropolitan Joseph, Bulgarian Orthodox Diocese. JUNIOR OLYMPICS Archdiocese News u 26-27 LEADERSHIP 100 u 4-5 Diocese News u 12 Opinions u 8 Bible Guide u 18 Ecumenical u 21 Parish Profile u 18 Books Ecum. Patriarchate u 14 People u 18 Greek section Relating to Faith u 10 Challenge u 2-3, 6 u 20 u 25 Classified ads u 24 Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The Fourth of July is a day for heartfelt celebration, not only for us living in America, but also for the entire world. For in our observance of American Independence Day, we commemorate far more than just the 226th anniversary of a political declaration: rather, we honor the timeless ideal of freedom that the founders of this nation cherished. Liberty or death! was their watchword. They risked their homes, their possessions, their families and their lives, not for wealth or fame or the fleeting pleasures of this world, but for the enduring cause of freedom. Brave were their words in pursuit of independence; braver still were their deeds. Thus, while we speak of a day of independence, we are obliged also to speak of a day of real dependence. For we, the inheritors of this legacy of liberty, owe to that first courageous gen- u 13-17 Graduations u 28 Special Interest u 22 Clergy Updates u 23 Leadership 100 u 4-5 Viewpoint u 7 Church Music u 22 OCMC News Voice of Philoptochos u 11 u 19 NEW YORK - The process of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese charter revision progressed one step further last week with the transmission by Archbishop Demetrios of a draft charter to the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The transmitted draft reflects changes recommended by a conference held May 5, and attended by His Eminence, members of the Eparchial Synod, clergy and lay representatives from all dioceses, in accordance with a recommendation made at the 1998 Clergy-Laity Congress. The draft discussed at the conference had been prepared by an eparchial charter committee consisting of three Metropolitans, clergy, canon law experts and laity. The Ecumenical Patriarchate will decide which steps to take next in the ongoing charter revision process.