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VOL. 65 – NO. 1176 E-mail: OCTOBER 2000 New Archdiocesan Council Holds Productive Sessions byJim Golding NEW YORK — The new Archdiocesan Council’s recent first meeting of its 200002 term oriented new and long-time members to the progress and objectives of the Church’s national ministries and departments. The 70-member Council convened Sept. 29-30 under the chairmanship of Archbishop Demetrios at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Manhattan. His Eminence named Michael Jaharis, a longtime Council member and Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund participant, as the vice chairman. Meeting in conjunction with the Council, the National Philoptochos Executive Board held its semi-annual meeting to discuss goals for the upcoming two years. His Eminence reappointed National President Eve Condakes to a second term. Both organizations initially met in joint session for the Archbishop’s welcoming address. Speaking metaphorically, His Eminence compared Council members’ responsibilities with the recent completion of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, which he visited in August for its consecration. The Archbishop told them to build on the “cathedral” of the Orthodox faith’s legacy. “What is going to be our cathedral Orthodox Observer EXECUTIVE BOARD members of the Archdiocesan Council and hierarchs of the Holy Synod. of faith, our testimony to God,” he asked. “What we are doing is building upon this cathedral that our predecessors have worked for years to build.” Citing qualities from the Book of Isaiah that Church leaders must possess to confront problems and difficulties encountered in their service, His Eminence said the Council members must be prudent listeners, especially by listening to the voice of God; wise counselors, offering “advice that creates amazement” and by participating in decision making; and wise architects, in building “realities and conditions for the Church that are edifices in the connection with God…always on the rock which is Christ.” The Archbishop also told them to “be very conscious of the need to pay attention to the needs of our parishes.” u page 4 Fr. Nicholas Triantafilou Installed as Holy Cross President BROOKLINE, MASS. – The Rev. Nicholas Triantafilou was installed as Holy Cross School of Theology-Hellenic College’s first president of the 21st century in ceremonies Oct. 6 in the school’s chapel with hundreds in attendance. Following a procession to the chapel, Archbishop Demetrios presided over the vespers and installation services that began at 4:30 p.m. In his exhortation during the ceremony, His Eminence noted Fr. Triantafilou’s long administrative experience as Archdiocese vicar general and chancellor and his long service as a priest as unique qualifications he brings to his new position. “You come with an unconditional dedication and with a strong priestly iden- u page 2 Orthodox Observer ARCHBISHOP DEMETRIOS places the cross of the school upon Fr. Triantafilou at his installation. ARCHBISHOP VISITS MOSCOW Archdiocese News u 2-5, 7,9 Arcïns Pilgrimage u 6 Bible Guide u 24 Challenge u 29 Contemporary Issues u 11 Diocese News u 8, 32 Ecumenical u 2-5, 7,9 Greek section u 13-17 u 31 HC-HC Report u 22-23 Opinions u 10 Orthodoxy Worldwide u 27, 31 Parish Profile u 19 People u 19 Relating to Faith u 12, 24 Special Interest u 25 Voice of Philoptochos u 18 TO OUR READERS During the month of September, the Archdiocese took a major step in its service to the faithful with the installation of a new, state-of-the-art computer system. With a $350,000 grant from Leadership 100, thenew technology will significantly increase the speed and efficiency of the Archdiocese’s overall operation. Consequently, the introduction of the new system, along with budget constraints experienced in recent months, resulted in a delay in our publishing schedule and we regret any inconvenience this may have caused. PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW to Visit Michigan and N.Y. ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH Bartholomew will travel to the Detroit area for a three-day pastoral visit Nov. 10-13 and will also spend a day in New York for the opening of the Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries for Byzantine Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His All Holiness also will receive an award from Scenic Hudson Inc., a local organization dedicated to the ecological protection of the Hudson River Valley, for his environmental activities. This visit will be the Ecumenical Patriarch’s third to the United States since his memorable fall 1997 journey. Archbishop Demetrios and Bishop Nicholas of Detroit will join him on his area tour. “This will be a visit of the Patriarch to the people,” said Bishop Nicholas. There will be many opportunities for the Patriarch to be close to the people. It is a visit of our spiritual father to his spiritual children. That’s the most important thing,” he said. On his first visit to the United States as Patriarch, Bartholomew’s itinerary did not include the Detroit Diocese since it did not have a bishop then. Patriarch Bartholomew arrives at Pontiac airport in Waterford, Mich., Friday, Nov. 10, and will attend a welcoming reception by clergy and their families at St. George Church in Bloomfield Hills. The next morning, children and youth of the Detroit Diocese will host a breakfast for Patriarch Bartholomew at Sts. Constantine and Helen Church in Westland. The youth will present a brief program in his honor. A doxology and thanksgiving service will take place afterward at Annunciation Cathedral in Detroit. In the afternoon, the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate-Order of St. Andrew will host a luncheon in honor of His All Holiness, Patriarchal guests and civic representatives at the Detroit Athletic Club. The Ecumenical Patriarch’s remaining afternoon and evening schedule includes a visit to Children’s Hospital and a tree dedication in Detroit, a pastoral exhortation to Diocese clergy at the St. John the Baptist Church in Sterling Heights, Mich., followed by a great vespers service. A banquet at St. Nicholas Church in Troy will conclude the day’s events. Sunday’s events begin with a Patriarchal Divine Liturgy at Compu- u page 2

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