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VOL. 66 – NO. 1183 JULY-AUGUST AHEPA Joins Leadership 100 LAS CROABAS, Puerto Rico — The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), the world’s leading Hellenic heritage organization, officially joined Leadership 100, an endowment fund assisting the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and its ministries, announced Supreme President Johnny N. Economy and Board Chairman A. Steve Betzelos at the 79th annual Grand Banquet. and certainly as good Greek Orthodox Christians, we present this first installment,” said Economy. Economy described how our parents and grandparents sacrificed everything to come to the United States and through it all never lost their faith in the church. It was the strength derived from this faith that sustained them, he added. “It’s not that we owe the Church E-mail: 2001 ugust 15 A The Dormition of the Theotokos HIS EMINENCE receives a check from AHEPA’s Supreme President Johnny Economy (left) and Board ChairmanA. Steve Betzelos (center) as part of their commitment to join Leadership 100. Looking on is Supreme Counselor William Marianes. The two AHEPA leaders presented Archbishop Demetrios with the initial $10,000 installment before an audience of 800 AHEPA family members and Hellenes. “As good Hellenes, as good people, something,” said Economy. “It’s that we owe the Church everything.” His Eminence offered thanks on behalf of Leadership 100 and stated that this u page 14 Metropolitan Tarasios Enthroned in Buenos Aires Icon by the hand of Athanasios Clark, courtesy of DRE AUGUST 15 remains on the Greek Orthodox calendar as a day of solemnity, commemorating the passing from this earth of the Virgin Mary, a day concluding a period of fasting and penance. “The Dormition,” the falling asleep of the Blessed Mother of God is one of four days of the year which are chosen to honor the Virgin Mary, the other days being Sept. 8 in observance of the nativity of the Holy Mother, followed by Nov. 21, the day on which is celebrated the Presentation of Mary at the Temple by her parents, Joachim and Anna. The most hallowed of days in honor of the Virgin Mary falls on March 25, the day on which the course of world history was altered with the appearance before Mary of the Archangel Gabriel u page 23 ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM FESTVAL Archbishop Demetrios of America with the new Metropolitan of Buenos Aires Tarasios and his Assistant Bishop Iakovos of Assos. BUENOS AIRES –Archbishop Demetrios, who represented Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Patriarchate, enthroned Metropolitan Tarasios (Peter Anton), July 14 at the Catedral de la Asunciün (Assumption Cathedral) as the first American-born clergyman to lead the Metropolitanate of Buenos Aires. Hundreds of South American Greek Orthodox faithful, Argentine leaders, family, friends and other highranking Church officials attended the event. The new spiritual leader of the Greek Orthodox in South America (except for u page 2 Archdiocese News u 2-3, 4 Bible Guide u 13 Challenge u 31 Classifieds u 28 Clergy Update u 4 Cotemporary Issues u 4 Diocese News u 24-25 Ecum. Patriarchate u 8-9 Greek section u 15-19 In Memoriam u 26 u 3 Letters u 10 Opinions u 10 Orthodoxy Worldwide u 27 Parish Profile u 22 People u 13, 22 Relating to the Faith u 21 Scholarships u 14 Special Interest u 11 Viewpoint u 5 Voice of Philoptochos u 30

Orthodox Observer - July/August 2001

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