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36th CLERGY-LAITY CONGRESS • JUNE 30-JULY 5 • LOS ANGELES VOL. 67 – NO. 1187 FEBRUARY – MARCH E-mail: 2002 Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Brings Message of Love and Reconciliation Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians around the world made his fourth trip to the United States since 1997on the first week in March, visiting Washington, where he met with President George W. Bush; Boston to mark the 65th anniversary of Holy Cross School of Theology and 80th anniversary of the Archdiocese; and New York for the Archons banquet honoring former President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush. Arthur C. Anton, chairman of Leadership 100, reported that the membership had increased to 609 members, surpassing the Millennium Membership Drive goal. The membership campaign, run over the last two years, has accounted for more than 300 new members, doubling the membership of the 17-year-old organization founded by Archbishop Iakovos and a small group of committed laymen to support the critical ministries of the Greek Orthodox Church. As a result, contributions over the course of the campaign now exceed $8.5 million, according to Mr. Anton. He also reported that grants, which have supported Holy Cross School of Theology scholarships for the training of priests, Archbishop Demetrios, several government leaders and other dignitaries welcomed His All Holiness March 4 at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Patriarchal Visit pages 4,5,13,32 u page 4 u page 7 ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH’S VISIT u 4, 5, 13, 22 D. PANAGOS ARCHONS BESTOW AWARD President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush proudly display their Patriarch Athenagoras Humanitarian Awards bestowed by the Archons at their annual banquet on March 9, and presented by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Looking on are Archbishop Demetrios and Archons National Commander Dr. Anthony Limberakis (right). (Story on page 32) Bishops Savas, Gerasimos and Andonios Ordained by Jim Golding NEW YORK – More than 2,000 faithful here and in Boston witnessed the Church’s venerable Tradition of Apostolic Succession at the ordination of three new bishops during February. With Archbishop Demetrios presiding, the rare, elaborate ceremony held in conjunction with a Divine Liturgy took place for Bishop Savas Zembillas (of Troas) at Holy Trinity Archdiocesan Cathedral on Feb. 2, at Annunciation Cathedral in Boston on Feb. 9 for Bishop Gerasimos Michaleas (of Krateia), and again at Holy Trinity Cathedral for Bishop Andonios Paropoulos (of Phasiane) on Feb. 23. LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. – More than 300 ‘Leadership 100’ members and their guests gathered at the Ritz-Carlton here for their 11th annual conference that was marked by reports of increased membership, contributions and grants and a renewed commitment to supporting the mission of the Greek Orthodox Church. The theme was, “Building Our Church for Tomorrow…Today.” by George Schira Compiled from stories by Orthodox Observer Staff Among them were Lawrence Dunham, assistant chief of protocol at the State Department: U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, Andrew Natsios, administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); Michael Jaharis, vice chairman of the Archdiocesan Council; Dr. Anthony Limberakis, national commander of the Order of St. Andrew; AHEPA Supreme President Andrew Banis, and area clergy, laity and their families. His All Holiness said upon his arrival, “Since we are visiting the United States for the first time since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, we take this opportunity to express once again our deepest pain and our sympathy for the victims, and our support for their families. Every rational person condemns unconditionally these criminal terrorist acts especially when they affect innocent and defenseless citizens. Leadership 100 Surpasses Goals Other concelebrating hierarchs included Archbishop Iakovos, Metropolitans Maximos of Ainou and Paisios of Tyana; and Bishops Alexios of Atlanta, BISHOP SAVAS OF TROAS John of Amorion, Philotheos of Meloa, Anthimos of Olympos and Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia, who was one of BISHOP GERASIMOS OF KRATEIA u page 6 BISHOP ANDONIOS OF PHASIANE Archdiocese News u 2,3 Around the USA u 25 Books u 22 Challenge u 29 Classifieds u 28 Diocese News u 26,27 Encyclicals u 10,11 Greek Section u 15,16,17,18 HC/HC u 9 In Memoriam u 24 Leadership 100 u 7 Opinions u 10 Pan Orthodox u 8 Parish Profile u 23 People u 23 Reflections u 20 Relating to the Faith u 12 Scholarships u 19 Total Commitment u 30 Voice of Philoptochos u 21

Orthodox Observer - February/March 2002

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