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Historic Celebrations Mark Pentecost at Lowell Church ARCHBISHOP’S ENCYCLICAL ON INDEPENDENCE DAY byJim Golding

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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 community’s 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.

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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.

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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-

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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.

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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-

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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.




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Archdiocesan Oratorical Festival Finals Complete 17th Successful Year DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The Atlanta Diocese and St. Demetrios parish hosted the 17th annual St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Finals on June 2-4. Nine senior and nine junior finalists arrived from the eight dioceses and the Archdiocesan District on Friday. They attended vespers services with the Very Rev. Archimandrite Savas Zembillas, chancellor, presiding. The participants and their families gathered at the church’s community center for a light supper. Saturday morning, after a continen-

Curta, Ph.D., an assistant professor of medieval history at the University of Florida; Louis Gaitanis, J.D., professor emeritus at University of Florida where he was the co-founder of the Center for Greek Studies. He has served as a district oratorical festival chairman and judge. Presbytera Ritsi served as the third judge after the sudden withdrawal of a previously appointed judge, An awards luncheon sponsored by the parish council and Philoptochos Society followed, where the winners were announced.

Orthodox Observer LEGENDARY COMPOSER Archbishop Demetrios hosted a luncheon for Mikis Theodorakis and his wife, Myrto, June 7 at the Archdiocese. Among the honored guests was Peter Tiboris, director of the Manhattan Philharmonic Orchestra. Theodorakis came to New York for the U.S. premiere of his opera, Electra, at Carnegie Hall.

Metropolitan Sawa of Poland Visits His Eminence

FESTIVAL WINNERS – St. John Chrysostom National Oratorical Festival winners with Bishop Alexios of Atlanta, Archdiocese Chancellor the Very Rev. Savas Zembillas, Religious Education Department Director Fr. Frank Marangos, and co-chairs Fr. John and Presbytera Margaret Orfanakos.

tal breakfast, the speakers reported to the church to present their speeches. Three previous finalists, Maria Eleni Kiehling, Charleston, S.C., Kathryn Pastrikos, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Christina Papalambros Paspalakis, Daytona Beach, introduced the speakers by speech topic only. Junior Division speakers were: Archdiocesan District - Andrew Pastrikos, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Atlanta Diocese - Dean Kanellopoulos, Birmingham, Ala.; Boston Diocese - Katerina Koutrobis, Norwell, Mass.;- Chicago Diocese - Elliot Arsoniadis, Elgin, Ill.; Denver Diocese - Katherine N. Andrew, Tulsa, Okla.; Detroit Diocese - Nick Moniodis, Canton, Mich.; New Jersey Diocese - Julianne H. McNamara, Crownsville, Md.; Pittsburgh Diocese - Jaclyn Sarah Elias - Canfield, Ohio; San Francisco Diocese Elena Legeros, Seattle. Senior division speakers were Archdiocesan District–George Tsiatis, Little Neck, N.Y.; Atlanta Diocese–Lee E. Kouvousis, Ormond Beach, Fla.; Boston Diocese–Dean B. Trempelas, Yarmouth- port, Mass.; Chicago Diocese–Cristina Chamis, Glenview, Ill.; Denver Diocese– Courtney Jianas, Kansas City, Mo.; Detroit Diocese–Alice M. Shukla, Keego Harbor, Mich.; New Jersey Diocese–Michael Kokozos, Wayne, N.J.; Pittsburgh Diocese –Cleopatra Nacopoulos, Fairview, Pa.; San Francisco Diocese–Spiro Halikas, Santa Rosa, Calif. Judges for the Junior Division were: the Rev. Martin Ritsi, Ph.D., the executive director of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center in St. Augustine, Pamela Filutowski, J.D., former television reporter and anchor for WFTV (ABC) in Orlando, Fla., and WKRC (ABC) in Cincinnati; and Keith R. Haygood, who served as pastor of Midway Baptist Church in North Carolina for three years before being chrismated in the Orthodox faith in 1990. Senior Division judges were Florin

Junior Division 1st place, Nick Moniodis, Nativity of the Virgin Mary Church, Plymouth, Mich.; 2nd place, Elliot Arsoniadis, St. Sophia Church, Elgin, Ill.; 3rd place, Elena Legeros, St. Demetrios Church, Seattle.

NEW YORK — Archbishop Demetrios recently welcomed Metropolitan Sawa, primate of the Orthodox Church of Poland, to the Archdiocese. The Metropolitan was visiting the United States at the invitation of Metropolitan Theodosius, primate of the Orthodox Church in America, who accompanied him. “I welcomed the opportunity to have a warm, cordial and sincere discussion with His Eminence Metropolitan Sawa regarding the Church in Poland,” said Archbishop Demetrios. “It was most moving to hear from His Eminence that, in spite of a long suffering history of existence under very difficult conditions, which continue to this day, the Church has

unwaveringly maintained her strong faith and adherence to the integrity of Orthodoxy.” The Archbishop hosted a luncheon in honor of the Metropolitan, his delegation and SCOBA hierarchs. Guests included Archbishop Adam, Church of Poland; Archbishop Victorin, Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America and Canada; Metropolitan Joseph, Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church; Archbishop Antony, Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A.; Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos and Archimandrite Savas Zembillas of the Archdiocese, and the Revs. Robert Kondratick and Leonid Kishkovsky of the Orthodox Church in America.

Cabin Dedicated at St. Basil’s

Senior Division 1st place - Spiro Halikas, Nativity of Christ Church, Ignacio, Calif.; 2nd place Michael Kokozos, St George Church, Clifton, N.J.; 3rd place - Alice M. Skukla, Holy Cross Church, Farmington Hills, Mich. First place winners received $2,000 scholarships, second place winners received $1,500 scholarships and third place winners received $1,000 scholarships. The other finalists were designated “Honorable mention” and awarded $500 U.S. Savings Bonds, plus an additional $250 cash award from an anonymous St. Demetrios parishioner. Bishop Alexios of Atlanta, gave each speaker a gold cross and presented key organizers with a golden coin from the Ecumenical Patriarchate. After the luncheon, the festival participants toured the Daytona International Speedway before heading to St. Augustine for dinner and a tour of St. Photios National Shrine.

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GARRISON, N.Y. — Under the auspices of the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA), and with the blessing of its chair, Archbishop Demetrios, volunteers of the Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting (EOCS) rededicated the Presbytera Ismene Gavalas Retreat Cabin at St. Basil Academy. The event also honored the years of service and youth ministry work of the EOCS’ past spiritual advisor, the Rev. Angelo Gavalas. Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos (above) led the agiasmo of the Presbytera Ismene Gavalas Retreat Cabin. (below, l to r) EOCS Chairman Emeritus Andrew Yiannakos, EOCS National Chairman George Bouloukos, Fr. Angelo Gavalas, Bishop Dimitrios, Academy Director Fr. Constantine Sitaras, Board President Dr. Steven Gounardes, and camp Director Jim Athanasatos.

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Archbishop Salutes IOCC’s Role Greeks Protest Barring of Religious Affiliation from ID Cards in Fostering Orthodox Unity tians through IOCC, but also represented the spirit of Orthodox unity. The spirit of love and unity the Archbishop spoke about CLEVELAND (IOCC) - Archbishop was evident in the room during the Demetrios gave an inspiring address be- evening. The Archbishop noted “the extreme fore a Pan-Orthodox crowd of more than 600 people gathered for the eighth annual importance of the work of IOCC” in terms International Orthodox Christian Charities of responding to and covering needs that are all over the planet. (IOCC) banquet here June 5. He also there are other very important “Sharing Our Blessings” was the theme for the evening’s celebration during which aspects of the organization; “aspects that the Archbishop highlighted the role of deal with the essence of philanthropy and the essence of the work of IOCC in its fundamental character,” including the significance of IOCC for the development on a continuous basis of inter-Orthodox unity and communion. “[IOCC is] a really tremendous opportunity for common work here in the United States, a forum of a meeting place, a forum for a community of opportunity for the Churches represented in SCOBA,” Archbishop Demetrios said. “Forget for a moment the philanthropic asMaster of ceremonies the Rev. Remus Grama, Archbishop pect. Forget the offering in terms Demetrios and IOCC Executive Director Constantine of money, in terms of objects, in by Mark Hodde

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IOCC in fostering Orthodox unity through philanthropy. “Philo-anthropos, in the original etymology,” explained His Eminence, “means ‘I love the people’. IOCC really does this kind of thing. It offers an attitude of love for the people translated then in works of almsgiving or assistance or all the things that you have seen...” Speaking in a room the shape of which the Archbishop likened to a boat, a symbol of the Church, He emphasized the importance of a loving attitudephilanthropy.

Over the past month, leaders of the Church of Greece have rallied more than 1 million people in Athens and Thessaloniki to demand the Greek government retract the enactment of a privacy code that bars citizens from declaring details of their faiths, occupations, family status and thumbprints on identity cards, according to published reports. The government says it passed the law to protect the rights of religious mi-

norities. The Church says that listing affiliations on identification cards should be optional and has called for a referendum to decide the issue. According to recent polls by various Athens daily newspapers, the percentage of people who oppose the effort to ban religious affiliations from identity cards, varies from 60 to 75 percent, depending on the poll.

Philoptochos Supports Ecumenical Patriarchate Evanthea Condakes, President of the National Philoptochos, has recently visited the Ecumenical Patriarchate and His All Holiness in Constantinople. Mrs. Condakes expressed to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew the devo-

tion and the faith of the Philoptochos membership and presented him with a check of $125,000 for the philanthropies of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and another check of $11,987 for the Turkish Earthquake Relief Fund.

DON’T MISS THE BEST SUMMER DEALS His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, IOCC Board Member Alexander Machaskee, Mother Mary of Monastery Marcha and Metropolitan Maximos.

terms of programs. Just the mere fact of the existence and the function of IOCC as something that contributes to promoting unity, cooperation, and communion among the Orthodox, here, not only here, but far beyond the United States.” His Eminence continued, “IOCC then becomes a vehicle of simply bringing together Orthodox people all over the globe. Not in terms of organizing conferences or discussing possibilities, but in terms of exIOCC board members Bert Moyar, Fr. Irinej Dobrijevic and pressing love in concrete, tantwo of the three banquet co-chairwomen, Paula Svilar and gible ways. Its one thing to talk Stephanie Ocker. Dr. Marge Moyer also served as a co-chair. about unity, its one thing to talk about the need for unity, and “I would say that in the case of IOCC, its another thing to simply work together and in general of true Gospel-like ortho- in expressing love that leads to unity. This doxy and Gospel-like charity and love, we is a big call for IOCC and the people.” The IOCC Metropolitan Committee in have an attitude not only towards the people but towards the whole of creation. Cleveland is one of 18 pan-Orthodox comReal philanthropy is a philanthropy mittees that have formed throughout the that goes not only to the people, but also United States to raise awareness and supto the physical, natural world of the people port for the humanitarian aid and develof which they are living and this is some- opment work of IOCC. The Metropolitan thing basic in terms of the work of IOCC. Committees also provide a forum for inAnd it’s a work that comes from the tre- ter-Orthodox fellowship and cooperation. With the support of a grant from the mendous needs that are spread all over the world; tremendous, urgent and gigan- Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Fountic in the proportion of quantity and de- dation, IOCC is working in communities across the United States to encourage the mand.” The visit was the first to Cleveland for development of more Metropolitan ComArchbishop Demetrios, who noted that the mittees to carry forward the philanthropic banquet was not only the result of the u page 23 philanthropic work of Orthodox Chris-



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Membership Drive Momentum Continues

Archbishop Appeals to Prospective Members Following is Archbishop Demetrios’ letter sent to prospective members of the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund. I am writing to you personally as one who is a fellow member of a distinguished group of people. As Greek Orthodox Christians in America, we belong to a family that is triply blessed: we are members of the Body of Christ in His Church, members of the body of Hellenism worldwide, and members of this vast and vital American Society. There is a saying nowadays that “membership has its privileges.” How true that is for us! Like no other people in the history of the world, we as Greek Orthodox Christians in America enjoy the finest blessings in all things, spiritually and culturally and economically. Yet when I think of this marvelous triple heritage that we have received, I think also of the words of the Lord, who said, Every one to whom much is given, of him will much be required (Luke 12:48). Membership has responsibilities along with privileges. For this reason, the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund was launched in 1984. Through membership in Leadership 100, Greek Orthodox Christians in America have a special opportunity to support the needs of the Church, the cause of Hellenism, and the life of this great nation at one and the same time. Since its inception, the Leadership 100 fund has grown to more than $50 million and has provided over $4 million in grants to programs that sustain and advance Orthodoxy and Hellenism in the United States, for the benefit of our Greek-American Community and our society at large. I hope that you will give your fullest attention and consideration to this appeal to enroll yourself as a member in Leadership 100 by pledging a gift of $100,000 to the ministry of the Church. This contribution may be made in a single payment, in four installments of $25,000 or in yearly installments of $10,000 for 10 years. Looking forward to hearing from you soon, and praying for the continued blessings of God upon you and your loved ones, I remain, With paternal love in Christ,

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Following the success of the Leadership 100 Endowment Fund’s annual conference in Washington in May, the organization’s efforts to attract new members continue to gain momentum. “The response has been phenomenal,” said Millennium Membership Drive Chairman Stephen Yeonas, who credited Leadership’s Executive Committee and board, and area chairmen for the drive’s continuing success. “A big factor is the $10 million pledge to the school,” Mr. Yeonas noted. “Many candidates want to see where their money is going and want to see more grants.” He continued, “We’ve made great strides. As of May 31, a total of 95 new members have pledged. The New Jersey

Mr. Anton added. Endowment fund leaders also seek to rekindle interest in the organization among those members who have not yet fulfilled their pledges. John Marks of Chicago is spearheading the effort. “We depend on people to fulfill our promise,” he said. “The Church fulfills its promise and we want to have everybody who has made initial commitment and who has not fulfilled to step forward and do it now,” he said. “The Church needs the support of the laity, and the laity needs the support of church,” he continued. “We have been blessed with many good things in our lives, and we need to give back what we can. Leadership 100 has set forth outstanding goals to fund various ministries of the

ÿ DEMETRIOS, Archbishop of America AT THE recent Leadership 100 conference in Washington, three founders of the Leadership 100 Endowment Fund were honored with commemorative crystal bowls during the grand banquet. (above) George Kokalis receives the congratulations of Archbishops Iakovos and Demetrios. Fr. Alexander Karloutsos presents the bowl as Arthur Anton looks on.

ANDREW ATHENS is presented the crystal bowl by both archbishops.

Fund Provides Vital Support for Home Missions Since 1993, the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund has made significant contributions in support of Archdiocese Mission Parishes, which otherwise could not afford the services of a priest, or even to open their doors. Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos is the program coordinator on behalf of Archbishop Demetrios and the diocesan hierarchs. This year Leadership 100 has given $111,000 for the home mission parishes. In comments about the impact of the program, Bishop Dimitrios said, “The grants provided by Leadership 100 have helped give birth to several new parishes, such as that in Eugene, Oregon, which is now a fully self-supporting parish, and have given new life to many small parishes that were unable previously to afford a fulltime priest. “The grants have been used exclusively to make it possible for a full-time priest to serve new and small parishes. Experience has taught us that a parish is not able to develop and become a selfsupporting entity without the full-time presence of a priest. “We are most grateful to Leadership 100 for the vision and resources that have made it possible for the Archdiocese to offer this support, which in turn makes it possible for the Church to grow and to serve the spiritual needs of more people

throughout our nation.” A breakdown by year of the mission parishes receiving support since 1993 follows: 1993 – Sharon, Mass.; Eugene, Oregon; Bristol, Tenn.; Amarillo/Lubbock, Texas; Athens, Ga.; Newport, N.H.; Biloxi, Miss.; Hilton Head, S.C.; and Mexico City. 1994 – Eugene, Oregon; Waco, Texas; Great Falls/Missoula, Mont.; Bristol, Tenn.; Athens, Ga.; Hilton Head, S.C.; Denver Outreach Center, Colo.; Wichita Falls, Texas; Mexico City; Haiti. 1995 – Great Falls, Mont.; Wichita Falls, Texas; Eugene, Oregon; Cranberry, Pa.; Sharon, Mass.; Mexico City, and Puerto Rico 1996 – Great Falls, Mont.; Wichita Falls, Texas; Lubbock, Texas; Pueblo, Colo.; Grand Island, Neb.; Athens, Georgia; Mexico City, Puerto Rico and Haiti 1997 – Wichita Falls, Texas; Lubbock, Texas; Pueblo, Colo.; Grand Island, Neb.; Athens, Ga.; Redding, Calif.; Puerto Rico, Haiti, Cuba. 1998 – Grant given for overseas missions only. 1999 – Lubbock Texas; Great Falls, Mont.; San Angelo, Texas; Redding, Calif.; Columbus, Ga. 2000 – Lubbock, Texas; Great Falls/ Missoula, Mont.; Grand Island, Neb.; Grand Junction, Colo.; San Angelo, Texas; Redding, Calif.; North Seattle, Wash.; Columbus, Ga.; Cummings, Ga.; Greenville, Ga.

Diocese already has reached 74 percent of church, including scholarships drives. This its goal, achieving more new members that can only be done by people fulfilling their have paid or pledged than any other dio- commitment. We tell people that they cese.” Mr. Yeonas cited the efforts of Peter need to get back and fulfill the commitG. Pappas and Harry Magafan, the diocese ment they have made.” and Washington area chairmen, respecTypical of members who have recently tively, for the surge in new members. joined Leadership 100 is Chris Panopoulos, “We’re trying to go over the 100-mark chairman of the Panopoulos Group of Grand of paid and pledged members by the Rapids, Mich., a company that develops ofClergy Laity Congress,” Mr. fice buildings, strip malls and Yeonas said. The goal for the includes a chain of hair sayear is to reach a memberlons. Such was the keen inship of 500. terest and enthusiasm Mr. He also reported that, in Panopoulos felt about Leadthe San Francisco Diocese, ership 100 that he immedidinners have been organized ately fulfilled his $100,000 by George Marcus and Dr. membership pledge. Nicholas Vidalakis. TwentyMr. Panopoulos and his nine potential candidates atwife, Joan, have been active tended one event in Oregon. in his local church for many In the New York Archyears. diocese District, 29 new An immigrant from the members have joined, repPeloponnesus in the midresenting 47 percent of its 1950s, he has served as parMr. Chris Panopoulos goal, Mr. Yeonas reported. ish council president, fiLeadership 100 Chairman Arthur nance committee chairman and AHEPA Anton expressed great satisfaction with the chapter president, raising funds to build progress of the membership drive. the local AHEPA hall. “It has been so gratifying that people The Panopouloses have been active have been enrolling in the Leadership-100 in serving on philanthropic boards, arts program in unprecedented numbers. Ev- organizations and charities in their comery day we have people calling to join,” munity. Mr. Panopoulos currently serves Mr. Anton said. on the Metropolitan Hospital Foundation He also cited the grant to the school Board, and helps several local charities’ as a catalyst for creating new interest in fund-raising campaigns. He also is endowthe endowment fund. “They want to be a ment fund president at his parish, which part of this, of securing the future of the provides support for charities, religious church,” he said. education and scholarships to Holy Cross At the Clergy Laity Congress, Leader- School of Theology. This year, the fund ship 100’s Executive Committee will meet, has given $15,000 to the school. followed by an open forum meeting. Any “I think we have to look beyond our Leadership 100 members at the congress local level and support our Church,” said will have the opportunity to attend a work- Mr. Panopoulos. “This is a good time and ing luncheon that will include an open we have to do good things, and have to discussion on projects and ministries they have some unity in the church. I like to would like the Endowment Fund to sup- see us united. I was impressed talking to port. “It will be an opportunity for the Father Karloutsos. He is enthusiastic and regular membership to express themselves a good organizer. I have also heard good as to what they would like see happen,” things about Archbishop Demetrios.”

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Clergy Also Contribute to Success of Membership Effort Hand-in-hand with the efforts of Leadership 100 Endowment Fund officials to attract new members to the organization have been the support and work of the various hierarchs and clergy. The Metropolitans and bishops of each diocese have given their support to the effort as have a number of priests who actively helped in the recruiting effort. “We have talked to them about the ministries of the Church and how they can contribute above and beyond what they have been,” said Fr. Byron Papanikolaou, pastor of Sts. Constantine and Helen Church of Palos Hills, Ill., who along with Leadership 100 member Michael Stefanos, has assisted in getting two new pledges. ‘“They contribute to our parish too,” he continued, “and support our day

PETER DION accepts the honor on behalf of Mr. Chimples of Cleveland, who was unable to attend.

STEPHEN YEONAS, Millennium Membership Drive chairman, address a meeting of L-100.

school quite a bit.” Fr. Nicholas Triantafilou, who in the early 1990s served as Leadership 100’s executive director for five years, said he was “privileged to represent Leadership 100, Arthur Anton and Fr. Alex Karloutsos” (current executive director) at a June 7 dinner in Seattle sponsored by Nicholas and Nancy Vidalakis. They succeeded in getting three new pledges. Fr. John Tavlarides, dean of St. Sophia

An Enthusiastic Response from a New Member Among those who have responded to the Leadership 100 appeal is Demetrios G. Logothetis of Chicago, vice chairman of Global/Major Accounts for North America of the accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP. A native of Arkadia, Greece, he immigrated to the United States in 1969 at age 13 and settled in Chicago. He graduated from DePaul University in Chicago with a degree in accounting in 1977. Mr. Logothetis has served with Ernst & Young International in Germany for several years, as well as at the Chicago office. He is a former member of the Archdiocesan Council and vice president of Holy Trinity parish council in Chicago, vice president of the Socrates Greek American School and is a member of several professional, civic and cultural organizations. He is co-founder and first president of the Brotherhood of Karatoula Kynourias. Mr. Logothetis and his wife, Marianna, have three children and live in Riverwoods, Ill. Following is his letter responding to the Archbishop’s invitation. Your Eminence, Thanks very much for your invitation to join the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund. Over the last two months or so, I have had the opportunity to learn more about the fund and its objectives from Rev. George K. Kaloudis, of my parish, Rev. Alexander Karloutsos, and Mr. Andrew Athens. Based on the enthusiastic recommendation of the aforementioned individuals and your personal invitation, my wife, Marianthe, and I have decided to submit our membership application for consideration. In addition to the application for membership, I have submitted a biographical sketch that lists my professional and volunteer activities over the years. Since my family emigrated to the U.S. in 1969, we have been active members of our local parish, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Chicago as well as the parish of St. George in Frankfurt, Germany from 1990 to 1996 while based there. Throughout the past 30 years we have had the benefit of the spiritual guidance of Father George Kaloudis who by his example as our spiritual father and as father and a family man leads one of the oldest and most historic parishes in the United States. His tireless efforts to promote our Hellenic heritage and every aspect of our faith has had a tremendous positive impact on my own values and in setting goals and priorities in my life. We also found similar support and guidance from Father Triantafilou in Frankfurt, Germany that made our overseas assignment there a very rewarding one both from a personal as well as professional point of view. While a member of that parish, we had the opportunity to participate in the construction of one of the most beautiful Greek Orthodox churches in Western Europe. My wife, Marianthe and I make this commitment also on behalf of our three teenage children as an example to them of the importance of our faith and heritage. This commitment is also being made as a tribute to my parents who have instilled in my brother and I strong values in our faith and in our ethnic roots. As indicated to both Father Alex and Andy Athens, I would like to become an active participant and supporter of the programs related to the Endowment Fund. Please do not hesitate to let me know how I can help in this regard. Respectfully yours, Demetrios G. Logothetis; Chicago, Ill.

Cathedral in Washington, helped recruit three new members. “I supported their petition,” he said. “Although they had some reservations about joining, but I was very supportive. All of them are stalwart supporters of the Church and all of her holy causes. As dean of the cathedral, I’m thrilled that they chose to involve their lives with the Church on a national scale. They certainly have been most supportive on a local level to St. Sophia Cathedral. Fr. Demetrios Antokas of Holy Trinity Church, Westfield, N.J., helped recruit two new members, along with one of his parishioners in Leadership 100, Nicholas Bouras. “We are making an effort right now to bring a greater awareness of Leadership 100 to the community,” said Fr. Antokas. “God willing, we hope to have more soon. We’re proud that all ministries

LEADERSHIP 100 of our Archdiocese, the Archons, and the Archdiocesan and Diocesan councils.” Fr. Antokas noted that one new member, James Pagos, “joined to perpetuate the memory of his father, Michael Pagos, who for many years lectured at Holy Cross, where he taught parish administration, and coached the basketball team. He was Fr. Alex Karloutsos coach.” Fr. Kosmas Karavellas of Sts. Constantine and Helen parish in Annapolis, Md., said it was a matter of asking. “They were waiting to be asked,” he said. “I think sometimes we forget to ask people.” Fr. Karavellas said that more people are joining Leadership 100 because “they see the money is going to the right places. They see the church is concerned about the future, and joining becomes an easier thing. They were excited to do it.” He continued, “They asked me my opinion of the organization, and saw it was a positive thing. They thought about it and decided they wanted to be part of the future of the church.” Fr. Dean Talagan, a retired priest in Cheyenne, Wyo., said he has been identifying potential members in each of the 14 states in the Denver Diocese. “I think we have good potential here,” he said. “Many people are spiritually motivated here and I’m very hopeful, and the Metropolitan (Isaiah) has been very supportive.” “We have a diocese almost the size of Europe and its hard to get around,” he continued, “but by the grace of God who makes all things possible, we’re striving to get more people interested in the organization.” He added, “The health of theological school and future of the Church are what interest me most and what Leadership has done is a marvelous effort to get young men and retain them as priests, along with supporting other charitable programs.”

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After being ordained, he served as assistant priest in the community for a brief period and eventually was assigned as dean of Annunciation Cathedral in Boston. “I’m deeply thankful to God, and to his worthy-first-among-all-of-us-here His Eminence (Archbishop Demetrios) for praying for me today,” Archbishop Iakovos said in his brief address to the congregation. “I am the happiest man. I was privileged to serve you, the people of North and South America for 37 years, and I never forgot the 16th of June 1940.” The Archbishop, who will turn 89 on July 29, recounted the long history of the parish and the many distinguished clergy who served there. “It is a parish I enjoyed like nowhere else,” he said. “I am praying for my unfulfilled dream to have this parish become one of the strongest in New England. He also told the congregation “not to underestimate the religious role played by this community in the Archdiocese.” The other parishes in Lowell and surrounding region sprang from Holy Trinity Church.

ARCHBISHOP DEMETRIOS reads prayers during the Pentecost service following the Divine Liturgy. At either side of the Archbishop are Archdeacon Gerasimos Michaleas and Deacon Mark Sietsma.

Archbishop Iakovos

Warm feelings Many happy faces emerged from the church after the service. “It was a beautiful service,” commented parishioner Dan Soroken. “It was so uplifting to see the two Archbishops together.” “I kept reminding myself ‘now this is history,’” said Dr. Lewis Patsavos, professor of canon law at Holy Cross School of Theology. “So I had better absorb it.” “It was great to have the hierarchs here,” said parishioner William Theokas, a retired Lowell police officer.

Luncheon The Doubletree Hotel in downtown Lowell served as the site for the luncheon that drew more than 450 persons, some from as far away as Philadelphia. The program included several speakers and a children’s choir from the Hellenic American school, which sang the American and Greek national anthems and two other songs for the occasion. Other children, from the school’s art class, presented their original paintings to the Archbishops and Metropolitan.

Greetings offered Luncheon Co-chair Dimitrios Mattheos, speaking in Greek, took the opportunity to praise the Hellenic American school, which “serves to enlighten the Diocese of New England,” and also expressed warmest wishes to Archbishop Iakovos, stating, “We have the deepest pride and respect for you.” Parish Council President Irene Koukias said of the Archbishop, “He had the foresight and was there to promote the Church and marched in Selma for the rights of people who are put down. He has been a blessed honor to us.” Philoptochos National President Eve Condakes said that, under Iakovos, “Philoptochos grew and flourished into the largest Christian women’s humanitarian organization of its kind in this country.” She continued, “Your light and strength have reached beyond Hellenic America to the nation at large. You have shown us that one man can make a difference.” Consul General of Greece in Boston, George Chatzimichelakis, presented a check for $5,000 to Metropolitan Methodios for the Hellenic school. Anniversary celebration Chairman George D. Behrakis noted that Archbishop Iakovos helped to make Greek Orthodoxy “the fourth religion in America.” He also said

characterizes Holy Trinity, with its “works of love, service faith and of patience.” He continued, “your last works, which are now developing, are bigger than the first,” and that the perspective of the community is “greater, better and higher.” His Eminence also urged wholehearted support for the parochial school. “It’s unthinkable that the school could ever close,” he said. The audience broke into applause when he said that “such a beacon here cannot be stopped or be without light. We need beacons of education. We need the light,” Archbishop Demetrios said. “The need for a Greek Orthodox education is a positive element leading to where it has led. It’s not a matter of survival, it’s a matter of something that is food for the world, light for the world.” The Archbishop also praised many former pastors of the community and observed “Archbishop Iakovos covers quite a part of this list.” He is “an outstanding part of this history, a component of the synthesis that produced beauty and light in this community.”

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ARCHBISHOP IAKOVOS addresses the more than 450 persons at the luncheon. Looking on: (from left) Metropolitan Methodios, centennial Chairman George D. Behrakis and Archbishop Demetrios.

that Greek Orthodox culture and history “are not separate” and that “spiritual growth comes from intellectual achievement.” In his greetings, Metropolitan Methodios described Archbishop Iakovos as “a visionary leader of significant accomplishments.” Recalling the experiences and goals of the first Christian community in the Book of Acts, the Metropolitan said, “They believed and taught Christ to the point of martyrdom and took the message of love and salvation to every corner of the world.” He said the Archbishop Iakovos’ ministry “was a light in the world and gave us countless opportunities to thank God. The good works of Archbishop Iakovos are known to everyone in this room and, most importantly, are known to God.” Metropolitan Methodios also expressed his esteem for Archbishop Deme-

trios, recalling his days as a Holy Cross student and attending lectures given by then Bishop Demetrios of Vresthena, who was studying at Harvard at the time. “Archbishop Demetrios has also been a light in the world with many good works,” the Metropolitan noted.

Comments from Archbishop Demetrios Speaking on his first official visit to the parish, Archbishop Demetrios praised Holy Trinity community, saying that it was “celebrating Pentecost in a most wonderful way, which is a source of unity us, strengthening us and giving us joy.” He said that the well-organized luncheon showed “a combination of generosity and thinking.” Citing a passage from the Book of Revelation, he said the description from a letter to one of the seven churches also

A CHILDREN’S choir from the Hellenic American School in Lowell, New England’s only Greek American Day School, sings two Greek songs during the luncheon. Their performance of one song, “To Ecclesaki Sto Vouno,” among Archbishop Iakovos’ favorites, brought tears to his eyes.

Luncheon Co-chairman Arthur Anton, in his introduction of Archbishop Iakovos, reminisced of his own memories as a youth at the Boston cathedral with Fr. Demetrios Coucouzes. “As dean of the Boston Cathedral, you had the most dynamic young adult ministry in America…You have always been a lamplighter and continue to enlighten our Archdiocese’s course into the 21st century,” he said. Mr. Anton, who serves as chairman of the Leadership 100 Endowment Fund, also cited Archbishop Iakovos’ role in the creation of that organization to provide support for the Church’s national ministries. “You elevated the Church to new heights and, indeed, have ‘brought us to the top of the mountain’ in America. You have opened doors that were closed to all of us.” In his remarks, Archbishop Iakovos praised the community for its accomplishments. “The very fact that your grandchildren are painting the beauty and glory of the Orthodoxy Church is motivation with most profound feelings and sentiments,” he said, his voice cracking with emotion. “Your are the living stones, nobody else,” he continued. You are all of you living stones, in unity with one another. You built the Church universal and I thank you with all my heart.” “I deserve no honor,” he said. “My honor is to do my duty, to respond to my obligations. I did what was expected of my to do. I rejoice for you, the people of Lowell.” Archbishop Iakovos also made special mention of Arthur Anton and his wife, Madeleine, one of his former Bible students at Annunciation Cathedral, and whose marriage he blessed, saying they have “served the church with enthusiasm and a sense of commitment.” In comments to the Observer after the celebration, Mr. Anton reflected that “It was most emotional for me to hear Archbishop Iakovos pay tribute to his former star Bible class student, Madeleine Kanavos Anton, and to see the sparkle in his eyes, the dynamism of his speaking and to hear Archbishop Demetrios with his eloquent, moving comments, and to have a third hierarch, Metropolitan Methodios, fill our hearts with hope for the future. The dear Lord blessed me to be part of this historic event that will be in my treasure box of memories forever.”

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Millionaires, Vermont and the State of Marriage by Fr. Angelo Artemas

CBS’s ratings hit “Survivor” has intrigued many television viewers, but most American’s are still asking themselves why they know who Darva Conger and Rick Rockwell are, and why they watched FOX’s Feb. 15 “Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire.” Already considered the biggest joke of the year 2000, the program nevertheless revealed some embarrassing truths. While male viewers protested that women just want men for their money, guys continue to buy drinks for women at strange places and odd hours with less than noble intentions. While female viewers complained that beauty contests are demeaning and humiliating, ladies continue to beautify themselves in order to march down the runways of bars and clubs where no one is interested in their thoughts and dreams. The massive outcry and criticism of the show was tainted with a hint of hypocrisy. The truth hurts. “Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire” proved to be a microcosm of today’s state of marriage and dating. When Vermont Gov. Howard Dean signed into law a gay civil union bill on April 27, another interesting and massive outcry erupted. Back in March 1996, at a YAL snow conference at Park City, Utah, Metropolitan Isaiah prophetically uttered the following: “Isn’t it interesting that while more and more heterosexual young adults are postponing marriage or living together, more and more gay young adults are seeking marriage.” Isn’t it true that every individual gay person alive today has come from some sort of heterosexual union? Why are so many Americans outraged over gay civil unions, yet are not the least bit concerned about recent trends toward cohabiting and the failure of traditional marriage? While “marriage” or “matrimony” has been defined as a relationship between men and women in every culture historically known, and not necessarily one man or one woman, why shouldn’t gay couples believe they can do better in their relationships than heterosexuals are doing in theirs? The real crisis threatening America is not that gays are asking for marriage, but that heterosexuals are abandoning it. David Popenoe and Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, co-directors of the ongoing Rutgers University National Marriage Project, report that half of today’s newlyweds live together before marriage, compared to 10 percent in 1965. Their research further shows that about 35percent of never-married cohabiters have children in the household, and that 40 percent of supposedly single-parent families are really two-parent cohabiting families.

With cohabiting couples, there is a higher rate of cheating by both partners compared to married couples, and more domestic violence and incidence of depression. Numerous other studies point to the negative effects that divorce, cohabiting and abusive marriages have on children. Where is the public outrage over this collapse of marriage, or would such an outcry be tainted with hypocrisy? For those who are too young to remember, arranged marriages actually did occur before “Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire.” In fact, some of today’s strongest and longest-lasting marriages have been arranged. Many of today’s married young adults who have not fallen victim to unfortunate statistics owe their sense of responsibility and values to their committed, loving and faithful parents. In another place and at another time, arranged marriages not only worked, but also flourished because partners were mature, faithful and selfless - whether they were 16 years old or 60. The Orthodox faith played a central role in these marriages as the church planted crowns in the couple’s small church and home. Commitment meant loving the other forever and through anything, not just as long as it was fun or convenient. At too many weddings today, guests, friends, bridesmaids, groomsman, parents, family and even brides and grooms wonder “Will it work?” Instead everyone involved should be proclaiming “Make it work!” How? First, it helps to grow up, and to grow up early. Fooling around while young only predisposes adults toward prolonged adolescence and selfishness. Selfish people can only take love out of relationships, and hardly contribute anything to other people. Second, it helps to go to church. Countless studies have shown that people who go to church regularly live longer, have better marriages, and experience less depression. Third and most important, it helps to live in Jesus Christ. The sacraments of the Orthodox Church give people the opportunity to not only know Jesus Christ, but to also live in Him. And since He IS Love and He IS Eternal, what more can one ask for. Events on television and government legislation will continue to shock and outrage people, but must not divert attention and focus away from the essential things in life. Marriage is sacred and holy, and the staple of a civilized and moral society. Rather than lose time and energy complaining that marriage is under attack, brave and honorable couples must strengthen and fortify marriage from within.

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A New Spiritual Beginning to the Millennium The new millennium’s first Clergy-Laity Congress convenes in Philadelphia the first week in July in a spirit of joy, love and unity, over which Archbishop Demetrios will preside for the first time. While most of the delegates’ time will be taken up by routine committee meetings and plenary sessions, this year’s congress will offer many spiritually uplifting religious education workshops, as well as incorporate religious education concept into “the business of the Church” conducted in the various meetings and deliberations. This, along with the exchange of ideas and information from the delegates should make this congress one of the most successful, which is something that organizing committee members in the Philadelphia area have been striving to accomplish. Constructive thought and discussion in a spirit of Christian love, knowledge and fellowship is what the Church needs as delegates lay the groundwork of the Church’s needs at the start of the new millennium to successfully continue the work of our Lord Jesus Christ and to overcome whatever adversities the future holds. Let all participants come together and do their work in a spirit of brotherly love in the City of Brotherly Love.

Very Happy Anniversaries Two historic milestones were celebrated on the Sunday of Pentecost, June 18, as Lowell’s Holy Trinity Church celebrated its 100th year and Archbishop Iakovos, former head of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, observed the 60th anniversary of his ordination in the very same church. The descendants of the first immigrants who arrived in unprecedented numbers from Greece in the 1890s to work 12 hours or more a day in the textile mills and leather factories have faithfully and enthusiastically adhered to the faith and traditions they brought with them from their native land. The faithful of Holy Trinity, despite adversities over the years, problems and difficult issues common to all communities, continue their efforts and progress, which the existence of the only Greek American parochial school in New England provides visible proof. Archbishop Demetrios, on his first visit to the community, described the institution as a beacon that should never be put out and the generosity of many who care about Hellenic values and education, including a generous gift from Consul General of Greece in Boston George Chatzimichelakis, will ensure that this will be so. For Archbishop Iakovos, it was indeed a happy celebration, as he has been blessed in his golden years with seeing the fruits of his labors over a 60-year period through the perspective of the parish where he began his journey in the priesthood. The spirit of love and mutual respect that he and Archbishop Demetrios exemplified at the celebration should serve as a lesson and example to all that this is how Orthodox Christian leaders should act. Congratulations to Holy Trinity parish and Archbishop Iakovos. And further congratulations to anniversary Chairman George D. Behrakis and luncheon Chairmen Arthur Anton and Dimitrios Mattheos for the well-organized successful event.

u On language and culture t Editor, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and the Rev. Dr. D. Constantelos spoke eloquently in the February issue of the Orthodox Observer about the Three Hierarchs and the Greek letters. I agree we must follow the teachings of the Three Hierarchs so that we will preserve both our Orthodox faith and Greek language and culture especially during these changing and often troubled times for the young people and in this multireligious, multi-cultural and multi-lingual country of our America. We can do this with good communication between the clergy, the parish council and all the parishioners. Also with an open mind, with respect, with dedication but most of all with Christian love. All programs within a parish, under the guidelines of the Archdiocese, being philanthropic, educational or cultural must be

available to all the Parishioners and must compliment each other, not create a tugof-war, between faith and culture that serves no one and brings a lot of damage. I often wonder how much our Faith, language and culture have lost in the past and continues to do so today because of this type of tug-of-war. Yes, it is a challenge and a big responsibility and it takes a lot of work to preserve both our Greek Orthodox faith and language/culture but it is also a great privilege. Some 40 years ago when I made America my new country and Pensacola my home, I was allowed this privilege as a Sunday School Teacher for many years. Also for many years I have taught the Greek language and culture to young and old both in the afternoon classes in our parish as well privately at my home, which I still do today. I did it and still do it with great joy because it comes from my heart. Especially teaching the youth and children of our parish our faith and language/culture, teaching

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eration an incalculable debt. On every Fourth of July, America acknowledges that her freedom has always been dependent on the bravery and sacrifice of those who throughout the years have suffered and fought and died for the ideals of democracy and human equality. In a very real sense, the forefathers’ experience of oppression and tyranny has continually enriched the American national character with a certain determination and optimism that, combined with its courage, has made so much of this nation’s prosperity and success possible. As Greek Orthodox Christians, and as heirs of the cultural legacy of Hellenism, we can appreciate in a special way the bond between liberty and bravery. It is no coincidence that the national anthems of both the United States and Greece mention this connection. Both nations were formed as “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” Both nations hail their freedom as something which has been tested throughout the years and always “made brave even as in the beginning,” kai san prota andreiomene. The history of both peoples has proved that true bravery has a freedom which no tyrant can shackle, and true freedom bestows a valor which no oppressor can discourage. Both America and Greece have been inspired from the beginning by a single liberating principle of faith—that humankind is formed in the likeness of its Creator and has therefore an inherent dignity and freedom which may never allow itself to be debased or destroyed. For those who would be free, the call to courage, freedom, and human dignity is a continual mandate. The quality of our national life depends every day on those who dare to risk their own life, liberty, and happiness in this cause. On this July 4th, 2000 our Greek Orthodox Church in America gathers for the 35th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—the city where the Declaration of Independence was signed. On this glorious occasion, the Holy Archdiocese of America will give thanks to God for our freedom, both spiritual and political. But on this Day of Independence, we also acknowledge our dependence on one another, inasmuch as the Church is a body, a living organism with many members. Our ClergyLaity Congress is a visible expression of our belief that the proper growth and working of the body of Christ depends on the selfless contribution of every member—whether lay or ordained—according to the spiritual gift that is granted to each for the common good (1 Cor. 12:7, Eph. 4:7,16). This kind of sacrificial stewardship is a lifelong act of courage, borne of a desire to become a co-worker with Jesus Christ in His work of liberating humankind from spiritual darkness and restoring it to the divine likeness and glory. Since we have such a hope, as Saint Paul says, we are very bold (2 Cor. 3:12), for as citizens and patriots of the Kingdom of heaven, we labor bravely for the Day when the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God (Rom. 8:21), the Day of Independence for all peoples and all things. This is the reason for our freedom. This is the object of our bravery. This is the honor of all God’s saints (Ps. 149:9), to live and even to die in the cause of His redeeming work of love. May the Lord bless our nation, our Church, and our Clergy-Laity Congress in this year of grace 2000. With love in Christ our Liberator and Lord,

them to have a sense of pride and a sense of belonging, teaching them their first Greek folk dances but most of all having them all so close to my heart, I hoped that I helped them in return to love their faith and heritage so that they will preserve it and teach it to future generations. I’m proud and honored that some of my former students are doing this already. Two of them, Fr. Nick Jonas and Fr. Aris Metrakos, went on to become priests. It has being a blessing for me to teach so many children for so many years, for I taught their parents and years later their children. I thank God for allowing me this privilege. Demetra M. Morres Pensacola, Fla.

u An opportunity to learn t Editor, I would like to recommend Fr. Dumitru Macaila’s column to all the readers of the Orthodox Observer. In his articles, the fervor in his writing drives his academic point home to the reader’s mind. He raises intellectual questions about our faith and its environment and answers them with great conviction. Fr. Dumitru uses references from all aspects and sources of our religion. As an example, his recent column on Pascha cites St. Gre-

gory Nazianzus who draws upon the example of Abraham (Old Testament) to lead us to an understanding of the nature of our Lord’s Resurrection (New Testament). Powerful reading! We should all take this opportunity to learn more about our Greek Orthodox faith! George W. Ioannidis Lancaster, Pa.

u Thanks for column t Editor, Thank you for publishing “Retired Clergy” article written by Fr. Nicholas Vieron on “Growing Older is Better than Ever,” the article had such pertinent advice and gave all of us much to think about. There are many older people who need to be reminded that society is still evolving and that we are needed. Fr. Nicholas reminds us of all of our advantages and how we can use our gifts to help ourselves and at the same time help others. We are in the wisdom years and so long as we are willing to learn and share our lives will be to the greater glory of God. Thank you again for putting this marvelous article in the May Orthodox Observer. Evgenia Stavenau (Theodoropoulos) Salem, Oregon

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Archbishop Demetrios’ Address to HC/HC Class of 2000 Beloved Graduates of the Class of 2000 Christos Anesti I address you today with great joy, thankfulness to God, and genuine pride in your accomplishments over the past years that culminates in this joyous event of today. I speak for all who have gathered here in saying, we applaud you for your hard work, we congratulate you for your success, and we anticipate even greater accomplishments from you in the future under the dynamic guidance of the Holy Spirit. I also want to recognize and congratulate those who accompanied you in your long and sometimes difficult journey to this high point in your life – namely, your families, your parents, your spouses, your children, and all those who stood by you and supported you through the time of your studies. This day is their day, too, and they are worthy of our recognition and congratulations. In fact, not just for those of us who attend this commencement exercise, but for our entire Church today, your graduation is an occasion for great rejoicing and thanksgiving, because in academic terms at least, you, the Class of 2000 of Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church of Theology, you are the first-fruits of the new millennium that lies ahead of us. In your faces we see the face of the future — the future both of our Church and of our society. And beholding your faces today, we are made glad, for we see the promise of God’s immeasurable blessings in the years and decades to come. And so this day is a special blessing for all of us who have gathered for this solemn ceremony, to honor you and to rejoice with you in the completion of your scholastic work here at Hellenic College and Holy Cross. But this occasion is also a double blessing for you, the graduates, as well. To be a member of the Class of 2000 is an honor not to be received lightly, for it is an honor bestowed by the providence of God, whose guiding hand has brought you to this place and time today. There is some special about being a graduate of the Class of 2000 … not because 2000 is a conveniently round number, or because of the association with all of the many “Y2k” activities and celebrations. Rather, the year 2000 is a significant symbolic entity in and of itself, as a benchmark of a new era in the history of humanity. With the turnover of the new century and the new millennium, the final three digits of 2000, the “zero-zero-zero” all in a row, gives the world a real sense that as a single community of humankind, we begin together a new stage in our common life – more than a new chapter of history, but, in fact, a whole new volume. And this sense of a fresh beginning is more than simply a symbolic concept. In very real terms, we stand of a threshold of a new era. As human beings, we find ourselves at the portal of a truly momentous time in the life of the world, with ramifications and consequences more sweeping, more far-reaching, than we can presently imagine or predict. I speak, of course, of the new age of technology and information that we have entered. The real significance of the Information Age, however, is not to be found in silicon chips or glass-fiber cables or virtual reality software and the like, any more than the significance of the Industrial Revolution could be assigned to the steam engines that powered factories and assembly lines of previous centuries. The real significance of the Information Age lies in the new possi-

bilities that have opened up before us to communicate with one another, to share the wealth of experience of past and present generations of people in every land of every continent across the globe. The Information Age is an era of heightened consciousness and renewed awareness of the world in which we live, of the human family of which we are members, and of the God whose image and likeness we bear. Through the new modes of communication made available by technology, there is in the world around us a renewed fascination with the priority of the human person in the minds and hearts of the citizens of this planet. The twentieth century, for its part, was an age for discovering and conquering the wonders of nature, from the infinite depths of space to the infinitesimal parts of the atom. The twenty-first century, however, because of the unheardof possibilities of communication, promises to be an age for rediscovering the mystery of our humanity. The phenomenon of man, the uniqueness, the dignity, the inestimable value of each individual human being once again are dominating the thoughts and the consciousness of humankind with renewed interest. We are, therefore, at a defining moment in the history of our race. We have an unparalleled potential to observe, to communicate, and to record information about ourselves, about the world in which we live, and about our God who created us. But these new potentialities also raise new challenges: will there be any real progress if we receive this knowledge without wisdom, if we absorb this information without understanding? Our newfound abilities as human to analyze, to quantify, to digitalize, could become nothing more than a spiritual and intellectual “Midas touch,” that is, a touch turning everything to gold. But if everything becomes gold, there is simply no possibility for life anymore. If we are unable to control these newly discovered potentialities, to use them with discernment, and to exercise them for the benefit of our world, our strength becomes our weakness, and we was human succumb to the temptation of reductionism, in which the value of any given thing is understood sheerly in terms of our ability to encode it in the bytes and bits of computerization. Le me give you a telling example at this point. Our understanding of the breadth and variety of human cultures has expanded exponentially in recent years. This is a wonderful thing and a most welcome situation. But if multicultural studies become “information for the sake of information” and for the monolithic glory of cultures, then everything in life is reduced to a matter of culture. If we are tempted – as I believe we are nowadays because of the vast amount of information that is available – to conceive of all differences in faith, morality, and values as mere differences in culture, then we suffer from the stifling dominion of the Information Age, where all things are relative and nothing is meaningful except as an interesting matter of statistical analysis. The technology of information, if it becomes the supreme deity of our world, by necessity renders all things useful only insofar as they are comprehensible and appropriate for feeding into the computer, and leaves no possibility in the world for the sense of the mystery, transcendence, and awe that we cherish as Orthodox Christians. And this, beloved graduates of the Class of 2000, brings me back to you. I ask you plainly, who will be the spiritual

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R R E E L L A AT T II N N G G In the English language what happened to Paul on the road from Jerusalem to Damascus in the year 36 A.D. described in Acts 9, 1-22; 22, 4-16 and 26, 12-18, is referred to as “the Conversion of Paul.” In the Greek language this happening is described as “the Return of Paul.” by Fr. Evagoras Constantinides

The implication is clear and distinct; that there is only one truth to which all hearts yearn to return to, if only the minds and the egos will permit them. And as Camerlynck describes and justifies it: “Paul does not return to the faith in a small degree and in a slow process of the soul, but by a sudden and most powerful energy of God; so that the nations to which Paul was to be sent would better understand that which was to be imprinted upon their souls; that man, not by his own powers, but by the grace of God does he gain his justification and salvation; a fundamental teaching that Paul so eloquently exposes in all his epistles, especially those to the Romans and Galatians.” In addition to this fundamental lesson, we learn from the return (conversion) of Paul, at least two others. When Paul was literally surrounded by the blinding light, not unlike the light of the Transfiguration, and heard the voice, “Saul, Saul why do you persecute me?” his response was: “Who are you Lord?” Thus, the first instinctive and spontaneous reaction of Paul was to confess himself as the servant of the Voice. How strange that he should pronounce himself a servant of the One he




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was persecuting. What a tacit admission that when by natural or supernatural circumstances we find ourselves absolutely and completely alone, completely overwhelmed, abandoned by the ego and pride and arrogance; when all pretenses have vanished and reality stands naked before us, the soul and spirit fall in reverent and willing submission to the rejected Truth, the source of their being! Finally, no one will deny that the undertakings of Paul, prompted by his fanatic attachment to the Law and his national pride, were not ambitious. “I was advancing in Judaism beyond many Jews of my own age and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my ancestors,” he tells the Galatians in his epistle (1, 14). But somehow in the exercise of this blind ambition motivated by hate that made him “still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples,” he lacked the sense of mission. Who would deny that despite all the rationalizations we make to justify the execution of atrocious acts, even as our Lord said: “a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God” (John 16, 2), down deep in our heart we don’t question the rightness or wrongness of what we do? As St. John Chrysostom comments on the, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me,” He tells him nothing. He does not say, believe, or anything of the sort, but

and intellectual leaders of this new era of human advancement, if not you? Who will guide our world so that it u page 9 becomes an age, not just of information, but also of wisdom and understanding, especially a wisdom and understanding of Jesus Christ, in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge?(Col. 2:3) You are the ones who have inherited the legacy of our ageless Orthodox Christian Tradition, which you have acquired by living it and studying it, especially in your education here at Hellenic College and Holy Cross. You are also the generation which has grown up with the latest innovations and advancements of the Information Age, the generation that can use in the best possible ways the advantages of our technological era that are developing and proliferating around us. You, the Class of 2000 of Hellenic College and Holy Cross, are the ones who have been uniquely blessed with the tools and the skills to communicate the fundamental spiritual and intellectual values that the world needs in every field of human endeavor. Whether your training is in theology or education or the sciences or the humanities, your fellow human beings need the timeless grounding and orientation that you have to offer as an Orthodox Christian. Your ministry – and you are all called to ministry, whether as clergymen or as laypeople – extends both to those within the Church and without, as the great ideological wave of the Information Age sweeps over us all. In whatever enterprise or field of inquiry that you find yourself in the future, it falls to you to have the boldness and the intellectual courage to ask the deep questions of life: who are we? where do we come from? where are we going? It will be your mission, Class of 2000, to raise the consciousness of those around you to the true human values for the twenty-first century. Above all, it will be your task to communicate to them the profound mysteries of our humanity, of our world, and of the God who called all things into being. In this task, the Fathers of the Church will be your guide and inspiration, for they stood where you now stand, at a watershed of a new age in human affairs. They were, as you must be, accomplished scholars of the learning of their own age as well as beholders of the mysteries of the world of god through devotion and spiritual discipline. Having a double exposure to the Information Age and to the technological explosion on the one hand, and to the mystery of Faith and the wealth of our Orthodox Tradition on the other, you are called by God to be His special agents and His powerful witnesses in the years to come. In this day and age of technology and information, your task will be to master the new and evolving modes of communication and to use them to the fullest possible advantage as you project the unchanging Truth of Jesus Christ to a world in constant change. Class of 2000, please keep constantly in mind that this is an extremely critical time in the life of our world and in the life of the people of God in the world. The Church of Jesus Christ needs you, the Church needs every one of you. For we know you to be a remarkable and diverse group of talented people, each one with particular gifts and charismata for the building up of the body of Christ. Looking at all of you sitting now before me, I am reminded of the Old Testament story of Esther. Esther was a young Jewish woman who became the queen and wife of Ahasuerus, the king of the Medes and the Persians. Esther’s people were living at a critical juncture of time, a time of great promise for them and a time of great peril. Queen Esther was in a position to accomplish amazing things for the people of God, but only at the risk of her own life and freedom and welfare. Her commitment to act on behalf of her people came at great personal cost, but offered tremendous benefits to her entire community.


expostulates with him all by saying: what wrong, great or small, have you suffered from me that you do these things? It was, no doubt, this voice of conscience which deprived Paul of a sense of mission in the pursuit of his fanatic ambition.” How truly relevant to our lives today! Some of our highest paid professionals and intellectuals have the highest incidence of suicide or divorce or drugs because high earnings can never make up for lack of mission. Unhappiness with one’s occupation, profession, trade or business proves that mission, before ambition, contributes to peace of mind even in the midst of trials and tribulations. Paul is an everlasting example of that. He left the position of power and authority in the framework of blind ambition, and found peace and contentment in the unbelievable travail that surrounded his Christian mission. How eloquently St. John Chrysostom sings the praises of Paul in his first Panegyric Sermon on that subject: “What words will adequately describe this man’s goodness? Or what tongue can adequately chant his praises? Where else but from the point that Paul possesses the fullness of all blessings? Any nobility displayed by prophets, or patriarchs, or the just, or the Apostles, or martyrs, Paul has surpassed in a superabundant degree. “Noah, you say, was a just man, per-

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fect in his generation and unique among mankind. But Paul was truly unique. Noah merely saved himself and his children. But Paul rescued the whole world. For Noah’s ark received a raven, took in a wolf bud did not change its savage nature. Paul, on the other hand, changed wolves into sheep, and hawks into doves. He replaced the irrational and savage nature of man with the gentleness of the Spirit, and his ark still remains afloat and has not perished because its planks were greased not with asphalt and pitch, but with the Holy Spirit. “All men, you say, admire Abraham for quitting home and fatherland, friends and relatives, when he heard the command, ‘Abraham, depart from your country and your relatives.’ But Paul left not just fatherland, home and relatives but the world itself for the sake of Jesus. Listen to his own words: ‘neither death nor life, neither the present nor the future, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord’ (Romans 8, 38). “St. Paul was the noblest of men and the most outstanding example of the nobility of human nature. By speaking up for the Master and exhorting us to virtue he completely refutes those who find fault with human nature, seals the lips of those who make slanderous charges, and shows that little divides angels from men if they are willing to perfect themselves.” So among the so many things that Paul is to so many, not the least is his outstanding example of the possibilities of human nature for virtue.

At this critical moment, Esther was told by her wise uncle Mordecai that she had to act immediately and drastically. He asked her: ‘Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom) of Persia and Medea) for such a time as this?’ (Esther 4:14) In other words, who knows whether, in the providence of God, your very reason for existing at this precise time and in this specific place was in order to commit yourself to this selfsacrificial act for the sake of the people of God? That is to say, how could she not trust that the gracious God who had brought her to this critical moment in life would neither abandon her nor forsake her. But would be with her always, especially when she offered herself completely for the sake of His people? Mordecai also reminded her that if she refused to act, help and deliverance for her people would arise from some other quarter, but she herself would lose the privilege of this great opportunity and responsibility. This is something that you, the class of 2000, must seriously consider. For you might have been chosen by god to live at this juncture of time in order to be the agents of a mighty action, the decisive protagonists in fashioning a future determined by god and His word. Especially you, the graduates of Holy Cross, you might have been chosen by God in order to offer to the Church a priesthood of new dimensions, new special qualities and characteristics, a genuine Orthodox priesthood for the twentyfirst century and the new Millennium. Who knows whether you have come – through difficult times and arduous trials, let it be said – who knows whether you have come to the completion of your priestly studies for such a time as this? Before you lies the possibility of a tremendous ministry, an open door (Acts 14:27, Rev. 34:8) for communicating the Good News of Jesus Christ in unprecedented ways. Our gracious God who has led you to the triumph of this graduation day will indeed be with you always as you commit yourselves and offer your lives to His glorious service. For the Class of 2000 of Hellenic College and Holy Cross, I can think of no more fitting exhortation than that which comes from the pen of the Apostle Paul in his first letter to the Thessalonians (1 Thes. 5:20): Examine all things, hold fast to that which is good. This is a principle of life which is basic to our Scriptural and Patristic and Hellenic heritage. We examine all things, rejoicing in the vastness and variety of the created world, of things visible and invisible, of the world of men and angels, of the order of things infinite and infinitesimal. And having examined all things, with discernment and wisdom we supply our souls, as Saint Basil advises (To the Youths, IX) with those things that are best, holding fast to that which is good. In the Information Age, when the learning of a thousand generations of humanity is literally at your fingertips, you have an awesome responsibility through this Apostolic exhortation, to examine all things and to hold fast to the good. But you also have an experience of untold joy ahead of you, as you put to use the intellectual tools that you have acquired in your studies here. Yours will be the thrill of constant discovery, the joy of thinking, creating, and comprehending this fascinating work of God that is ourselves and our world. Reach out and seize all the joy that is yours as thinkers and scholars and communicators. Cherish the beauty of understanding and wisdom, and you will be true sons and daughters of God in Jesus Christ. Again, beloved graduates of the Class of 2000, I congratulate all of you on your graduation this day and on the commencement of this new phase in your lives and in the life of our world. May the blessings and the joy of this moment shine forth in your hearts forevermore. And may the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up the light of His presence upon you always, and give you peace, Amen.

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The Voice of Philoptochos Day Held at Sarasota Church by Kathy Chrisafides

SARASOTA, Fla. — St. Barbara Chapter invited all parishioners to a special fellowship coffee hour recently following the Divine Liturgy to meet its Philoptochos and to join in the celebration of Philoptochos. Co-chairpersons were Kathy Chrisafides and Helen Dadas. Philoptochos members were presented with special ribbon pins as they entered our sanctuary that Sunday morning. And a special tribute and presentation was made to one of our “angelic” Philoptochos sisters, Olga Olenick, honoring her for her many years of exemplary dedication to the church and to Philoptochos at the end of church services by Fr. Frank Kirlangitis, Parish Council President Charles Kostopoulos, Philoptochos President Sophie Gregory, and Cochairperson Kathy Chrisafides. (John Olenick, our church sexton, was invited to join his wife, Olga.) During the fellowship hour, an assort-

ment of homemade, delicious treats and coffee was served and a special Philoptochos display was featured presenting various Philoptochos literature -describing it’s history, what is Philoptochos?, the benevolent works of Philoptochos, our continuation of Christ’s ministry on earth, St. Barbara historical albums, and new member applications. In the spirit of celebrating Philoptochos, we offered to sponsor for the year 2000 any non-Philoptochos members who joined our sisterhood that day. Sixteen ladies became members. The support exhibited that afternoon was overwhelming and exhilarating. A follow-up article appeared in our monthly church newsletter, “Pyrgos, A Tower of Faith.” Congratulating and listing the new Philoptochos members and thanking our parishioners for their support and for indeed making this day a Philoptochos celebration. Philoptochos is a continuation of Christ’s ministry on earth. “Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:8)

N.C. Chapter Has Successful Auction by Laura Nixon

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Holy Trinity community’s Philoptochos chapter, Agia Elpis, which recently celebrated 75th year, completed its third successful art/silent auction. Three deserving organizations will split the $10,600 profit: Hospice of Charlotte, Loaves and Fishes food bank, and our own International Orthodox Christian Charities. Chairman Gloria Kontoulas, assisted by Kathryn Constantinides, Lula Kontoulas, and Laura Nixon, along with an extensive committee of young women, worked many months to see the auction come to a rewarding conclusion. Local artists donated their talents in oils, charcoal, pottery, needlepoint, crochet, silk florals, sports memorabilia and various services. It was held partly as a live auction with a notable auctioneer, and as a silent auction, and with the added impetus of a major sponsor. Philoptochos members also held their annual Lenten luncheon in conjunction with the art/silent auction. Nicole Melisaris chaired the luncheon committee. During fiscal 1999 “Agia Elpis” donated $30,500 at the national, diocesan, and local level, which will be surpassed this year. During the year the chapter sponsors several fund-raising events to supplement its stewardship income. One of these projects involves the preparation of pastries and food items for the community’s fourday “Yiasou Festival,” with the members rolling dolmades, tiropites and pastries. After taking a slim, one-month break, the members will launch into preparations for the 10-day southern Christmas Show held each fall just before Thanksgiving. Community service proves to be richly and spiritually rewarding, also. The women recently came to the church hall to measure and cut massive bolts of fleece, then take the cut material home to sew over 120 blankets for the city homeless. Prayers are said over them for God to fill the needs of the recipients before they were distributed to four of the city’s shelters. Another Project of Love is the effort of several of the women to make crocheted and knit caps and booties for sick babies. Under the guidance of Mary Richardson, they also cut and sewed quilted material to

ART AUCTION chairs – (from left) Gloria Contoulas, Presbytera Kathryn Constantinidis and Nicole Melisaris

make small baby blankets to be given to the city’s major hospital for the sick infants. Another ongoing projects, chaired by Maria Nickolopoulou, is the monthly visit to the Battered Women’s Shelter, where she takes along other volunteers and prepares meals, gives small gifts, and does fun activities for the children such as jack-o’lantern carving or Christmas shopping. Giving Orthodox Love Daily (GOLD) was initiated as a program two year’s ago, while soup was served on a cold January day, when various community organizations came by, explained their projects, and gave us the opportunity to volunteer. Through this initiative, the Prison Ministry of Deacon Harry Lainis grew from one to now six volunteers who go several times a week to the county jails and minister to the inmates so that Orthodoxy can offer to these souls Christ’s redemptive and forgiving love. Another of GOLD’s services to come about from this is “GOLD on Wheels,” where any community member who needs rides to the doctor’s office, or a grocery store, etc., can call the coordinator, Olga Kleto, to be given a ride by any of a dozen volunteers. Another GOLD ministry is the weekly Loaves and Fishes food drop-off that is collected from our parishioners and delivered by Tess Sagos to food collection points. During Christmas, a dozen volunteers donated pastries and poinsettias for the sick or shut-ins. Ritsa Neary and Chris Miller deliver these pastries and goodies. Laura Nixon is chapter president.



MOTHER’S DAY VIPs – (from left) Mary Lappas, Bess Pappas, Fr. John Bakas, Mother of the Year Aphie Akopiantz and Frances Bissias.

Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon in L.A. LOS ANGELES – St. Sophia Cathedral Philoptochos honored Aphie Chicos Akopiantz as the Mother of the Year 2000 at the Annual Mothers’ Day Luncheon and Fashion Show on May 13 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. Frances Bissias and Mary Lappas served as benefit co-chairwomen. Proceeds from this event will go towards the initiation of an Orthodox Christian Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, Benefits to Kids ‘n’ Cancer, St. Sophia Camp, the Children’s Medical Fund. Emergency Relief for Earthquake and Disaster victims and other local and national Philoptochos charities. The Society’s president, Bess Pappas, greeted the luncheon guests and thanked the more than 455 people attending this 52nd year’s celebration Mother’s Day. Local stage and TV personality George Miserlis served as emcee and sang a tribute to all mothers. Guests were entertained with the viewing of fashions by Lourdes Couture, Adriana Caras and Michael’s Furs. The Rev. John Bakas, cathedral dean, presented Mrs. Akopiantz with an icon, and Mrs. Bissias presented the traditional silver bowl from Philoptochos. President Pappas presented Aphie with a state of California commendation from Gov. Gray Davis and another commendation from State Treasurer Phil Angelides. Mrs. Lappas gave her an enlarged picture of the cover of the invitation “Angel of Love.” Theresa Patzakis, representing Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, presented a commendation from the Mayor and City Council honoring her as the “Philoptochos Mother of the Year 2000.” Dr. Patricia Cavender, daughter of the honoree, spoke of her mother’s many philanthropic works. Born in Los Angeles, Aphie was married to the late Dr. Lee Akopiantz for 36

years. She has two lovely grandchildren, five-year-old Thomas and three-year-old Christopher. Aphie has been a member of St. Sophia Philoptochos for 45 years and she served on the board of directors for 10 years. She was chairman of the stewardship program for two years at which time the chapter won second place in a national competition by the National Philoptochos board due to the increase in chapter membership and the development of a beautiful project book. She has chaired or assisted in many committees for the debutante balls, Mother’s Day luncheons, Easter picnics and March 25th Greek Independence Day celebrations and is a welfare committee member which delivers holiday baskets to the elderly and shut-ins. She has worked with “Kids n’ Cancer” and established the “Silent Auction,” an auction whose success has made a significant financial addition to this ministry. She has welcomed clergy and their wives and other dignitaries upon their arrival to Los Angeles and has graciously hosted these at her lovely home. Whenever she is asked to be of service, she gladly accepts. Aphie is most deserving and truly exemplifies the title of “Mother of the Year” 2000. Frances Bissias and Mary Lappas had on their committee Electra Koutsoukos, Vivi Demopoulos, Helen Liacouras Lambros, Connie Cooper, Christine Peratis, Helen Panson, Rosemary Georgiou, Voula Siafaris, Anastasia Chames, Jennie Doumak, Irene Frankos, Susan Patzakis, Tina Callas, Mary Gallanis, Virginia Noyes, Zoe Fovos, Stella Morris, Helen Varentges, Pauline Evangelatos, Sophie Mastor, Rita Stephanou, Katrina Beers, Marianna Politis, Dina Oldknow and assistants Helene Ballas, Georgia Caras, Judy Christopoulos, Michele Crocker, Helen Evangelatos, Lola Gialkesis, Vergie Papalexis, Dorothea Stamatiades, Mary Tassop and Georgia Vasila

Fla. Chapter Hosts AGAPE Celebration MELBOURNE, Fla. — The third annual “AGAPE, A Celebration Of Orthodox Women” was hosted by the St. Sophia Chapter of St. Katherine’s Church, with more than 175 attending. Bishop Alexios of Atlanta presided over the event, and Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Angelos gave the keynote address. The AGAPE Celebration, always held the Saturday before Mother’s Day, was first introduced three years ago by then Atlanta Diocesan Philoptochos President Ourania Gahagan and the North-Eastern Florida Conference vicar, the Very Rev. Nicholas

T. Graff. The celebration promotes the ideals of Christian womanhood as personified in the Ladies Philoptochos Society. Proceeds support the mortgage amortization of the Diocesan headquarters in Atlanta. St. Barbara’s Philoptochos of St. Demetrios Church in Daytona Beach hosted the first celebration. The second took place last year at Holy Trinity Church in St. Augustine; and the Philoptochos of Holy Trinity Church in Maitland will host the next AGAPE Celebration. To date, more than $20,000 has been raised to support the Diocese.





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MISSIONS AND EVANGELISM Cyprus Children’s Fund Awards $19,000 Fr. Magoulias Honored for 40th Anniversary Conference Set SANTA BARBARA, Calif. —The North American Orthodox Conference on Missions and Evangelism 2000 will take place Labor Day Weekend, September 1-4, with the theme “Equipping the Saints for the Harvest,” emphasizing practical training in personal evangelism. Christ calls each of us to bear witness to His truth and glory. This witness shows through our deeds, being salt and light in the world (Matt 5: 13-14 ), but also in our words, giving a defense for the hope that is in us (1 Peter 3:15), Conference 2000 will help both clergy and laity understand their evangelical role as Orthodox Christians, and prepare them to “give a defense” of the Faith. Some of the issues speakers will cover include: how to prepare and present one’s personal testimony, using icons as evangelistic tools, “friends and family” evangelism, and how to answer questions about the Orthodox Faith from the Bible. Speakers will include Fr. Peter Gillquist, author and director of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Missions and Evangelism (DME); Fr. Jon Braun, author, mission planter, and pastor of St. Anthony Antiochian Orthodox Church in San Diego, Fr. Martin Ritsi, director of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC); Monk Simon (Doolan), iconographer with St. Gregory of Sinai Monastery (OCA) in Kelseyville, Calif., and Fr. John Finley, mission priest with the Department of Missions and Evangelism. Over the last decade the conference has built a reputation for the place to go to learn and become inspired about Orthodox evangelism. One past participant says, “This conference goes beyond missions and evangelism. It simply builds faith!” The conference is sponsored by the OCMC and hosted by the Antiochian Christian Archdiocese Department of Missions and Evangelism. It is open to all, and in past years as many as one-third of the participants have been Christians of other backgrounds exploring the Orthodox Church. The conference has been condensed from the previous six-day format into four days, and begins Friday evening, Sept. 1, and concludes at noon on Monday, Sept. 4. Cost for the entire weekend, including meals and three nights accommodations, is $280 for double occupancy ($350 for single occupancy), if registration is mailed by July 31. The fee rises by $50 after July 31. To register, send a check (min. $40 non-refundable deposit, payable to “DME”) with your name, address and phone number to: M&E Conference, Department of Missions and Evangelism, 777 Camino Pescadero, Goleta, CA 93117-4908. Or, call (888) 968-4014 for more information.

NEW YORK —Thomas C. Kyrus, national chairman and president of the Cyprus Children’s Fund of America Inc., and Alexandra Lappas, chairwoman of the Makarios Scholarship/Theodore & Wally Lappas Awards, announce that the members of the scholarship committees recently declared the following students as the 2000 Scholarship Award winners, for a total of $19,000. The major award of the Cyprus Children’s Fund is the Makarios Scholarship/Theodore & Wally Lappas Award, created in 1983 by the great benefactors of the Cypriot children, the late Theodore & Wally Lappas, and which is now continued by their daughter Alexandra Lappas. A combined total of $495,000 is invested with Prudential Securities.

Makarios Scholarship/Theodore and Wally Lappas Awards

Ms. Lappas announced that the following ten students are recipients of a $1,500 award each: Michael Artemiou of Nicosia, pursuing an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at Old Dominion University of Va. Andreas Christou of Larnaca, pursuing undergraduate studies in finance at the University of Florida. Costas Costa of Larnaca, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in professional music at Berklee College of Music in Mass. Yianna Erotokritou of Nicosia, pursuing an undergraduate degree in speech pathology and audiology at Old Dominion University in Virginia. Maria Hadjimarkou of Larnaca, pursuing an undergraduate degree in psychology at Queens College of N.Y. Ekaterini Kyriacou of Nicosia, pursuing a graduate degree in clinical nutrition at Long Island University C.W. Post Campus. George Papassavas of Limassol, pursuing an undergraduate degree in computer sciences at the City College of N.Y. Annita Shiakallis of Nicosia, pursuing an undergraduate degree in marketing at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Maria Tombazou of Paphos, pursuing a bachelor of arts in English literature at Old Dominion University, Virginia. Evangelia Zaimi of Nicosia, pursuing a master’s degree in special education at the University of Virginia. Makarios Scholarship/Peter G. & Bess Kolantis Decker Award The Peter G. and Bess Kolantis Decker

Award in the amount of $1,000 is awarded to Andriani Louca of Larnaca pursuing an undergraduate degree in criminal justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York. Cyprus Children’s Fund Scholarship Endowment Peter J. Pappas, chairman of the Cyprus Children’s Fund Scholarship Endowment announces that two scholarship awards for $1,500 each will be awarded to Sylvia Charalambidou of Nicosia, pursuing an undergraduate degree in Environmental Health at Old Dominion University, Virginia; the second award goes to Marianna Lymberis from Staten Island, a law student at New York University. The 2001 Scholarship applications will be available in January 2001 to students of Greek and Greek Cypriot origin, and to students who are also citizens of the United States, Greece and Cyprus and they can be obtained from the Cyprus Children’s Fund located at 13 E. 40th St., New York. N.Y. 10016. Eligible students must be currently enrolled or will be enrolled in September 2000 on a full-time basis in an accredited United States institution or college in the U.S. Deadline for application submission is April 30, 2001, for all awards. Requests should be addressed to: Cyprus Children’s Fund, 13 E. 40th Street, New York, NY 10016, USA.

Maids Chapter Hosts Mental Health Speaker BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Maids of Athena “Olga Moutselos” chapter at Three Hierarchs Church recently hosted Dr. Maria Zachmanoglou, president of the Greek American Alliance for the Mentally Ill (GAMI), who spoke on mental illness. Dr. Zachmanoglou addressed the issues of depression, anxiety disorders, and schizophrenia. GAMI offers support and education to those suffering with such illnesses and their families. Monthly meetings take place in Astoria and Manhattan and a psychiatrist, psychologist and social worker are available. For more information about GAMI, contact Dr. Maria Zachmanoglou at (212) 873-0214 or e-mail:

New Maui Mission Priest KIHEI, Hawaii – Metropolitan Anthony of Dardanellion, presiding hierarch of the Diocese of San Francisco, recently assigned Fr. James Adams as pastor of the new Greek Orthodox mission in Maui, Hawaii. Fr. Adams, a retired priest since 1995 who formerly served as Diocese chancellor and as dean of St. Sophia Cathedral in Los Angeles, has come out of retirement to serve in this capacity. A native of Oakland, Calif., he and Presbytera Evelyn have three children. The new mission is located at 1578 North Alaniu Place, Kihei, HI 96753.

Washington trip Eighth graders of William Spyropoulos Day School of St. Nicholas Church in Flushing, N.Y., recently went on a graduation trip in Washington and colonial Williamsburg, Va. Their itinerary included the Smithsonian Institution and Busch Gardens. Accompanying them was Fr. Paul Palesty, pastor, and Mrs. Chris Arlis, principal.

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Parishioners of St. Paul Cathedral recently honored their dean, Fr. Nicholas Magoulias, for his 40 years service to the parish and to celebrate the anniversary of his ordination.

The program on May 7 included several speakers: New York State Supreme Court Judge Peter B. Skelos, Mayor James A. Garner; state Sen. Dean Skelos; and Archbishops Demetrios and Iakovos. Presbytera Marilyn Magoulias offered a moving tribute. A native of Cincinnati, Fr. Magoulias has served St. Paul’s since May 1, 1960, first as assistant priest, then as pastor in 1963. Over the years, he has served on many Church organizations. He has been listed in “Who’s Who in the East,” Who’s Who in Religion,” Who’s Who in American Christian Leadership,” and “Who’s Who in Hellenic Americans.” Archbishop Iakovos conferred the ecclesiastical title of “Oikonomos” upon Fr. Magoulias in December 1967, and “Protopresbyter” in October 1971. On April 3, 1988, St. Paul’s was designated a cathedral and he was made dean and given the title “Prothierefs” (first among priests).

Illinois Church Hosts ‘Celebration of Books’ WESTCHESTER, Ill. — Holy Apostles Church recently held its 17th annual Celebration of Books, under the spiritual jurisdiction of the Diocese of Chicago. This year’s theme was “A Thirst for Spiritual Truth and Knowledge.” A Lenten Service preceded every presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m., followed by a lecture. Thousands of Orthodox books were displayed for all to browse and purchase during the week of March 26. Speakers and their topics were as follows: — The Life of Worship by the Rev. Dr. Alkiviadis Calivas, the senior professor of liturgics, dogmatics, and teleturgics at the Holy Cross School of Theology. A renowned author and scholar, he is also a past president and dean of the seminary. — A Thirst for an Orthodox Spiritual Life, by Dr. Helen Theodoropoulos, a part time professor of patristics at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox School of Theology in Libertyville, Ill., and an adjunct professor at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill. — Are the Church Canons Relevant in Today’s World?, by Dr. Lewis Patsavos, canon law professor, and director of field education at the Hellenic College and Holy Cross Seminary.


25 ÉÏÕÍÉÏÕ 2000



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Ç ðñüóöáôç áðüöáóç ôçò ÅëëçíéêÞò ÊõâÝñíçóçò, ðïõ áíáêïéíþèçêå áðü ôïí ðñùèõðïõñãü óôçí ÂïõëÞ óôéò 24 ÌáÀïõ 2000, ãéá ôçí êáôÜñãçóç ôçò áíáãñáöÞò ôïõ èñçóêåýìáôïò ôùí ÅëëÞíùí ðïëéôþí óôéò áóôõíïìéêÝò ôáõôüôçôåò Ý÷åé Ýêôïôå êõñéåýóåé ôá ðñùôïóÝëéäá ôùí åöçìåñßäùí êáé Ý÷åé ðñïêáëÝóåé ìéá óåéñÜ áíôéäñÜóåùí åê ìÝñïõò ôçò åðßóçìçò Åêêëçóßáò ôçò ÅëëÜäïò áëëÜ êáé ìåãÜëçò ìåñßäáò ôïõ Åëëçíéêïý Ëáïý. Óýìöùíá ìå äçìïóêïðÞóåéò ðïõ åßäáí ôï öùò ôçò äçìïóéüôçôïò êáé ðñáãìáôïðïéÞèçêáí ãéá ëïãáñéáóìü áèçíáúêþí åöçìåñßäùí ôï ðïóïóôü ðïõ õðïóôçñßæåé ôçí óõíÝ÷éóç ôçò áíáãñáöÞò ôïõ èñçóêåýìáôïò óôéò ôáõôüôçôåò êõìáßíåôáé áðü 60 Ýùò 75% áíÜëïãá ìå ôçí äçìïóêüðçóç. Ï Ïñèüäïîïò ×ñéóôéáíéêüò ëáüò ôçò ÅëëÜäïò áíôáðïêñéíüìåíïò óôçí Ýêêëçóç ôçò ÉåñÜò Óõíüäïõ ôçò Åêêëçóßáò ôçò ÅëëÜäïò óõììåôåß÷å ìå åíôõðùóéáêïýò áñéèìïýò óå äõü åéñçíéêÝò êáé ìåãÜëåò óå üãêï êáé ðáëìü ëáïóõíÜîåéò–äéáäçëþóåéò óôçí Èåóóáëïíßêç êáé óôçí ÁèÞíá óôéò 14 êáé 21 Éïõíßïõ áíôéóôïß÷ùò, ìå êýñéï ïìéëçôÞ ôïí Ìáêáñéþôáôï Áñ÷éåðßóêïðï Áèçíþí

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Ç ÁÍÁÈÅÙÑÇÓÇ ÔÏÕ ÓÕÍÔÁÃÌÁÔÏÓ ÐÑÏ×ÙÑÅÉ ÍÅÁ ÕÏÑÊÇ.—Ç äéáäéêáóßá ôçò áíáèåùñÞóåùò ôïõ ÓõíôÜãìáôïò ôçò É. Áñ÷éåðéóêïðÞò ÁìåñéêÞò ðñï÷þñçóå Ýíá âÞìá ðåñáéôÝñù ôçí ðåñáóìÝíç åâäïìÜäá. Áõôü Ýãéíå ìå ôçí áðïóôïëÞ áðü ôïí Óåâ. Áñ÷éåðßóêïðï ÁìåñéêÞò ê. ÄçìÞôñéï óôï Ïéêïõìåíéêü Ðáôñéáñ÷åßï åíüò äïêéìßïõ ôïõ åí ëüãù ÓõíôÜãìáôïò. Ôï áðïóôáëÝí êåßìåíï åíóùìáôþíåé ôéò ôñïðïðïéÞóåéò ðïõ åðñïôÜèçêáí óå ìéá äéÜóêåøç ðïõ Ýãéíå óôéò 5 ÌáÀïõ, 2000, êáé óôçí ïðïßá Ýëáâáí ìÝñïò ï Óåâ. Áñ÷éåðßóêïðïò, ìÝëç ôçò Åðáñ÷éáêÞò Óõíüäïõ, êáé êëçñéêïß êáé ëáúêïß áíôéðñüóùðïé üëùí ôùí Åðéóêïðþí óýìöùíá ìå ðñüôáóç ðïõ åß÷å ãßíåé óôçí ÊëçñéêïëáúêÞ ÓõíÝëåõóç ôïõ 1998. Ôï êåßìåíï ðïõ óõæçôÞèçêå óôçí ðáñáðÜíù äéÜóêåøç åß÷å ðñïåôïéìáóèåß áðü ìéá åéäéêÞ åðß ôïõ ÓõíôÜãìáôïò åðéôñïðÞ áðïôåëïõìÝíç áðü ôñåéò Ìçôñïðïëßôáò, êëçñéêïýò, åìðåéñïãíþìïíáò åðß ôïõ Êáíïíéêïý Äéêáßïõ êáé ëáúêïýò. Ôï Ïéêïõìåíéêü Ðáôñéáñ÷åßï èá áðïöáóßóåé ãéá ôá åðüìåíá âÞìáôá óôçí óõíå÷éæüìåíç äéáäéêáóßá áíáèåùñÞóåùò ôïõ ÓõíôÜãìáôïò.




25 ÉÏÕÍÉÏÕ 2000


Ðñïóêýíçìá óôçí ðïëýðáèç ãåíÝôåéñá ºìâñï ìå áíáìíÞóåéò ÷áñìïëýðçò ÔñéÞìåñç åðßóêåøç ðñáãìáôïðïßçóå ï Ïéêïõìåíéêüò ÐáôñéÜñ÷çò ê. Âáñèïëïìáßïò óôç ãåíÝôåéñá ôïõ ôï íçóß ôçò ºìâñïõ, áðü 3-5 Éïõíßïõ. Ï ßäéïò ôçí ÷áñáêôÞñéóå <ðñïóêõíçìáôéêÞ> åðßóêåøç, ãéáôß áãáðÜ ôï íçóß ôïõ ìÝ÷ñé ëáôñåßáò. ôïõ Íéêüëáïõ Ìáããßíá

Óôï ëéìÜíé ôïí õðïäÝ÷èçêáí ï Ìçôñïðïëßôçò ºìâñïõ êáé ÔåíÝäïõ Öþôéïò, éåñåßò êáé ïìïãåíåßò ôçò ºìâñïõ. ¼ôáí Ýöèáóå óôçí Ýäñá ôçò Ìçôñïðüëåùò ºìâñïõ, ôïí ÐáôñéÜñ÷ç åðéóêÝöèçêáí ãéá íá ôïí êáëùóïñßóïõí ï ¸ðáñ÷ïò êáé ï ÄÞìáñ÷ïò ôïõ íçóéïý ìå ôïõò ïðïßïõò áñãüôåñá ï Ðáíáãéþôáôïò åß÷å åðïéêïäïìçôéêÞ óõæÞôçóç, êáôÜ ôçí ïðïßá ôïõ õðïó÷Ýèçêáí êáé ôïí äéáâåâáßùóáí üôé èá áíáêáéíéóèïýí êáé ïé äýï åñåéðùìÝíïé íáïß, ç Áãßá Ìáñßíá óôï ÊÜóôñï êáé ï ¢ãéïò Íéêüëáïò óôï ðáëáéü ëéìÜíé ôïõ íçóéïý. ÊáôÜ ôçí ðáñáìïíÞ ôïõ óôçí ºìâñï, ï ÐáôñéÜñ÷çò ÷ïñïóôÜôçóå óôïí Åóðåñéíü óôï íáü ôçò Áãßáò Ìáñßíáò Ó÷ïéíïõäßïõ ðïõ åßíáé ôï ÷ùñéü ðïõ Ý÷åé õðïóôåß ôéò

Íéê. Ìáããßíáò

¼ôé áðÝìåéíå áðü ôçí Áãßá ÔñÜðåæá óôïí åñåéðùìÝíï Íáü ôçò Áãßáò Ìáñßíáò, óêýâåé êáé ðñïóêõíÜ ìå åõëÜâåéá ï Ïéê. ÐáôñéÜñ÷çò Âáñèïëïìáßïò.

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ÍÅÁ ÕÏÑÊÇ.— ÌåãÜëç åðéôõ÷ßá óçìåßùóå ç ðñåìéÝñá ôçò ¼ðåñáò <ÇëÝêôñá> ôïõ äéåèíïýò öÞìçò ¸ëëçíá ìïõóéêïóõíèÝôç Ìßêç ÈåïäùñÜêç ðïõ öéëïîåíÞèçêå óôçí ðáãêïóìßùò ãíùóôÞ áßèïõóá ìïõóéêÞò Carnegie Hall óôç ÍÝá Õüñêç óôéò 11 Éïõíßïõ. Ç üðåñá ôïõ Ìßêç ÈåïäùñÜêç âáóéóìÝíç óôçí ïìþíõìç ôñáãùäßá ôïõ ÓïöïêëÞ êáé õðü ôçí äéåýèõíóç ôïõ Åëëçíïáìåñéêáíïý ìáÝóôñïõ Ðßôåñ Ôéìðüñç, áðÝóðáóå ôá èåôéêÜ ó÷üëéá ôùí êñéôéêþí êáé ôçí Ýíôïíç éêáíïðïßçóç ôïõ áêñïáôçñßïõ. Ëßãåò ìÝñåò ðñßí ï Óåâ. Áñ÷éåðßóêïðïò ÁìåñéêÞò ê. ÄçìÞôñéïò ðáñÝèåóå åðßóçìï ãåýìá óôçí Ýäñá ôçò ÉåñÜò Áñ÷éåðéóêïðÞò, ðñïò ôéìÞí ôïõ Ìßêç ÈåïäùñÜêç, ï ïðïßïò âñÝèçêå åêåßíåò ôéò ìÝñåò óôçí ÍÝá Õüñêç. Ôïõ ãåýìáôïò ðñïçãÞèçêå óõíÜíôçóç ôïõ ÓåâáóìéùôÜôïõ ìå ôïí ê. ÈåïäùñÜêç êáé ôçí óýæõãü ôïõ. ÌåôÜ ôï ôÝëïò ôçò óõíÜíôçóçò ï Áñ÷éåðßóêïðïò äÞëùóå: <¸÷ïõìå åäþ ìéá þñá ðïõ åßìåèá ìáæß êáé üðùò åßíáé öõóéêü å÷áñÞêáìå ôçí ìïõóéêÞ, ÷ùñßò íá áêïýóïõìå ìïõóéêÞ, äéüôé åß÷áìå åäþ ôïí Üíèñùðï ôçò ìïõóéêÞò, ôïí êáô’åîï÷Þí Üíèñùðï ôçò ìïõóéêÞò óôç óýã÷ñïíç ÅëëÜäá ìå ôçí óýæõãü ôïõ. >ÖõóéêÜ åß÷áìå ôçí ùñáéüôáôç åõêáéñßá íá ìéëÞóïõìå ãéá èÝìáôá ðïõ Ý÷ïõí ó÷Ýóç, ôüóï ìå ôïí Åëëçíéêü üóï êáé ìå ôïí Ðáãêüóìéï ÷þñï, êáé ãéá ôïí ñüëï ðïõ Ýíáò ìåãÜëïò óýã÷ñïíïò óõíèÝôçò ìðïñåß íá ðáßæåé ùò ðñåóâåõôÞò ôçò ÅëëÜäïò êáé ôùí óôïé÷åßùí ôçò Åëëçíéêüôçôïò ðïõ åßíáé ðÜíôïôå

óôïé÷åßá ðïõ îåðåñíïýí ôçí ÅëëÜäá, ðïõ åßíáé óôïé÷åßá ðáíáíèñþðéíá>. > ¹ôáí ìéá ùñáéüôáôç áíôáëëáãÞ áðüøåùí êáé éäåþí ãýñù áðü ôá èÝìáôá áõôÜ êáé èá óõíå÷éóôåß óå ëßãï óôï ãåýìá ðïõ óýìöùíá ìå ôçí Åëëçíïñèüäïîç ðáñÜäïóç áðïôåëåß ðÜíôá Ýíá óôïé÷åßï êïéíüôçôïò, áäåëöïóýíçò, áãÜðçò êáé öéëïîåíßáò. ÖõóéêÜ åßìåèá ðëÝïí óå áíáìïíÞ áêïýóìáôïò ðñáãìáôéêÞò ìïõóéêÞò ìå ôçí ðáñïõóßáóç ôçò <ÇëÝêôñáò>, óôï Carnegie Hall>. Áíôáðáíôþíôáò ï ê. Ìßêçò ÈåïäùñÜêçò åßðå: <ÈÝëù íá åêöñÜóù ôçí ìåãÜëç ìïõ ÷áñÜ, óõãêßíçóç êáé ôéìÞ ðïõ ìå äÝ÷èçêå óÞìåñá ï Óåâáóìéþôáôïò. Åêåßíï ðïõ ìå êáôÝðëçîå åßíáé ç áðëüôçôÜ ôïõ, ç åëëçíéêüôçôÜ ôïõ êáé ç åõñõìÜèåéÜ ôïõ>. Êáé áðåõèõíüìåíïò óôïí Áñ÷éåðßóêïðï óõíÝ÷éóå: <Ìå áíèñþðïõò óáí åóÜò åßíáé åõ÷Üñéóôï, åßíáé óõíáñðáóôéêü íá óõæçôÜåé êáíåßò êáé óêÝöôïìáé üôé êÜíáìå áðëþò ìéá áñ÷Þ. Äéüôé Ý÷ïõìå ðÜñá ðïëëÜ êïéíÜ óçìåßá, ç êáñäéÜ ìáò åßíáé ãåìÜôç ÅëëÜäá, ãåìÜôç ìïõóéêÞ êáé ãåìÜôç áíèñùðéÜ. Åëðßæù íá óõíå÷ßóïõìå>. Áíáöåñüìåíïò åîÜëëïõ óôçí ðñåìéÝñá ôïõ Ýñãïõ ôïõ ôüíéóå üôé ç ðáñÜóôáóç êáôÜ Ýíá ìåãÜëï ìÝñïò ïöåßëåôáé <óôïí ìáÝóôñï êáé ðáñáãùãü ê. Peter Tiboris, ï ïðïßïò Ýãéíå ðñüóöáôá ìÝëïò ôçò <Çãåóßáò ôùí 100>, êáé ãé’ áõôü åßíáé áêüìá ðéï ðïëý Üîéïò>. Óôï ãåýìá ðïõ áêïëïýèçóå ðáñáêÜèéóáí ðñïóêåêëçìÝíïé áðü ôïí ðïëéôéêü, áêáäçìáúêü, êáëëéôå÷íéêü êáé åðé÷åéñçìáôéêü êüóìï ôçò ÏìïãÝíåéáò.

ÐáôñéÜñ÷çò Âáñèïëïìáßïò ðñïóðÜèçóå íá ôïõò äþóåé êïõñÜãéï, ðñïäéáãñÜöïíôáò Ýíá ðéï áéóéüäïîï ìÝëëïí. Ï ÐáôñéÜñ÷çò åßðå ìåôáîý Üëëùí <ÌÝóá óôçí Üíïéîç ôçò ºìâñïõ Þëèá ôáðåéíüò ðñïóêõíçôÞò ôùí Ïóßùí êáé ôùí Éåñþí ìáò åäþ, ôïõ åäÜöïõò ôçò ºìâñïõ, ìüíï ôï ÷þìá ôçò ºìâñïõ, ìüíï ï áÝñáò ôïõò, åßíáé ãéá ìáò ôïõò Éìâñßïõò üóéá êáé éåñÜ>. Áêüìç ï ÐáôñéÜñ÷çò ôüíéóå üôé ç åðßóêåøç åßíáé åõêáéñßá ãéá áíáíÝùóç ôùí äåóìþí ìå ôç ãç ôùí ðáôÝñùí ìáò, ãéá íá áíáíåùèïýìå åìåßò ïé ßäéïé. ÁíáöÝñèçêå óôá äýóêïëá ÷ñüíéá ðïõ ðÝñáóáí ìÝ÷ñé ôþñá ëÝãïíôáò <¹ôáí äýóêïëá ÷ñüíéá ãéá ôçí ºìâñï, åäþ êáé 30 êáé 40 ÷ñüíéá Üñ÷éóáí ïé áðñïóäüêçôåò äõóêïëßåò ãéá ôçí ºìâñï ìáò êáé ôþñá áõôÞ ôç öïñÜ, Éïýíéïò ôïõ 2000, ðïõ îáíáñ÷üìáóôå, ôá ðñÜãìáôá åßíáé ðéï áéóéüäïîá êáé ðéï åëðéäïöüñá, äéüôé Üñ÷éóå íá ðíÝåé Ýíáò íÝïò Üíåìïò åéò ôáò äéìåñåßò ó÷Ýóåéò ÅëëÜäïò êáé Ôïõñêßáò>. ÐñïÝôñåøå, áêüìç ï ÐáôñéÜñ÷çò, ôïõò áðáíôá÷ïý óõíôáîéïý÷ïõò Éìâñßïõò, íá åðéóôñÝøïõí óôçí ºìâñï êáé íá åðéóêåõÜóïõí üóïí ôï äõíáôüí ðåñéóóüôåñïé ôá óðßôéá ôïõò, óôÝëíïíôáò óõã÷ñüíùò óå üëïõò ôïõò óõìðáôñéþôåò ôïõ èåñìü ðáôñéêü ÷áéñåôéóìü. Êáôüðéí Ýøáëå ôñéóÜãéï óôï íåêñïôáöåßï ôïõ Ó÷ïéíïõäßïõ üðïõ áíáðáýïíôáé äéäÜóêáëïé êáé óõììáèçôÝò ôïõ áðü ôç Ó÷ïëÞ ôçò ×Üëêçò. Ôçí ÊõñéáêÞ 4 Éïõíßïõ, ôÝëåóå ôç Èåßá Ëåéôïõñãßá óôï Éåñü Íáü ôïõ Áãßïõ Ãåùñãßïõ óôï ÷ùñéü ôïõ, óôïõò Áãßïõò Èåïäþñïõò, ìáæß ìå ôïõò Ìçôñïðïëßôåò ºìâñïõ êáé ÔåíÝäïõ Öþôéï êáé Çëéïõðüëåùò ÁèáíÜóéï. Áêüìç, ôÝëåóå ôñéóÜãéï óôïí ïéêïãåíåéáêü ôÜöï ôùí ïéêåßùí ôïõ Óåâ. Áñ÷éåðéóêüðïõ ðñþçí ÁìåñéêÞò ê. Éáêþâïõ (ðïõ

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¢ãéïò Éïõóôßíïò ðïõ ìáñôýñçóå, ãéá ôçí ÷ñéóôéáíéêÞ ôïõ ðßóôç ôï äåýôåñï ìéóü ôïõ äåõôÝñïõ áéþíá åßíáé ìéá áðü ôéò ðéï çñùéêÝò ìïñöÝò ôçò áñ÷áßáò Åêêëçóßáò. ÅõãõÞò êáé ïîýíïõò, ìå ëáìðñÞ ìüñöùóç, ìå Ýîï÷ç öéëïóïöéêÞ ðñïðáßäåéá, áëëÜ êáé áîéüëïãç óõããñáöéêÞ éêáíüôçôá áíáäåß÷èçêå Üîéïò <áðïëïãçôÞò>, äçëáäÞ õðåñáóðéóôÞò êáé óõíÞãïñïò ôïõ Åõáããåëßïõ ôïõ ×ñéóôïý êáé Ýíèåñìïò êáé äßêáéïò ðáñïõóéáóôÞò êáé ðñüìá÷ïò ôùí ×ñéóôéáíþí êáé ôïõ êáèáãéáóìÝíïõ êáé áãíïý ôñüðïõ ôçò æùÞò ôïõò. ôïõ êáè. Ãåùñãßïõ ÌðåìðÞ

¸æçóå óå ìßá ôñïìáêôéêÞ ðåñßïäï ãéá ôçí éóôïñßá ôïõ ×ñéóôéáíéóìïý. Ïé óêëçñïß äéùãìïß ôùí Ñùìáßùí áõôïêñáôüñùí êáé ôùí óõíåñãáôþí ôïõò Þôáí äñéìåßò êáé Üíåõ åëÝïõò. ¸ôóé ïé ðñþôïé ÷ñéóôéáíïß áíôéìåôþðéóáí ôÝóóåñéò ïìÜäåò å÷èñéêÜ äéáêåßìåíåò ðñïò ôïí ×ñéóôéáíéóìü. Ç ðñþôç ïìÜäá Þôáí ï ëáüò, ïé ëáúêÝò ìÜæåò ôçò ÑùìáúêÞò áõôïêñáôïñßáò, ïé ïðïßåò äéÝâëåðáí óôïõò ×ñéóôéáíïýò ôïí ìÝãá êßíäõíï êáôÜ ôçò ëáúêÞò èñçóêåõôéêÞò æùÞò, ôùí èõóéþí êáé ôïõ åìðïñßïõ áãáëìÜôùí êáé öõëáêôþí. ÃåíéêÜ ï ëáüò åóêáíäáëßæåôï ìå ôçí éäéÜæïõóá æùÞí ôùí ×ñéóôéáíþí, ðïõ Þôáí áðïêïììÝíç áðü ôçí ëáúêÞ ìÜæá. Äåýôåñïí ç ìïñöùìÝíç ôÜîç, ïé öéëüóïöïé êáé äéäÜóêáëïé êáé óõããñáöåßò, ç áíùôÝñá êáé áñéóôïêñáôéêÞ ôÜîç ôçò Ñþìçò áéóèÜíïíôáí ðåñéöñüíçóç ãéá ôç <âÜñâáñç> èñçóêåßá åíüò Éïõäáßïõ. Ôñßôïí ïé áéñåôéêïß êÜèå åßäïõò åðåîÝôåéíáí ôïõò äéùãìïýò êáôÜ ôçò Åêêëçóßáò ãéá åõíïÞôïõò ëüãïõò êáé ôÝôáñôïí ïé Éïõäáßïé, ïé ïðïßïé áéóèÜíïíôáí ôçí õðï÷ñÝùóç íá áðïäåßîïõí ôçí íïìéìïöñïóýíç ôïõò ðñïò ôçí ÑùìáúêÞ åîïõóßá. ÁëëÜ ðÝñáí üëùí áõôþí, ïé êáôçãïñßåò êáôÜ ôùí ×ñéóôéáíþí Þôáí óõãêåêñéìÝíåò, óáöåßò, êáé ðåéóôéêÝò óôá ìÜôéá êáé ô’ áõôéÜ ôùí ëáúêþí ìáæþí. Ðñþôç êáôçãïñßá, üôé ïé ×ñéóôéáíïß Þôáí Üèåïé. ÐáñåîçãÞèçêå ç Üñíçóç ôùí ×ñéóôéáíþí íá ðñïóêõíÞóïõí êáé íá èõóéÜóïõí óôïõò èåïýò ôçò åéäùëïëáôñßáò. Ç äåõôÝñç êáôçãïñßá Þôáí, üôé ïé ×ñéóôéáíïß óõíùìïôïýóáí êáôÜ ôïõ áõôïêñÜôïñá êáé êáôÜ ôùí íïìßìùí êõâåñíçôéêþí áñ÷þí, Þôáí äçëáäÞ åðáíáóôÜôåò êáé åðåäßùêáí ôçí áíáôñïðÞ ôçò íïìßìïõ ôÜîåùò. Ðáñåîçãïýíôï, äéüôé óõíÞñ÷ïíôï êñõöÜ ãéá ôçí ëáôñåßá ôùí êáé ïìéëïýóáí ãéá ÍÝá Âáóéëåßá, ôçí Âáóéëåßá ôïõ ×ñéóôïý.


áôçãïñÞèçêáí ôñßôïí, üôé Þôáí áãñÜììáôïé, öôù÷ïß êáé ÷áìçëÞò êïéíùíéêÞò óôÜèìçò. ÔÝôáñôïí, êáôçãïñïýíôï ïé ×ñéóôéáíïß ùò áíÞèéêïé. Ðáñåîçãïýóå ï ëáüò ôçí åõ÷áñéóôçñéáêÞ ãëþóóá ôçò áñ÷áßáò Åêêëçóßáò êáé ôçí äéäáóêáëßá ðåñß áãÜðçò êáé áöéåñþóåùò óôïí ×ñéóôü êáé óôçí Åêêëçóßá. ÁíáíôéëÝêôùò, ïé êáôçãïñßåò áõôÝò Þôáí Üäéêåò, øåõäåßò êáé áíáðüäåéêôåò. ¸ðñåðå, ëïéðüí íá äïèïýí áðáíôÞóåéò óïâáñÝò êáé ðåéóôéêÝò ãéá üëá. Ôï Ýñãï áõôü ôï áíÝëáâáí ïé ëåãüìåíïé ¸ëëçíåò ÁðïëïãçôÝò ôïõ äåõôÝñïõ áéþíá. ÁíáöÝñïõìå ìåñéêÜ ïíüìáôá. Ôáôéáíüò ï Óýñéïò. (Ìç ¸ëëçíáò, áëëÜ Ýãñáøå óôá ÅëëçíéêÜ). Ï Èåüöéëïò, åðßóêïðïò Áíôéï÷åßáò, ï Áèçíáãüñáò ï Áèçíáßïò êáé Üëëïé. Ï óðïõäáéüôåñïò Þôáí ï ¢ãéïò Éïõóôßíïò ï ìÜñôõò êáé öéëüóïöïò. Ïé ðçãÝò, ôéò ïðïßåò Ý÷ïõìå óôçí äéÜèåóÞ ìáò äåí åßíáé ðÜíôïôå óáöåßò, áëëÜ áðü ôïí Ýíäïîï éóôïñéêü ôçò Åêêëçóßáò, ôïí ÅõóÝâéï Êáéóáñåßáò êáé áðü ôïí ¢ãéï Åéñçíáßï ìáèáßíïõìå, üôé ãåííÞèçêå óôçí ÍåÜðïëç ôçò Ðáëáéóôßíçò. ÅëëçíéêÞò êáôáãùãÞò êáé åèíéêüò, äéÞëèå ôçí íåüôçôÜ ôïõ áíáæçôþíôáò ôçí áëÞèåéá. ÁíÞóõ÷ïò,

ôïëìçñüò, åõöõÞò êáôÝöõãå óå üëåò ôéò öéëïóïöéêÝò ó÷ïëÝò ôçò åðï÷Þò ôïõ ãéá íá âñåé ëýóåéò óôéò ìåôáöõóéêÝò ôïõ áíáæçôÞóåéò. Óôï Ýîï÷ï âéâëßï ôïõ <ÄéÜëïãïò ðñïò Ôñýöùíá> ðåñéãñÜöåé üôé áðïãïçôåõìÝíïò áðü ôïõò öéëïóüöïõò ôçò åðï÷Þò ôïõ êáé ôéò èåùñßåò ôïõò ðåñðáôïýóå, êÜðïéá ìÝñá óå ðáñáëéáêÞ áêôÞ óôçí ¸öåóï, Þ êáôÜ Üëëïõò óôçí ÁèÞíá. Åêåß óõíÜíôçóå <áóðñïìÜëëçí ðñåóâýôçí... ìå ðñÜïí êáé óåìíüí Þèïò>. Ôïõ ìßëçóå ãéá ôïí ×ñéóôüí êáé ôïõ Üíáøå <ðõñ>, öùôéÜ óôçí øõ÷Þ ôïõ êáé áìÝóùò áðÝêôçóå ôçí åóùôåñéêÞ äéáâåâáßùóç üôé ï ×ñéóôéáíéóìüò åßíáé ç ìüíç <áëçèÞò êáé ùöÝëéìïò öéëïóïößá>. ¸êôïôå Ýãéíå Ýíèåñìïò æçëùôÞò ôçò íÝáò èñçóêåßáò êáé óïöüò êáé éêáíüò äéäÜóêáëïò ôçò. ÌåôÝâç óôçí Ñþìç, óôçí ïðïßá Üíïéîå, êáôÜ ôá Ýèéìá ôçò åðï÷Þò, ÖéëïóïöéêÞ Ó÷ïëÞ ìå åîáßñåôç åðéôõ÷ßá ðñïóåëêýïíôáò íÝïõò êáé íÝåò áðü äéÜöïñá ìÝñç ôçò áõôïêñáôïñßáò. Ùò ×ñéóôéáíüò äåí áðÝêñõøå ôçí öéëïóïöéêÞ ôïõ éäéüôçôá. Ç ìåãÜëç ðñïóöïñÜ ôïõ Ýãêåéôáé óôï ãåãïíüò üôé áíôéìåôþðéóå ôéò êáôçãïñßåò ôùí åèíéêþí ìå ðáññçóßá, èÜññïò, åéëéêñßíåéá êáé ìå ðëÞñç âéâëéïãñáöéêÞ, öéëïóïöéêÞ, áãéïãñáöéêÞ êáôÜñôéóç. Ãíþñéæå åê ôùí Ýóùèåí ôéò áäõíáìßåò, ôéò áóõíÝðåéåò êáé ôéò ãåëïéüôçôåò ôçò åèíéêÞò èñçóêåßáò êáé ôéò ðåñéÝãñáøå ëåðôïìåñþò êáé ìå áðüëõôç óáöÞíåéá. Óå áíôßèåóç, ðåñéÝãñáøå ôéò åê ôçò ÐáëáéÜò ÄéáèÞêçò ñßæåò ôïõ ×ñéóôéáíéóìïý êáé ôçí éóôïñéêüôçôá ôïõ Éçóïý ×ñéóôïý. Áìõíüìåíïò õðÝñ ôçò ×ñéóôéáíéêÞò èñçóêåßáò óõíÝãñáøå ðïëëÜ óõããñÜììáôá, ôá ðåñéóóüôåñá áðü ôá ïðïßá ÷Üèçêáí. Óþæïíôáé üìùò, ç ðñþôç ôïõ Áðïëïãßá êáé ç äåõôÝñá Áðïëïãßá ôïõ, áí êáé ç ôåëåõôáßá èåùñåßôáé ðáñÜñôçìá ôçò ðñþôçò. Óþæåôáé åðßóçò êáé ï ðåñßöçìïò ÄéÜëïãïò ðñïò ôïí Éïõäáßï Ôñýöùíá, ï ïðïßïò áðïôåëåß ôçí ðñþôç èåïëïãéêÞ èåþñçóç ôùí ó÷Ýóåùí ×ñéóôéáíéóìïý êáé Éïõäáúóìïý. Óôá óõããñÜììáôá ôïõ ï Éïõóôßíïò äéäÜóêåé ôçí Áãßá ÔñéÜäá êáé áðïêáëåß ôïí Éçóïý ×ñéóôü óðåñìáôéêü Ëüãï, ï ïðïßïò óêïñðÜ ôéò áëÞèåéåò ôçò ÐáëáéÜò êáé ÊáéíÞò ÄéáèÞêçò óå üëç ôçí áíèñùðüôçôá. Åîõìíåß ôï Ýñãï ôçò Ðáíáãßáò ùò íÝáò Åýáò, ðåñéãñÜöåé ìå ëåðôüôçôá êáé åíÜñãåéá ôá ìõóôÞñéá ôïõ Âáðôßóìáôïò êáé ôçò Èåßáò Åõ÷áñéóôßáò êáé ôÝëïò êáõôçñéÜæåé ôçí çèéêÞ êáôÜðôùóç ôùí åèíéêþí, óå áíôßèåóç ìå ôçí õøçëÞ, ïëïêÜèáñç êáé êáèáãéáóìÝíç çèéêÞ ôùí ×ñéóôéáíþí. Õðïäåéêíýåé, åõëáâþò óôïí ÁõôïêñÜôïñá Áíôùíßíï ôïí ÅõóåâÞ êáé ôçí Óýãêëçôï êáé ôïí ëáü ôçò Ñþìçò íá áêïýóïõí ôéò ìáñôõñßåò ôùí ×ñéóôéáíþí êáé íá öåñèïýí ðñïò áõôïýò áêñéâïäéêáßùò. Ç ðáñÜêëçóç ôïõ üìùò äåí åéóáêïýóèçêå. ÓõíåëÞöèç ìáæß ìå Ýîé ìáèçôÝò ôïõ êáé ïäçãÞèçêå åíþðéïí ôïõ åðÜñ÷ïõ ôçò Ñþìçò Ñïõóôßêïõ. Ï äéÜëïãïò ìåôáîý Ñïõóôßêïõ êáé ôùí áãßùí áõôþí ìáñôýñùí äéáôçñåßôáé êáé óÞìåñá êáé áðïôåëåß Üãéï êáé áîéïèáýìáóôï ðáñÜäåéãìá èõóßáò êáé ðßóôåùò óôïí ×ñéóôü. <Íáé, ×ñéóôéáíüò åßìáé>, áðÜíôçóå ï ¢ãéïò Éïõóôßíïò êáé ïé ìáèçôÝò ôïõ óôïí Ýðáñ÷ï Ñïýóôéêï. Áðïêåöáëßóèçêáí Üðáíôåò. Ï ôÜöïò ôïõ Éïõóôßíïõ áíåõñÝèç, ç äå Åêêëçóßá ìáò ôéìÜ êáé ôïí ¢ãéïí Éïõóôßíïí êáé ôïõò óõí’ áõôþ ìáèçôÝò ôïõ ôçí 1çí Éïõíßïõ. Ç <êáôÜ ×ñéóôüí Öéëïóïößá>, ôçí ïðïßá äßäáîáí ìå ôï óôüìá ôïõò êáé ìÝóù ôïõ èåßïõ ðáñáäåßãìáôïò ôïõò, áò áðïôåëåß êáé ãéá åìÜò áëçèÞ <öéëïóïößáí> æùÞò, èõóßáò, áãÜðçò êáé øõ÷éêÞò áíáôÜóåùò. Ï ê. Ãåþñãéïò Ó. ÌðåìðÞò åßíáé êáèçãçôÞò Ðáôñïëïãßáò,óôçí ÈåïëïãéêÞ Ó÷ïëÞ ôïõ Ôéìßïõ Óôáõñïý, ôçò É. Áñ÷éåðéóêïðÞò ÁìåñéêÞò.

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Ï Óåâ. Áñ÷éåðßóêïðïò ìå ôçí Õöõðïõñãü Åîùôåñéêþí ê. ËáÀïõ, ôïí ÐñÝóâç ôçò ÅëëÜäïò óôéò ÇÐÁ ê. Ößëùí êáé ôïí Ãåíéêü Ðñüîåíï óôç ÍÝá Õüñêç ê. ÐëáôÞ.

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enerous gift u To publish thesis

The Rev. Dr. Dumitru Macaila, assistant priest at Annunciation Church in Lancaster, Pa., and a contributor to the Observer, plans to have his doctoral thesis, “The Right to Life: An Orthodox Perspective,” published by the end of the year. In May, Romania’s Ministry of National Education, awarded him the equivalency of the Doctor of Ministry degree he holds from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, which has been upgraded to Doctor of Theology. Fr. Macaila is a native Romanian who immigrated to the United States in 1987. He has served churches in Rhode Island, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

u Honorary doctorate

The New York College of Podiatric Medicine bestowed the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters upon John A. Catsimatidis, vice chairman of the Archdiocesan Council, at ceremonies May 23 in Manhattan.

u Doctor honored

The Evoikos Society of New England presented its Gold Medal of the Prefecture of the Island of Evoia on June 2 to Dr. George Canellos, medical director for network development in the Dana-Farber/ Partners Cancer Care system. He also is chairman of the Lymphoma Committee of the Cancer and Leukemia Group B. A native of Boston, Dr. Canellos was made a full professor of medicine at Harvard in 1984 and served as chief of the Division of Medical Oncology at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute from 1975-95.

u To receive award

Cyprus Federation of America will bestow its “Humanitarian and Philanthropic Award” upon great benefactor Constantine Leventis of the Leventis Foundation, at an awards banquet in New York on Oct. 7.

u Wins fellowship

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a National Heritage Fellowship to Konstantinos Pilarinos, noted Orthodox Byzantine icon woodcarver from Astoria, N.Y. A native of Nafpaktos, Greece, came to the United States in the 1970s and established his Byzantion Woodworking Company and has created iconostasions for churches throughout the United States and Canada. The Fellowship is a one-time award of $10,000.

u Elected to council

Fr. Nikolas Milatos of Assumption Church in Long Beach, Calif., recently was elected as the first Greek Orthodox priest to serve as president of the South Coast Ecumenical Council at the “Celebrate Jubilee” assembly dinner. The Council is an interfaith ministry centered in southeast Los Angeles County and South Bay area.

u Scholarship recipient

Paul Zaharas, a May graduate of Holy Cross School of Theology, is the first recipient of the Nicholas G. Cledon Scholarship. A former chanter of the Cheyenne, Wyo., Sts. Constantine and Helen Church, Nicholas G. Cledon, bequeathed the charitable bulk of his estate for the establishment of the scholarship for young men enrolled in the Holy Cross School of Theology who are pursuing the priesthood. Mr. Zaharas, a member of Sts. Constantine and Helen parish in Cheyenne, is the son of George and Fay Zaharas.

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‘A Regular Old Church’ Performing Its Mission


oly Trinity parish is a mature community, not only in terms of its years of existence, but also in the age of a large percentage of its members, who are retired. However, Fr. Pantelis notes “there’s a lot of action at the other end,” with a greater presence of younger families with infants than in years past. Most of the older members also are immigrants from Greece who have lived in the U.S. for varying lengths of time. Like a large number of their compatriots in other parts of New England, the more recent Greek arrivals have gravitated to one particular business –


candy kitchens, bakeries and soda shops. Today, most of those businesses are gone, and the American-born generation consists of many professionals. Several parishioners also work in Norwich’s modern economic staple, the gaming industry. The area is home to the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos. “I’m the chaplain to the casinos,” Fr. Pantelis joked. The community eventually grew large enough to establish a church in 1909. The members purchased a former Protestant chapel on the east side of Norwich, a city of about 40,000, and converted it into Holy Trinity Church. It served as their spiritual home until


Name: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Location: Norwich, Conn. Diocese: Boston Size: 150 members Founded: 1909 Clergy: Fr. Paul N. Pantelis (Holy Cross ’87) Noteworthy: Oldest parish in eastern Connecticut


pizza restaurants. A Greek-owned the community outgrew its facilities in “House of Pizza” is a familiar site in the 1974, when the new church building on region. the north side of the city was When the first Greeks arrived in completed and dedicated. the area in the 1890s, most came Fr. Pantelis describes his to work in the large textile ministry there as “very satisfactories that formed factory and very full.” NORWICH the basis of the area’s He also has high economy. Some were praise for the Philoptochos employed at a local tanmembers who support nery. many events through the year According to a parish in support of the church. “They history by Mary Georgudis are one of the nicest groups of ladies,” and Mary Kizanis, many sethe said. They’re very organized and very tlers came from Mytilene, devoted to the church. Lemnos and Sparta. They An active AHEPA chapter also works eventually established their side-by-side with the Philoptochos and own businesses, opening restaurants, other church groups to support fund-rais-

u Psalti celebrates

Longtime Chicago-area chanter Theodore Theodoracopoulos recently celebrated his 80th birthday at a Greektown restaurant. Born in Chicago in 1920, he has chanted Byzantine hymns in many local churches. For many years, he was head chanter at Holy Trinity. His father, Aristotle, was a psalti before him and gave his son a formal Byzantine musical education.

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ing efforts for the parish and Archdiocese. Other organizations include the choir and 50-Plus Club. The priest is attempting to organize a JOY group. Currently the only youth organization in the parish is the GOYA chapter. Holy Trinity Church also has a Greek school and Sunday school with about 30 children. He is active in promoting close relations with other area Orthodox churches, including another Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, located in Danielson, and with an OCA parish in Norwich. The community also has “a good number of converts,” Fr. Pantelis said.

Marika Milas, daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. Nick Milas of Johnston, R.I., graduated from the University of Vermont in May with a bachelor’s degree. Andre A. Borgeas, son of Ted and Serita Borgeas of San Diego, recently graduated from Georgetown University School of Law and has been admitted for graduate law studies at Cambridge, University, England.

Most have become associated with the church through intermarriage and, in the past two years, some 15 to 20 have converted. Parish income is derived mainly from the stewardship program, along with a Greek festival that takes place the third week of September. Holy Trinity Church is one of the many small, but vital churches of the Greek Orthodox faith in the United States. “We’re just a regular old Greek Orthodox church doing its mission,” said Fr. Pantelis. — compiled by Jim Golding

HOLY SCRIPTURE READINGS JULY .......................................... 1 S .................... Rom. 3:19-26; Mt. 7:1-8 2 SUN .......... Rom. 2:10-16; Mt. 4:18-23 3 M .............. Rom. 7:1-13; Mt. 9:36-10:8 4 T ............... Rom. 7:14-8:2; Mt. 10:9-15 5 W ............... Rom. 8:1-13; Mt. 10:16-22 6 Th ............ Rom. 8:22-27; Mt. 10:23-31 7 F ....... Rom. 9:6-19; Mt. 10:32-36, 11:1 8 S .............. Rom. 3:28-4:3; Mt. 7:24-8:4 9 SUN ............ Rom. 5:1-10; Mt. 6:22-33 10 M ........... Rom. 9:18-33; Mt. 11:12-15 11 T ....... Rom. 10:11-11:2; Mt. 11:16-20 12 W ........... Rom. 11:2-12; Mt. 11:20-26 13 Th ........ Rom. 11:13-24; Mt. 11:27-30 14 F .............. Rom. 11:25-36; Mt. 12:1-8 15 S .............. Rom. 6:11-17; Mt. 8:14-23

16 SUN .......... Rom. 6:18-23; Mt. 8:5-13 17 M ... Rom. 12:4-5, 15-21; Mt. 12:9-13 18 T ... Rom. 14:9-18; Mt. 12:14-16, 22-30 19 W ........... Rom. 15:7-16; Mt. 12:38-45 20 Th ..... Rom. 15:17-29; Mt. 12:46-13:3 21 F ................ Rom. 16:1-16; Mt. 13:4-9 22 S ................ Rom. 8:14-21; Mt. 9:9-13 23 SUN ....... Rom. 10:1-10; Mt. 8:28-9:1 24 M ......... Rom. 16:17-24; Mt. 13:10-23 25 T .............. 1 Cor. 1:1-9; Mt. 13:24-30 26 W .......... 1 Cor. 2:9-3:8; Mt. 13:31-36 27 Th ........ 1 Cor. 3:18-23; Mt. 13:36-43 28 F .............. 1 Cor. 4:5-8; Mt. 13:44-54 29 S .................. Rom. 9:1-5; Mt. 9:18-26 30 SUN ........... Rom. 12:6014; Mt. 9:1-8 31 M ........ 1 Cor. 5:9-6:11; Mt. 13:54-58

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OCMC NEWS Reaching the World for Christ by Fr. Martin Ritsi

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there. If you aim for nothing that’s probably what you’ll hit.” Setting goals is an important dimension of life. Goals are needed to succeed in business or education, marriage or family; even for the simplest of tasks we need to have direction, a plan and a goal. Just as goals are important in our secular lives, they are also essential for our spiritual growth and in the life of the Church. The task commissioned to us by Jesus Christ to go to all nations and baptize in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit is awesome. Can this be achieved without a plan? “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent?” (Romans 10:14-15) Scripture makes it clear that to reach the world, preachers (or missionaries) must be sent. For missionaries to be sent there needs to be a vision, a goal and a plan. It will not happen on its own. This is the challenge that lies before us today. As the mission-sending agency for all the Orthodox Churches in the United States, what is the Orthodox Christian Mission Center doing about this? How is the Church responding to this great commission of the Lord to reach all nations? Allow me to paint the picture of our world’s situation and the Mission Center’s present efforts to address this. Where are we today and what is the need? “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) With these words, the apostles, the Church and each individual Christian is guided towards an ever-expanding vision of reaching outward with the Gospel of

Salvation to all nations and peoples — to every country, tribe, and village of the world. Missionary work is a vibrant dimension and practice of Orthodox history. From the apostolic movement, throughout Byzantium and later through the mission efforts by the Orthodox of Russia, Christianity began to spread around the globe. The missionary nature of the Church has led to the expansion of Christianity to the point of where it has become the predominant religion of the world both in number and in geographic area. Yet, as encouraging as these figures may seem, they are also misleading of the overall situation. While Christianity is the largest religion in the world, Christians make up only one-third of the globe’s population. Even more startling is the fact that 26 percent of the world has yet to hear the Gospel even once, nor do they live in an area where they are likely to have contact with Christianity unless a missionary is sent to them!

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Orthodox-Catholic Consultation Issues Statement on Ecumenical Witness BROOKLINE, Mass. — The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation issued a common statement on the value of ecumenical witness on June 1, the final day of its meeting at the Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline. This was the 58th meeting of the Consultation, which has been in progress since 1965. Entitled “Sharing the Ministry of Reconciliation: A Statement on the OrthodoxCatholic Dialogue and the Ecumenical Movement,” the common statement is a reflection on the experience of dialogue between Catholics and Orthodox in North America. It places the work of the Consultation within the broader framework of the international Orthodox-Catholic dialogue, and the growth in positive relations between the two communions in recent decades. Consultation members took the occasion of the 35th anniversary of its existence to reaffirm the importance of the ecumenical witness of the two churches, and to call for an intensification of the dialogue. The text cites a certain apathy and even opposition to the ecumenical enterprise within some groups in both communions, and responds to their concerns. Aware of new tensions in OrthodoxCatholic relations that have followed the reestablishment of religious freedom in Eastern Europe, the Consultation expressed the conviction that the restoration of unity is God’s will, that past divisions have wounded the lives of both our churches, that our disunity diminishes our ability to act as agents of reconciliation in our world today, and that solid theological reflection rooted in scripture and nurtured by prayer is essential if full reconciliation is to be achieved. The document also honors those Orthodox and Catholics of the past who struggled to preserve the unity of the churches. It places the Catholic-Orthodox dialogue within the context of the ecumenical movement at large, and recognizes that the work of other bilateral dialogues among the churches have benefited the work of the North American Consultation. The common statement concludes with a reaffirmation of the reestablishment of full communion as the ultimate goal of the Orthodox-Catholic dialogue that is taking place at many levels. It recognizes that this will be a gradual process that must end not in the victory of one side over the other, but with “the victory of Christ over our divisions, for the sake of the salvation of all.”

The Consultation also continued its study of the filioque, the addition of the phrase “and the Son” to the Latin version of the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed’s article on the procession of the Holy Spirit. Professor Alkiviadis Calivas reviewed the scriptural evidence on this question as presented in Boris Bobrinskoy’s book, The Mystery of the Trinity: Trinitarian Experience and Vision in the Biblical and Patristic Tradition. Professor Brian Daley, SJ, presented a paper titled, Revisiting the “Filioque” (II): Anselm and Thomas Aquinas. The Consultation is still in the early stages of a major study of this matter, which for many centuries has been one of the points of disagreement between Catholics and Orthodox that has prevented the reestablishment of full communion. While meeting at Hellenic College/ Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Consultation members toured the new Archbishop Iakovos Library and Learning Center. Later in the program, they received a welcome from Archbishop Demetrios, who joined them for lunch. The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation meets under the auspices of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of America, the Bishops’ Committee for Ecumenical and Inter-religious Affairs of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. The 59th meeting of the Consultation is scheduled for Washington, Oct. 26-28. Co-chairmen are Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh and Archbishop Rembert Weakland of Milwaukee. Other members include: (Roman Catholic Church) Rev. Brian E. Daley, SJ; Rev. Msgr. Frederick McManus, Rev. George C. Berthold, Prof. Thomas E. Bird, Rev. Peter Galadza, Rev. John P. Galvin, Sister Donna Geernaert, SC, Rev. Sidney H. Griffith, ST, Rev. John F. Long, SJ, Rev. David M. Petras, Professor Robin Darling Young, and the Rev. Ronald G. Roberson, CSP (staff); (from the Orthodox Church): Archbishop Peter of New York and New Jersey, Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos (staff); the Revs. Thomas E. FitzGerald, Nicholas Apostola, Alkiviadis Calivas, James Dutko, Paul W. S. Schneirla, Robert Stephanopoulos; Alexander Golitzin, and Emmanuel Gratsias; and Professors John H. Erickson, Dr. Robert Haddad, Lewis Patsavos, and Ashbrook Harvey.




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Disability and Spirituality

Church Musicians to Convene at C-L Congress

by Fr. John Chryssavgis


henever I imagine persons with disabilities, I think of Christ Jesus. As Christians, we worship a God who became flesh and lay powerless, motionless, and utterly disabled on the Cross. Ours is not a God of power and might, but of vulnerability and woundedness. So often we choose to forget or forego the crucifixion, preferring to turn directly to the resurrection. It is important for us to remember that when Christ rose from the dead, He rose with His wounds. We too shall discover Him in our wounds, and discern in the brokenness of others, in the fragility of our disabled brothers and sisters. Whenever I reflect on persons with disabilities, I think primarily of persons. They are human beings, like us. They are created in the image of God, like us. They are “the least of Christ’s brethren,” like each of us. They are vulnerable and broken, just like us. I have discovered that a person’s disability is seldom the source of his or her greatest pain. The greatest pain is rejection, the feeling that nobody values you, the absence of love, and trust, and touch. Show me any person - whether “abled” or “disabled” that cannot identify with this profound sense of suffering! Whenever I consider the way we treat persons with disabilities, I think of man-

made walls. Walls that shut people in. Walls that prevent people from meeting and talking to others. In days gone by, the disabled were actually kept behind walls, inside institutions. Now they are a part of society. Yet they still find themselves alone, isolated, alienated, imprisoned in sadness, without community. Now there are walls of shame. Walls of prejudice. Walls of hatred. Walls of competition. Walls of fear. Persons who are different make us feel uneasy, uncomfortable. Many are excluded from churches, whether because our buildings are inaccessible or - worse because our parishes are unwelcoming. Whenever I address persons with disabilities, I think of my own son. Julian has a name. And he has a face. He is a child with dreams. He has cerebral palsy. He knows his own limitations. And he recognizes the limitations of those around him. He appreciates that not everyone has the capacity to embrace him. This, he is convinced, is their disability, not his. He has a sense of dignity. He has learned to balance a healthy sense of dependence with a liberating sense of independence. He challenges our understanding of love and respect. His disability allows him to see more clearly, to live more freely, to be more human, and therefore so much more like God. Fr. John Chryssavgis is a professor at Holy Cross School of Theology


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Twenty-four years ago, at the 1976 Clergy-Laity Congress, coincidentally held in Philadelphia, the National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians received its charter from Archbishop Iakovos. This marked the beginning of the National Forum’s history as the national ministry responsible for the strengthening and perpetuation of liturgical music in our Archdiocese. Shortly after, Niki Kalkanis of Detroit was elected as the Forum’s first national chairman. Kalkanis was succeeded by Dr. George Demos of Denver, followed by Dr. Vicki Pappas of Bloomington, Ind., who now leads the Forum. This July, the National Forum will again convene in Philadelphia, to kick off its 25-year celebration. Each diocesan Choir/Church Music Federation will send a delegation. Other National Forum members are also invited to participate in the meetings and choral singing events. Highlights will include National Forum Reception, where Archbishop Demetrios will greet the group for the first time and honor the St. Romanos Medallion recipients. The Divine Liturgy will take place Sunday, July 2, at the Philadelphia Convention Center. George Raptis of Detroit will serve as guest conductor for the choir, which will be composed of all Philadelphia area choir members, diocesan choir members from nearby New Jersey and Maryland and visiting National Forum delegates. The Forum also selected Gallos II as the music for the Liturgy, to be sung in both Greek and English. Area rehearsals for this event took place throughout the New Jersey Diocese after Pascha. Final rehearsals for visiting singers will be held Friday evening and Saturday, June 30 and July 1. Other directors selected to conduct liturgical musical events during the Congress include Anna Gallos of Timonium, Md., who will lead a group of National Forum singers for a musical interlude at the National Fo-

rum Reception on Sunday evening. Monday morning, Forum delegates will sing at the Congress’ official opening, led by Dean Limberakis of Boston. The July 4th Doxology will feature Philadelphia choir members, joined by National Forum delegates. Dr. Chris Jelepis, director of the St. George Choir in Broomall, Pa., will be guest conductor. Maria Keritsas, president of the Eastern Choir Federation-New Jersey Diocese, along with Mr. Jelepis, will coordinate the diocese choral rehearsals. Church musicians from throughout the Archdiocese are invited to become National Forum members and participate in the organization’s annual meeting. Delegates and guests will discuss various national and diocesan priorities relating to church music; review National Forum projects and deliberate on issues relating to the use of English, youth involvement, psaltai development. Plans will be completed for the National Church Music Institute on the use of English in composition, singing, and chanting, to be held this fall, and the diocesan Church Music Institutes taking place this summer and during the coming ecclesiastical year. The following is a summary of events for church musicians: • June 30 (evening)/July 1: Rehearsals for the Divine Liturgy • July 2: Orthros and Divine Liturgy; National Forum Reception (5:30 pm), Presentation of the St. Romanos medallions • July 3: Congress Opening and Doxology; Official Opening of the Annual Meeting 1 p.m.) • July 4-5: Annual Meeting of the National Forum continues • July 4 (evening): Doxology • July 6 (noon): Annual Meeting of the National Forum concludes For more information, contact: Vicki Pappas at Tel.: 812-855-8248 or



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His Eminence cuts the cake at a farewell reception for two Archdiocese staff members. Katie Carlaftes retired in June after 26 years of service. She worked for many years in the Registry Department. Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, Fr. Anastasios Bourantas left for a new assignment as parish priest in Wilmington, Del.

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Orthodox SCOBA Hierarchs Hold Regular Spring Meeting u page 1 dox Christian Archdiocese in Englewood, N.J., under the chairmanship of Archbishop Demetrios. SCOBA Vice Chairman Metropolitan Philip Saliba hosted the session. The major agenda item was the Millennium Encyclical that will be issued by SCOBA at its fall meeting. The third draft of the more than 50-page document was reviewed at length, with lively discussion by all the hierarchs present. In light of the comments and suggestions offered, a final draft will now be prepared for approval. Once approved,, a study guide also will be prepared. SCOBA officials anticipate the encyclical and guide will be released officially in October. It is hoped that the more than 1,500 Orthodox parishes in America will make extensive use of the encyclical in their adult and young adult religious education programs, as well as in their campus ministries and Bible study groups. The hierarchs also reconfirmed their decision to convene a national conference of all canonical orthodox bishops in America, May 1-3, 2001, in Washington to explore through major presentations and discussions the themes introduced in the Millennium Encyclical. The Study and Planning Commission was authorized to complete the program and name a coordinator. The hierarchs received reports from several of commissions that implement programs continually on behalf of SCOBA, including the International Orthodox Christians Charities (IOCC), the Orthodox Christian Education Commission (OCEC), and the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC). Deep gratitude was expressed to the director, staff and board members of each commission for significant accomplishments in the past year. Special tribute was offered to the late Dr. John Boojamra, long-time director of the OCEC.

Also discussed was the possible future establishment of a SCOBA secretariat. The Study and Planning Commission was requested to study this possibility and present a full proposal at the fall meeting. The final report heard was a proposal for a National Stewardship Education Program. This was referred to the Study and Planning Commission for further examination. Prior to adjourning, the hierarchs approved a Statement on Recent Developments in Kosovo calling upon the international forces in Kosovo to ensure the safety of every community and ethnic group in Kosovo. The statement deplores the tragic record of recent months during which ethnic cleansing of Serbs and other non-Albanians is taking place in a Kosovo administered by the United Nations and protected by an international force which has NATO at its core. It also praised the religious leadership of the Serbian Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Muslim communities in Kosovo for their courageous actions. The statement concludes with a condemnation of “violence, and intolerance and all acts of retribution” and an “appeal... to the whole international community not to allow the cycle of violence, ethnic cleansing and retribution to continue in Kosovo.” SCOBA hierarchs present were: Archbishop Demetrios, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese; Metropolitan Philip, Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese; Archbishop Victorin, Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese; Archbishop Peter, representing the Orthodox Church in America; Metropolitan Joseph, Bulgarian Orthodox Diocese; and Protopresbyter Ilia Katre, Vicar, Albanian Orthodox Diocese. Other hierarchs present were: Metropolitan Elia of Tripoli, Patriarchate of Antioch; Bishop Antoun, Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese; and Bishop Dimitrios, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.


Sunday morning, most of the participants and their families attended the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy officiated by Bishop Alexios, together with Fr. Zembillas, who represented Archbishop Demetrios; Fr. Nicholas Manousakis, the host priest, Fr George Papadeas, former parish priest, and Frs. Frank Marangos, John Orfanakos, Nicholas Pastrikos, and Martin Ritsi. The junior choir, directed by Nancy Laskos, surprised His Grace by singing selected hymns during the liturgy.

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In lieu of a sermon, Bishop Alexios asked the first–place winners in the two divisions to give their speeches. A farewell luncheon concluded the weekend festivities. The Oratorical Festival is a program of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Religious Education under the direction of the Rev. Dr. Frank Marangos. National co-chairmen are the Rev. Protopresbyter John and Presbytera Margaret Orfanakos of St. George Church, Clifton, N.J. Local chairman was the Rev. Nicholas G. Manousakis and vice chair was Michael Forest.

IOCC u page 3 work of the Orthodox Church in a spirit of unity and cooperation. Speaking about the work of the IOCC Metropolitan Committees, the Archbishop added: “the cultivation of unity in practice is a basic function of SCOBA and a basic function of IOCC. IOCC is a very specific and concrete organization for doing this.” SCOBA established IOCC in March 1992 as the official international humanitarian organization of Orthodox Christians. Since its inception, Orthodox Christians have provided more than $100 million in relief and development programs through IOCC to needy people around the world.


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What Are Your Teens Listening To? by Fr. Mark A. Leondis

A few months ago, the parent of a teen-ager approached me. She asked me for help because her child was listening to “evil” music. I asked her, “What kind of music does your child listen to?” She replied, “evil music” So I asked her again: “what kind of music does your child listen to?” She gazed at me with a blank stare. If I were to ask this question to a roomful of parents who have teen-agers, “What kind of music does your child listen to?,” only a few would be able to answer. Many parents do not know what kind of music their children listen to. While many parents are aware of whom their children “hang out” with, and what they watch on television, and how they are doing in school, many do not know what kind of music their children are listening to. In today’s society, it is imperative that we know the culture that our young people live in. For many of us, it is a foreign culture that has no boundaries. This is one of the reasons that we must understand today’s youth culture. To truly understand today’s youth culture, we must enter it, without becoming part of it. Jesus Himself, wanting to learn more about people and bring healing to them, met the Samaritan Woman at the well, entered the house of Zaccheus, dined at a house of a ruler who belonged to the Pharisees. He met these people in their own culture, without becoming part of it. The best way that we can begin to understand today’s youth culture is to ask the experts themselves: our young people.

A way to define themselves

Music is a big part of a teen-ager’s life. Often times, it helps define who they are: the music they listen to, the way they dress, the way they speak. Sometimes it even defines their spirituality. Young people are searching for spirituality, and if we are not giving it to them, they will find it somewhere else. If we are not making our churches “youth friendly,” then they will search elsewhere for their spirituality. In a poll in a December issue of the Wall Street Journal, young

people admitted they are searching for some sort of spirituality. Many young people are searching for spirituality in music. Even the music industry understands this truth. Madonna, Alanis Morissette and Puff Daddy refer to spirituality on their latest CD’s. While they are attempting to bring in new fans, we are losing our young people to a “religion of music.” Just because a musician mentions one spiritual theme in a song, that should not make them role models for our young people. Let’s face it: if it sells, they’ll use it. Have you ever asked your child to tell you about a musician they like? Or sit down and listen to a CD with your child? It not only shows this young person that you care and are willing to learn about their culture, it also gives you an opportunity to open the lines of communication. Music is a big part of our young people’s lives, and we must be willing to try to understand where they are coming from. Does this mean we should trash and burn all of the CD’s in the house if they are not Byzantine chant? Absolutely not! But we should know what our young people are listening to.We should have an understanding of where they are at, and where they are going.

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Here are some simple ways to better understand the music our young people are listening to: •Ask them to tell you about their favorite musician. •While driving in the car, let them play the radio station of their liking. •After you listen to a song, ask them what thoughts and emotions were brought out in them. •Go to a concert with them. Now that you have a basic understanding of what your child is listening to, don’t be afraid to dive deeper. Don’t be afraid to ask questions to open the lines of communication. Use the issues and concerns that come up from these conversations, to help your child formulate his/her own opinions and values about the music that is their culture.

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Nativity of Saint John the Baptist (June 24) by Radovan Jakovljevic

On this day we celebrate the birthday of St. John the Forerunner and Baptist. His father, Zacharias, was a priest in Jerusalem. One day while he was serving in the temple, the Archangel Gabriel appeared and revealed to him that his wife (a very old woman), will conceive a son, and his name shall be John. Zacharias doubted him and said, “how shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.” The Archangel answered, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God; and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day these things come to pass, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in time.” After this, his wife Elizabeth conceived and for five months hid herself. When the time for her deliverance came, she gave birth to a son. That day was a big joy for everybody in Zacharias’ family.

On the eighth day after the birth, according to the Jewish law, St. John was brought to the Temple for circumcision. Their relatives wanted to give him the name “Zacharias,” after his father, but Elizabeth refused saying that his name shall be John. Zacharias asked for a writing tablet and wrote “his name is John.” Immediately, his mouth was open and he started to praise God. The news about this spread out through all Judea, and fear came to people who were saying, “What then will this child be?” For the hand of the Lord was with him.” “And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness till the day of his manifestation to Israel” (Luke 1:5-24; 57-80). Jesus Christ himself called St. John the Baptist the “greatest man born of woman” (Matthew 11:11). Radovan Jakovljevic is a seminarian from Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary in Crestwood, N.Y.

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Christians. In the early Church, Lent was a time for those preparing to be baptized to learn and prepare themselves for the awesome event of being re-created as Christians through baptism. Once baptized, they continued learning about their faith, lived their faith and shared it with others. The example they set and their relationship with Christ was the foundation on which our Church now stands. This faith turned fishermen into wise apostles, thieves and prostitutes into saints, and cowardly sinners into brave martyrs. Accepting Christ and living a life of faith is a life altering experience. Just going through the motions of Orthodoxy and never really opening ourselves to Christ is useless. We must learn, grow and live our faith. Every Lent, and every day for that matter, is a new opportunity for us to learn and come closer to Christ and to grow in faith. Once we have made our faith commitment we must then act on it and live it. We don’t go to college and graduateschool, earn degrees and learn trades and then never seek employment. We learn skills so we can apply them to our lives. The same must apply with our faith. We need to learn about and live our Christianity. This is the reason for all the extra services and all the fasting. This is one reason why we have Great Lent! Hopefully, we understand the things we learned and experienced from Great Lent and are now called to apply them to our daily lives, share them with others and live “Life After Lent.” George Hazlaris is the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Archdiocesan District.

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The fasting is over. The extra church services are gone. The lamb and mageritsa are all eaten. We don’t even sing Christos Anesti anymore because the 40 days after Pascha have passed. So what now? Too often we associate Great Lent and Pascha with rules, regulations, extra Church services, harsh fasting, and a time when we look so forward to eating meat again. At times, that’s all we can think of. Singing Christos Anesti means we can now celebrate because we are able to return to our “normal” way of life and eating habits. If this is the case, we have totally missed the point of Great Lent and the meaning of Pascha. Often times, we find ourselves feeling kind of empty and lost because we dedicated so much of ourselves to the Lenten season and all the extra disciplines and church services, that now that it is all over, we start feeling the “post Pascha blues,” and once again we ask, what now? The answer is simple; it is time to live what we learned. The entire point of Great Lent is to bring us to a closer understanding of our faith and life, and to help prepare us on how to live our lives as



JUNE 25, 2000

J u n i o r O l y m p Ic s 2000 Young Athletes from 20 Parishes Take Part in 2000 Olympics Program byJim Golding


early 1,000 young athletes representing the JOY and GOYA chapters of 20 communities competed in 105 events in perfect weather at the 2000 New York Archdiocese District Olympics held May 26-28 at Stony Brook, N.Y. Since its establishment in spring 1979 by Kosmas Karavellas, the Archdiocese Youth Office director, and several key parish leaders, including Alex Constantinou, the New York Archdiocesan Olympics chairman, the program has grown from its fledgling beginnings to encompass 42 Junior Orthodox Youth (JOY) events, and 63 GOYA events in the 2000 Olympics. Mr. Constantinou and his executive committee: Demi Brountzas, James N. Hartofilis, Demi Pamboukas, Niki Panagiotakis, Irene Papazicos,

JOY MEMBERS from several communities race to the finish line in the 50-meter dash.

MATCHING WITS in the JOY Chess competition are players from St. Demetrios, Astoria; Archangel Michael, Roslyn; Holy Trinity, New Rochelle; and Transfiguration in Corona, Queens. There was a five-way tie for the gold medal.

Helen Polichronakis, Ernie Pourakis and Gary Sideris, along with New York Archdiocese District Youth Director George Hazlaris – begin organizing each Olympics early in the year with representatives from the participating parishes of the district, which encompasses the boroughs of New York City, Long Island and Upstate New York. Since 1994, the Olympics has taken place at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Long Island, which has a state-of-the-art sports complex and large expanse of athletic fields. Each year, the young athletes of the Archdiocese District come together in friendly competition over the Memorial Day weekend, which also includes a Sunday morning Divine Liturgy. This year, Fr. Demetrios Tonias, assistant priest at St. Nicholas, Flushing, officiated, with George Hazlaris serving as chanter and a group of Goyans forming the choir. For the 2000 Olympiad, the following parishes were represented, with total number of children participating shown in parenthesis. St. Demetrios, Astoria (129); St. John’s, Blue Point (48); Zoodochos Peghe, Bronx (28); Metamorphosis, Corona (57); St. Nicholas, Flushing (13); Resurrection, Glen Cove (27); St. Paraskevi, Greenlawn (77); St. Paul’s, Hempstead (92); Holy Trinity, Hicksville (57); St. Demetrios, Jamaica (65); St. Demetrios, Merrick (46); Holy Trinity, New Rochelle (35); Assumption, Port Jefferson (25); Archangel Michael, Roslyn (66); Church of Our Savior, Rye (43); Kimisis, Southhampton (23); Holy Cross, Staten Island (46); St. Nicholas, West Babylon (30); Sts. Constantine & Helen, West Nyack (35); Holy Cross, Whitestone (39).

CLEARS BAR – Christos Karanicolas of St. John’s, Blue Point, sails effortlessly over the bar in the GOYA senior boys’ high jump. He went on to win the silver medal.

SOLID HIT — Teddy Tsidemides of Resurrection Church in Glen Cove connects with the ball in a game his team won against the Goyans of St. Demetrios, Merrick.

THAT’S USING your kefali – GOYA boys’ soccer teams from St. Demetrios, Astoria, and St. John’s, Blue Point, play a lively game, which the Greeks of Astoria won on their way to eventually winning the gold medal.

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J u n i o r O l y m p Ic s 2000 Archdiocesan District Winners JOY gold medalists BOARD GAMES Backgammon–Christos Mavroudis, Holy Trinity, Staten Island. Checkers–Michael Heretakis, St. Paraskevi, Greenlawn. Chess–(five-way tie for gold) Nicholas Caesar and John Kostopoulos, St. Paraskevi, Greenlawn; Damian Kara, St. Paul’s, Hempstead; Marcus Michelen, Archangel Michael, Roslyn; and George Avetisou, Metamorphosis, Corona, Queens. Nok Hockey– Socrates Xanthopoulos, St. Demetrios, Astoria. SWIMMING Girls’ 50-meter freestyle – Mariana Faitos, St. Paraskevi, Greenlawn. Boys’ 50-meter freestyle – Damian Kara, St. Paul’s, Hempstead. FIELD EVENTS Girls’ softball throw (ages 7-8)—Despina Psomopoulis, St. Demetrios, Jamaica, Queens. (9-10)–Alexandra Foukalas, Archangel Michael, Roslyn. (11-12)– Alexandra Bemas, Church of Our Savior, Rye. Boys’ softball throw (ages 7-8)–Steve Efkarpides, Metamorphosis, Corona. (9-10)–Ryan Skoulatos, St. Paul’s, Hempstead. (11-12)–Christos Mavroudis, Holy Trinity, Staten Island. Girls standing broad jump (ages 7-8)–Vicki Sourgoutsis, St. Demetrios, Merrick. (9-10)–Kathryn Canaras, Church of Our Savior, Rye. (11-12)–Maria Loizos, St. Paul’s, Hempstead. Boys standing broad jump (ages 7-8)–Anastasios Xanthopoulos, St. Demetrios, Astoria. (9-10)–Nicholas Chrissidis, St. Paraskevi, Greenlawn. (11-12)–Socrates Grammenos, Holy Trinity, Staten Island. Girls’ basketball throw (ages 7-8)–Sarah Fournaris, Kimisis, Southhampton. (9-10)–Vicky Smaragdas, St. Demetrios, Astoria. (11-12) – Jenny Smaragdas, St. Demetrios, Astoria. Boys’ basketball throw (ages 7-8)–Philip Vouyioklakis, St. Paul’s, Hempstead. (9-10)–Andreas Kurumusis, Metamorphosis, Corona. (11-12)–Tommy Gurnelos, St. Demetrios, Astoria. TRACK Girls 50-yard dash (ages 7-8)–Georgeanna Leonitiou, Holy Trinity, New Rochelle. (9-10)–Christine Lorusso, Archangel Michael, Roslyn. (11-12)–Mandy Kougianos, Holt Trinity, Hicksville. Boys 50-yard dash (ages 7-8)–Philip Vouyiouklakis, St. Paul’s, Hempstead. (9-10)–Constantine Kokinakis, Archangel Michael, Roslyn. (11-12)–George Despotopoulos, Transfiguration, Corona. Girls’ relays (ages 7-8)–St. Demetrios, Astoria: Christine Catechis, Vickie Kassapidis, Maria Sideris, Irene Tsigounis. (9-10) – St. Demetrios, Merrick: Paris Karannis, Markella Louros, Antonia Vahaviolos, Michelle Cuttis. (11-12) – Holy Trinity, Hicksville: Maria Kartsonis, Alex Sitaras, Eva Constantine and Mandy Kougianos. Boys’ relays (ages 7-8)–St. Demetrios, Astoria: Nicholas Constantinou, Anastasios Xanthopoulos, Stathi Georgiou, Stamateos Manes. (9-10)–Archangel Michael, Roslyn: Steve Stavrou, Constantine Kokinakis, James Anastasio, Peter Germanakos. (11-12)–Metamorphosis, Corona: George Despotopoulos, John Batas, Chris Konstantopoulos, Gary Chiang. Boys soccer (ages 7-9)–St. Paul’s, Hempstead. (10-12)–Archangel Michael, Roslyn. Girls’ soccer (ages 7-9)–St. Paraskevi, Greenlawn. (10-12)– Holy Trinity, New Rochelle.

GOYA Gold Medal Winners SWIMMING 50-meters Junior girls–Anna Parthenos, Church of Our Savior, Rye. Senior girls–Penny Levendis, St. Paraskevi, Greenlawn. Junior boys–Nick Coutis, Assumption, Port Jefferson. Senior boys–Nick Grammenos, St. John’s, Blue Point. 100 meters Junior girls–Cassie Fondulis, St. John’s, Blue Point. Senior girls–Jamie Marie Wright, St. Paul’s, Hempstead. Junior boys–Nick Coutis, Assumption, Port Jefferson. Senior boys–Nick Grammenos, St. John’s, Blue Point.

RELAYS Junior girls–St. John’s, Blue Point: Lori Dimos, Heidi Mattheos, Nina Stavropoulos, Cassie Fondulis. Senior girls–St. John’s Blue Point: Mary Dimos, Lori Dimos, Nina Stavropoulos, Cassie Fondulis. Junior boys–St. Paul’s, Hempstead: Nick Constantinou, John Pourakis, Michael Moshos, Kenny Anderson. Senior boys– St. John’s, Blue Point: Leo Katsonas, Lee Karanicolas, Chris Boutsikos, Chris Karanicolas. TRACK EVENTS 50-meter dash Junior girls–Jackie Constantine, St. Paraskevi, Greenlawn. Senior girls–Kallie Coroneos, Holy Trinity, Hicksville. Junior boys–Angelo Giannakos, St. John’s, Blue Point. Senior boys–Chris Karanicolas, St. John’s, Blue Point. 220-meter run Junior girls–Jackie Constantine, St. Paraskevi, Greenlawn. Senior girls–Toni Kokolakis, Assumption, Port Jefferson. Junior boys–Nick Godosis, Holy Trinity, Hicksville. Senior boys– Chris Karanicolas, St. John’s, Blue Point. 440-meter run Junior girls–Jamie Christophorou, St. Paraskevi, Greenlawn. Senior girls–Christina Constantine, St. Paraskevi, Greenlawn. Junior boys–Stavros Zironos, Holy Trinity, Staten Island. Senior boys–Michael Menas, St. John’s, Blue Point. 880-meters Junior girls–Alexandra Theodoropoulos, Sts. Constantine & Helen, W. Nyack. Senior girls– Barbara Vlahopoulos, Zoodochos Peghe, Bronx. Junior boys–Michael Vlahadamis, Kimisis, Southhampton. Senior boys–Andre Tsavarios, St. Paraskevi, Greenlawn. 1,600 meters Junior girls–Katerina Zapantis, Church of Our Savior, Rye. Senior girls – no participants. Junior boys–Paul Margarites, St. Paraskevi, Greenlawn. Senior boys–James Jimas, St. Paraskevi, Greenlawn. 5-K run Junior girls–Marietta Bennett, Sts. Constantine and Helen, W. Nyack. Senior girls–Barbara Vlahopoulos, Zoodochos Peghe, Bronx. Junior boys–Chrisostomos Komodikis, Holy Trinity, New Rochelle. Senior boys–Alex Raidoglou, St. Demetrios, Jamaica. Relays Junior girls–St. Paraskevi, Greenlawn: Evangeline Ziegler, Jamie Christophorou, Nicole Mastrogiannis, Jackie Constantine. Senior girls– St. Paraskevi, Greenlawn: Penny Levendis, Jamie Christophorou, Voula Los, Christina Constantine. Junior boys–Holy Trinity, Hicksville: Stelios Karas, George Argyros, Nick Godosis, John Karageorgiou Senior boys– St. John’s, Blue Point: Chris Karanicolas, Angelo Giannakos, Chris Boutsikos, Lee Karanicolas. Shot put Junior girls–Vivi Sourgoutsis, St. Demetrios, Merrick. Senior girls–Maria Gonis, St. Paraskevi, Greenlawn. Junior boys–Eric Anagnostopoulos, Sts. Constantine & Helen, W. Nyack. Senior boys–Dean Tsakanikas, Holy Trinity, Hicksville. Softball throw Junior girls–Alexandra Caruso, Assumption, Port Jefferson. Senior girls–Kallie Koroneos, Holy Trinity, Hicksville. Long jump Junior girls–Alexandra Theodoropoulos, Sts. Constantine & Helen, W. Nyack. Senior girls– Penny Levendis, St. Paraskevi, Greenlawn. Junior boys–Nick Godosis, Holy Trinity, Hicksville. Senior boys–Chris Karanicolas, St. John’s, Blue Point. High jump Junior girls–Kristina Argyros, Assumption, Port Jefferson. Senior girls–Toni Kokolakis, Assumption, Port Jefferson. Junior boys–Aris Andronis, St. Demetrios, Jamaica. Senior boys–Bobby Genelas, Assumption, Port Jefferson. BOARD GAMES Backgammon–Jenny Tsakas, St. Paul’s, Hempstead. Checkers–Lee Karanicolas, St. John’s, Blue Point. Chess–George Levendis, St. Paraskevi, Greenlawn. INDIVIDUAL Tennis – Jamie Christophorou (girls), St. Paraskevi, Greenlawn; Tommy Nikolaidis (boys), St. Constantine & Helen, W. Nyack. TEAM Soccer–(girls) St. Paul’s, Hempstead; (boys) St. Demetrios, Astoria. Volleyball–(girls) St. Demetrios, Merrick; (boys) St. John’s, Blue Point.

Chicago 19th Jr. Olympics: A Weekend of Christian Athletic Fellowship by Tom DeMadeiros

PALOS HILLS, Ill. — On May 26-28, more than 2,100 youngsters ages 7-18 representing 36 parishes, participated in the 19th annual Greek Orthodox Diocese of Chicago Junior Olympics. Parishes from Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin were all represented during this joyous event of Christian Athletic Fellowship. The Junior Olympics were hosted, once again, by the community of Sts. Constantine and Helen in Palos Hills, with

the assistance of 200 volunteers. The Opening Ceremonies were held early on May 27th and the Spirit of God shined brightly upon the record number of participants and spectators gathered. It was a fabulous sight to see all 36 parish teams enter the field proudly holding their colors and sharing in the spirit of Christian fellowship and competition. His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago officially began the Olympics with prayer and his blessings. This was

followed by the lighting of the torch saluted by fireworks and music. A highlight of this opening was the dedication of the 2000 Junior Olympics to Father Byron Papanikolaou and Presbytera Cynthia for their 40 years of service to the host parish of Sts. Constantine and Helen in Palos Hills. Despite the inclement weather it was an exciting and uplifting opening ceremonies.

Participants competed in several different sports on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, softball, track and field, 10K run, chess, checkers, table tennis and more. Approximately 1,000 medals were awarded. In the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, the presentation of the Olympic scholarships took place. Two young people, George Angelopoulos and Nicholas Velianoff, both received $500 each.



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53rd Graduation Exercises Held at St. Basil Academy The 53rd Commencement of St. Basil Academy, taking place under hot, sunny skies June 17, drew visitors from as far as Ohio, and Archbishop Demetrios, who attended his first graduation at the venerable institution. Speakers included U.S. Rep. Sue Kelley (representing Putman and Duchess counties) who delivered the main address, Philoptochos National President Eve Condakes, and others. Congresswoman Kelley praised the work of the Academy in educating the students about their Hellenic heritage. “By teaching them two languages, you enlarge their lives,” she said. “You prepare them to be world citizens by instructing them in their Greek heritage.” She also encouraged the graduates to set high goals, referring to a former St. Basil graduate who is one of her colleagues, U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe. “Dream your dreams, fulfill your dreams and don’t let anyone stop you,” Ms. Kelley also told them. The graduates, eighth graders Demetrios Bouziotis, Christina Katsifas, Artemis Mitches and Sophia Spentzos, and

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HIS EMINENCE with St. Basil’s graduates, and mistress of ceremonies Stella Capiris (2nd row left), Philoptochos National President Eve Condakes, and Fr. Constantine Sitaras, executive director; (back row) Fr. Constantine Moralis of Annunciation Cathedral, Baltimore, Board President Dr. Steven Gounardes, Deputy Consul General of Cyprus Vassilios Philipou, and Terry Mitchell, who has represented AHEPA at the Academy for many years.

Condakes presented savings bond to each graduate and spoke about the importance of continuing their education. In addition to Mrs. Condakes, several Diocese Philoptochos representatives from the dioceses of Boston, New Jersey and the Archdiocese District gave financial gifts. The program also included brief speeches by alumnus Jerry Spathis (class of ’86), AHEPA representative Terry Mitchell, Board President Dr. Steven Gounardes, addresses by graduates Sophia Spentzos and Christina Katsifas, Deputy Consul General of Cyprus Vassilios Philipou, Highland Falls School Superintendent Dr. Geniene Guglielmo, and alumna Elaine Poulos of Canton, Ohio, who with two other alumnae of the Class of 1950, unveiled an icon of St. Basil they presented to the school. Also featured in the two-hour program was a musical interlude consisting of a piano recital and the singing of several songs in Greek and English by all students of the Academy. A picnic lunch followed on the Academy grounds.

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SCENIC PROCESSION – 2000 graduates (l. to r.) Sophia Spentzos, Christina Katsifas, Artemis Mitches, Demetrios Bouziotis and Christina Loukakis march to the dais amid the backdrop of the Hudson Valley.

Kindergartener Christina Loukakis, have lived at the Academy over a varying number of years, and are enrolled in the local Highland Falls school district. After school, they receive supplementary instruction at the Academy in Greek Orthodoxy, and Greek language and culture. In his remarks, Archbishop Demetrios called the event “a most auspicious, most serious and most warm-to-hot occasion,” referring to the 90-degree temperature. He reflected on the beauty of the trees, the Hudson River and the sky, but added a quote from Saint Basil himself on what he found beautiful, “I am delighted at looking at the human faces of believers. The Archbishop, noting the presence of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, across the river from the Academy, and its mission of training offers for battle, said St. Basil’s offers “training for life, for the possibility of facing problems and difficulties in life,” and referred to it as “the West Point of the Church.” He also told the graduates and audience “there is nothing wrong with adding knowledge and education, especially if it goes hand-in-hand with the formation of character.” Fr. Constantine Sitaras, academy director, noted the continuing progress and program of improvements under way, and

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CONGRESSWOMAN KELLEY delivers commencement address.

Greek American Day Schools Hold Commencements

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FR. CONSTANTINE Sitaras, director of St. Basil Academy addresses the graduates and guests.

offered great praise to the Philoptochos for their continuing strong support of the institution. He also touched upon the Academy’s increasing role as a retreat center for numerous Church-affiliated organizations and groups. “It’s a new and very exciting era in the history of St. Basil,” Fr. Sitaras said. National Philoptochos President Eve

More than 300 students at 18 Greek Orthodox day schools in the Archdiocese received diplomas at graduation exercises in May and June. Archbishop Demetrios for the first time, took part in four commencements in the New York area. They were Holy Trinity Cathedral School in Manhattan, the Greek American Institute in the Bronx, William Spyropoulos School in Flushing, Courtesy of Kosta Bej St. Demetrios High School ANNA SAKALIS, Valedictorian of St. Demetrios High School Class of 2000, receives one of her many awards from His in Astoria. His Eminence pre- Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and Rev. Dr. Frank Marangos. sented degrees and awards to the students and praised their accomplishments and speeches they delivered in Greek. Schools holding commencements and the number of graduates (in parenthesis) include Holy Trinity School, San Francisco (4); St. Nicholas School, Northridge, Calif (19); St. John’s School, Tampa, Fla. (26); Koraes School, Palos Hills, Ill. (15); Socrates School, Chicago (7); Hellenic American School. Lowell, Mass. (9); Cathedral School, New York (7); St. Spyridon’s School, New York (6); A. Fantis School, Brooklyn (6); Soterios Ellenas School, Brooklyn (16); Three Hierarchs, Brooklyn (13); Kaloidis School, Brooklyn (16); St. Demetrios School, Astoria (18); Archbishop Iakovos High School (11) and Jamaica Day School, Jamaica, N.Y. (11); Transfiguration School, Corona, N.Y. (11); Spyropoulos School, Flushing (25); and Annunciation School, Houston (65).

Orthodox Observer - 25 June 2000  
Orthodox Observer - 25 June 2000  

Orthodox Observer - 25 June 2000