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Secretary of State Madeleine Albright Fetes Archbishop WASHINGTON Nearly 300 guests witnessed a first at the State Department on May 12; a salute to Archbishop Demetrios and the Greek Orthodox Church by a U.S. Secretary of State. Madeleine K. Albright hosted the black-tie affair at which she praised the Archbishop for his leadership, referring to him as a world-renowned scholar and world-class pastor of patience, strength and love. Mrs. Albright also singled out the contributions to peace of the Greek Orthodox Church and its most welcome role. This past Sunday, in Cappadochia, Patriarch Bartholomew called on Greeks and Turks to love one another (and) respect each others particularities and traditions so that, hand in hand, they can bridge the Aegean with an unbreakable bridge of friendship. Referring to Greeces role in promoting peace in the region, she said, the whole world is seeing Greece in a new light of tolerance and respect. Secretary Albright also told the audience that tonights dinner brings to mind the day last November in Istanbul when my higher authority, President Clinton, and I were welcomed by His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. That was the first time a sitting President has ever visited the historic See of Constantinople, so I am delighted to be able to reciprocate this evening as the Presidents representative by hosting the Patriarchs representative in the United States. She also noted the humanitarian and peace efforts in Albania, the Balkans, and Cyprus. In his response, Archbishop Demetrios conveyed the deepest and warmest, heartfelt wishes from the Ecumenical Patriarch. His Eminence said, This is an instance of a great honor bestowed upon me and the entire Greek Orthodox community in America. A dinner at the State Department, hosted by the Secretary of State herself in the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Room, constitutes an event of unusual magnitude and significance.
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ARCHBISHOP DEMETRIOS addresses the gathering of Leadership 100 members and other dignitaries at the State Department dinner. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Archbishop Iakovos (seated at right) look on.
Spirit of Enthusiasm, Joy Characterize Leadership 100 Conference byJim Golding
WASHINGTON A new spirit of enthusiasm and support for the Church embraced the annual conference of the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund, held at the Capital Hilton, May 11-14, with nearly 300 persons attending. Unprecedented developments characterized the conference, including the staggering announcement by outgoing Chairman George Kokalis that Leadership 100 has approved a $10 million grant to Holy Cross-Hellenic College over the next 10 years that will allow qualified students to attend the schools on full scholarships. (See related story page 5) Along with this and other major grants was Millennium Membership Drive Chairman Stephen G. Yeonas declaration that an unprecedented 80 new members have made their pledges to join the organization, more than have joined in the past
MEMBERS OF Leadership 100’s Executive Committee with His Eminence.
five years combined. And, for the first time in Archdiocese history, a U.S. Secretary of State honored
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the leader of the Church in America when Madeleine K. Albright hosted a dinner for Archbishop Demetrios at the State Department. (see related story page XX) Secretary Albright began her remarks by wishing the gathering of nearly 300 persons with Christos Anesti, in Greek, after which His Eminence led everyone in the ornate Benjamin Franklin Dining Room in singing the Resurrection hymn. Commenting on the conference, Leadership 100 Executive Director Fr. Alex Karloutsos said that under the leadership of His Eminence, Leadership 100 members will lead the way for the advancement of Orthodoxy and Hellenism well into the new millennium. He is the spiritual father who reminds us constantly that we are
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Basil Vasiliadis, Former Chief Secretary and Observer Director passes on Basil Vasiliadis, former chief secretary of the Archdiocese under Archbishops Michael and Iakovos, and former director of the Orthodox Observer from 1957-66, died May 23 at his home in Clearwater, Fla. Mr. Vasiliadis was born in 1910 in Imbros and graduated from the theological school at Halki. In 1945, he as named as chief secretary of the Patriarchal Office at the Ecumenical Patriarchate. He also had
been a teacher of Greek and religion in Imbros and in Constantinople. He was also secretary for Patriarch Athenagoras and served as director of the patriarchal magazine, Apostolos Andreas. He came to the United States in the mid-1950s to serve as chief secretary of Archbishop Michael and, later, for Archbishop Iakovos, whom he served until his retirement in 1979. Survivors include his wife, Philio; and two children, Leander and Mary.
MEMBERS OF the Eparchial Charter Committee and Holy Synod of the Archdiocese.
Final Draft of Proposed Charter Nears Completion Ellis Island Medals Awarded NEW YORKThe Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, together with the Eparchial Charter Committee and clergy and lay representatives from each Diocese, met under the chairmanship of Archbishop Demetrios, and reviewed the most recent draft of the Proposed Charter for the Archdiocese of America, May 3 at Archdiocese headquarters. The meeting included in-depth discussion on each of the articles. The proposed charter was unanimously endorsed in substance, and after completing the modifications to the text that were recommended, the document will be forwarded to the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. At the conclusion of the all-day meeting, everyone present expressed their appreciation to the Charter Committee and the Synod for their extensive and dedicated efforts on behalf of the Church in America. In addition to Archbishop Demetrios, the participants included: Metropolitan Iakovos of Krinis, presiding hierarch of the Diocese of Chicago; Metropolitan Maximos of Ainou, presiding hierarch of the Diocese of Pittsburgh; Metropolitan
Methodios of Aneon, presiding hierarch of the Diocese of Boston; Bishop Alexios of Atlanta and Bishop Nicholas of Detroit. Also, Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos, the Rev. Dr. Demetrios Constantelos, Professor Louis Patsavos, Elenie Huszagh, Emanuel Demos and Diocesan representatives: the Very Rev. Savas Zembillas, Professor Helen Hadjiyannakis-Bender, Archdiocesan District; the Rev. James Dokos, Fred Chapekis, Diocese of Chicago; the Rev. Peter Salmas, Theofanis Economides, Diocese of San Francisco and the Rev. Michael Varvarellis and George Kappos, Diocese of Pittsburgh. The Rev. Nicholas Triantafilou and James Argeros, Diocese of Boston; the Rev. Charles Sarelis and John Johns, Diocese of Denver; the Rev. Paul Kaplanis and Panos Constantinides, Diocese of Atlanta; the Very Rev. Alexander Leondis and Judge Theodore Bozonelis, Diocese of New Jersey and the Rev. William Cassis and Gus Perdikakis, Diocese of Detroit. Unable to attend were Metropolitan Anthony of Dardanellion, presiding hierarch of the Diocese of San Francisco; Metropolitan Isaiah of Proikonisou, presiding hierarch of the Diocese of Denver and the Rev. Chris Kerhulas, president of the Presbyters Council.
HC-HC Summer Tour Begins June 15 BROOKLINE, Mass. Hellenic College-Holy Cross School of Theology will send seven students on its annual summer tour to promote the schools message. Their mission will include presentations on HC/HC, student recruitment and presenting information about the faith. The students three Holy Cross seminarians and four from Hellenic College, plus the wife of one of the seminarians will visit parishes in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Pennsylvania on the month-long tour. They will also attend the YAL Conference in Philadelphia, and visit summer camps sponsored by the Pittsburgh and Detroit dioceses.
Parishes on the itinerary include Sts. Constantine and Helen, Cleveland; Sts. Pauls, North Royalton, Ohio; St. Andrews, South Bend, Ind.; Annunciation, Dayton, Ohio; Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas, Cincinnati; and Annunciation Cathedral, Columbus, Ohio. Group members on this years Y2K Summer Tour include: Michael and Tina Kallos of Irvine, Calif., Julie Tziolas of Chicago, Luke Palumbis of Portland, Ore., Nektarios Antoniou of Brussels, Belgium; Eleni Goudanas, a Boston native, now of Kalambaka, Greece; Larry Legakis of Detrioit, and Luke Melackrinos, a Chicago native now from Baltimore. They will return to campus July 18.
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AWARD RECIPIENTS Among those honored at the Ellis Island Medal of Honor dinner were (in random order) Mr. and Mrs. George Kokalis, Andrew Athens, Dr. and Mrs. William Athens, Dr. Anthony Limberakis, Mr. and Mrs. John Papajohn, and Mr. and Mrs. James Costaras.
NEW YORK. The National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, sponsor of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, recently presented the prestigious award to 20 members of the Greek American community. They are as follows: Dr. William A. Athens, a physician and surgeon, Taylor, Mich.; Margo Catsimatidis, copublisher of the Hellenic Times newspaper, New York; James Costaras, educational consultant, New York; James F. Demos, chairman of United Hellenic American Council of Long Island, Seaford, N.Y.; Antonis H. Diamataris, publisher and editor of National Herald newspaper, New York; Dennis C. Droushiotis, U.S. trade commissioner for Cyprus, Washington; Michael H. Chakeres, president of Chakeres Theatres Inc., Springfield, Ohio; George C. Chryssis, president of Arcadian Capital Management LLC; Evanthea N. Condakes, National Philoptochos president; Swampscott, Mass.; Dr. Kirk P. Kalemkeris, fellow at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia; George P. Kokalis, national chairman of Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100
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SECRETARY OF STATE Madeleine Albright welcomes Archbishop Demetrios.
u page 1 Such an event demonstrates your deep understanding of the value of the principles and ideals connected to the Greek Orthodox Faith and Cultural Tradition. An understanding revealing a nobility of heart and mind, an insightful interpretation of history and an ability to handsomely relate past to present regardless of the distance in time and space. We are sincerely grateful to you, Madame Secretary, for this evening of grace, dignity, and true hospitality. All of us gathered here tonight, are involved, in one way or another, in watching, working, and contributing in any possible way to the promotion of peace, justice and freedom among the nations, among the peoples of the planet Earth. The Greek American community of this great country has always been a constant, enthusiastic and indefatigable defender and supporter of the lofty ideals of universal friendship, solidarity and adherence to the human rights. You as the head of the State Department of the most powerful nation on earth have been charged
with the awesome responsibility of advancing the above mentioned ideals, especially peace and justice. His Eminence continued, We are aware of the exceedingly delicate and difficult, the almost impossible task you have been entrusted with. And we pray that the Almighty God, the source of peace, freedom, prosperity, justice and truth guide you in all your endeavors, especially those related to the very sensitive issues of Cyprus, of Greek-Turkish relations and of the situation in the Balkans. In view of the new century and the new millennium, he said, we feel that we have an increased duty to work together in making this century a time of rediscovering the unique value of every human being, of restoring the human rights to all the underprivileged of the world. We feel that we have a paramount obligation to join forces in making this planet a free, creative, peaceful place to live for every nation, for every human being. This is perhaps, one of the messages that this dinner of honor conveys to all of us tonight. We are, therefore, thankful to God for this opportunity, he concluded.
Oratorical Festival Finals in June DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. St. Demetrios Church, host parish for the 2000 Archdiocese St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival finals is working to provide a memorable weekend for the 18 finalists who will arrive on June 2. Meanwhile, parish and district oratorical festivals are being held throughout the Archdiocese. Hundreds of teens that have researched, written and rehearsed their speeches many times over, are hoping to become one of their diocese finalists to the National Finals on June 3. Each year in July the Department of Religious Education publishes The Annual Resource Companion (ARC), which includes the upcoming years Oratorical Festival Topics and Speaker Tips. In this fashion each student is given adequate time and resources to develop an excellent speech. The 1999-2000 volume contains 231 pages of insightful essays, lesson plans and general catechetical articles written by the Archdiocesan Metropolitans, Diocesan Bishops, clergy, theologians, seminarians and other well known Orthodox authors. The theme of the second volume of The ARC corresponds to this years Oratorical theme, Holy Tradition and contains articles that focus on Holy Scripture, the Holy Canons, Ecumenical Councils, Hymnology, Iconography and Liturgical instruction. Two examples of this years Topics are: Most of the teachings and practices of the Orthodox Church are based on Holy Scripture. Select a Bible passage and discuss how it is the basis for one or more of our traditions and Early Christians were
determined that the dating of Pascha needed to be both correct and consistent throughout the Christian world. Beginning in 1582, however, nonOrthodox Christians began to use a new method of calculating Easter. How did early Christians determine the date of Pascha and how important is it to maintain this tradition? Fr. Nicholas Manousakis, host coordinator of the Archdiocese finals, has announced that St. Demetrios parish is set to welcome the 18 diocese finalists who have advanced to the top level. Festivities will begin June 2 with vespers, a welcome orientation and a social. The Oratorical Festival will take place Saturday at St. Demetrios Church beginning at 10 a.m. Special guests include Bishop Alexios of the Diocese of Atlanta and the Rev. Dr. Frank Marangos, director of the Department of Religious Education. Festival results will be announced at the awards luncheon immediately following. The days activities will include a visit to the Daytona Speedway for a special tour and a trip to St. Augustine and the St. Photios National Shrine. The weekend will come to a close Sunday with a farewell luncheon following the hierarchical liturgy. Diocese festivals were in May, except for the Diocese of Denver, which took place April 14-15 at St. George Church, Oklahoma City. Dates and locations of the other diocese festivals were: For more information, contact the Department of Religious Education, at (800) 566-1088.
NEW YORK - Archbishop Demetrios has named the Rev. Mark A. Leondis as director of the Archdiocese Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministries, effective June 1. Fr. Leondis has served as the Denver Diocese youth director since June 1995. The son of Fr. and Presbytera Alexander Leondis, chancellor of the Diocese of New Jersey, Fr. Mark is a 1992 graduate of Hellenic College and 1995 graduate of Holy Cross School of Theology. He is currently a Master of Arts candidate in youth ministry at Gordon Cornwell Theological Seminary in Boston. He is married to Anastasia (Chamberas), daughter of Fr. Peter Chamberas, dean of St. George Cathedral, Manchester, NH., and Presbytera Georgia. Fr. Mark has started and directed two diocesan camping programs: Camp Good Shepherd of the Diocese of New Jersey and Archdiocesan District, and Camp Emmanuel in the Diocese of Denver. He publishes a monthly newsletter for youth workers, Youth Worker Tips for the Diocese of Denver and is co-writer, creator and producer of the Orthodox Christian Teen Video Series. Volume I: Substance Abuse: Our Kids Are Not Immune, dealing with the realities of drugs and alcohol our young people are facing daily, will be premiered at the Clergy-Laity Congress in Philadelphia this summer. With the blessings of Archbishop Demetrios, said Fr. Mark regarding his
new assignment, I look forward to serving the holy Archdiocese of America. I believe the Archdiocese Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministries needs to become a resource center for our Orthodox youth workers, families, young people and young adults. The Office will work diligently to produce retreats, camping programs, youth worker/advisor training, leadership training, a youth ministry video series and programs for parents, books and periodicals. Fr. Mark succeeds Fr. Anastasios Bourantas who has served as national youth director since June 1997. Fr. Bourantas has been assigned as pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Wilmington, Del.
60-Year Tribute Planned for Archbishop Iakovos LOWELL, Mass. Holy Trinity Church, on the occasion of its 100th anniversary, will honor Archbishop Iakovos on the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. He was ordained at the Lowell church on Pentecost in 1940. Among those attending will be Archbishop Demetrios and Metropolitan Methodios. Following services at the church, a luncheon will take place at the Doubletree hotel in Lowell.
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Wide-ranging events The conference began with members of Leaderships Board of Trustees and grant subcommittees holding meetings throughout the first day, May 11. The next days agenda included a new-member orientation, keynote breakfast with Archbishop Demetrios, a forum on Hellenism, general assembly, reception at the Cyprus Embassy hosted by Ambassador Erato K. Marcoullis, and the black tie banquet at the State Department In his keynote address at the breakfast, the Archbishop praised the organization for its strong support of Archdiocese ministries through concrete and visible means. He emphasized the theme of giving and sharing as part of how Orthodox Christians are to live their lives. You have been blessed by God abundantly, materially and financially, and blessed with being in a position to offer substantive assistance, and share what was given to us. His Eminence compared the act of giving and sharing with an act like composing a musical piece, creating a painting or an architectural masterpiece. He continued that God loves a cheerful (ilaron) giver and their mission is to develop giving and sharing in a free, personal, deliberative way, not reluctantly or under compunction; but from the heart, by generous giving and sharing on a continuous level. The Archbishop concluded, the real challenge of this noble and wonderful body of people is to be givers and sharers as a basic lifestyle. Saturday morning, Leadership members heard an inspiring presentation on the International Orthodox Christian Charities by IOCCs Executive Director Dean Triantafilou. He recounted the joys, the sorrows, the dangers and the triumphs he has experienced in helping needy people while serving with the organization, particularly in the Balkans. I dont know if I should slap you all or kiss you all, he said jokingly. It was Leadership 100 that put me there. He noted that, since 1997, IOCCs budget has risen from $6.6 million to about $30 million this year. Over the past eight years, IOCC has given nearly $100 million in aid around the world. One event that made an especially indelible impression upon Leadership members, was the Bible study conducted by Archbishop Demetrios, who was joined by Archbishop Iakovos. The two hierarchs set a tone and example of mutual love, respect and admiration that was a spiritual inspiration to the participants. Archbishop Demetrios, in his professorial style that crystallizes key points of Holy Scripture and Orthodox theology, discussed the reading from John 20:19-28, that details Christs appearance to the Apostle Thomas following His resurrection, revealing the complexity of Thomas action. Archbishop Iakovos, in comments following Archbishop Demetrios presentation, called it an exceptional, enlightening Bible study. Speaking of his own commitment to the faith, said, my faith is the faith of the martyrs of the Church thousands of them, millions of them. I am very happy with my faith. During audience questions and comments that followed, Gus Stavropoulos, Leadership 100s vice chairman, remarked: We have really witnessed the father and the son, the teacher and the student, with the student teaching and we thank you. Dr. Anthony Limberakis, of Rydal, Pa., commented, Bible study and spirituality
Many young adults participated in the L-100 Conference, like this group from Chicago (from left): Victoria Bousis, Angelo Bousis, Tina Parthenis, Constantine Grapsas, Peter Parthenis, Stacey Parthenis, George Gonis, Anna Gonis and Bill Tsourapas.
are what our faith is all about. He recommended that even more time be set aside at future meetings for religious instruction. Continuing the mornings emphasis on the Orthodox faith, a religious workshop followed presented by the Rev. Dr. Frank Marangos, director of the Department of Religious Education. Fr. Marangos discussed the theme of spiritual reconstruction, using King Hezekiah of Israel as the example. A visit to Dumbarton Oaks, site of one of the largest collections of Byzantine research materials in the world, with more than 100,000 volumes, took place in the afternoon. A black tie banquet completed the days events. The dinner honored George Kokalis, Andrew A. Athens, and George H. Chimples. A hierarchical Divine Liturgy at Saint Sophia Cathedral with Archbishop Demetrios officiating, served as a fitting end to the annual conference.
Positive impressions Several Leadership 100 members and leaders expressed the enthusiasm they felt about the conference. I felt there was electricity in the air, commented Arthur Anton Sr., of Boston, the new chairman of Leadership 100. It was a very emotional meeting, a meeting full of unprecedented heights, including the dinner at the State Department. To hear 250 voices singing Christos Anesti, is unprecedented. Madeleine Albright gave us the opportunity when she announced Christos Anesti, and the Archbishop picked up on that and led the gathering in singing it. The other highlight was the Bible study. To see Demetrios and Iakovos side by-side, tenderly looking at each other as they made their comments and to see Archbishop Demetrios joy, compassion and love at being next to Iakovos, as they discussed the passage after the resurrection, was something no one will ever forget. There was joy, happiness in the air; everyone was happy; they were smiling, you could see it. Everyone was feeling so good about being there. Mr. Anton continued, I also want to thank the Executive Committee and Trustees for electing me to serve the Church as chairman of Leadership. I will do all in my power to keep the vision and goals set by my predecessor, George Kokalis, high and to exceed them with the help of the Executive Committee, Board of Trustees and every member of Leadership working for one common cause: to make this fund large and read reach our 500 goal and help Archbishop Demetrios in his ministry to our Church in America. We want Leadership to give him the tools he needs to nurture and support various programs of our Church. Stephen G.Yeonas, chairman of the
Millennium Membership Drive, said, I think the conference was one of the most outstanding in the history of Leadership. The highlights were the State Department dinner in honor of Archbishop Demetrios was unprecedented; and the fact that we sang Christos Anesti was inspiring. The membership drive has been a huge success, he continued. All members are enthusiastic, and two or three members added relatives as new members right at conference. Mr. Yeonas observed that the key was the Executive Committee, and the trustees who accepted to be chairmen of dioceses. They were able to recruit members, and Fr. Alex Karloutsos visited every diocese and met with the bishops. It was unified effort, he said. Everybody was involved. Everyone is excited and the enthusiasm of the members made this possible. Im a brand new member, said Sava Tshontikidis. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the banquet. I find what the organization is doing is so very, very worthwhile and thats why my wife and I became part of it, thanks to Fr. Karloutsos and Fr. Karavellas. Fr. Karloutsos was instrumental in my joining. Were looking forward to doing what we can for the Church and the Archdiocese. John Catsimatidis of New York commented, I think tremendous strides have been made in contributions to help the Churchs ministries, including the gigantic contribution to Holy Cross for scholarships to train and educate our future priests to take us into the 21st century. Without that grant, we wouldnt have sufficient students willing to go college and pay that kind of tuition. It makes it affordable to become a priest. I think thats the biggest accomplishment. Gus Stavropoulos of Troy, Mich., Leaderships new vice chairman, called the conference a blessed event. I was very happy to see we have come to be accountable for all the things we have promised the Church and that were going to live up to all our commitments with Gods help. We look forward to growth years to come and I would like to see a time when we could give $200 million a year to the Church. Frank Sarris, Canonsburg, Pa., a new member with his wife, Athena, said they joined to help the Church further its ministries in a substantive way. Im very impressed with what I see. Im glad I did join. Ive met the nicest people. Nicholas and Kathleen Chimicles, in a joint statement, said the principal benefit of the Leadership 100 is that it brings together a group of like-minded people who have a desire and willingness to make a major financial commitment in an organized fashion to the Church and its mission. Leadership brings together those who
have realized the dreams of our ancestors and have reached a level of success in their chosen business or profession that makes this commitment possible. But it is not how we all achieved the ability to join Leadership that was discussed at the conference; rather it was how can we enhance Leaderships funding capabilities and the scope of its charitable activities. Mr. and Mrs. Chimicles continued, Archbishop Demetrios was an eloquent spokesperson for the Church hierarchy and appropriately tempered his appreciation for Leaderships support with exhortation for further support of important projects. It will be important for the members to receive periodic reports of the use and progress being made with Leaderships gifts for it is not just the making of the gift that it is satisfying; it is the witnessing of its fruition that inspires and motivates the gift-giver, they concluded. Nick Yiannias of Dubuque, Iowa, said that he and his wife were very favorably impressed with the conference and inspired by Archbishop Demetrios. I really enjoyed the Archbishops Bible study, he said. And we were certainly delighted to see Archbishop Iakovos again. Dean Bakes of New Canaan, Conn., called it an excellent conference very will run. I got tremendous satisfaction with the Archbishops Bible study class. I liked the idea that Iakovos was there. He added, I joined not to just enjoy social benefits, but also to support the different ministries of the Church. I was also involved before with the Archdioceses Ionian Village committee and Leadership funded that ministry for the first time. I just want to give back. Milton Sioles of Paradise Valley, Ariz., who along with George Chimples and several others has been involved with Leadership 100 since its inception, remarked that the conference was one of the best weve had over the years. I think leadership will move on rather strongly. Mr. Sioles said he created another membership for his family because he wanted to support the new Archbishop. Mr. Sioles also paid for a full membership for Archbishop Demetrios.
Concluding banquet At the banquet that capped the three days of business meetings, symposiums and social events, the audience honored three of Leadership 100s founders and strongest supporters who had been named life members: George P. Kokalis, Andrew A. Athens, and George C. Chimples. Mr. Kokalis spoke of his familys importance to him, and of his extended family the Leadership 100 members. He made an impassioned plea for them to support the work of the Church wholeheartedly. As I look back on my life of 91 years, God has blessed me abundantly, in more ways than I can talk about or remember, he said. I dont have the words to properly thank God, but I pray and I thank Him constantly. I thank the Lord everyday for you. Leadership 100 is you, all of you. In his address to the gathering that culminated the events of the conference, Archbishop Demetrios characterized the event as a celebration. For three days it was a celebration, he said, a celebration that created an unusual condition, a celebration of overcoming calculated pessimism, a celebration of the millennium in overcoming routine ways of giving and sharing and making it a creative act. We created history by all these things, His Eminence said. We have so many joys and gifts, he continued. How much more we have to give of ourselves to the gospel. Leadership 100 is service without condition, giving and sharing without counting.
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Windfall for Future Seminarians, New Department Result from Leadership Grants to National Ministries Outgoing Chairman George P. Kokalis of Phoenix, kept everyone in suspense through the Leadership 100 general assembly on May 12 when he said at the outset that he would make a major announcement at the meetings end. He stunned everyone in the room when he declared that Leadership would grant, over the next 10 years, $10 million to Holy Cross-Hellenic College for full scholarships to qualified students. Mark Stavropoulos, the Holy Cross Committee chairman for Leadership 100, told the Observer that the grant was approved following discussions between school and Leadership officials. Many Leadership members are on the Holy Cross Board of Trustees discussions over time discussed who Leadership can assist in attracting students and lessening the debt load, he said. Current tuition, including room and board, runs about $15,000 annually. Mr. Stavropoulos noted that, while many of the details remain to be worked out, Leadership and school officials hope that 20 scholarships can become available for fall semester. Criteria would be academics based, with a B+ average as the minimum requirement, and would be available to undergraduate or graduate students, male and female. Were very happy that we were able to fund it and are looking forward to increased enrollment, and to attract more graduates that will go into the priesthood, he said.
New department Later at the meeting, Grants Committee Chairman Bert Moyer announced several additional grants for the Archdiocese National Ministries. Among these is a $175,000 grant for the establishment of the Department of Interfaith Marriage, which resulted from a proposal submitted by Fr. Charles
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Keynote Address of H. E. Archbishop Demetrios of America to the Leadership 100 Conference
t the beginning of this ad dress I would like to convey to all of you members, friends and visitors of Leadership 100, the very warm, the very paternal greetings and wishes and blessings of His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, on the work so diligently and beautifully done by Leadership 100. He is addressing you in a way which combines love and expectations for something that is a future far surpassing the past, in the spirit of The 500 members in 2000 campaign, and in the spirit of an intriguing extension of a biblical passage in your brochure which reads: Let us be fishers of men and women once more. I would like to start with an eloquent statement of St. Paul from his second Epistle to the Thessalonians, which reads: We are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith is growing abundantly and the love of everyone for one another is increasing. And St. Paul continues: therefore, we ourselves boast of you in the Churches of God, (2 Thess. 1, 3-4) and in another instance adds: what thanksgiving can we render to God for you for all the joy we feel for your sake before our God. (1 Thess. 3,9) This is not a flattering, rhetorical language, but a serious language of a pillar among the Apostles, Paul, speaking before our God and speaking about the joy that he feels in thinking of the people. The above apostolic words describe my feelings as I see you in this Leadership 100 conference. Thanksgiving to God for knowing your commitment to him, a commitment translated into love for one another and the Church and the works of the Church, as a community. A thanksgiving permeated by deep joy for your visible witness to the faith of the Church and the tradition, the very venerable and long lasting and eternal tradition of Orthodoxy and Hellenism. You are a remarkable group of people, characterized by dynamism and professional success. All of you are achievers, achievers of high goals who voluntarily decided to give to the Church as a community of the people of God, to extend hands of generosity in offering help in concrete ways and visible means and manners. I will never forget the visit of the chairman and the vice chairman of Leadership 100, in my first working day as Archbishop last September. They came to my office in the first hours, of the first day and they came not only to greet, not only to extend hands in order to shake hands. These extended hands were holding a check for $100,000 for the victims of the terrible Earthquake in Greece. I will never forget this meeting that is symbolic of a gesture far beyond the activities of Leadership 100. Leadership 100 was not created to assist victims of an Earthquake in Athens, but it did that, and that shows the spirit, the mentality, the perspective. I also express my thankfulness to all of you who succeeded in adding in a very short time new members to the noble body of Leadership 100. Now we are at the period and at the point of facing new tasks, new challenges, new possibilities for promoting and enhancing our work as a specific group of people. The challenges and the opportunities come mainly from three areas. The first is the new century, the new millenium ahead of us. It is not only the new phase, in terms of time- we are not talking here about a new time designation, which is important but not always so important. The important thing is the tremendous changes that come with this new millenium and the new century. We are facing gigantic social, political, economic,
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ethical, demographic transformations allover the globe. They are changes that call for action, that call for specific planning and responding to this new constant outpour of challenges connected with the new millenium and the new century. The second area of challenge is the increasing recognition of the significance of our Orthodox identity and our Orthodox tradition and witness. Important religious, political, social, economic leaders and agencies in our society, express this kind of recognition and appreciation on a constant basis. I must tell you that I am the astonished and sometimes utterly surprised recipient of this type of expressions on a daily basis; through personal visits, texts, letters, phone calls or activities of various sorts and types. So this is a recognition that involves and entails action, and to use a very well know clich¾ in French Nobless oblige. If you are nobility you act accordingly. If you are, and we are the carriers of this type of recognition and respect, we act accordingly. We cant say, well well take the recognition and thats it. If this is the case, then sooner or later the recognition just goes down and dies by natural death. We need a dynamic response to this recognition, in order to show what is real. And what is real is that this Church is an alive dynamic Church, not of the past but of the present as well. Its a Church in which the Holy Spirit acts and there is no way to block this Holy Spirit action. We have to respond, we have to put ourselves on the same line and just be the carriers of this wonderful opportunity. The third area of challenge is our condition in faith. We have been, and especially you have been blessed by God abundantly. You are the recipients of material goods, and sometimes huge amounts of financial strength. This is no secret. It is a given. Here is a challenge to become the handsome communicants of the fortunes entrusted to us, to other people, to other sons and daughters of God, to the brothers of Christ. Its a particular group here that has been the recipient of a very special blessing on the part of God: the blessing of being in a position to assist on the financial, economic and in general to offer a very substantive assistance and to share with the people in need and basically with the Church and the people of God what was given to us. The above three challenges constitute a very strong call for all of us, an invitation to continue our mission in increasing power and effectiveness. The mission basically is a mission to give, a mission to share in love what was granted to us as faith and as opportunity for good works. To give and to share... Is it sufficient to say this? No. Its not sufficient to say that our mission is to give and to share. We have to qualify this
give and share. And allow me to just bring to our attention and share with you some qualifiers for this giving and sharing, and here perhaps, is a specific mission of this particular family of people, which constitute Leadership 100. First, its a mission of developing and displaying the art of giving and sharing. We need to develop the art of giving and sharing. That means to give and to share in manners and ways that are full of grace, of beauty, of charm, of tenderness. There are a thousand ways to give and to share, but there must be an art here, there must be a creative action. I would dare to say giving and sharing could become an art like composing a musical piece, or painting a charming image, or creating an architectural masterpiece, or being involved in an artistic creative activity. There is a saying in St. Pauls writings, and we will return to that. He says that God loves a cheerful giver: «éëáñüí ãáñ äüôçí áãáðÜ ï Èåüò» (2 Cor. 9, 7). Now cheerful is not an adequate translation for «éëáñüí». «Éëáñüí» as you remember from the beautiful hymn «Öùò éëáñüí» that we sing in the Vespers, means something combining grace, charm, love and gentleness. It is a composite thing of beauty and tenderness and peace and joy. We often talk about machines, instruments or functions being in the state of art. People advertise state-of-the-art products. How about a state-of-the-art giving and sharing. Just not to limit ourselves to counting the amounts or the numbers, but to create a work of art by giving and sharing, by making giving and sharing an act of beauty and an act of expression of the most refined human feelings. Second, it is a mission of developing giving and sharing in a free, personal, deliberate way. Each one, says Paul, must do as he has made up his mind not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Cor. 9, 7) «Eêáóôïò», each one, «êáèþò ðñïÞñçôáé ôç êáñäßá» as he has deliberately decided in his heart, «ìÞ åê ëýðçò Þ åî áíÜãêçò», not out of any emotional pressure or need enforced by social or other factors; because God loves some giver who is giving it freely. Just free, deliberate, coming from the heart giving and sharing, and not giving and sharing as a compulsory social obligation or an obligation towards a club. Third, its a mission of giving and sharing in a generous and continuous manner. Giving and sharing characterized by continuity and generosity. St. Paul is very emphatic on this issue: The point is this, he says: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly -the image is taken from the agricultural life- and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully... And God is able to provide you with every
blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work. (2 Cor. 9, 6-8) The language is striking, it is a language of abundance. You receive in abundance you give in abundance and you give continuously. Paul insists on this as he goes on talking about the generous giver: He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever. And He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food, will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. (2 Cor. 9, 9-11) Here is a very beautiful image, to remind us of this necessity for continuous and generous sharing and giving. And this could be done, even under conditions that are lacking in terms of means. The generosity of heart has ways to respond even under limited conditions. Our fourth mission in giving and sharing, is developing a giving and sharing as a powerful witness to faith. Giving and sharing is a witness because it constitutes a truly universal language. Here you dont need any translation. You can speak to any people through the language of giving and sharing. It is understood even by the most illiterate person, in the most problematic condition on earth. No question of understanding in this case. Lets really make this universal language a vehicle for our giving and sharing, a powerful manifestation of the love and the power of God expressed to our lives and through our lives to the other people. Allow me a digression at this point, that relates to a practical issue. I am sure that recently you have been listening to news and information referring to financial difficulties of the Church. And there is a talk about loans and other ordinary mechanisms in order to cope with the problem. But if we are really thinking in terms of giving and sharing, as a witness to the Gospel and to the power of the faith, we can immediately find ways to overcome the difficulties. We can offer help in a way which will demonstrate the dynamism of faith. We can turn a financial problem to an occasion of a manifestation of dynamic faith. Closing the digression and this keynote address, I could conclude by saying that we have in front of us the challenges and we have the opportunity for this group to really be a pioneer group in creating a model of giving and sharing. A model of giving and sharing, which as a magnificent rainbow after the rain will display the art of giving and sharing, the generosity of giving and sharing, the freedom in giving and sharing, and finally the powerful witness of giving and sharing. Are we all this time talking about something that we have to do? Of course, its something that we have to do, but its not only this. My beloved brothers and sisters, we are not limiting ourselves to speak about what to do, but about how to be. Our mission is not only a matter of doing, its a matter of being. Here we talk about being in the condition of giving and sharing not just acting. We are talking about giving and sharing as a lifestyle, as a way of life. Thats the important thing here. Perhaps the biggest challenge for this noble, and promising body of people of Leadership 100, the truly great challenge, is not simply to engage occasionally in acts of giving and sharing but to be permanently in a condition of giving and sharing, to have giving and sharing as their genuine human identity; ultimately to be imitators of Christ, the One who is the unsurpassed model of giving and sharing.
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Theodorakis’ ELECTRA in Carnegie Hall by Elizabeth M. Economou
he descendants of the illfated House of Atreus take center stage at Carnegie Hall on Sunday June 11th, 2000, at 2:00 p.m. in the U.S. Premiere of Mikis Theodorakis Opera Electra. The much-anticipated new opera, under the baton of Peter Tiboris, brings together the Manhattan Philharmonic Orchestra, a cast of Greek and Greek-American singers, led by Greek-American mezzosoprano Reveka Evangelia Mavrovitis in the title role, Electra, and an 80-member chorus of the Russian Chamber Chorus of New York and the Nyack College Chorale. Electra is the second work in Theodorakis Lyric Trilogy (Medea, Electra, Antigone). Medea was given its world premiere in Bilbao, Spain, in 1991. Electra received its first performance in Luxembourg in 1995, and Antigone will premiere in October 2000, at the Megaron in Athens. Based on the play by Sophocles, Electra will be performed in Greek with English subtitles. Three masked actors will also pantomime the plays action. Theodorakis will attend the premiere. The House of Atreus is one of the most cursed families in mythology. The two sons of Atreus, King Agamemnon and his brother Menelaus, the husband of Helen, for whom the Trojan War was fought, led the Greek forces in the Trojan War. Prior to the fall of Troy, King Agamemnon of Mycenae, sacrifices his daughter Iphigenia, under pressure by his men, desperate for strong winds so the fleet could set sail for Troy. Upon his return to the palace at Mycenae, the triumphant king is killed by his wife, Clytemnestra and her lover, Aegisthus. This is where Electra begins. The tragedy explores Electras seemingly rash scheme to avenge the murder of her father. Maestro Tiboris, whose company MidAmerica Productions is producing the opera, admits he was a bit skeptical at first to take on the project because of Theodorakis reputation as a popular artist. But Tiboris has come full circle. Everytime I look at the score, Im more and more impressed with the musical skill and Drama of [Theoorakis] Electra, he says. Tiboris says that Electra reveals a sophistication which can only come from one who is extremely skilled in musical elements. This [Electra] goes far beyond folk songs, he adds, he [Mikis Theodorakis] has captured the essence of the drama in musical terms. According to Tiboris, Electra has all the qualities that define great art: unity, complexity, blend, balance, proportion, and intensity. It seems the intensity of the operano doubt-parallels the intensity of the composers life. During the military junta in Greece (1967 - 1974), Mikis Theodorakis became a symbol of resistance. A member of parliament and the leader of a powerful youth movement, Greeces most popular composer was tortured and imprisoned for his political beliefs. In fact during the dictatorship, the music of the already legendary Theodorakis was banned. And in 1970, the efforts of an international solidarity movement headed by Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Miller, and Harry Belafonte managed to convert his prison sentence to exile. While in exile, Theodorakis gave some 1,000 concerts to demonstrate his unwavering commitment to restore democracy in Greece. More than 25 years after the fall of the dictatorship, the prolific Theodorakis continues to navigate a course, blending his exceptional artistic talent with a deep love for his country.
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he plot is a familiar one. Two governments are struggling to maintain control over an individual. Both claim to be the rightful and proper guardian of the individuals life. Both claim to be concerned with the individuals well being. At the center, or rather, in the middle of this contemporary tug of war is a 6-year Cuban old boy named Elian Gonzalez. by the Rev. Dr. Frank Maragos
Elian was rescued from the waters off Florida on Thanksgiving Day when his familys illegal attempt to migrate went tragically awry. His mother and stepfather are presumed drowned. Several weeks ago the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service said it would recognize only Elians biological father in Cuba as acting in the childs best interest and agreed to send him back. However, bitter protests among hyper-political Cuban exiles in Miami have kept Elian temporarily in the United Sates. How will the political tug of war over this young Cuban child be determined? Unfortunately, many support bribing Elian with trips to Disney World and other trinkets that would demonstrate how much better his life would be in the United Sates. Happy Meals and Toys-R-Us, aside, one wonders why the debate is contested along capitalistic argumentation rather than the ideals that once lured countless generations to these shores. Sacred history is replete with the accounts of individuals, families and nations that like Elian Gonzales were the focus of a spiritual tug of war. Whether its has been our progenitors, the chosen people of Israel, early Christian communities or the status of contemporary nations, Satans determined hands
A Spiritual Tug Of War I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39) have never left his side of the knurled rope. The Church has always had a vested interest to maintain a secure grip on the vine between the world and the Kingdom. The international debate that is focused over a Cuban boy provides a wonderful opportunity for clergy, parents and religious educators to examine the plight of our own nations youth. Like Elian, our own children are the latest trophies in the spiritual tug of war between the powers of Light and darkness the Kingdom and the world. Is it possible, while still on the shores of this great country, that spiritual dictators whose philosophies are contrary to that of the Gospel in fact enslave our children? Does the frequency of our vacations to Disney World or the number of Pokemon cards we have placed at our childrens disposal measure true freedom? Is the real contest between Clinton and Castro Cuba and America? Is this what we mean when we inquire as to our childrens best interests or should we be mature enough to likewise focus on the pernicious lure of another type of citizenship that seeks to snatch our childrens minds and souls away from Gods Lordship? Elians plight offers the opportunity to re-examine the liturgical texts of the
Triodion, the guidebook of our 70-day Lenten journey to Pascha. The Triodion is a valuable resource for assessing the condition of our spiritual citizenship. It reflects and measures our spiritual posture against the ideals described in Holy Scriptures. Reflecting on Elian Gonzalesplight, I can not help but hear the age-old cry of Moses that provides the Holy Triodions framework: Let my people go! (Ex. 7:6) What should here be understood is that these were Gods words placed in the once reluctant mouth of His servant? Moses understood that the best interests of Gods children would not be won through a rhetorical competition between two nations, economies or ethnic groups such as the people of Israel and Egypt. If this were the case, the austerity of the desert would always yield to the lavishness of the city. Like Moses we, too, should understand that spiritual exodus does not necessarily imply a change of economic status or national location. True Passover is the celebration of Gods victory in the tug of war over our souls. It is the triumph of the Kingdom over the world. If our paparazzi for Elians well being includes such criteria then, and only then, is it an honorable obsession. Pharaoh offered four objections to the
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total deliverance and complete separation of the Gods people from the land of Egypt. He did not wish to heed to Gods liberationist demands. The first of these is found in the eighth chapter f Exodus: Go and sacrifice to your God, commanded Pharaoh, but do it in the land (Ex. 8:25). In this proposal, Pharaoh wanted to dilute the sanctity of Judaic worship by not providing one of the most important elements separation. Gods prescription for worship clearly included a testimony of separation from anything that was profane. If the accommodation of Pharaoh had been accepted, Judaic worship would have taken the common ground of the uncircumcised Egyptians and placed the One True God on the same level as the gods of Egypt. St. Paul underscores the necessary characteristic of worldly separation in worship. We are to come out and be separate when we worship (2 Cor. 6). The word for church in Greek denotes this important theological thrust. Christians are the chosen ones , those that have been called out, the separate ones. Consequently, the effort to induce the Jews living in Egyptian bondage to worship in the land reveals a far deeper principle than we might at first imagine. There is a difference between mans religion and Gods. Separation from the world is an indispensable quality of true worship. But was exactly is the world? Jesus himself indicates that the world is anything that is not of God. If we desire to understand the true nature of the world we must strive to be concerned with
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Newark Greeks Plan Documentary Project
NEWARK, N.J. Three former Newark residents and afternoon Greek school classmates at St. Nicholas Church, Angelique Lampros, Peter Markos and Fr. George Xenofanes, have embarked on a mission of love to document the Greek experience in Newark at the turn of the 20th century. Through extensive research that will include personal interviews with living witnesses, and the careful selection of vintage photographs the book shall attempt both to recall life as it was and enhance for all time the lives, the dreams, and the achievements of this remarkable generation. The co-authors are requesting information and vintage photographs from everyone whose family either lived, worked, had a professional office or a business in Newark during those early years. Please forward all information, photographs or inquires to: Angelique Lampros, 714 Prospect Ave., West Orange, N.J. 07052, call Peter Markos at (908) 3698317 or fax Fr. George Xenofanes at (732) 940-0605.
AHEPA Foundation Donates to Children’s Program WASHINGTONThe AHEPA Educational Foundation recently contributed $1,000 toward the production of Kids-Eye View Of Greece, a childrens educational program that will air on public television in conjunction with the 2004 summer Olympic Games in Athens, announced Supreme President George J. Dariotis and Educational Foundation Chairman Dr. Van Coufoudakis. The Educational Foundation is proud to contribute to Kids-Eye View Of Greece, a program that will educate the public about Greece and its history, said Dr. Coufoudakis. Kids-Eye View is an example of the type of project AHEPA must provide assistance to if Hellenism is to be kept alive in mainstream America. According to Lisa Smith Nielsen, Producer, Kids-Eye View Of Greece, AHEPA stepped forward and offered assistance in the beginning stages of production, which is a most crucial time. The production teams goal is to finish production in spring 2003. At that time, it will be delivered to national PBS offices for review and distribution. According to Nielsen, Greek-American actress Melina Kanakaredes has agreed to host and narrate the educational program, giving the documentary added name recognition and potential exposure.
Photos, Sculptures at Hellenic Museum
CHICAGO The Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center has opened an exhibition: The Captured Image of a Culture: Sculpture by Anna Christoforidis, Photography by Michael Kambour, and features sculptures from Christoforidis Man and His World and other series and photographs from Kambours portfolio Images of Greece: Architecture,Landscape, and Greece. As the exhibition title suggests, Christoforidis and Kambour draw on the Greek cultural heritage and celebrate as-
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Hellenic Studies Center Established at Univ. of S. Florida by the Rev. Dr. Stanley S. Harakas
HELLENIC TIMES Scholarship recipients with Archbishop Demetrios at the recent Scholarship Dinner Dance held in New York’s Plaza Hotel, May 5.
Salt Lake Community Commemorates Memorial Day SALT LAKE CITYThe Greek Orthodox Community of Greater Salt Lake City held traditional Memorial Day services May 28, at the Hellenic historical monument in the Holy Trinity Cathedral courtyard dedicated to the community founders, to servicemen of World Wars I and II and the Korean Conflict; and to more than 200 individuals who lost their lives in Utah industrial accidents. Their names are inscribed on brass plaques placed on the monument. On Feb. 19, 1904, 16 Greeks who worked on the massive Lucin Railroad Cutoff project across the Great Salt Lake died when an eastbound train collided with a construction train pulling two carloads of dynamite, causing a tremendous explosion and killing a total of 28 individuals. The tragedy occurred at Jackson Point, Box Elder County, northwestern Utah, about 81 miles east of Ogden. Heralded as a miracle construction achieve-
ment, the line opened to passenger traffic on Sept. 18, 1904, and had heavy volume during both World Wars. Stella Kapetan, of Des Plaines, Ill., an avid student of labor and immigration, while researching her family ancestry, discovered that her great-great grandfather, Leonidas Maltezos, age 45, was one of the victims of the tragedy. As part of the memorial services, a large stainless-steel plaque was commissioned for the monument to memorialize the 16 Greek victims of the Lucin Railroad tragedy. Ms. Kapetan, keynote speaker, delivered the eulogy. Event sponsors included the Greek community, the Hellenic Cultural Association and Greek fraternal organizations. The Rev. George Politis officiated; and the church choir sang. A Utah National Guard honor unit participated with a rifle team, and a bugler playing Taps. Chris S. Metos, Hellenic Cultural Association president, chaired the event.
Camp Good Shepherd Set for July 23-30 by Clio Alexiades
Last August, Camp Good Shepherd reappeared at St. Basil Academy on this majestic hill on the Hudson River. Led by the efforts of George Hazlaris, Archdiocesan District youth director, and Fr. Constantine Sitaras, executive director of St. Basil Academy, the revival of this worthy camp for area youngsters came to fruition. Despite the heat wave, campers enjoyed a week of fun, fellowship, games, sports and learning about their faith. They worshipped together, created icons, built prayer stations, and boated up the Hudson River. It was truly a memorable week for a group of children and teen-agers brought together by their Orthodox faith. Camp Good Shepherd will be a reality again, this summer for all youth ages 10-16. The camp is set for July 2330. All youth from the metropolitan New York area, New Jersey Diocese Youth and beyond are encouraged to come. The Academy has been busy prepping for the arrival of these lucky young people. Dormitories have been cleaned and painted. This past year, all the campus bathrooms were renovated and the
infamous brown water has been eliminated! Thanks to the Sisterhood of the National Philoptochos, new mattresses have been purchased, and new pillows and linens donated. The pool renovation is scheduled to be complete by June and the new Gus Spanos Memorial Weight Training Room is available for use. In addition to these capital and other improvements, the camp program is being designed so that it will truly be another memorable, important week in the lives of these campers. Camp fees are $265/camper. Anyone interested in being a camper, counselor or staff member should contact Fr. Costas at (914) 424-3500 or email stbasil@ bestweb.net. A registration packet, including an application, medical release form and other information is available. Camp Good Shepherd is a summer youth program of the Archdiocesan District and New Jersey Diocese Youth Offices. Purchased in 1944 by the Ladies Philoptochos Society, St. Basil Academy is located on a large, wooded estate on the banks of the majestic Hudson River in Garrison, N. Y., 50 miles north of New York City.
TAMPA, Fla. University of South Florida Professor Chris Tsokas, president of the American Foundation of Greek Language and Culture (AFGLC), announced at the AFGLC Forum 2000, March 10-11, the opening of the Interdisciplinary Center for Hellenic Studies (ICHS). In addition, the announcement was made regarding a major donation for the construction of a specially designed building for the program. AFLGCs fifth annual Educational Forum, organized by the educational committee and chaired by USF Medical School Professor John U. Balis, attracted participants from the United States and Greece. The event began with an invocation by Bishop Iakovos of Catania, and greetings from university officials. Professor William M. Murray, Gus and Mary Stathis Endowed Professor of Greek History and ICHS executive director, announced the official opening of the Center at USF and discussed plans to implement the program. Professor Murray was followed by the programs newly appointed Peter and Sophia Kourmolis Endowed Professor of Greek Language and Literature, Dr. Ippokratis Kantzios. The other endowed professorships are the AFGLC Professorship in Greek Culture; the AFGLC Professorship in Greek Philosophy, and the Nicholas J. Maroulis Professorship in Byzantine History and Orthodox Religion. Speakers at the morning session of Forum 2000 included Professor Thomas Martin (College of the Holy Cross), Professor Matthew S. Santirocco (dean, New York University), Professor James A. Wright (dean, Bryn Mawr College), Professor Jennifer T. Roberts (City College of New York), Professor Winfred E. Brownell (University of Rhode Island). All focused on the experience of the interdisciplinary approach. The afternoon session discussed the interaction of AFGLC and the interdisciplinary Center of Hellenic Studies with Greek and American institutions. The program included presentations by Professor Nikolaos Matsaniotis, secretary general of the Academy of Athens, and Dr. Stelios Papadopoulos, museologist, speaking on the Permanent Exhibit of the Holy Mountain Athos in Athens. Dr. Yota Iconomaki Papadopoulos, former curator of Greek museums, spoke on Greek Orthodox Church and monastery artistic treasures. Speaking on the interdisciplinary approach to the study of Greek language and culture was Professor Antonia Tripolitis, director of Greek Studies at Rutgers University. Ancient Greek music was the focus Professor Diane Touliatos-Miles presentation. She is director of the Center for Humanities at the University of Missouri. Professor Aristotle Michopoulos, director of Greek Studies and acting dean of Hellenic College, Brookline, Mass., introduced a forum discussion on networking between Greek and American Institutions, led by the Rev. Stanley S. Harakas. Dr. John Balis concluded the discussion by summarizing the days events.
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Giving and Sharing
n his keynote address to the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 En dowment Fund Conference in Washington on May 12, Archbishop Demetrios emphasized the theme of giving and sharing as part of how Orthodox Christians are to live their lives. He told the assembled group of highly successful men and women, You have been blessed by God abundantly, materially and financially, and blessed with being in a position to offer substantive assistance, and share what was given to us. He also told them that God loves a cheerful giver and their mission should be to develop giving and sharing in a free, personal, deliberative way, not reluctantly or under compunction; but from the heart, by generous giving and sharing on a continuous level. Giving and sharing should be a basic lifestyle, the Archbishop proclaimed to the distinguished gathering. However, the Archbishops message reverberates far beyond the confines of the meeting room where he delivered his address. It echoes across the entire Archdiocese of America, to every diocese, every parish, every household and every member. We are all called upon to give and to share. While most of us cannot do so monetarily at the level of the Leadership 100 members, we can still give and share of the resources we have, of the time that we have and of the talents that we have, for the betterment of our individual parishes, and the entire Church. It really is what our Lord expects of us. Recall the episode where Jesus is sitting at the entrance to the Temple, and the poor widow puts in one coin of little value. He observed that others gave of what surplus they had, but that the poor widow gave all that she had. We can give and share by being faithful stewards of our parishes, giving and sharing our time for our community in whatever activity we can support, whether its the choir, or the Philoptochos chapter, or by serving as Sunday School teachers, or as parish council members, or offering administrative, secretarial and computer skills. There are hundreds of ways anyone can give and share to the Church, and to God. Giving food to the homeless and hungry, taking time to visit the sick and shut ins, all of these and more also serve as the means to accomplish this. The upcoming Clergy-Laity Congress is another opportunity for us, through our parish representatives, to give and share in the work of the Church. For those who can attend, in addition to the delegates, the Congress will provide opportunities for participation in many spiritual and religious education-related activities. In so doing, this will provide an excellent opportunity for participants to receive invaluable instruction in the faith, which they can take with them to their parishes and share their information and knowledge with the greater community for the greater spiritual enrichment of all. Thus, giving and sharing of oneself in various ways for the Church, not only financially, will serve to advance our Orthodox Christian faith into the future to the glory of God. Isnt that also what giving and sharing are about?
u Memorial Day tribute t The fertile fields of far-off France, the beaches and marshes of Normandy, the white cliffs of DoverAll have become part of those Americans who refused to desert their comrades in arms and who accepted eternal death over life for the love of nation and freedom. This month, as always, we honor them; not only will this nation and its people forevermore be in their debt, but so will mankind in general; for their sacrifices have allowed the world and its people to dream forever of the vision of freedom. We sincerely recognize this month that this will not dim the glory of their deeds. And as they fought and died, if need be in the future, others will rise to defend liberty and freedom. As long as this nation survives and it will survive their sacred deed and valor will never
be forgotten, for we live in freedom because of those Americans who selflessly gave their lives that others might live in peace and dignity. John A. Micklos Baltimore, Md. Mr. Micklos is a retired history teacher and Chairman Emeritus of the War Memorial Commission for the State of Maryland.
u Celebrating holiday t Editor, I have some thoughts about celebrating Greek Independence Day in the new millennium. The Seattle community, in which I grew up, has celebrated by having an after-dinner dance with a live band on Saturday night. A brief program of prayer and poetry kicks things off. In Boston, where I have lived since coming to the Seminary in 1992, Greek Americas from across New England gather for a Sunday afternoon parade through downtown, complete with local
uuu marching bands and decorated floats. People work very hard to make the parade a success, but unfortunately the crowd of observers along the sidewalks is pretty sparse until the final block where the hierarchs and dignitaries await. I wonder what Greek Orthodox people across the country think of the idea of combining there two local traditional into a new synthesis with a broader scope - an outdoor daytime festival on Saturday celebrating freedom with live bands and brief speeches on the topic not only of the liberation of Greek Christians from Ottoman oppression but on the liberation of other oppressed people as well. I have in mind a festival occasion at a public park that can be an event not only for the Greek community but for the whole city, sponsored by the Greek Orthodox community. It would be an opportunity to celebrate freedom, and music, with the wider community while also raising public awareness about ourselves and about the oppression of various peoples historically and in the world today. Markos Achilles Nickolas Brookline, Mass.
u Good communication t Editor, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and the Rev. Dr. D. Constantelos spoke eloquently in a previous 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 ours 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 Parishioners and must compliment each other, not create a tug-of-war between faith-culture, that serves no one and brings a lot of damage. I often wonder how much our faith and 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 that 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 them to have a sense of pride and a sense of belonging teaching
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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 am 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 been a blessing for me to teach so many children for so many years, for I taught the parents and years later their children. I thank God for allowing me this privilege. Mrs. (Thomas) Demetra M. Morres Pensacola, Fla.
u Cooperation needed t Editor, I was very disturbed during this Holy Week at one service, when a parishioner got upset at a parish council worker who was following instructions from our coordinator and he gets his instructions from the priest. It seems the person had come in and wasnt seated in the church, but standing in the narthex and insisted on taken communion first, even though the council worker explained that the first row in the church was first and each row would follow the row ahead of them. The person got upset at the worker and walked out. In this case that person was the loser, since they didnt get to receive Holy Communion, but it also made the parish council worker feel bad, and she was only following instructions and thats what we as council workers do, when we serve in the church. The instructions we give to parishioners are the instructions we receive from the priest by way of the council president. We as parish council workers dont make the rules, we just do our best to follow the guidelines given to us, as we do our best to serve God and our church. The priest does his very best to keep things running smoothly and orderly and thats no small job during Holy Week, but we as workers and parishioners also need to co-operate with each other to keep things running smoothly. Fran Glaros Clearwater, Fla.
u Egg dye issue t Editor, Regarding Elizabeth Hansons letter, that expressed the fear that her parish had with the red dye on the eggs. When I read this article I was astonished and somewhat disappointed. Astonished that the members of the community have such little faith, even after the eggs have been blessed by the priest, that they are still worried about the unlikely and so-called cancer risk. I also found it very disturbing that the parishioners would leave the eggs and not take them home. I feel that if that parish really and truly had faith, in their religion and in their priest there shouldnt be anything standing in the way of touching the eggs even with the red dye that was thought to be deadly. Tiffany Alexopoulos Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
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R ETIRED CLERGY Growing Older Is Better Than Ever by Fr. Nicholas L. Vieron
The most important thing is a useful life.
In almost every way - financially, mentally, and health-wise -older people are better off today than ever before. We have not yet found the Fountain of Youth, but we seem to be moving in that direction. We are discovering that aging does not take as much away from us as we used to think. As we take better care of our health, we stay younger than our chronological age. Retired older people are increasingly forming a new leisure class, with enough money (for the most part) and time to enjoy it. In fact, retirement takes away many of the burdens, worries and stresses of life. We become more satisfied with our age. We, the clergy of the Greek Orthodox Church, have even more reason for gratitude. First and most important, of course, are our immediate loved onesour spouse, children and grandchildren. But even beyond that we have people in the parish who care. We have, in most cases, our extended family. Whether we are in the same community we last served or in a new location, we have the members of the church who, for the most part, continue to embrace us. We are grateful. Also, because of our training and/ or experience, we may, if we wish, continue to serve in some capacity....fillingin where there is a need for a priest, responding to invitations to address groups, in writing our memoirs which, perhaps no one will ever read, but will give is an outlet for our thoughts. Or, better still, reaching out to some young person who needs, if nothing else, our encouragement and our praise. I, for one, enjoy editing the monthly newsletter The Epistle - for our retirees and for our widowed presbyteres. Thus, I am back in touch, so to speak, with those whom Ive been separated, in some instances, for over half a century. We use to think that money was the most important thing because it gives us security. It is important to have a certain minimum amount to assure our physical needs. We do not find happiness sitting and counting our money...that we dont have anyway! In most of our cases, our church pension and our social security income must suffice. Thus, we need to spend our time in meaningful ways. Doing nothing is far more harmful than overdoing. We can and should continue to be
productive members of our society. We can continue to be responsible for ourselves and we can help others. A useful life in later years is more and more a reality instead of a dream. Again, our training can serve us well here, also.
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Certainly, age has some disadvantages. The old song, The Old Gray Mare Aint What She Used to Be can be a depressing reality for many. In aging we usually suffer more physically. On the other hand, as we age there is a gradual release from the burdens of responsibility. Our children are on their own; in many cases we do not have to worry about making a living; biological passions subside. Acceptance of age can bring more relaxation. Growing older can really become one of the subtler pleasures of life. We are reminded that some advantages in growing older are we smarten up. If we continue reading, thinking, and creating all our lives, our intelligence increases. Also, our mental health improves because we have learned to cope with difficult feelings. Women may discover that finding a personal style even in clothing improves. You dont have to follow fashions dictates. You know what you look best in. We are also reminded of the joy of grandparenting, which is described as the joy of children without pain! Theres a new zest for living with a new generation, and a greater sense of connection with the cycle of life. If you had the choice of growing older or shrinking younger that would you take? Really, there is not a doubt. Moving on is what makes life meaningful. It would be awful to think of today being followed by yesterday. Today must be followed by.... tomorrow! Older people are more accepted now One reason our society accepts older people more readily is simply because there are more of us now, and the number will continue to increase. This era is called The Aging Boom. It is expected that the number of people who are 85plus will double in the next 20 years. There are fewer and fewer jokes about old people and their presence is resented less and less. In fact, in many instances, it is sought after! Write to Fr Nicholas L. Vieron, RCA Epistle editor.Pastor Emeritus Annunciation Church, 573 N. Highland Memphis, TN 38122 - (901) 323-9530 E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
HOLY SCRIPTURE READINGS JUNE .......................................... 1 Th ........... Acts 14:20-27; Jn. 9:39-10:9 2 F ................ Acts 15:5-34; Jn. 10:17-28 3 S .............. Acts 15:35-41; Jn. 10:27-38 4 SUN ............ Acts 16:16-34; Jn. 9:1-38 5 M ............... Acts 17:1-15; Jn. 11:47-57 6 T .............. Acts 17:19-28; Jn. 12:19-36 7 W ............. Acts 18:22-28; Jn. 12:36-47 8 Th ................ Acts 1:1-12; Lk. 24:36-53 9 F .................... Acts 19:1-8; Jn. 14:1-11 10 S .............. Acts 20:7-12; Jn. 14:10-21 11 SUN ........ Acts 20:16-18, 28-36; Jn. 17:1-13 12 M .......... Acts 21:8-14; Jn. 14:27-15:7 13 T .............. Acts 21:26-32; Jn. 16:2-13 14 W ............. Acts 23:1-11; Jn. 16:15-23 15 Th .......... Acts 25:13-19; Jn. 16:23-33
16 F .............. Acts 27:1-44; Jn. 17:18-26 17 S .............. Acts 28:1-31; Jn. 21:15-25 18 SUN ... Acts 2:1-11; Jn. 7:37-52, 8:12 19 M .............. Eph. 5:9-19; Mt. 18:10-20 20 T .... Rom. 1:1-7, 13-17; Mt. 4:25-5:13 21 W ............. Rom. 1:18-27; Mt. 5:20-26 22 Th ........... Rom. 1:28-2:9; Mt. 5:27-32 23 F .............. Rom. 2:14-29; Mt. 5:33-41 24 S ................ Rom. 1:7-12; Mt. 5:42-48 25 SUN .. Heb. 11:33-12:2; Mt. 10:3233, 37-38, 19:27-30 26 M Rom. 2:28-3:18; Mt. 6:31-34, 7:9-11 27 T ................ Rom. 4:4-12; Mt. 7:15-21 28 W ............. Rom. 4:13-25; Mt. 7:21-23 29 Th .............. Rom. 4:4-12; Mt. 7:15-21 30 F ............. Rom. 5:17-6:2; Mt. 9:14-17
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Travel to Greece and Constantinople with the Spiritual Odyssey program of Ionian Vil age ! July 16 - 31, 2000 Spiritual Odyssey is a summer travel program for young adults ages 19 and older. You will experience the faith, culture and heritage of Greece, while making friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. The highlight of the trip is an audience with His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Constantinople and a tour of the Patriarchate and the Byzantine monuments of the city.
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The Rev. Sakellarios Orestes (Robert) John Began, 67, a retired priest of the Archdiocese, died Feb. 10 in Grand Prairie, Texas. Fr. Began was born in Johnson City, N.Y. on July 24, 1932. Upon graduation from high school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and was selected to attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. He later earned a master of science in aeronautical engineering from the University of Colorado in Boulder. While still in the Air Force, he was ordained as a subdeacon by Metropolitan Iriney, primate of the Russian Orthodox Church (later the Orthodox Church in America). After retirement from active duty, he was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Dmitri of Dallas (OCA) on April 17, 1977. Fr. Began served as Deacon to Bishop Dmitri (now Archbishop Dmitri) at St. Seraphim Orthodox Cathedral in Dallas, until he was placed on loan to the Greek
Orthodox Diocese of Denver and Holy Trinity Church in Dallas, in 1981. After his release to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America in 1985, Fr. Began was ordained to the holy priesthood by Bishop Anthimos on Dec. 22, 1985. He was subsequently the first priest assigned to the newly formed St. John the Baptist parish in Euless, Texas, where he served until December 1993. Ever eager to serve the Church, Fr. Began continued to serve as a supply priest for Texas parishes in the Diocese of Denver, including those in Wichita Falls, Austin, and Fort Worth despite failing health. He was formally attached to Holy Trinity Parish in Dallas, where he assisted Fr. Nicholas Katinas as much as he was able, even serving as a prison chaplain. Survivors include his wife, Marie (Makara), and their son, John, both of Dallas. Funeral services were held at Holy Trinity Church in Dallas, concelebrated by priests and deacons from the Pan-Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood.
Very Rev. Peter S. Kostakos NEWARK, N.J. The Very Rev. Peter S. Kostakos, retired priest of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox community, died Oct. 22. He was born on May 8, 1920, in Newark, and was baptized and attended St. Nicholas Church. He attended the Newark School system and graduated from Central High School. After graduating from Bloomfield College, he worked for the Fidelity Bank in the bookkeeping department. He received his calling to the priesthood and attended Holy Cross Theological Seminary in Pomfret, Conn., graduating in 1944. He was ordained a deacon by Bishop Michael
on May 6, 1951, then as a priest by Bishop Kokinakis on May 20. Fr. Peter married the late Tina Panagrotareas on Aug. 27, 1944, and is survived by his son, Stephen; daughter-in-law, Karen; and four grandchildren: Lisa, Melissa, Stephen Jr., and Scott. Fr. Peter was assigned to various parishes in the country. He also served at the St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Passaic, N.J. (now located in Clifton, N.J.) for 15 years. Fr. Peter retired in 1987. Since his retirement, he had been assisting the Very Rev. James A. Aloupis at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Newark.
Rev. Fr. Gregory Economou SAGINAW, Mich. Fr. Gregory Economou, retired pastor of St. Demetrios Church, passed away March 23 at his home surrounded by his family. He was 89. Born Sept. 20, 1910, in Vrangiana, Greece, to Elias and Agathe Economou, he was one of 16 children. He studied to become a priest and teacher at Arta, Greece Teachers/Seminary College from 1926-1931. In 1929, while still a student, he got married and began teaching until 1935 when he entered the Greek army. While in the service, he was assigned to the Intelligence and Secret Documents Branch in Trikala, Greece. The branch worked to identify communists in Greece. He served until 1936, when he received an honorable discharge and resumed teaching. He was ordained a priest Feb. 26, 1939. Between 1942 and 1945, Fr. Gregory was captured three times and sentenced to death, and each time he escaped. During the Greek Civil War between 1944 and 1947, Fr. Gregory became the spiritual and military leader of 24 villages that bonded together to ward off the communist invasion of Greece. The government of Greece assisted him to flee to the United States to save his life. Fr. Economou arrived in New York on Jan. 9, 1947. He was reunited with his family 18 month later when his wife Alexandra and their children escaped Greece. The family settled in Lawrence, Mass. and Fr. Economou was assigned to the parish of St. Constantine and Helen. The
family remained in Lawrence until 1951, when Fr. Gregory was assigned to St. Demetrios Church in Saginaw. Fr. Economou retired in 1976. It was through his teachings, devotion and deep faith that he showed his parishioners their dreams could come true. He played a pivotal role in spreading the Lords teachings beyond the Tri-City area, reaching as far north as Gaylord on a regular basis. His retirement years were spent with family, friends and his honeybees, a hobby he had when he was a young boy in Greece and continued well in to his 80s. Fr. Economou always strove to make life better for his children, as well as for his siblings in Greece. His faith in God and his love of his family, church and Parish family always came first and this was reflected by the many personal sacrifices he made for the betterment of all mankind. He instilled strong values in his children and grandchildren and whomever he came in contact through his teaching, beliefs and examples. Fr. Economou is survived by his wife of 71 years, Alexandra; his four children: Electra Innes (Gus), of California; Euripides (Dee), of New York; Lou (Soula), of Saginaw; and Demetrios (Trisha), of Fla.; 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews in Saginaw, Canada and Greece. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by one brother, John Economou; two sisters, Eleftheria Vlahothemos, Maria Economou; and five infant brothers and sisters.
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Ç ê. ¼ëìðñáúô êáëùóüñéóå ôïí Áñ÷éåðßóêïðï ÄçìÞôñéï, áëëÜ êáé ôïí Áñ÷éåðßóêïðï ðñþçí ÁìåñéêÞò Âïñåßïõ êáé Íïôßïõ ê. ÉÜêùâï êáé ôïõò 250 ðåñßðïõ Üëëïõò ðñïóêåêëçìÝíïõò Åëëçíïáìåñéêáíïýò, ìÝëç ôçò ÇÃÅÓÉÁÓ ôùí 100 ðïõ ðáñåõñßóêïíôáí óôçí ÏõÜóéãêôïí ãéá ôï åôÞóéï óõíÝäñéü ôïõò. «Óáò êáëùóïñßæù ìå ôïí ÷áéñåôéóìü ðïõ üëïé åóåßò áíôáëëÜóóåôå áõôÝò ôéò ìÝñåò ìåôáîý óáò: <×ñéóôüò ÁíÝóôç», åßðå, ãéá íá ëÜâåé ôçí åíèïõóéþäç áðÜíôçóç «Áëçèþò ÁíÝóôç» áðü ôïõò ðáñåõñéóêüìåíïõò. «Ùò áíôéðñüóùðïò ôïõ ÐñïÝäñïõ ôùí Ç.Ð.Á. óáò õðïäÝ÷ïìáé êáé óáò êáëùóïñßæù ùò Áñ÷éåðßóêïðï ÁìåñéêÞò êáé ùò ¸îáñ÷ï ôïõ Ïéêïõìåíéêïý Ðáôñéáñ÷åßïõ êáé áíôéðñüóùðï ó áõôÞ ôç ÷þñá ôïõ Ïéêïõìåíéêïý ÐáôñéÜñ÷ç ê. Âáñèïëïìáßïõ». Áêïëïýèùò ÷áñáêôÞñéóå ùò «áðïäåäåéãìÝíá åìðíåõóìÝíç» ôçí åðéëïãÞ ùò Áñ÷éåðéóêüðïõ ÁìåñéêÞò ôïõ ÓåâáóìéùôÜôïõ, ôïíßæïíôáò üôé ðñüêåéôáé ãéá Ýíáí Üíèñùðï ðïõ åßíáé ü÷é ìüíï äéåèíþò áíáãíùñéóìÝíïò ìåëåôçôÞò êáé áêáäçìáúêüò áëëÜ óõã÷ñüíùò åîáéñåôéêüò ðïéìÝíáò êáé çãÝôçò. Êáé áðåõèõíüìåíç óôïí Áñ÷éåðßóêïðï ÄçìÞôñéï åßðå:
Óõìâïëéêü äþñï ðñïóÝöåñå ï Áñ÷éåðßóêïðïò ÁìåñéêÞò ê. ÄçìÞôñéïò óôçí ê. ¼ëìðñÜéô, ëßãï ðñßí ôçí Ýíáñîç ôïõ äåßðíïõ ðïõ ç õðïõñãüò åîùôåñéêþí ðáñÝèåóå ðñïò ôéìÞí ôïõ.
«Óåâáóìéþôáôå, óôçñßæåóôå óôïõò þìïõò åíüò ãßãáíôá, ôïõ Áñ÷éåðéóêüðïõ Éáêþâïõ ðïõ äßäáîå üëïõò ìáò íá ðñïåôïéìáæüìáóôå êáé íá áíôéìåôùðßæïõìå ôï ìÝëëïí, áíôëþíôáò áðü ôá ìáèÞìáôá ôïõ ðáñåëèüíôïò». Óôç óõíÝ÷åéá ç ê. ¼ëìðñáúô áíáöåñüìåíç óôç ðñüóöáôç ðñïóÝããéóç ìåôáîý ÅëëÜäïò êáé Ôïõñêßáò êáé ôçí êïéíÞ åðéèõìßá ôùí äýï ëáþí ãéá ôçí êáëëéÝñãåéá ðåñáéôÝñù ó÷Ýóåùí êáëÞò ãåéôïíßáò êáé ôçí åê íÝïõ ðñïóÝããéóç ôùí õðáñ÷üíôùí ðñïâëçìÜôùí, åîÞñå ôïí èåôéêü ñüëï ôçò Åëëçíïñèüäïîçò Åêêëçóßáò ðñïò áõôÞ ôçí êáôåýèõíóç.
«Ôçí ðåñáóìÝíç ÊõñéáêÞ óôçí Êáðáäïêêßá», åßðå, «ï Ïéêïõìåíéêüò ÐáôñéÜñ÷çò ê. Âáñèïëïìáßïò Ýêáíå Ýêêëçóç óå ¸ëëçíåò êáé Ôïýñêïõò ãéá áãÜðç êáé áëëçëïóåâáóìü þóôå íá âáäßóïõí ìáæß óôç óõìöéëßùóç». Éäéáßôåñç åîÜëëïõ áíáöïñÜ Ýêáíå óôïí çãåôéêü ñüëï ðïõ êáëåßôáé íá ðáßîåé ç ÅëëÜäá óôï ÷þñï Âáëêáíßùí êáé óôçí åìðÝäùóç ôùí áñ÷þí ôçò äçìïêñáôßáò óôéò ÷þñåò ðïõ âñßóêïíôáé óôá âüñåéá óýíïñÜ ôçò. Ç ê. ¼ëìðñáúô ìéëþíôáò ãéá ôçí Êýðñï, áíÝöåñå üôé ðáñáìÝíåé Ýíá íçóß
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ÅÐÉÓÔÏËÇ ÔÏÕ ÓÅÂ. ÁÑ×ÉÅÐÉÓÊÏÐÏÕ ÃÉÁ ÔÇÍ 35ç ÊËÇÑÉÊÏËÁÚÊÇ Ðñïóöéëåßò ìïõ ×ñéóôéáíïß, Ùò áäåëöïß åí ×ñéóôþ êáëïýìåèá íá óõììåôÜó÷ïõìå êáé íá óõíå÷ßóïõìå ôï ëõôñùôéêü Ýñãï ôïõ Èåïý óôïí êüóìï ìáò, ìå ðíåýìá ðßóôåùò, áãÜðçò êáé åíüôçôïò. Êáëïýìåèá íá âéþóïõìå ôçí ðßóôç ìå ôçí ïðïßáí ðïñåýèçêå êáé ëåéôïýñãçóå ç Åêêëçóßá ìáò åðß åßêïóé áéþíåò. Êáëïýìåèá íá äéáêçñýîïõìå êáé íá äéáôñáíþóïõìå ôçí ðßóôç, ç ïðïßá Ýäùóå óôïí êüóìï åêáôïììýñéá áëçèéíþí ×ñéóôéáíþí, ðéóôþí óôï ÅõáããÝëéï ôïõ ×ñéóôïý. Êáëïýìåèá íá åßìáóôå ïé óõíå÷éóôÝò ôçò ðßóôåùò ôçí ïðïßáí õðåñáóðßóôçêáí êáé äéåöýëáîáí ôüóï ïé ÌåãÜëïé ÐáôÝñåò êáé ÌçôÝñåò ôçò Åêêëçóßáò üóï êáé ïé Ýíäïîïé ÌÜñôõñåò, ãéá íá ìáò ôçí ðáñáäþóïõí áêÝñáéá, êáèáñÞ êáé áðáñá÷Üñáêôç. ÌÝóá ó áõôü ôï ðíåýìá ôïõ óåâáóìïý ãéá ôç óõíÝ÷éóç êáé áêåñáéüôçôá ôïõ ìçíýìáôïò êáé ôçò áðïóôïëÞò ôçò Åêêëçóßáò, èá óõãêåíôñùèïýìå ùò èåìáôïöýëáêåò ôçò Ïñèïäüîïõ Ðßóôåùò êáôÜ ôç äéÜñêåéá ôçò 35çò Äéåôïýò Êëçñéêï-ËáúêÞò Óõíåëåýóåùò ôçò ÉåñÜò Ïñèïäüîïõ Áñ÷éåðéóêïðÞò ÁìåñéêÞò. Ôï èÝìá ôçò Êëçñéêï-ËáúêÞò Óõíåëåýóåùò èá åßíáé Áéþíéåò Ðáñáäüóåéò óôçí Êáéíïýñãéá ×éëéåôßá. Óôç ÓõíÝëåõóç èá åðáíåîåôÜóïõìå ôçí åõèýíç êáé ôçí õðüó÷åóÞ ìáò íá ðáñáìåßíïõìå ðéóôïß óôéò áéþíéåò êáé áíáëëïßùôåò Ðáñáäüóåéò ôçò Ðßóôåþò ìáò, ïé ïðïßåò óôçí ðñáãìáôéêüôçôá åßíáé ï ßäéïò ï Éçóïýò ×ñéóôüò, ï áõôüò ÷èÝò êáé óÞìåñïí êáé åéò ôïõò áéþíáò (Åâñ. 13:8). Ç êáôáíüçóç êáé ôï áãêÜëéáóìá åê ìÝñïõò ìáò ôçò éåñÜò ðáñáêáôáèÞêçò ôçò ðßóôåùò, ôçí ïðïßáí ìáò Ý÷ïõí åìðéóôåõèåß, ó áõôÞ ôçí åðï÷Þ ôçò íÝáò ÷éëéåôßáò üðïõ üëá áëëÜæïõí ìå ôá÷ýôáôï ñõèìü, èá âïçèÞóåé óôçí
ðåñáéôÝñù äéáìüñöùóç êáé åíäõíÜìùóç ôçò áëçèéíÞò ×ñéóôéáíéêÞò ìáò Ðßóôåùò, êáé èá óõìâÜëåé óôçí êáëëéÝñãåéá ôçò áãÜðçò êáé ôçò åíüôçôïò ìåôáîý ìáò ùò ìåëþí ìéáò êïéíüôçôïò êáé ùò îå÷ùñéóôþí áôüìùí. ÁõôÞ ç åðáíåîÝôáóç ôçò åí ×ñéóôþ æùÞò ìáò èá óõæçôçèåß áðü ðïëëÝò ïðôéêÝò ãùíßåò, óå ó÷Ýóç ðÜíôïôå ìå ôç äïìÞ, ôï éåñü Ýñãï êáé ôçí áðïóôïëÞ ôçò Áñ÷éåðéóêïðÞò. Ïé åêðáéäåõôéêÝò óõíáíôÞóåéò êáé ïé óõæçôÞóåéò èá åóôéÜóïõí ôçí ðñïóï÷Þ ôïõò óôï ðùò åìåßò ùò êëçñéêïß êáé ùò ëáúêïß ìðïñïýìå íá äéáöõëÜîïõìå êáëýôåñá ôï ðåñéå÷üìåíï ôçò ÉåñÜò ìáò Ðáñáäüóåùò, Ýôóé þóôå ç ðßóôç, ç áãÜðç êáé ç åíüôçôá íá ìçí ðáñáìåßíïõí ìüíïí áöçñçìÝíåò Ýííïéåò, áëëÜ íá ãßíïõí æùíôáíÝò ðñáãìáôéêüôçôåò óôçí êáèçìåñéíÞ ìáò æùÞ êáé óôçí ìáñôõñßá õðÝñ ôïõ Éçóïý ×ñéóôïý. Ðñïóäïêþ ìå ÷áñÜ íá óáò óõíáíôÞóù óôç ÖéëáäÝëöåéá, ôçí Ðüëç ôçò ÁäåëöéêÞò ÁãÜðçò. Ãéá ôï êáëü ôçò Åêêëçóßáò ìáò, èá Þèåëá íá åíèáññýíù üëïõò óáò íá ðáñåõñåèåßôå óôçí ÓõíÝëåõóÞ ìáò, þóôå íá Ý÷ïõìå ôç ìåãßóôç äõíáôÞ óõììåôï÷Þ üëùí ôùí åíïñéþí ó áõôÞí. Ðáñáêáëþ ôïí Èåü íá ìáò âïçèÞóåé, þóôå ìÝóù ôçò Óõíåëåýóåþò ìáò íá ãßíåé öáíåñÞ êáé íá åíéó÷õèåß ç áãÜðç, ç ðßóôç, êáé ç åíüôçôá ôçò Áñ÷éåðéóêïðÞò ìáò. Åßèå ï Èåüò íá åõëïãåß ôá ó÷Ýäéá êáé ôéò ðñïåôïéìáóßåò ìáò, ðñïò äüîáí ôïõ ïíüìáôüò Ôïõ, ðñïò ïéêïäïìÞí ôçò Åêêëçóßáò Ôïõ, êáé ðñïò ôçí óùôçñßáí ôïõ êüóìïõ. Ìå ðáôñéêÞ áãÜðç åí ×ñéóôþ,
ÕãéÞò óöõãìüò Ôá ãåãïíüôá åßíáé êÜðïôå åíäåéêôéêÜ ôïõ êëßìáôïò êáé ôïõ ð��åýìáôïò ðïõ åðéêñáôåß. Ç Åëëçíïñèüäïîç Åêêëçóßá ìáò óôçí ÁìåñéêÞ óôçí åâäïìçíôáï÷ôÜ÷ñïíç ðïñåßá ôçò, ðÝñáóå ðïëëÝò öïñÝò, ìå ôç âïÞèåéá ôïõ Èåïý êáé ìå åðéôõ÷ßá ôéò óõìðëçãÜäåò ðïõ ðáñïõóéÜóôçêáí ìðñïóôÜ ôçò. ÔÝôïéï ãåãïíüò áðïôÝëåóå ç ðñüóöáôç óõíÝëåõóç ôçò <Çãåóßáò ôùí 100> ðïõ ðñáãìáôïðïéÞèçêå áðü 11-14 ÌáÀïõ óôçí ÏõÜóéãêôïí. ÏöèáëìïöáíÝò êáé áõôáðüäåéêôï ãéá ôïí êÜèå ðáñáôçñçôÞ Þôáí ôï ðíåýìá ôçò åí ×ñéóôþ áãÜðçò, ç äéÜèåóç óõíåñãáóßáò êáé ï åíèïõóéáóìüò ãéá ôçí Åêêëçóßá êáé ôç ìåëëïíôéêÞ ôçò ðïñåßá, ðïõ åðéêñÜôçóå êáé ÷áñáêôÞñéóå üëåò ôéò äéåñãáóßåò êáé åêäçëþóåéò ôïõ ôñéçìÝñïõ. Ôï áðïèåìáôéêü ôáìåßï ôçò É. Áñ÷éåðéóêïðÞò <Çãåóßá ôùí 100>, üíåéñï ìåãáëüðíïï ðïõ äçìéïõñãÞèçêå áðü ôïí Áñ÷éåðßóêïðï ÉÜêùâï êáé öÝñåé ôéìçôéêÜ ôï üíïìÜ ôïõ, ðñáãìáôþèçêå êé ùñßìáóå. Ôç öåôéíÞ ìüíï ÷ñïíéÜ ïãäüíôá íÝá ìÝëç ðñïóôÝèçêáí óôç äýíáìÞ ôçò, Ýíáò åíôõðùóéáêüò áñéèìüò áí óêåöôåß êáíåßò üôé îåðåñíÜ êáôÜ ðïëý ôïí áñéèìü íÝùí ìåëþí ðïõ ðñïóôÝèçêáí óõíïëéêÜ ôá ôåëåõôáßá ðÝíôå ÷ñüíéá. Ï Üìåóïò óôü÷ïò; ìåãáëüðíïïò êáé ðÜëé, áëëÜ åöéêôüò. Ðåíôáêüóéá ìÝëç ìÝóá óôï 2000. Êé ç ðñïóöïñÜ; ×ùñßò ðñïçãïýìåíï. Ôï ôáìåßï åðé÷ïñçãåß ìå 10 åêáôïììýñéá äïëÜñéá ôï êïñõöáßï åêðáéäåõôéêü ìáò ßäñõìá, ôï Åëëçíéêü ÊïëÝãéï/ ÈåïëïãéêÞ Ó÷ïëÞ ôïõ Ôéìßïõ Óôáõñïý, ãéá ôç èÝóðéóç ðñïãñÜììáôïò õðïôñïöéþí ãéá ôá åðüìåíá 10 ÷ñüíéá îåêéíþíôáò áðü ôï áêáäçìáúêü Ýôïò ðïõ áñ÷ßæåé ôïí ÓåðôÝìâñéï. Ìéá áðüöáóç åíäåéêôéêÞ ü÷é ìüíï ôçò áíÜãêçò áëëÜ êáé ôçò áðïôßìçóÞò ôçò. Ç Ó÷ïëÞ åíäõíáìþíåôáé êáé èá ìðïñåß óôï åîÞò íá ðñïóöÝñåé ôç äõíáôüôçôá áíÝîïäçò ãéá ôïõò õðïøÞöéïõò åêðáßäåõóçò áëëÜ êáé óõã÷ñüíùò íá áðáéôåß áðü ôïõò öïéôçôÝò ôçò, ôïõò áõñéáíïýò ðíåõìáôéêïýò ðáôÝñåò êáé êáèïäçãçôÝò ôçò Åêêëçóßáò ìáò <ôï Üñéóôïí êáé ôï ìÝãéóôïí>, üðùò ðïëëÝò öïñÝò Ý÷åé ôïíßóåé ï Áñ÷éåðßóêïðüò ìáò. Êáé åðéðëÝïí, åðé÷ïñçãÞóåéò ðïõ óõíïëéêÜ áããßæïõí, åêôüò ôùí õðïôñïöéþí ãéá ôç Ó÷ïëÞ, ôï Ýíá åêáôïììýñéï äïëÜñéá. ÓõãêåêñéìÝíá, ãéá ôçí äçìéïõñãßá ôìÞìáôïò-ãñáöåßïõ óôçí Áñ÷éåðéóêïðÞ ìå áíôéêåßìåíï ôïõò ìåéêôïýò ãÜìïõò (175 ÷éëéÜäåò äïëÜñéá), ãéá ôçí áíáíÝùóç ôçò ôå÷íïëïãéêÞò õðïäïìÞò ôçò É. Áñ÷éåðéóêïðÞò (325 ÷éëéÜäåò äïëÜñéá) êé áêüìá ãåííáéüäùñá ðïóÜ ãéá ôçí åíßó÷õóç ôïõ éåñáðïóôïëéêïý êáé öéëáíèñùðéêïý Ýñãïõ ïñãáíéóìþí üðùò ôï Ïñèüäïîï ×ñéóôéáíéêü Éåñáðïóôïëéêü ÊÝíôñï (OCMC), ï ÄéåèíÞò Ïñèüäïîïò ×ñéóôéáíéêüò Öéëáíèñùðéêüò Ïñãáíéóìüò (IOCC) êáé ïé äýï ôåëïýí õðü ôçí åðïðôåßá ôçò SCOBA ôçí ðñüóëçøç éåñÝùí êáé ôçí åíßó÷õóç ìéêñþí éåñáðïóôïëéêþí êïéíïôÞôùí ìáò.
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Ç Åëëçíïñèüäïîç ÈåïëïãéêÞ Ó÷ïëÞ ôïõ Ôéìßïõ Óôáõñïý
ßäñõóç ôçò ÈåïëïãéêÞò Ó÷ïëÞò ôïõ Ôéìßïõ ¸ëëçíåò öïéôçôÝò óðïõäÜæïõí óôçí ÈåïëïãéêÞ Ó÷ïëÞ Óôáõñïý óôï Pomfret, ôïõ ÊïíÝêôéêáô ôïõ Ôéìßïõ Óôáõñïý, êáèþò êáé öïéôçôÝò áðü üëï ôïí õðÞñîå Ýíá áðü ôá ìåãáëýôåñá åðéôåýã- êüóìï, Åõñþðç, Áóßá, Íüôéá ÁìåñéêÞ êáé ÁöñéêÞ, êáé ìáôá ôïõ áåéìíÞóôïõ êáé ìáêáñéóôïý Áñ÷éåðéóêüðïõ åðéóôñÝöïõí ãéá íá õðçñåôÞóïõí åðÜîéá ôçí ôïðéêÞ ÁìåñéêÞò êáé ìåôÝðåéôá Ïéêïõìåíéêïý ÐáôñéÜñ÷ïõ ôïõò Åêêëçóßá. Ôï 1954 ç Ðïëéôåßá ôçò Ìáóóá÷ïõóÝôçò áíáãíþñéóå Áèçíáãüñá. Âåâáßùò êáé ðñéí ôçí Ýëåõóç ôïõ Áñ÷éåðéóêüðïõ Áêáäçìáúêþò ôçí Ó÷ïëÞ äßíïíôáò ôï äéêáßùìá íá ðáñÝ÷åé ÐáíåðéóôçìéáêÜ ðôõ÷ßá. Ôï 1957 ç Áèçíáãüñá óôçí ÁìåñéêÞ ãßíïíôáí ðñïóðÜèåéåò óôçí Áóôüñéá ôçò ÍÝáò ôïõ êáè. Ãåùñãßïõ ÌðåìðÞ Ó÷ïëÞ áðÝêôçóå ôï äéêáßùìá áðïíïìÞò ôùí ðôõ÷ßùí B.D. êáé S.T.M. Åí ôù Õüñêçò íá éäñõèåß Èåïëïãéêü ÓåìéíÜñéï áðü ôï 1921, áëëÜ ôï 1924 ç ðñïóðÜèåéá áõôÞ áðÝôõ÷å ìåôáîý ôï 1956 Üñ÷éóå ôçí ëåéôïõñãßá ôïõ ôï Êïëåãéáêü êõñßùò ëüãù ôçò Ýëëåéøçò ïéêïíïìéêþí ìÝóùí. Ï íÝïò ÔìÞìá ôçò Ó÷ïëÞò, ôï ïðïßï åîåëß÷èçêå áñãüôåñá óôï Áñ÷éåðßóêïðïò ÁìåñéêÞò Áèçíáãüñáò, ìåôÜ ôçí ÝëåõóÞ ãíùóôü ðëÝïí Hellenic College, ôï ïðïßï ôåëéêþò ôïõ óôçí ÁìåñéêÞ óôéò 24 Öåâñïõáñßïõ 1931, åðåäßùîå áíáãíùñßóèçêå åðéóÞìùò áðü ôçí Ðïëéôåßá ôçò Ìáóóá÷ïõóÝôçò êáôÜ ôï áêáäçìáúêü Ýôïò 1967-1968. ôçí ßäñõóç ÈåïëïãéêÞò Ó÷ïëÞò. Óôçí 6ç ÊëçñéêïëáúêÞ ÓõíÝëåõóç óôçí Âïóôþíç ôï Ôï 1971-1972 áíáãíùñßóèçêå ç ðáñï÷Þ ôïõ ìåôáðôõ1935 åß÷å øçöéóèåß êáô áñ÷Þí ç ßäñõóç ôçò ùò Üíù ÷éáêïý ôßôëïõ Master of Theology êáé ôï áêáäçìáúêü Ýôïò ÐñïðáñáóêåõáóôéêÞò Ó÷ïëÞò êáé ôçí 9ç Óåðôåìâñßïõ 1976-1977, ôï Åëëçíéêü ÊïëÝãéï áíáãíùñßóôçêå áðü ôï 1936 ôï ëåãüìåíï <Ìåéêôü Óõìâïýëéï> ôçò Áñ÷éåðéóêïðÞò New England Association of Schools and Colleges åíþ ç ÁìåñéêÞò åíÝêñéíå êáé áóðÜóèçêå ôçí ðáñáðÜíù ÈåïëïãéêÞ Ó÷ïëÞ áíáãíùñßóôçêå êáé Ýãéíå ìÝëïò ôçò American Association of the Theological Schools in the áðüöáóç ôçò 6çò ÊëçñéêïëáúêÞò. Ôïí Ïêôþâñéï ôïõ 1936 Üëëï Êëçñéêïëáúêü óôï United States and Canada. Brockton, Mass. áðïöÜóéóå íá ðñïâåß óôçí åðßóçìç ðñüïäïò óõíå÷ßóôçêå âÞìá ðñïò âÞìá êáé áíáêïßíùóç ôçò éäñýóåùò ÈåïëïãéêÞò Ó÷ïëÞò. Óôéò 12 ìå ôçí áíïéêïäüìçóç ôïõ Ðáñåêêëçóßïõ ôïõ Éïõíßïõ êáé óôéò 30 Éïõëßïõ 1937 ï Áñ÷éåðßóêïðïò Ôéìßïõ Óôáõñïý ôïí Éïýíéï ôïõ 1963, ôçí Áèçíáãüñáò ìå äýï åíèïõóéþäåéò ðïéìáíôéêÝò åðéóôïëÝò áíïéêïäüìçóç ôïõ Ìáëëéþôåéïõ Ðïëéôéóôéêïý ÊÝíôñïõ ôïõ ðñïÝâáéíå óôçí áíáêïßíùóç ôçò éäñýóåùò ôçò áðü ôçí êñçôéêÞ ïéêïãÝíåéá ôïõ Êùíóôáíôßíïõ êáé ÈåïëïãéêÞò Ó÷ïëÞò óôï Pomfret, Conn., ðñïóêáëþíôáò Ìáñßáò Ìáëëéþôç, ôçí áðüêôçóç Ãõìíáóôçñßïõ, ôçí ôïõò åíäéáöåñïìÝíïõò íÝïõò íá ðñïóÝëèïõí ôïí áíïéêïäüìçóç êáôïéêéþí êáé ôÝëïò ôïí ÓåðôÝìâñéï ôïõ ÓåðôÝìâñéï óôï Pomfret êáé íá åããñáöïýí óôçí íÝá 1999 ôçí áðïðåñÜôùóç êáé ôá ëáìðñÜ åãêáßíéá ôçò ÈåïëïãéêÞ Ó÷ïëÞ. ÄåêáðÝíôå íÝïé åíåãñÜöçóáí ôïí ÂéâëéïèÞêçò ôïõ Áñ÷éåðéóêüðïõ ê. Éáêþâïõ. ÓåðôÝìâñéï ôïõ 1937 êáé Ýôóé Üñ÷éóå ç æùÞ êáé ôï Ýñãï Ç ÈåïëïãéêÞ ìáò Ó÷ïëÞ Ýãéíå ðëÞñåò ìÝëïò ôïõ ôçò Åëëçíïñèüäïîçò ÈåïëïãéêÞò Ó÷ïëÞò ôçò Áñ÷éåðéðåñßöçìïõ Èåïëïãéêïý Éíóôéôïýôïõ ôçò Âïóôþíçò óêïðÞò ÁìåñéêÞò. (Boston Theological Institute) êáé Ý÷åé ôï äéêáßùìá üðùò ñÝðåé íá óçìåéùèåß üôé ç ÈåïëïãéêÞ Ó÷ïëÞ, êáé ôï Åëëçíéêü ÊïëÝãéï áðïíïìÞò Äéäáêôïñéêïý åãêáôáóôÜèçêå óå Ýíá ëáìðñü êôÞìá, óå Ýíá äéðëþìáôïò <ôéìÞò Ýíåêåí>. Ðáãêüóìéá ÓõíÝäñéá, Äéåèíåßò éäåþäåò ðåñéâÜëëïí çñåìßáò êáé ðåñéóõë- ÓõíáíôÞóåéò ãßíïíôáé êáé äéïñãáíþíïíôáé áðü ôç ëïãÞò. Ðñþôïò äéåõèõíôÞò êáé Ó÷ïëÜñ÷çò áõôÞò ïñßóèçêå ÈåïëïãéêÞ ìáò Ó÷ïëÞ, ç ïðïßá åêäßäåé êáé ôï ðåñßöçìï ï åîáßñåôïò Áñ÷éìáíäñßôçò Áèçíáãüñáò ÊáâÜäáò, åðéóôçìïíéêü ðåñéïäéêü Greek Orthodox Theological áðüöïéôïò ôçò ÈåïëïãéêÞò Ó÷ïëÞò ôïõ Ðáíåðéóôçìßïõ Review. ÊáôÜ ôï äéÜóôçìá ôùí 64 åôþí ôçò ëåéôïõñãßáò Áèçíþí êáé ìå áíþôåñåò óðïõäÝò óôçí Ïîöüñäç. ôçò, ç Ó÷ïëÞ áíÝäåéîå ðÜíù áðü 600 áðüöïéôïõò ïé ÃåííçìÝíïò óôçí ÊÝñêõñá ÷ñçìÜôéóå çãïýìåíïò ôçò ïðïßïé Ýãéíáí Åðßóêïðïé, êáèçãçôÝò êáé éåñåßò, êáé êõñßùò ÌïíÞò ÃáëáôÜêç êáé õðïäéåõèõíôÞò ôçò Ñéæáñåßïõ äéáêïíïýí ôçí Åêêëçóßá ìáò óôçí ÁìåñéêÞ. ÊáëëéåñÓ÷ïëÞò ôùí Áèçíþí. Óôéò 31 ÌáÀïõ 1938 ÷åéñïôïíÞèçêå ãïýíôáé êáé äéäÜóêïíôáé ïé ÐáôåñéêÝò ÓðïõäÝò, ïé Åðßóêïðïò Âïóôþíçò. Ï Åðßóêïðïò Âïóôþíçò Áèçíá- ËåéôïõñãéêÝò ÓðïõäÝò, ç ËåéôïõñãéêÞ æùÞ, ïé ÂéâëéêÝò ãüñáò ÊáâÜäáò ðáñÝìåéíå äéåõèõíôÞò êáé Ó÷ïëÜñ÷çò ôçò ÓðïõäÝò, ç ÅêêëçóéáóôéêÞ Éóôïñßá êáé ç ÊáíïíéêÞ êáé Ó÷ïëÞò ìÝ÷ñé êáé ôï 1949, ïðüôå åîåëÝãç Ìçôñïðïëßôçò ÐïéìáíôéêÞ äéáêïíßá ìå ðñùôüôõðï ôñüðï õðü ôçí Öéëáäåëößáò êáé áñãüôåñá Áñ÷éåðßóêïðïò Èõáôåßñùí öùôéóìÝíç êáèïäÞãçóç ôïõ êáèçãçôïý ôïõ Êáíïíéêïý êáé ÌåãÜëçò Âñåôáíßáò. Ôï äéÜóôçìá ôçò èçôåßáò ôïõ Äéêáßïõ Äñ. Çëßá Ðáôóáâïý. Ç ÅëëçíéêÞ ãëþóóá äéäÜóêåôáé áüêíùò êáèþò êáé ç åðÝäåéîå Üñéóôï Ýñãï åðéäåéêíýïíôáò üíôùí ðáôñéêÞ áãÜðç êáé óôïñãÞ ðñïò ôïõò ìáèçôÝò , ïé ïðïßïé êáé ÂõæáíôéíÞ ìïõóéêÞ õðü ôçí åîáßñåôç äéåýèõíóç ôïõ óÞìåñá èõìïýíôáé ìå óõãêßíçóç ôï áãíü ðíåýìá ôçò êáèçãçôïý ê. Öþôç ÊåæåíôæÞ. Ôçí ÅëëçíéêÞ Ãëþóóá, ôá èõóßáò êáé ôçò áíéäéïôåëïýò ðñïóöïñÜò ôïõ, ãéá ôçí ÅëëçíéêÜ ÃñÜììáôá êáé ôçí ÅëëçíéêÞ Ëïãïôå÷íßá äßäáîáí ðñïåôïéìáóßá Üîéùí íÝùí êëçñéêþí ôçò Áñ÷éåðéóêïðÞò êáé äéäÜóêïõí êáé óÞìåñá ëáìðñïß êáé ðÜíôá Üîéïé ÁìåñéêÞò. Åõãíþìïíåò ïé ìáèçôÝò ôïõ, Ýóôçóáí ôçí êáèçãçôÝò. ¼ëïé ïé öïéôçôÝò åðéóêÝðôïíôáé ðñéí ôçí ðñïôïìÞ ôïõ êïíôÜ óôçí åßóïäï ôïõ Äéïéêçôéêïý Êôéñßïõ áðïöïßôçóÞ ôïõò ôçí ÅëëÜäá êáé ôï Ïéêïõìåíéêü ôçò Ó÷ïëÞò. Óôéò 5 Ïêôùâñßïõ 1937 ãéïñôÜóôçêå åðßóçìá Ðáôñéáñ÷åßï, êáé üëïé ðáñáêïëïõèïýí åíôáôéêÜ ç Ýíáñîç ôçò ëåéôïõñãßáò ôçò Ó÷ïëÞò, ôçí ïðïßá ìáèÞìáôá ôçò ÅëëçíéêÞò Ãëþóóáò áðü åéäéêïýò åðåõëüãçóå ï ôüôå Ïéêïõìåíéêüò ÐáôñéÜñ÷çò Âåíéáìßí êáèçãçôÝò óôï ÐáíåðéóôÞìéï Èåóóáëïíßêçò. ÂÝâáéá êáé åðåäïêßìáóå ï ¸ëëçíáò ÐñÝóâçò óôç ÏõÜóéãêôïí. ðïëëÜ Üëëá äåäïìÝíá Ý÷ïõí áëëÜîåé êáé êõñßùò ç óýíèåóç Óýóóùìïò ï Åëëçíéóìüò ôçò ÁìåñéêÞò õðïóôÞñéîå ôçí ôïõ öïéôçôéêïý óþìáôïò. Ðïëëïß öïéôçôÝò ðñïÝñ÷ïíôáé áðü ìåéêôïýò ãÜìïõò Þ Üëëïé åßíáé ðñïóÞëõôïé óôçí ßäñõóç ôçò ÈåïëïãéêÞò Ó÷ïëÞò óôçí ÁìåñéêÞ. Ïñèïäïîßá. Åßíáé ìéá ðñáãìáôéêüôçôá ðïõ ðñÝðåé íá é äýï ðõñêáãéÝò óôá êôßñéá ôçò ó÷ïëÞò óôï áíôéìåôùðéóôåß. ÏìïëïãïõìÝíùò üìùò êáôáâÜëëåôáé Pomfret êáé ç áðïìüíùóç ôïõ êôÞìáôïò êÜèå ðñïóðÜèåéá ãéá íá åðéôý÷åé ôï Ýñãï ôçò Ó÷ïëÞò. áðü ôçí åêêëçóéáóôéêÞ êáé ÐáíåðéóôçìéáêÞ ¼ëïé ïé êáèçãçôÝò ôçò Ó÷ïëÞò áëëÜ êáé ôïõ Åëëçíéêïý æùÞ ôçò ÁìåñéêÞò þèçóáí ôïí Áñ÷éåðßóêïðï ÁìåñéêÞò Êïëåãßïõ åßíáé äéáðñåðåßò åðéóôÞìïíåò êáé áãáðïýí ôï Áèçíáãüñá, ôïí äéåõèõíôÞ ôçò Ó÷ïëÞò Åðßóêïðï Ýñãï ôçò Ó÷ïëÞò. Âïóôþíçò Áèçíáãüñá ÊáâÜäá, êáèþò êáé ôçí ó÷åôéêÞ åðß ôïýôù åðéôñïðÞ õðü ôçí çãåóßá ôïõ ÷áñéóìáôéêïý åôáîý ôùí ëáìðñþí áõôÞò êáèçãçôþí ð. Éáêþâïõ Êïõêïýæç (ðñïúóôÜìåíïõ ôïõ Êáèåäñéêïý õðÞñîå ùò äéáêåêñéìÝíïò êáèçãçôÞò ôçò Íáïý Âïóôþíçò) íá ðñïâïýí ìå ôçí âïÞèåéá åðéöáíþí ï íõí ��ñ÷éåðßóêïðïò ÁìåñéêÞò ê. ÄçìÞïìïãåíþí, üðùò ôïõ Ôïì ÐÜððáò, óôçí áíåýñåóç íÝáò ôñéïò, ï ïðïßïò Üöçóå åðï÷Þ ìå ôç öùôåéíÞ äéÜíïéÜ ôïõ ôïðïèåóßáò ãéá ôçí ìåôáöïñÜ êáé áíÜäåéîç ôçò Ó÷ïëÞò. êáé ôï Üãéï ðáñÜäåéãìÜ ôïõ. Ï ãñÜöùí äéáêïíåß ôçí Ôï 1946 áãïñÜóôçêå ôï ðåñßöçìï Weld Estate óôï Ó÷ïëÞ ìáò åðß ôñéÜíôá-åðôÜ Ýôç êáé äýíáôáé íá ÌðñïõêëÜúí ôçò Ìáóóá÷ïõóÝôçò. Ôï êôÞìá 52 ìáñôõñÞóåé ðåñß ôïõ êáëïý êáé ôïõ áãáèïý Ýñãïõ áõôÞò. óôñåììÜôùí âñßóêåôáé óå ìéá åéäõëëéáêÞ ôïðïèåóßá, Ôçí áõôÞí ìáñôõñßá äßäåé êáé ïóÜêéò åðéóêÝðôåôáé ôéò ðÜíù óå ùñáéüôáôï ëïößóêï äåóðüæïíôáò ôçò Ðáíåðé- ÈåïëïãéêÝò Ó÷ïëÝò ôùí ðáíåðéóôçìßùí Áèçíþí êáé óôçìéáêÞò ðüëçò ôçò Âïóôþíçò. Ôïí Éïýíéï ôïõ 1946 Èåóóáëïíßêçò, ïé ïðïßåò èåùñïýí êáé áíáãíùñßæïõí ôçí áðïöïßôçóå ç ôåëåõôáßá ôÜîç áðü ôï éóôïñéêü Pomfret Ó÷ïëÞ ìáò éóüôéìç áõôþí. Ôçí óôéãìÞ áõôÞ ðïëëïß êáé ôïí Éïýíéï ôïõ 1947 áðïöïßôçóå ç ðñþôç ôÜîç óôï áðüöïéôïé ôùí Åëëçíéêþí Ðáíåðéóôçìéáêþí Èåïëïãéêþí ÌðñïõêëÜúí. Ç ìåôáöïñÜ ôçò Ó÷ïëÞò Þôáí ðñÜãìáôé Ó÷ïëþí óðïõäÜæïõí óôçí Ó÷ïëÞ ãéá ôï áíþôåñï Ýíá èáýìá ïñãÜíùóçò êáé ïìïëïãïõìÝíùò ïöåßëåôáé Ðáíåðéóôçìéáêü ðôõ÷ßï Master of Theology. åõãíùìïóýíç óå üóïõò ìå èõóßá êáé áõôáðÜñíçóç Äüîá ôù Êõñßù ðÜíôùí Ýíåêåí. åñãÜóèçêáí ãéá ôçí ìåôáöïñÜ ôçò Ó÷ïëÞò êïíôÜ óôç Âïóôþíç. Åí ôù ìåôáîý ôï êáëïêáßñé ôïõ 1946 ï Åðßóêïðïò Âïóôþíçò Áèçíáãüñáò ÊáâÜäáò ìåôÝâç óôçí Ï ê. Ãåþñãéïò Ó. ÌðåìðÞò åßíáé êáèçãçôÞò ÅëëÜäá üðïõ áíáæÞôçóå êáé âñÞêå 23 åîáßñåôïõò íÝïõò, Ðáôñïëïãßáò,óôçí ÈåïëïãéêÞ Ó÷ïëÞ ôïõ Ôéìßïõ ãéá íá óðïõäÜóïõí óôçí ÈåïëïãéêÞ Ó÷ïëÞ êáé íá Óôáõñïý, ôçò É. Áñ÷éåðéóêïðÞò ÁìåñéêÞò. õðçñåôÞóïõí ôçí Åêêëçóßá ìáò óôçí ÁìåñéêÞ. ¸êôïôå
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ÁÐÅÂÉÙÓÅ Ï ÂÁÓÉËÅÉÏÓ ÂÁÓÉËÅÉÁÄÇÓ ÕðçñÝôçóå ôçí É. Áñ÷éåðéóêïðÞ ãéá 23 ÷ñüíéá ÍÅÁ ÕÏÑÊÇ. Áðåâßùóå ôçí ÔåôÜñôç 24 ÌáÀïõ, óå çëéêßá 90 åôþí ï Âáóßëåéïò ÂáóéëåéÜäçò, äéáôåëÝóáò åðß óåéñÜ åôþí áñ÷éãñáììáôåýò ôçò É. Áñ÷éåðéóêïðÞò ÁìåñéêÞò êáé äéåõèõíôÞò ôïõ Ïñèïäüîïõ ÐáñáôçñçôÞ. Ï Óåâ. Áñ÷éåðßóêïðïò ÁìåñéêÞò ê. ÄçìÞôñéïò ìüëéò ðëçñïöïñÞèçêå ôï ãåãïíüò åäÞëùóå ó÷åôéêþò: <ÅêöñÜæù ôçí áìÝñéóôç óõììåôï÷Þ ôçò ÉåñÜò Áñ÷éåðéóêïðÞò êáé ôçí äéêÞ ìïõ ðñïóùðéêþò óôï âáñý ðÝíèïò ôçò ïéêïãÝíåéáò ôïõ ìåôáóôÜíôïò. Ï áåßìíçóôïò Âáóßëåéïò ÂáóéëåéÜäçò, ðôõ÷éïý÷ïò ôçò É. ÈåïëïãéêÞò Ó÷ïëÞò ôçò ×Üëêçò, ÌÝãáò ¢ñ÷ùí ÉåñïìíÞìùí ôçò Áãßáò ôïõ ×ñéóôïý ÌåãÜëçò Åêêëçóßáò õðÞñîå áãáðçôüò óå üëïõò ãéá ôçí åõóÝâåéá ôçò ãíþóçò ôïõ êáé ôï ðëïýóéï ÷ñéóôéáíéêü ôïõ Þèïò êáé ðñïóÝöåñå áêïýñáóôá åðß ðïëëÜ Ýôç êáé áðü äéáöïñåôéêïýò ôïìåßò ôéò ðïëýôéìåò õðçñåóßåò ôïõ óôçí Åêêëçóßá ôçò ÁìåñéêÞò. Åõ÷üìåèá íá õðÜñîïõí ìéìçôáß ôïõ õðÝñï÷ïõ ðáñáäåßãìáôüò ôïõ>. Ï Âáóßëåéïò Ã. ÂáóéëåéÜäçò ãåííÞèçêå óôçí ºìâñï ôï 1910. Áðåöïßôçóå áðü ôçí ÈåïëïãéêÞ Ó÷ïëÞ ôçò ×Üëêçò. Äßäáîå ÅëëçíéêÜ êáé ÈñçóêåõôéêÜ óôç ãåíÝôåéñÜ ôïõ êáé óôçí Êùíóôáíôéíïýðïëç. Ôï 1945 ðñïóåëÞöèç óôï Ïéêïõìåíéêü Ðáôñéáñ÷åßï ùò ãñáììáôÝáò ôïõ Á´ Ðáôñéáñ÷éêïý Ãñáöåßïõ. ÌåôÜ ôçí åêëïãÞ êáé åíèñüíéóç ôïõ ÐáôñéÜñ÷ç Áèçíáãüñá äéïñßóôçêå ãñáììáôåýò ôïõ ÐáíáãéùôÜôïõ êáé äéåõèõíôÞò ôïõ Ðáôñéáñ÷éêïý ðåñéïäéêïý <Áðüóôïëïò ÁíäñÝáò>. ÌåôáíÜóôåõóå óôçí ÁìåñéêÞ ôï 1956 êáé Ýêôïôå õðçñÝôçóå ôçí É. Áñ÷éåðéóêïðÞ ÁìåñéêÞò ùò Áñ÷éãñáììáôÝáò Ýùò ôï 1979 ðïõ óõíôáîéïäïôÞèçêå. Åêôüò ôùí êáèçêüíôùí ôïõ óôçí Áñ÷éãñáììáôåßá äéåôÝëåóå äéåõèõíôÞò ôïõ ðåñéïäéêïý Ïñèüäïîïò ÐáñáôçñçôÞò áðü ôï 1957 Ýùò ôï 1966. Ï ìåôáóôÜò áðïëåßðåé ôçí óýæõãü ôïõ Öéëéþ êáé ôá äýï ðáéäéÜ ôïõ Ëåùíßäá êáé Ìáñßá. Ï Óåâ. Áñ÷éåðßóêïðïò ðñþçí Â. êáé Í. ÁìåñéêÞò ê. ÉÜêùâïò ðñïÝóôç ôçò íåêñþóéìïõ áêïëïõèßáò ðïõ åøÜëç ôï ÓÜââáôï 27 ÌáÀïõ óôéò 11:00 ð.ì. óôïí Éåñü Íáü ôïõ Áãßïõ ÍéêïëÜïõ óôï ÔÜñðïí Óðñßíãêò ôçò Öëüñéäáò.
ÕãéÞò óöõãìüò u óåë. 13 Ôá ãåãïíüôá ìéëïýí áðü ìüíá ôïõò. Ç óõíÝëåõóç ôçò <Çãåóßáò ôùí 100> êáé ôï Ýñãï ðïõ ðáñÞãáãå åßíáé äåßãìá êáé ìüíï ôïõ êëßìáôïò êáé ôïõ ðíåýìáôïò ðïõ äéáöáßíåôáé óéãÜ-óéãÜ áëëÜ óôáèåñÜ óå üëç ôçí åðéêñÜôåéá, ðïõ îåêéíÜ áðü ôïýôï åäþ ôï êôßñéï, ôçí Ýäñá ôçò É. Áñ÷éåðéóêïðÞò, êáé öôÜíåé óå üëåò ôéò ÅðéóêïðÝò ìáò, áðü ôçí ÁôëÜíôá ìÝ÷ñé ôïí ¢ãéï Öñáãêßóêï êáé óå üëåò ôéò êïéíüôçôÝò ìáò üðïõ êé áí âñßóêïíôáé. Ï ðéóôüò, ï Ïñèüäïîïò ×ñéóôéáíüò ôçò Åëëçíïñèüäïîçò Åêêëçóßáò óôçí ÁìåñéêÞ åßíáé ëÞðôçò êáé ìÝôï÷ïò áõôïý ôïõ ðíåýìáôïò. ÂëÝðåé ôïõò ðíåõìáôéêïýò ôïõ ðáôÝñåò êáé çãÝôåò íá óõíåñãÜæïíôáé êáé íá ïìïíïïýí åí Óõíüäù, åí Ðíåýìáôé Áãßù. ÁãáëëéÜæåé êáèþò âëÝðåé ôïí áìïéâáßï, åéëéêñéíÞ êáé ðçãáßï óåâáóìü áíÜìåóá óôïí óçìåñéíü çãÝôç ôçò Áñ÷éåðéóêïðÞò ìáò êáé ôïí óåâÜóìéï éåñÜñ÷ç ðïõ õðçñÝôçóå êé áíÝäåéîå ôçí Åêêëçóßá ìáò, üíôáò ðïéìåíÜñ÷çò ôçò ãéá 37 êáñðïöüñá ÷ñüíéá. Ôá óçìÜäéá åßíáé îåêÜèáñá êáé ï óöõãìüò õãéÞò. Ï Óåâ. Áñ÷éåðßóêïðïò ÁìåñéêÞò ê. ÄçìÞôñéïò Ý÷åé åðáíåéëçììÝíá ìéëÞóåé ãéá Ýíá ìÝëëïí áíôÜîéï êáé áíÜëïãï ôçò Åëëçíïñèüäïîçò ôáõôüôçôáò êáé ðáñÜäïóÞò ìáò. Äåí ìðïñïýìå êáé äåí äéêáéïýìåèá ùò Åêêëçóßá íá áñêåóôïýìå óå ïôéäÞðïôå ëéãüôåñï. Óå ëßãåò ìüíï ìÝñåò ðïëëïß áðü óáò, áíôéðñüóùðïé ôùí êïéíïôÞôùí ôïõò, èá ðñïóÝëèïõí óôç ÖéëáäÝëöåéá ãéá ôçí 35ç ÊëçñéêïëáúêÞ ÓõíÝëåõóç. Åêåß èá óõìâÜëëïõí êáé èá ìåôÝ÷ïõí ôïõ êëßìáôïò ðïõ ïëïÝíá áðëþíåôáé êáé ãåìßæåé êáé ãáëçíåýåé ôçí êáñäéÜ ôïõ áíèñþðïõ, üôáí åðéêñáôåß êáé âáóéëåýåé ôï ìÞíõìá ôçò ÁãÜðçò ôïõ ×ñéóôïý, ôï ìÞíõìá ôïõ Åõáããåëßïõ. Ó.Ð.
O RT H O D OX O B S E RV E R
Highlights of Upcoming 35 Congress
housands of Greek Orthodox Christians from parishes throughout the United States will descend on Philadelphia in a few weeks for the 35th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress. This years event will place added emphasis on religious education and the various committee meetings will include presentations on the Orthodox Christian aspect of their ministry. Officially, the congress begins Monday, July 3, and concludes Friday, July 7. Some preliminary events will take place the weekend prior to the start of the congress, including meetings of the Archdiocesan Council, the Philoptochos diocese presidents and the National Board, and choir rehearsals, on Saturday, July 1. Throughout the week, liturgies will begin each day. Computer lab training will also be available. On Sunday, the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, with Archbishop Demetrios officiating, will take place at the Penn Convention Center, adjacent to the headquarters hotel, the Marriott. His Eminence will also attend the Philoptochos Convention opening that afternoon, will preside at the official exhibit opening, and will attend receptions of various church organizations, including DOXA, the religious educators organization; the National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians and the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate-Order of St. Andrew. Meetings of the National Sisterhood of Presvyteres, the Archdiocese Presbyters Council and various Philoptochos committees will take place in the evening. Monday, the days activities will begin with the opening breakfast. Throughout the day, meetings of various congress committees and the Philoptochos General Assembly will convene. Tuesday, the Church Musicians will hold their breakfast and the Sisterhood of Presvyteres will convene. Workshops for Inter-Faith Marriages and Outreach will also take place. In the early evening, the July 4th Doxology will take place at St. George Cathedral, followed by a family outing. Wednesday events include breakfast meetings of the Retired Clergy and Archons. Meetings of the Orthodox chaplains, Church Musicians and other groups will also be held. The first plenary session will begin about 3 p.m. On Thursday, clergy breakfasts of each diocese and the Philoptochos breakfast will take place, followed by the second plenary session. The grand banquet will take place that evening. Friday morning, Archbishop Demetrios will attend the Clergy
of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Saturday, July 1- Friday, July 7, 2000 Philadephia Marriot Hotel, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA http://www.clergylaity.goarch.org Breakfast. A Sisterhood of Presvyteres meeting will also take place. This year, there will be an increased emphasis on religious education. According to Fr. Frank Marangos, director of the Archdiocese Department of Religious Education, the new approach is based on the responses from those attending the previous clergylaity congress. The laity and delegates enjoyed the educational workshops and a survey taken at the congress showed high results, he told the Observer. Archbishop Demetrios recommended that workshops be offered for delegates and anyone interested. The workshops are designed to be closely aligned, coordinated and linked with the committee meetings, Fr. Marangos explained, and they will help the faithful become more knowledgeable about the faith.
In keeping with this years theme of the Department of Religious Education, the emphasis will be placed on the Holy Fathers. Speakers have been selected for their knowledge of patristics and church administration. Workshops will be presented in three parts: a brief biographical sketch of each Church Father, their theological contributions, and the application of that theology to the particular committee in which the Church father is discussed. The emphasis will be on the application of that to the particular committee, Fr. Marangos said. He emphasized that you dont have to be a delegate to participate; non delegates may attend, at no cost. These workshops constitute the departments off-year Religious Education Institute, which during non-congress years is held on the campus of Holy Cross School of Theology.
Pastoral Letter of His Eminence on the 35th Clergy-Laity Congress
MAY 31, 2000
WORKSHOP TITLE: The Witness of the Saints and the 21st Century Parish SPEAKER: Rev. Fr. Steven Tsichlis OVERVIEW: A discussion of the Three Hierarchs emphasizing three aspects of their ministries: Worship (St. Basil and Chrysostom), Teaching (Sts.Gregory and Chrysostom) and Social Service (Sts. Basil, Chrysostom and Gregory.) This discussion provides inspiration on the wholistic approach we Dearly Beloved, must take to parish life:beautiful, solemn, joyful worship; clear teaching and preaching with conviction; and a ministry of compassionate outreach As brothers and sisters in Christ we are called to participate and continue to the larger community around us. Worship and teaching enable us to Gods redemptive work on earth in a spirit of faith, love and unity. We are called be God-centered and clear about our identity as believers. Ministry to to live a faith by which our Church has lived and functioned for twenty centuothers is the fruit of that prayer and conviction. ries. We are called to proclaim and reaffirm a faith which gave the world milCOMMITTEE AGENDA OVERVIEW: The committee will review the lions of true Christians faithful to the Gospel of Christ. We are called to uphold proposed changes to the Uniform Parish Regulations as approved and a faith which the Great Fathers and Mothers of the Church as well as victorious submitted by the Diocesan Clergy Laity Assemblies. In the event that a Martyrs defended, safeguarded and delivered to us whole, clear and undistorted. Diocesan Clergy Laity Assembly has not taken place, the committee will It is in this spirit of reverence for the continuity and integrity of the Churchs also consider those individual parish submissions as directed through the message and mission that we will gather as stewards of the Orthodox faith at the Archdiocese. 35th Biennial Clergy Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. These proposed changes will be evaluated and voted upon by the comThe theme of the Clergy Laity Congress will be Ageless Traditions In A New mittee, with final recommendations submitted to the plenary session for Millennium. approval. At the Congress, we will examine our responsibility and commitment to reBIOGRAPHY OF SPEAKER: Rev. Presbyter Steven P.Tsichlis is the main true to the ageless and unchanging Traditions of our Faith which in reality is proistamenos of St. Paul Church in Irvine, Calif. Ordained to the priesthood the very person of Jesus Christ Who is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb. in 1983, Fr. Steven is a graduate of Holy Cross School of Theology as well as 13:8). Understanding and embracing this sacred depository of beliefs entrusted to Yale Divinity School with a S.T.M. Degree in patristics. Fr. Steven has served us, in the rapidly changing times of the new millennium, will further shape and the parishes of Holy Trinity in Waterbury, Conn., and Assumption Church in nurture our true Christian faith, and foster love and unity within us as a commuSeattle prior to being appointed to the San Francisco Diocese. nity and as individuals. This examination of our life in Christ will be discussed from a variety of perspectives within the ministries, structure and outreach of the Archdiocese. WorkWORKSHOP TOPIC: How to Achieve Placement of Religious News on shops and discussions will focus on how we as clergy and lay people can best approTV Newscasts and Print Media priate the content of our Holy Tradition, so that faith, love and unity do not remain SPEAKER: Linda Gastreich solely as abstract ideals, but as living realities in our daily life and witness to Jesus OVERVIEW: Ms. Gastreich will offer a workshop that is geared toward helpChrist. ing churches find ways to share their message through the media. She will I look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. For the discuss why a church might want to approach the media: generating story good of the Church, I encourage the fullest possible participation from our parishes ideas; writing news releases; and some tips on working effectively with rein the Congress. I pray that the faith, love and unity of our Archdiocese be maniporters as well as some suggestions on how to help an interview go smoothly. fested and strengthened through this gathering. BIOGRAPHY OF WORKSHOP SPEAKER: Ms. Gastreigh offers workshops May the Lord bless our plans and preparations, for the glory of His Name, for the on behalf of FACTA News Inc. of St. Louis. She began a career in communibuilding up of His Church, and for the salvation of the world. cations as a radio news reporter and anchor. After leaving radio she worked With paternal love in Christ, as a media relations consultant. She is presently a student at Eden Theological Seminary working towards a Masters of Divinity Degree and serves as a part time pastor of a 3-point circuit in the United Methodist Church. COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE OVERVIEW: The primary responsibility of the Department of Communications is to communicate the Churchs message of hope and love to our Greek Orthodox faithful and the public at DEMETRIOS large. The committee will review how this has been understood and acArchbishop of America complished through the Department of Communications. By cultivating professional relationships with print and electronic media; by producing material for print, radio and television in such a way as to achieve clarity in the public mind; and by providing an information service to Archdiocesan publications and departments, the dioceses and parishes; the department has worked towards fulfilling its mission. In an effort to improve the communications ministry, particularly in radio and television, it is imperative that a nationwide radio and television ministry for Greek Orthodox faithful and the greater American community be established. Discussion of this objective will also be part of the Communications Committee deliberations.
C O M M U N I C AT I O N S
YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY
WORKSHOP TITLE: Building Bridges to Adolescence: A Practical Guide to Understanding Youth Culture. SPEAKER: Rev. Fr. Mark Leondis OVERVIEW: This workshop will discuss the life of St. Athanasios and his theological teaching as it pertains to the Incarnation and humanitys participation in Christ. The discussion will include an explanation of the kenotic process and the practical implications St. Athanasioss life and teaching hold for Youth Ministry. COMMITTEE AGENDA OVERVIEW: The Youth and Young Adult Ministry Committee at the Clergy-Laity Congress will review past accomplishments and work of the Archdiocese Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries over the past two years. At the same time, the committee will build upon the foundation which has been laid and continue to set goals and objectives to better minister to our young people in the near future. While youth culture is constantly changing trends; music, clothing, hairstyle; one thing remains the same Jesus Christ: the same yesterday, today and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8). The Archdiocese Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries will become a resource center for youth, young adult, camping ministries, youth advisors, clergy and families to better assist their needs. BIOGRAPHY OF WORKSHOP SPEAKER: The Rev. Fr. Mark Leondis is the director of the Archdiocese Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Archdiocese. Fr. Mark is a 1992 graduate of Hellenic College and 1995 graduate of Holy Cross School of Theology. Prior to assuming this position, Fr. Mark served as the director of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Diocese of Denver. In addition, he has assisted in the ministries of several parishes in the Denver Diocese: the Greek Orthodox Assumption Cathedral in Denver and the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church in Colorado Springs, Colo.
WORKSHOP TITLE: St. Photios the Great SPEAKER: V. Rev. Arch. Nicholas Graff OVERVIEW: In this workshop we will turn our attention to St. Photios the Great, Archbishop of Constantinople, one of the most dynamic, prolific, and perhaps contoversial of the Great Church Fathers. A brief biographical sketch will be given, a general overview of his magnitude of theological and spiritual contributions, and a special emphasis to the practical application of his legacy of missionary zeal to our contemporary parish life. We will concentrate mostly on the immediate impact that our Orthodox Parish has on the community at large. We will be made ever more aware of our obligation to be good witnesses to our Faith. We will try to answer the question, What impact does my community have on those around us? We will be given an overview of the mission and purpose of our St. Photios National Shrine. COMMITTEE AGENDA OVERVIEW: The Institutions committee will review each institutions progress and plans for future development. Specifically the committee will focus on the mission of each institution, the major programs and initiatives that have been developed since the last Clergy Laity Congress as well as review the proposed goals and objectives for the next 2 years and beyond. The committee will also review the budgetary components of each institution and discuss how the needs of each institution can be assisted through the National Ministries budget. Finally the committee will develop recommendations for presentation and discussion and the plenary session of the Congress. BIOGRAPHY OF SPEAKER: The V. Rev. Archimandrite Nicholas T. Graff is the executive director of the St. Photios National Shrine and the proistamenos of St. John the Divine in Jacksonville, Fla. He is a graduate of Hellenic College in 1979 with a B.A. in Religion/Philosophy, and Holy Cross School of Theology in 1982 with an M.Div. in Theology. He earned a D. Min from Catholic University. He serves the Diocese of Atlanta in numerous capacities including vicar and member of the Executive Committee of the Diocesan Council.
MAY 31, 2000
FINANCE & STEWARDSHIP
WORKSHOP TITLE: Stewardship: Smooth Sailing or Shipwreck? SPEAKER: Rev. Dr. Frank Marangos OVERVIEW: An examination of the life and theological contributions of St. Cyril of Jerusalem. Special attention will be given to his allegorical exegesis at St. Pauls voyage to Rome (Acts 27) as it pertains to Christian stewardship. COMMITTEE AGENDA OVERVIEW: The Finance & Stewardship committee will review the Parish Stewardship program, the 1999 financial statements and the proposed 2001 and 2002 budgets of the Archdiocese. The committee will examine in detail, the stewardship results for the prior year and discuss the formula used by the Diocese and Archdiocese in establishing the stewardship obligations of a Parish. Additionally, the committee will examine all income and expense line items on the proposed budget and discuss the individual requirements of each department and ministry of the Archdiocese. Each department and ministry will provide a report to the committee in order to evaluate the prior years progress and review the financial requirements for the years 2001 and 2002. The committee will propose a final budget for presentation and approval by the plenary session of the Congress. BIOGRAPHY OF SPEAKER: Fr. Frank has been the director of Religious Education for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese since 1997. He served as the director of religious education for the Atlanta Diocese (1987-97) and as youth director for the Denver Diocese (1981-1983). Education: D. Min. Christian Education, Perkins School of Theology-SMU, Dallas, TX (1986); M. Div. Holy Cross School of Theology (1979);BA Hellenic College 1976);Doctoral Candidate, Ed.D., Adult Education, Nova Southeastern University, Miami. Parishes Served: Boca Raton, Fla.; Pensacola, Fla.; Houston.
WORKSHOP TITLE: Reflections on St. John Chrysostomss Perspective on Marriage and the Family: Implications for the Interfaith Marriage Challenge SPEAKERS: Rev. Nicholas Krommydas; Rev. Charles Joanides WORKSHOP OVERVIEW: This workshop will seek to introduce participants to some of St. John Chrysostoms perspectives on marriage. To be more specific, St. Johns perspectives on the nature and purpose of marriage will be summarized, together with some of his strategies for preserving marital and family harmony. In addition, the implications of what St. John Chrysostom has stated about marriage and the family will be related to the interfaith marriage facing the Archdiocese today. COMMITTEE AGENDA OVERVIEW: Over two-thirds of all marriages conducted in our churches are inter-Christian. In 1998, the Clergy Laity Congress in Orlando approved funding for an Interfaith Research Project (IRP). Consequently, the first objective to be accomplished in Philadelphia will be to report on the results of the IRP. The second objective will be to describe and discuss how this work has informed the Archdioceses continued efforts to reach out to this growing population of people. A brief description of the deliverables that have emerged from the IRP will thus be given. The third objective will focus on presenting a strategy to (a) disseminate the results of IRP, and (b) develop an infrastructure from which to continue building an outreach program to interfaith marriages and their families at the Archdiocesan, Diocesan, and local parish level. The fourth objective will be to discuss and develop a proposed budget that can support continued work in this area. BIOGRAPHIES OF SPEAKERS: Rev. Fr. Nicholas Krommydas is the chancellor of the Diocese of Boston. Ordained as a priest in 1973, he has served parishes in the New Jersey, San Francisco and Boston Diocese prior to being appointed chancellor. Fr. Nick is a graduate of Hellenic College/ Holy Cross School of Theology with an M.Div. and has earned a D.Min. from Boston University. Fr. Nick has done extensive work in the area of pastoral care counseling as well as pre-marital seminars for the Diocese of Boston. Fr. Charles Joanides is the director of the newly created Archdiocesan Department devoted to addressing and exploring issues related to Interfaith Marriage. Father Charles was ordained in 1980, and is currently serving St. Nicholas in Newburgh, NY. He received an MA from the University of Massachusetts; an M.Div. from Hellenic College/ Holy Cross; an MA in Human Development and Family Studies with a specialty in marriage and family therapy from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies with a specialty in Marriage and Family Therapy from Iowa State University. Fr. Charles is also a licensed marriage and family therapist. He has published several articles and research studies in academic journals and books.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION WORKSHOP TOPIC: From Antioch to America: St. John Chrysostoms Strategem for Surviving the Pressures and Pitfalls of Modern Existence SPEAKER: Presbytera Eugenia Constantinou. DESCRIPTION: Life in fourth century Antioch and Constantinople would seem to have little in common with 21st century America. But life in these cities when St. John Chrysostom preached was remarkably similar to life in our times. There were the financial pressures and family concerns, and also the lure of worldly pursuits from a dizzying array of temptations and temporal delights of all kinds; parties and banquets, horse races, theatrical productions and fantastic spectacles, lewd entertainment, a desire for fashionable clothing and footwear, elaborate hairstyles and makeup, sophisticated home decoration and more. Why did John Chrysostom consider the Bible to be the best anecdote for the hectic pace and wordly distractions of modern life? How did he advise that Christians read it? What kinds of excuses did his parishioners offer for not reading the Bible and how did he respond? Time melts away in this presentation and you will find that Chrysostoms words and practical advice are more appropriate to modern life than you could ever imagine. COMMITTEE AGENDA OVERVIEW: The committee will discuss the data from the 2000 Religious Education Climate Survey that canvassed the parishes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. The current data will be examined against the information obtained from the 1998 RE Climate Survey that was presented at the Orlando Clergy-Laity Congress. The committee will discuss the accomplishments of the past two years and develop recommendations for future initiatives that the DRE will pursue for the next two years. BIOGRAPHY OF SPEAKER: Presbytera Eugenia Scarvelis Constantinou has been teaching and lecturing on the New Testament and related topics for over 20 years. She is a former instructor of New Testament at Hellenic College/ Holy Cross School of Theology. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Religious Studies and Practical Theology, respectively from the University of San Diego, a Th.M. from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and a Th.M. from Harvard Divinity School specializing in New Testament. She is a Ph.D. candidate at Universite Laval and is currently completing her dissertation on the Interpretation of the Book of Revelation in the Ancient Church of the East. She also holds a Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law.
TOPIC: The Church Fathers and Hellenic Paideia: From Learning to Education SPEAKER: Rev. Dr. Demetrios Constantelos DESCRIPTION: Throughout the Byzantine millennium paideia-education has rested on two legs: Christian and Hellenic ideals, the Bible and Patristic writings, and the Greek classics from the Homeric epics down to the philosophers, poets, and historians of late antiquity. This workshop discusses the synthesis and balance between Greek thought and Christian faith achieved over the centuries by Church Fathers such as the Three Hierarchs; Patriarchs Tarasion, Photios, Eustathios of Thessaloniki and others. In light of the Church Fathers attitude toward Hellenic Paideia, Fr. Constantelos will address the question of what needs to be done to perpetuate and strengthen the patristic mind on Orthodox Christianity and Hellenic learning in our school and communities. COMMITTEE AGENDA OVERVIEW: The Archdiocesan School System comprises 19 parochial day schools and approximately 300 afternoon schools. During the current school year, 1999-2000 the parochial day schools operate with a student enrollment of 3,870 students. In addition, the 300 afternoon Greek language programs have an enrollment of approximately 30,000 students. The educational programs that have been offered by the Archdiocesan Department of Education up to this day, aim at instilling in the students of the Greek and non-Greek descent the spiritual, moral and cultural values of the Greek Orthodox Faith and heritage, in addition to teaching the modern Greek language. One of the main concerns of the Committee on Greek Education at the Congress must be to define the Departments future mission and scope regarding its national as well as local character (Archdiocesan District wise). By establishing the parameters of the Depart-
ments future function, new goals and objectives might be proposed that would better promote Greek Orthodox education and culture within the Archdioceses institutions and church schools. Furthermore, the Committee on education will make recommendations regarding: 1) Empowering the Archdiocesan Department of Education with the necessary human and other resources to successfully carry out its mission; 2) The preparation of qualified teachers and the staff-development of those who are currently teaching in the parochial day and afternoon schools-in cooperation with the Hellenic College, the local colleges, and universities, the Greek Ministry of Education, and of course, the local dioceses. For this purpose the Archdiocesan Department of Education is planning to conduct a survey on the teaching staff needs of our parishes). 3) Ways by which special projects that promote the Archdiocesan Department of Educations missionsuch as publications, cultural presentations, and teacher workshops, etc. could be funded. BIOGRAPHY OF SPEAKER: Demetrios J. Constantelos, a retired priest of the Greek Orthodox Church; is Charles Cooper Townsend Sr. Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History and Religious Studies, and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Richard Stockton College of Pomona, NJ. He is a graduate of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Theological School (B.A.Th.) Brookline, Mass. He pursued graduate studies at Princeton Theological Seminary (Th.M) and Rutgers University (M.A. Ph.D.). He has been awarded an honorary degree in Theology by Hellenic College/ Holy Cross. He has taught and lectured at several universities and colleges. In addition, Dr. Constantelos has authored or edited more than 14 books and many studies, articles and reviews which have appeared in more than forty journals.
Becoming Partakers of the Divine Nature: Stewardship According to St. Maximos the Confessor St. Maximos the Confessor (580-662) made important contributions to Orthodox thought through his struggles against monothelitism, the mistaken notion that Christ had only a divine will. He developed a strongly Christocentric and Trinitarian anthropology that has taught us our place in creation and brought to light what it is to be human. His writings provided a legacy of spiritual development and theological understanding that can help us understand our role as stewards of both Christs Church and Gods Creation. This workshop will explore St. Maximos thought as a model for developing stewardship for the parish, the Church and the world. SPEAKER: Rev. Fr. Demetrios Demopulos (Ph.D in Genetics from the University of WisconsinMadison, 1985; MDiv. from Holy Cross, 1993) is the Proistamenos of Holy Trinity Church in Fitchburg, Mass. He also teaches a course in science and religion at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and is Holy Cross faculty representative for the Science and Religion Certificate offered by the Boston Theological Institute. Before becoming a priest, Fr. Demopulos was a geneticist, with appointments at various universities. He has co-authored articles on maize and human genetics in various journals and delivered numerous national and international addresses on science and religion, bioethics and cloning.
Building For The True Faith: Creating Orthodox Worship and Community Environment For Now and the Ages to Come SPEAKER: Christ J. Kamages, AIA, Architect The design and building of facilities dedicated to the glory of God is a sacred task. It is also a task that should be accompanied by an overwhelming sense of responsibility and humility. This responsibility has many facets, including a never-ceasing sensitivity to the multiple demands of the past, present, and future. This task is rooted in the foundation of our Holy Orthodox Faith, and is focused upon a sacred Orthodox architecture to support the mission of the Church in our earthly setting. This workshop seeks to provide a comprehensive primer and overview of the many broad aspects of the built environment for our Orthodox parishes. Included in this session would be: Holy Tradition and Historical Development; Planning from the Initial Vision and Phasing to the Groundbreaking; and Fundraising. Also included are the Practicalities of Function to the Aspects of Image, Aesthetics and Style, as well as Operations and Efficiency, and planning for Iconography; Artifacts and Decoration; Acoustics; Issues of Technical Performance such as moisture penetration, heating/cooling, energy, maintenance and operational issues. Both new and renovation case studies will be present and a special emphasis focused upon the process , the Spirit in the Facilitation of Consensus Building, Teamwork and Positive Results that comes from the work of the people. BIOGRAPHY OF SPEAKER: Christ J. Kamages is an architect, director of design and president of EKONA Architecture + Planning, a firm with a national design practice. He is co-chair of the Diocese of San Franciscos Art and Architecture Commission and has served as a consultant and resource to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. He is a member of the Board of the Diocesan Council and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute at the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley.
WORKSHOP SPEAKER: Rev. Dr. Thomas Fitzgerald OVERVIEW: This workshop will examine the involvement of the Orthodox Church in the quest for Christian reconciliation and unity, known generally as the ecumenical movement. Based upon teachings of Christ and the example of the Fathers, the Orthodox Church seeks to proclaim the saving faith in the Triune God, to maintain unity, and to reconcile those who are divided for the sake of the salvation of all. Participants in this workshop will discuss the reasons for Orthodox participation in the ecumenical movement, the theological and practical challenges of dialogue as well as the pastoral realities and fruits of our involvement. COMMITTEE AGENDA OVERVIEW: The Ecumenical Committee deliberations will provide an overview of the purpose of the Ecumenical Office and highlights of the activities of the Office since His Grace Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos assumed responsibility as Ecumenical Officer of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. Updates will be provided on the various dialogues the Greek Orthodox Church participates in including but not limited to the Anglican-Orthodox, Orthodox- Roman Catholic, and Orthodox-Evangelical Lutheran Theological Consultations. Plans for the next two years will be discussed, especially increasing cooperation among the members of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas and new efforts to relate more to members of the Oriental Orthodox family. BIOGRAPHY OF SPEAKER: Fr. Thomas Fitzgerald, Th.D., is professor in Church history at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. He is a graduate of Holy Cross, Boston University and the University of Thessaloniki. He represented the Ecumenical Patriarchate on the staff of the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland. He represents the Archdiocese on the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches and on the Orthodox-Roman Catholic Theological Commission.
MISSIONS COMMITTEE WORKSHOP TITLE: The Missions Minded Parish SPEAKERS: Rev. Fr. Martin Ritsi, Rev. Fr. John Chakos, Mrs. Catherine Lingas, Rev. Fr. Alexander Veronis OVERVIEW: At the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ, forty days after the Resurrection, the Church receives the missionary commission to Go to all nations. Is your parish mission minded? Is carrying the Gospel of Christ to those who have not heard a part of our conscienceness and within the scope of parish ministry? The OCMC Missions Workshop will look at the Great Commission and the situation of the world today and in the year 2000. Tools for measuring parish mission mindedness will be offered, along with practical guidelines to forming mission committees and helpful suggestions offered by experienced clergy and laity of the OCMC Board of Trustees on how to help your parish put missions in the agenda and augment parish mission ministries. COMMITTEE AGENDA OVERVIEW: The Mission Committee will meet to review and discuss programs for both home and foreign mission. Visions ,opportunities, and needs will be presented. Time to reflect on these programs and challenges before us will be offered culminating with a statement on the present situation and recommendation upon where to turn from here. BIOGRAPHIES: Fr. John Chakos serves as the proistamenos of Holy Cross Church in Pittsburgh, PA. He is president of the Mission Center Board of Trustees. He is a graduate of Holy Cross School of Theology. (M.Div.) and has participated in missionary efforts in Tanzania, Israel and Guatemala. Fr. John has served on the OCMC Board for 13 years. Mrs. Catherine Lingas is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Mission Center. She is president of the Commission for Orthodox Mission and Evangelism in the Diocese of San Francisco. Mrs. Lingas has been involved in numerous outreach efforts in her community and her parish of Holy Trinity in Portland, Oregon. Fr. Martin Ritsi is the executive director of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center. Fr. Martin is a 1987 graduate of Holy Cross School of Theology, from which he received a Master of Divinity Degree. He later obtained a Masters of Theology degree from the Fuller School of World Missions in Pasadena, Calif. He completed undergraduate studies at the University of California in Santa Cruz.Fr. Martin and his family were sent to Nairobi, Kenya to serve the Archbishoporic of Kenya and Irinopoulis. As well, Father and his family served in Albania for six years. While in Albania, the Ritsi family worked under Archbishop Anastasios to help re-open the Orthodox Church that had been persecuted and closed for decades. Fr. Alexander Veronis is the proistamenos of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Lancaster, Pa. He is president emeritus of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center. Fr. Alexander has been very involved in missionary efforts and has raised funds to promote Orthodox Missions. He has been instrumental in establishing an endowed chair of missiology at the Holy Cross School of Theology. Fr. Alexander completed undergraduate studies from Lafayette College (B.A.)and Holy Cross School of Theology(B.D.) and graduate degrees from Boston University School of Theology (S.T.M.) and from Lebanon Valley College (D.D.).
MAY 31, 2000
St. Anthony the Great
The workshop objective is to define the patristic witness and show how one Church Father, the 4th century Anthony the Great exemplifies the tradition of explaining and living the message of the Gospel. We will examine St. Anthony first, theologically as a defender of the faith in the First Ecumenical Council 325 AD, and secondly, his great contribution as a founder of a particular form of monasticism defined by Metropolitan Maximos as that of living alone with God as his only companion. What does that mean for us living in the 21st century? Can we live in the dynamic of American society and be guided by these centuries old values and principles? How can we help make the patristic witness our witness? These will be approached through an examination of St. Anthonys life, example and writings. SPEAKER: Rev. Fr. James A. Bogdan, serving Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Grand Rapids, Mich. since 1984; attended Holy Cross in 1956, has a BA and MA in Byzantine Studies from the University of Michigan, Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Religion from Michigan State University. Fr. Bogdan is currently a member of the Diocesan Council and Director of Religious Education for the Diocese of Detroit.
In the Beginning
St. Basils View of Creation, and Its Implications for Our Life in the Parish and Community Today This workshop will discuss St. Basils understanding of Gods creation, especially as depicted in his famous Hexaemeron, a series of sermons based on Genesis about the six days of creation. It will then explore the profound implications of this patristic heritage for our treatment and stewardship of the Gods earth today, and discuss ways that we can express this, both through our parish ministry and our personal lives. SPEAKER: Rev. Fr. Christopher Bender is the proistamenos of the Church of the Assumption in Morgantown, W. Va. Fr. Chris is a graduate of Yale University and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Fr. Bender is currently serving as Archdiocesan Representative to the EcoJustice Working Group of the National Council of Churches of Christ, and is cochair of that group. Ordained to the priesthood in 1984, Fr. Chris has served the parishes of Holy Trinity in Lowell, Mass. and Presentation of Christ Church in East Pittsburgh, Pa.
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ÉóôïñéêÞ Èåßá Ëåéôïõñãßá óôçí Êáððáäïêßá ôïõ Íéêüëáïõ Ìáããßíá
ÉóôïñéêÞò óçìáóßáò õðáßèñéá Èåßá Ëåéôïõñãßá ôÝëåóå ï Ïéêïõìåíéêüò ÐáôñéÜñ÷çò ê. Âáñèïëïìáßïò óôï ¢âáíïò ôçò Êáððáäïêßáò, ìðñïóôÜ óôá åðéâëçôéêÜ ðåôñïìïíÜóôçñá êáé óôéò ëáîåõôÝò óôïõò âñÜ÷ïõò åêêëçóßåò. Ðñüêåéôáé ãéá ôçí ðñþôç õðáßèñéá Èåßá Ëåéôïõñãßá óôçí éóôïñßá ðïõ ãßíåôáé óôïõò áãéáóìÝíïõò ôüðïõò ôçò Êáððáäïêßáò óôç ÌéêñÜ Áóßá. Óôç Èåßá Ëåéôïõñãßá ðïõ ôåëÝóèçêå ôçí ÊõñéáêÞ ôïõ ÈùìÜ, ðñïåîÞñ÷å ï ÐáôñéÜñ÷çò Âáñèïëïìáßïò êáé Ýëáâáí ìÝñïò ïé Ìçôñïðïëßôåò Ìáõñïâïõíßïõ Áìöéëü÷éïò (Åêêëçóßá Óåñâßáò), ÎÜíèçò ÐáíôåëåÞìùí, Óåëåõêßáò Êýñéëëïò êáé Öéëáäåëöåßáò Ìåëßôùí. Ç êáôáíõêôéêÞ áôìüóöáéñá ðïõ êõñéÜñ÷çóå êáôÜ ôç Èåßá Ëåéôïõñãßá ðñïêÜëåóå óõíáéóèÞìáôá Ýíôïíçò óõãêßíçóçò, óôïí ÐáôñéÜñ÷ç. Ç óõãêßíçóç êïñõöþèçêå ôç óôéãìÞ ðïõ ôåëïýóå ôñéóÜãéï óôç ìíÞìç üëùí ôùí Êáððáäïêþí. Ôá ìÜôéá ôïõ âïýñêùóáí êáé ìå äõóêïëßá óôç öùíÞ, áðü ôç öïñôéóìÝíç áðü óõíáéóèÞìáôá áôìüóöáéñá, Ýøáëëå õðÝñ <ôùí åéñçíéêþò êïéìçèÝíôùí êáé ìáñôõñéêþò ôåëåéùèÝíôùí> ðñïãüíùí ìáò ðïõ Ýæçóáí ó áõôÜ ôá éåñÜ ÷þìáôá ôçò ñùìéïóýíçò. ÊáôÜ ôç Èåßá Ëåéôïõñãßá ï ÐáôñéÜñ÷çò ìßëçóå ãéá ôçí éóôïñßá êáé ôçí ðñïóöïñÜ ôùí Êáððáäïêþí ðáôÝñùí êáé Áãßùí áëëÜ êáé ôùí áðëþí áíèñþðùí. Áíáöåñüìåíïò óôá ðåôñïìïíÜóôçá êáé óôéò ìéêñÝò åêêëçóßáò ôùí âñÜ÷ùí åßðå óõãêåêñéìÝíá: «Ôá ìíçìåßá, ôáýôá ðáñ üëçí ôçí öèïñÜí ôçí åê ôïõ ÷ñüíïõ ðñïêáëïýí åéóÝôé ôïí èáõìáóìüí, áëë áêüìç ìåãáëýôåñïí èáõìáóìüí ðñïêáëïýí ôá ðíåõìáôéêÜ äçìéïõñãÞìáôá ôùí Êáððáäïêþí Áãßùí». Óôç óõíÝ÷åéá ìéëþíôáò ãéá ôç óçìáíôéêÞ ðáñïõóßá ôùí Êáððáäïêþí áöïý ôüíéóå üôé ôï üíïìá ôçò Êáððáäïêßáò åßíáé óÞìåñá ðáãêïóìßùò ãíùóôü ìåôáîý ôïõ ×ñéóôéáíéêïý êüóìïõ, êáé ôïýôï ïöåßëåôáé êõñßùò óôïõò ôñåéò Êáððáäüêåò Áãßïõò ÌÝãá Âáóßëåéï, ¢ãéï Ãñçãüñéï ôïí Èåïëüãï êáé ¢ãéï Ãñçãüñéï ôïí Íýóóçò, ðñüóèåóå üôé: «Ïé Êáððáäüêáé åëÜìðñõíáí ôçí Ïñèüäïîïí Åêêëçóßáí êáé áêüìç åîáêïëïõèïýí, ùò åðþíõìïé êáé ùò áíþíõìïé, íá ëáìðñýíïõí áõôÞí. Áðü ôùí ðñþôùí åêåßíùí Êáððáäïêþí, ìÝ÷ñé ôçò óÞìåñïí, üôå ïé áíÝêáèåí äéåóêïñðéóìÝíïé áíÜ ôçí ãçí Êáððáäüêáé áãéÜæïõí åáõôïýò åí ×ñéóôþ êáé åí Áãßù Ðíåýìáôé», êáé ï ÐáôñéÜñ÷çò õðïãñÜììéóå üôé: <ôï üíïìá ôçò Êáððáäïêßáò áêïýåôáé ùò óõíþíõìïí ÷þñáò áãéïôüêïõ êáé áãéïôñüöïõ>. Ðáñüíôåò óôçí éóôïñéêÞ áõôÞ Èåßá Ëåéôïõñãßá Þôáí åêáôïíôÜäåò Ïìïãåíåßò ðñïóêõíçôÝò áðü ôçí Êùíóôáíôéíïýðïëç, ôçí ÅëëÜäá, ÁìåñéêÞ êáé Üëëåò ÷þñåò, Áãéïñåßôåò ìïíá÷ïß, ¸ëëçíåò ðïëéôéêïß, ï ðñÝóâçò ôçò ÅëëÜäïò óôçí ¢ãêõñá Ã. ÊïñáíôÞò, ï Âïýëãáñïò ðñÝóâçò, ¸ëëçíåò äéðëùìÜôåò, ï õðïäéïéêçôÞò ôïõ Áãßïõ ¼ñïõò, ï ðñüåäñïò êáé ìÝëç ôïõ óõëëüãïõ <Ïé ößëïé ôïõ Áãßïõ ¼ñïõò>, êáèþò êáé ôï óýíïëï ôùí ôïðéêþí Áñ÷þí ôçò ðåñéï÷Þò. Ï ÍïìÜñ÷çò êáé ïé ÄÞìáñ÷ïé ôçò Êáððáäïêßáò åîÝöñáóáí ôç ÷áñÜ êáé ôçí ôéìÞ ðïõ áéóèÜíèçêáí ìå ôçí ðáñïõóßá ôïõ ÐáôñéÜñ÷ç Âáñèïëïìáßïõ óôïí ôüðï ôïõò. Ôçí ðáñáìïíÞ ôçò Èåßáò Ëåéôïõñãßáò óôï ¢âáíïò, ï ÐáôñéÜñ÷çò ìéëþíôáò óôïõò ðñïóêõíçôÝò êáé óôïõò ôïðéêïýò ¢ñ÷ïíôåò ôçò ðåñéï÷Þò, áíáöÝñèçêå óôï éóôïñéêü ðñïóêýíçìá ôçò Êáððáäïêßáò êáé ôï óõíÝäåóå ìå ôéò óçìåñéíÝò åîåëßîåéò ëÝãïíôáò üôé: <¸ñ÷ïíôáé óáí óõíÝ÷åéá êáé óáí åðéóôÝãáóìá ðáëáéïôÝñùí áñíçôéêþí êáôáóôÜóåùí ôéò ïðïßåò æÞóáìå ïé äýï ëáïß
Õðáßèñéá Èåßá Ëåéôïõñãßá ôÝëåóå ï Ïéêïõìåíéêüò ÐáôñéÜñ÷çò, ìðñïóôÜ óôá åðéâëçôéêÜ ðåôñïìïíÜóôçñá ôçò Êáððáäïêßáò.
ôïõ ðáñáôçñþíôáò ôá åîÞò: <Êáèþò äåí ìðïñïýìå íá áëëÜîïõìå ôçí ãåùãñáößá ÅëëÜò êáé Ôïõñêßá, Ôïýñêïé êáé ¸ëëçíåò èá åßíáé ðÜíôïôå äßðëá ï Ýíáò óôïí Üëëï, åßôå ôï èÝëïõí åßôå äåí ôï èÝëïõí, áíôß ëïéðüí íá õðÜñ÷åé ìéá äéáñêÞò áíôéðáñÜèåóéò, óýãêñïõóéò, êá÷õðïøßá ç ïðïßá âëÜðôåé ôá êáëþò íïïýìåíá, ôá ðñáãìáôéêÜ óõìöÝñïíôá áìöïôÝñùí ôùí ëáþí, êáëýôåñá íá õðÜñ÷åé ìéá åéëéêñéíÞò êáé Ýíôéìïò öéëßá ìåôáîý ôùí äýï ÷ùñþí, óåâáóìüò ôçò åäáöéêÞò áêåñáéüôçôüò åêáôÝñùèåí êáé ôüôå, ìå ôçí ïëüèõìïí õðïóôÞñéîéí ôùí ëáþí üðùò ôï áðÝäåéîáí åéò ôïõò ðñüóöáôïõò óåéóìïýò, üëá èá åßíáé ñüäéíá>.
Èõñáíïéîßá óôïí Íáü Áãßùí Áíáñãýñùí Ðéóéäßáò Ì. Áóßáò Íéê. Ìáããßíáò
Óôç ÓðÜñôç ôçò Ðéóéäßáò Ýøáëëáí ôï <×ñéóôüò ÁíÝóôç> ðñþôç öïñÜ ìåôÜ ôï 1923.
ôçò Ôïõñêßáò êáé ôçò ÅëëÜäïò êáé ôéò óõíÝðåéåò ôùí ïðïßùí êáôáóôÜóåùí ðåñéóóüôåñï áðü êÜèå Üëëïí äïêßìáóå ôï Ðáôñéáñ÷åßï ìáò êáé ç ðåñß áõôü ÏìïãÝíåéá óôçí Ôïõñêßá. Óôá äýóêïëá ÷ñüíéá ôá ïðïßá ðåñÜóáìå áêüìá êáé åéò ôï ðñüóöáôï ðáñåëèüí ôï Ïéêïõìåíéêü Ðáôñéáñ÷åßï êáé åãþ ðñïóùðéêþò, ïõäÝ åðß óôéãìÞí åäéóôÜóáìå íá ïìéëïýìå õðÝñ ôçò áíÜãêçò, õðÝñ ôçò áíáãêáéüôçôïò ôçò êáëÞò ãåéôïíßáò êáé óõíåñãáóßáò ôùí äýï ëáþí>. Êáôüðéí ï ÐáôñéÜñ÷çò Âáñèïëïìáßïò õðåíèýìéóå ôï üñáìá ôïõ ÐáôñéÜñ÷ïõ Áèçíáãüñá ãéá ôçí ÅõñùðáúêÞ ðïñåßá ôçò Ôïõñêßáò êáé åßðå ó÷åôéêÜ: <Ç ÅõñùðáúêÞ ðñïïðôéêÞ ôçò Ôïõñêßáò Þôáí Ýíá ðáëáéü üñáìá, ôïõëÜ÷éóôïí áðü ôçò åðï÷Þò ôïõ ÐáôñéÜñ÷ïõ Áèçíáãüñá, ï ïðïßïò åß÷å áõôü ôï üñáìá ìðñïóôÜ ôïõ êáèþò Þôáí ìåãáëüðíïïò èñçóêåõôéêüò çãÝôçò êáé ðñïóäïêïýóå áõôÞ ôçí çìÝñá êáé óõíéóôïýóå õðïìïíÞ åéò ôïõò ðéóôïýò ôïõ áêüìç êáé óôéò ðïëý äýóêïëåò çìÝñåò ôçò åðïìÝíçò ôùí Óåðôåìâñéáíþí ãåãïíüôùí ôïõ 1955, êáé ôþñá åßìåèá âÝâáéïé üôé ç øõ÷Þ ôïõ áãÜëåôå åéò ôïõò ïõñáíïýò äéüôé ôï üñáìá ôïõ ãßíåôáé ðñáãìáôéêüôçôá>. Óôç óõíÝ÷åéá ï ÐáôñéÜñ÷çò Âáñèïëïìáßïò ôüíéóå üôé ç ÅõñùðáúêÞ ðñïïðôéêÞ ôçò Ôïõñêßáò åßíáé Ýíáò äñüìïò ï ïðïßïò Üíïéîå ìå ðïëëÝò åëðßäåò, ìåôÜ ôç Óýíïäï ÊïñõöÞò ôïõ Åëóßíêé, åêöñÜæïíôáò ôçí ðßóôç êáé ôçí åõ÷Þ íá åßíáé Ýíáò äñüìïò Üíåõ åðéóôñïöÞò ðïõ èá ïäçãÞóåé ôçí
Ýíôáîç ôçò Ôïõñêßáò óôçí ÅõñùðáúêÞ ïéêïãÝíåéá. Óôçí ïðïßá ïéêïãÝíåéá, üðùò åðåóÞìáíå ï ÐáôñéÜñ÷çò, ç ÅëëÜäá êáôÝ÷åé åðßæçëï èÝóç êáé èá âïçèÞóåé ôçí Ôïõñêßá óôá ðñþôá âÞìáôá ôçò óôç íÝá åõñùðáúêÞ ôçò ðïñåßá. Áêüìç óôçí ïìéëßá ôïõ ï ÐáôñéÜñ÷çò áíáöÝñèçêå óôá äéÜöïñá ìçíýìáôá, öéëßáò, áãÜðçò, áíï÷Þò êáé áíåîéèñçóêßáò ðïõ åêöñÜæïíôáé, ëÝãïíôáò: <Ôï Óýíôáãìá ôçò Ôïõñêßáò ðñïâëÝðåé éóïôéìßá êáé áíåîéèñçóêßá ìåôáîý üëùí ôùí ðïëéôþí, áíåîáñôÞôùò ôïõ èñçóêåýìáôïò, ôçò öõëÞò êáé ôçò ãëþóóáò ôçí ïðïßáí Ý÷ïõí, Þ åéò ôçí ïðïßá áíÞêïõí... êáé óÞìåñá âëÝðïõìå üôé ìÝóá åéò ôçí åõñùðáúêÞí ðïñåßáí ôçò Ôïõñêßáò, áõôü ôï ãñÜììá ôïõ ôïõñêéêïý ÓõíôÜãìáôïò ðáßñíåé óÜñêá êáé ïóôÜ åéò ôçí êáèçìåñéíÞ ðñáãìáôéêüôçôá>. Óå Üëëï óçìåßï ôçò ïìéëßáò ôïõ ï ÐáôñéÜñ÷çò Âáñèïëïìáßïò ðñïÝôñåøå ôïõò ¸ëëçíåò êáé Ôïýñêïõò íá áãáðÞóåé ï Ýíáò ôïí Üëëï ðåñéóóüôåñï ëÝãïíôáò: <Áò áãáðÞóïõìå ðåñéóóüôåñï ï Ýíáò ôïí Üëëï, áò óåâáóôåß ðåñéóóüôåñï ü Ýíáò ôçí éäéáéôåñüôçôá, ôçí åèíéêÞ ðñïÝëåõóç, ôçí èñçóêåßá, ôá Ýèéìá, ôéò ðáñáäüóåéò ôïõ Üëëïõ êáé Ýôóé ðéáóìÝíïé ÷Ýñé-÷Ýñé áò ðñï÷ùñÞóïõìå ãéá íá ãåöõñþóïõìå ôï Áéãáßï ìå ìéá ðíåõìáôéêÞ ãÝöõñá áêáôÜëõôçò öéëßáò êáé óõíåñãáóßáò>, ÷åéñïêñïôÞìáôá, êáé ï ÐñïêáèÞìåíïò ôçò Ïñèïäïîßáò óõíÝ÷éóå ôçí åíäéáöÝñïõóá ïìéëßá
Ùò ãåãïíüò éäéáßôåñçò óðïõäáéüôçôïò ÷áñáêôçñßæïíôáé ôá èõñáíïßîéá ðïõ ôÝëåóå ï Ïéêïõìåíéêüò ÐáôñéÜñ÷çò Âáñèïëïìáßïò óôïí áíáêáéíéóèÝíôá íáü ôùí Áãßùí Áíáñãýñùí ðïõ âñßóêïíôáé óôç íçóßäá ôçò ëßìíçò ¸ãñéíôéñ óôçí Ðéóéäßá, êïíôÜ óôç ÓðÜñôç ôçò ÌéêñÜò Áóßáò. Ôï Ýñãï ôçò áíáêáéíßóåùò áíÝëáâå ï ÄÞìïò ôçò ðåñéï÷Þò êáé èá õðÜñ÷åé ç äõíáôüôçôá ôÝëåóçò Èåßáò Ëåéôïõñãßáò. Ðáñüíôåò óôá åãêáßíéá Þôáí êáé ï Ðñüåäñïò êáé ìÝëç ôïõ Óõëëüãïõ Íçóßäïò ôçò Ðéóéäßáò ðïõ åäñåýåé óôçí ÁèÞíá. Áêüìç ï ÐáôñéÜñ÷çò êáôÜ ôç ìåôÜâáóÞ ôïõ óôçí Êáððáäïêßá ðñáãìáôïðïßçóå ðñïóêýíçìá óå äýï íáïýò ðïõ óþæïíôáé ìÝóá óôçí ðüëç ôçò ÓðÜñôçò ôçò Ðéóéäßáò óôç ÌéêñÜ Áóßá. ÓõãêåêñéìÝíá åðéóêÝöèçêå ôïõò íáïýò ôùí Åéóïäßùí ôçò Èåïôüêïõ êáé ôïõ ÃåíÝóéïõ ôçò Èåïôüêïõ. Äýï íáïýò ôïõò ïðïßïõò Üñ÷éóå íá áíáêáéíßæåé ôï Õðïõñãåßï Ôïõñéóìïý ôçò Ôïõñêßáò. Ï ÐáôñéÜñ÷çò êáé ç áêïëïõèßá ôïõ Ýøáëëáí óôïõò íáïýò ôï <×ñéóôüò ÁíÝóôç> êáé áðïëõôßêéá ðïõ áêïýóôçêáí ãéá ðñþôç öïñÜ ìåôÜ ôï 1923. Åðßóçò ìÝóá óå êëßìá óõãêßíçóçò ôåëÝóèçêå åðéìíçìüóõíç äÝçóç õðÝñ ôùí áðü áéþíùí Óðáñôéáôþí ôçò Ðéóéäßáò, ôùí <åéñçíéêþò êïéìçèÝíôùí êáé ìáñôõñéêþò ôåëåéùèÝíôùí>. Óôçí åðßóêåøç ôïõ ÐáôñéÜñ÷ïõ óôïõò äýï íáïýò ðáñÝóôçóáí ï Ðñüåäñïò, ç áíôéðñüåäñïò êáé ìÝëç ôïõ Ä.Ó. ôùí áðáíôá÷ïý Óðáñôéáôþí ôçò Ì. Áóßáò ðïõ åäñåýåé óôç Í. Éùíßá ÁôôéêÞò, ìå åðéêåöáëÞò ôïí Ðñüåäñï ê. ×. ÓáìðïõíôæÜêç.
MAY 31, 2000
IOCC Seeds Of Hope: IOCC Salutes Its Volunteers BALTIMORE - Joining in the commemoration of National Volunteer Week, when people across the nation showed their appreciation for volunteers who give of their time, talent and energy to help others, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) recognized the hundreds of volunteers who are an integral part of the organizations efforts to serve those in need. Working in their parishes and communities, volunteers make it possible for IOCC to extend its aid, said Constantine M. Triantafilou, IOCCs executive director. Volunteers plant the seeds of hope that grow to reach the needy and suffering in communities where IOCC is present. It all begins with the support of people who are committed to helping others. A salute to IOCCs volunteers was mailed to Orthodox parishes across the country containing Seeds of Hope, packets of mustard seed that symbolizes the tremendous achievements that IOCC volunteers make to help others. Based on the Gospel of Matthew, the work of volunteers is like the parable of the mustard seed that takes root and grows-making seemingly impossible challenges possible.
Recognizing the invaluable contribution that volunteers make in its work, IOCC aims to engage Orthodox Christians in the humanitarian and social outreach ministries of the Orthodox Church. The effort was given a boost in September when the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund awarded a grant to IOCC to encourage volunteerism by working together at home for the good of all. The support has resulted in a growing number of volunteer committees forming around the country. Whether working through a volunteer Metropolitan Committee, with their parish or individually, IOCC volunteers build awareness and raise funds in support of the life-sustaining aid provided by Orthodox Christians through IOCC. There are currently 19 metropolitan committees throughout the United States, with additional groups forming. For more information on Metropolitan Committees or volunteer activities, please visit the IOCC website at www.iocc.org or call Michael Tsakalos, IOCCs Volunteer Services Coordinator, toll-free at (877) 803 IOCC (4622).
Emergency Response in Mozambique BALTIMORE (IOCC) - In the aftermath of a prolonged period of rain and intense flooding in Mozambique and southern Africa, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) has teamed up with Christian Aid, a London-based relief organization, to help coordinate rehabilitation efforts in the region. An IOCC staff member will work in the Mozambique capital of Maputo to help deliver food and other materials needed there. Constantine M. Triantafilou, executive director of IOCC, said that contributions by Orthodox Christians would support relief efforts in southern Africa. The gifts will help implement a largescale relief program in cooperation with Christian Aid that has grown to more than $2 million. The emergency program extends over seven provinces and provides relief supplies to nearly 25,000 families. Survival kits with emergency provisions as well as seeds, tool packages, and other provisions will be distributed as part of the effort. The technical expertise provided by IOCC field staff marks a significant step in the organizations efforts to expand its re-
sponse capabilities when emergencies arise, Mr. Triantafilou said. IOCC personnel are working closely with our ecumenical partners around the world to provide comprehensive, coordinated disaster relief. The funds received from Orthodox Christians for Mozambique will attend to the immediate needs of the flood victims, and provide agricultural implements and seeds to help survivors to begin farming and return to normal lives. Christian Aid is the official agency of 40 church denominations in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Active in Mozambique since 1977, Christian Aid works with the locally based Rural Association for Mutual Support and the Christian Council of Mozambique. Both IOCC and Christian Aid are implementing partners of ACT-Action By Churches Together, a worldwide network of churches and related agencies meeting human need through coordinated emergency response. To make a credit card contribution, call the IOCC donation hotline toll-free at (877) 803 IOCC (4622) or make an online contribution at http://www.iocc.org.
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IOCC and Serbian Orthodox Church Expand Cooperation BALTIMORE (IOCC) - I asked our Lord for help, said Rev. Dr. Srboljub Bulic of the Orthodox Pastoral Counseling Center in Belgrade describing the toll that a decade of war and sanctions has taken on the Serbian people. Like Fr. Bulic, thousands seeking relief in Yugoslavia echo his plea as they seek the counseling services he and a group of volunteer professionals offer. The Center recently received a grant from International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) to extend its counseling services and attend to the immense psychological needs that have arisen from years of crisis in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. IOCCs partnership with the Serbian Orthodox Church, said Constantine Triantafilou, executive director of IOCC, has been the key to enabling hundreds of thousands of people to receive life-sustaining aid during nearly a decade of conflict and economic sanctions. The Pastoral Counseling Center, Triantafilou explained, is beginning to address the non-
material needs that other programs cannot fill. Social workers, psychologists and clergy donate their time to offer counseling services free of charge at the Center that opened in 1997. The help offered by the Center extends well beyond the direct services it offers. Seminars on topical themes such as Time of Crises: Priest and Parishioner and Psycho-social Help for Aged and Refugees assist clergy who also provide counseling through local parishes. IOCC began its work in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1992 at the invitation of Patriarch Pavle and the Holy Synod of Serbian Orthodox Bishops, said Triantafilou. With the establishment of Covekoljublje, the Serbian Orthodox Church has taken a leading role in caring for the needs of refugees, the elderly and children who have been devastated by the prolonged crisis in Yugoslavia. Covekoljublje, which means philanthropy in the Serbian language, is the humanitarian aid organization of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
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THE FORGOTTEN HELLENES
SAE Makes Great Strides With $100 Million Health Care Initiative by Elizabeth M. Economou
In January 1997, World President of the Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE), Andrew A. Athens traveled to Tsalka, a mountainous region in the Republic of Georgia for the dedication of the water supply that the Greek government had built for the Hellenes living in the area. According to Mr. Athens, the Czar had promised them water 150 years ago, but nothing materialized until Greece stepped in with the funds. Through his interaction with the Georgian Omogenia, Athens was profoundly disturbed by the deplorable living conditions and the lack of medical care of the so-called Forgotten Greeks (Îå÷áóìÝíïé Åëëçíåò), Hellenes living in the republics of the former Soviet Union and mostly forgotten by Greece and Greeks in the diaspora. I was really shaken by this, says Athens.
Athens recalls an especially piercing exchange in a Georgian Church between him and elderly man speaking broken Greek. Apologetically, the old gentleman explained that when he was a young boy, a Turkish military commander slashed the
SAE Medical Director Dr. Charles Kanakis and Dr. Janice Klink a Chicago heart surgeon with a Georgian patient after a successful heart operation in Tbilisi, Georgia, earlier this year.
tongues of mothers to prevent them from teaching their children the Greek language and culture. This and a litany of emotional encounters would eventually provide Athens with a new sense of purpose, and also serve as the driving force behind one of the largest ever health care campaigns to aid Hellenes in the six countries of the Newly Independent States: Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekiatan, and the Russian Federation (southern Russia). Greeks in the former Soviet Union suffered at the hands of the Turks and Stalin, says Athens, they suffered more than the Jews in the Holocaust. And the way they love their Hellenic origin was a
lesson to mewith all that suffering they were still strong Hellenes. Since ancient times, Hellenic communities thrived in countries near the Black Sea. In fact, the city of Odessa in Ukraine is credited as the place where the dream of Greek Independence was conceived. It was there that the Ypsilantis family is said to have found the secret society Filiki Etaireia (ÖéëéêÞ Åôáéñåßá), which was financed through contributions by Hellenes living near the Black Sea. Today some 700,000 Hellenes are scattered in the Newly Independent States (NIS) of the former Soviet Union. Ukraine has 300,000 Hellenes, followed by southern Russia with about 200,000, and Georgia with more than 130,000. Kazakhstan claims 40,000 while Uzbekistan has in excess of 15,000. Rounding out the list is Armenia with over 12,000 Hellenes. In April 1997, just three months after his initial visit to Georgia, a committed Athens returned with long-time friend Dr. Charles Kanakis, SAEs director of Medical Affairs, to conduct a preliminary medical assessment of the area where some Georgian doctors at that time, were using an old sports stadium without heat and electricity as a makeshift clinic. This and subsequent assessments served as the cornerstone for developing outpatient health care clinics for needy Hellenes and their neighbors. And this Primary Health Care Initiative, has already accomplished so much in so little time. To date, three health care centers,
serving some 8,000 to 10,000 patients per month, have opened in the Republic of Georgia, in the capital of Tbilisi, in Tsalka, and one in Tsikikisjvari. And a Rural Nurses Visitation Program, a network of 25 nurses, in Mariupol, Ukraine, treats about 10,000 patients every month. However, with the influenza epidemic in January and February 2000, the three clinics and the network of nurses served nearly 47,000 patients, many of them children. According to Counterpart International, an independent, non-profit agency from the U.S. that has been retained by SAE to provide onsite administrative support for the medical programs, since last May, more than 149,000 patients have registered. Whats more, basic medical care is provided free of charge to Hellenes and their neighbors and under adverse conditions, including minimal electricity. So far the widespread success of the program can be attributed to SAEs ability to establish partnerships and align a spectrum of resources. SAE has also cultivated relationships with local governments, Hellenic organizations, individuals, and international volunteer organizations. The governments of Greece, the United States and the European Union (E.U.) provide leveraged funds contingent on SAEs ability to procure donations from the private sector. For example, as of October 31, 1999, SAE Medical Relief Fund provided $24 million in services, pharmaceutical, consumables, equipment, operational expenses through leveraged funds primarily for Georgia and Ukraine. SAE Medical Relief Fund raised $939; $112 in cash. That means for every $1 invested in the program, SAE had provided an average of $24 worth of assistance. But the ultimate goal of this $100 million Primary Health Care Initiative is to establish 21 health care centers, including mobile units and several rural nurses programs by the end of 2001. Athens says, developing the Primary Health Care Initiative continues to be the greatest spiritual experience of his life. It is my greatest reward, says Athens, as he remembers: I was walking around the village of Sartana outside Mariupol (Ukraine) and I over heard one lady ask in Greek: where is that Mr. Athens who loves us? (ðïý åßíáé áõôüò ï ê. Aèåíò ðïõ ìáò áãáðÜåé;). The SAE Medical Relief Fund accepts tax deductible contributions for the Primary Health Care Initiative, and can be contacted at World Council of Hellenes Abroad, 75 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60601.
Mr. Andrew Athens has dedicated himself to the service of the Greek Orthodox Church and to Hellenism worldwide. He is a member of the Annunciation Cathedral in Chicago. In 1950, he co-founded Metron Steel Co. in Chicago and served as its president and CEO until 1991. He is president emeritus of the Archdiocesan Council and a member of the Executive Committee. He is also chairman emeritus and past chairman (1986-1996) of Leadership 100. Mr. Athens is a trustee of the Cyprus relief Fund of America, The Cyprus Childrens Fund, the Archbishop Makarios Scholarship Fund, and Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology. ANDREW ATHENS In 1974, he founded the United Hellenic American Congress (UHAC) and presently serves as its national chairman. In 1991 Mr. Athens received the Athenagoras Human Rights Award from the Order of St. Andrew. In 1992, he co-founded International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) and served as honorary chairman. In 1993, he was honored with the Bronze Medal of the Order of St. Innocent, Apostle of America, by the Orthodox Church in America. In 1995, Mr. Athens was elected the first world president of the Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) and has been re-elected twice since then.
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Orthodox-Lutheran Dialogue Backs Common Easter Date NEW YORK As Christians observe Lent, there is a renewed effort for all Christians to use the same calculations to determine the date of Easter each year. The U.S. Orthodox-Lutheran Dialogue endorsed an international call for a year of study. The Dialogue, established by the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), studied Toward a Common Date for Easter. The document is also known as the Aleppo Statement because it is the result of a consultation held in Aleppo, Syria, in March 1997 by the Middle East Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches. We strongly affirm the basic principles of the Aleppo Statement and urge its careful and pastorally sensitive study, said a seven-paragraph common response from the dialogue. Our Orthodox-Lutheran Ecumenical Dialogue in the U.S.A. endorses the statements call to study during the period leading to Easter/ Pascha 2001. This year the Western Christian churches observe Easter on April 16, and Orthodox Churches celebrate Easter/ Pascha April 22-23. In 2001 all Christian traditions will mark Easter/Pascha on April 15th. Basically, Orthodox and Western Christians calculate the date of Easter/ Pascha according to a decree of the Council of Nicea in 325 AD. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is commemorated the Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox the moment the Earths Northern Hemisphere enters spring. The traditions calculate the equinox and full moon differently using different points of reference from the Earth and often arrive at different dates for Easter and Pascha. The Aleppo Statement suggested using precise modern astronomical determinations from the meridian of Jerusalem the place of Christs death and resurrection so neither tradition will have to change its policies. Members of the Orthodox-Lutheran dialogue agreed the Aleppo Statement is faithful to the Nicene norms. They cited such principles as celebrating Easter/ Pascha on the same day to give a common witness to the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, the central mystery of the Christian faith. The statement rejects the idea of celebrating Easter on a fixed day of the year and adheres to calculations involving the sun and moon as a salutary reminder of the cosmic dimensions of Christs victory over sin and death. To ensure that new calculations adhere to Scriptures, the U.S. dialogue called for consideration of the Orthodox understanding that the common date for Easter/Pascha must follow the Jewish obser-
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vance of Passover (Pesach). According to the Christian Bible, Jesus was crucified and buried on Friday the day before Passover and rose from the dead early Sunday morning the day after Passover. We pledge to one another, and to our other ecumenical partners, that we will continue to seek reconciliation between all Christians in this matter, said the Orthodox-Orthodox response. Our dialogue therefore urges our churches to give the Aleppo Statement serious attention. Members of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation have endorsed the 1997 Aleppo Statement also, urging all Christian churches to start celebrating Easter on a common date. The Orthodox-Lutheran dialogue is in
Round III of talks that began in the 1960s. Round II, from 1983 to 1989, resulted in the 1992 publication of Salvation in Christ. Round III on Faith in the Holy Trinity began in 1994. Its next meeting will be Oct. 15-18 at the Lutheran Center, Chicago. Metropolitan Maximos of Ainou, Bishop of Pittsburgh, is Orthodox co-chair of the dialogue. The Rev. Donald J. McCoid, bishop of the ELCAs Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod, is Lutheran cochair. Other Orthodox members are: Metropolitan Christopher, Serbian Orthodox Church in the U.S.A. & Canada, Libertyville, Ill.; the Rev. Dr. James Jorgenson, Livonia, Mich.; the Very Rev. John Morris, Shreveport, La.; Dr. Bradley Nassif, Fuller Semi-
nary, Southern California Extension, Irvine, Calif.; the Rev. Dr. Robert G. Stephanopoulos, Holy Trinity Archdiocesan Cathedral, New York; and the Rev. Dr. Gregory C. Wingenbach, Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh. Lutheran members include: Bishop McCoid; the Rev. Jan O. Flaaten, Trinity Lutheran Church, Phoenix; the Rev. Victor C. Langford III, St. Mark Lutheran Church, Seattle; the Rev. Thomas R. Lee, associate to the bishop of the ELCA Montana Synod, Great Falls, Mont.; Dr. Lynne Lorenzen, Augsburg College, Minneapolis; Dr. Bruce Marshall, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn.; the Rev. Mark N. Swanson, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.; and Dr. David S. Yeago, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, S.C.
I N T E R F A I T H This article discusses the challenges that interfaith couples face. Observations and descriptions represent a sample from the Interfaith Research Project (IRP) involving more than 350 couples in which one spouse was Greek Orthodox. A typical couple Denise (24), whose religious and ethnic roots are Polish Catholic, and Gus (26), a Greek Orthodox Christian, have been married for two years. They live in the southwest where Denise works as a bank clerk and Gus is a sales representative. by Rev. Fr. Charles Joanides, Ph.D./LMFT
Both describe their relationship as stable and happy, but also, admit to having worked through a number of challenges over the past several years, especially when we were dating. Asked to elaborate on their ethnic and religious differences when they were dating, Denise smiles, and then thoughtfully responds. Sometimes it was like a bad dream that never seemed to want to end. They both laugh. She continues, From the beginning, our parents discouraged us from dating each other. Gus parents wanted him to date more Greek girls, and my mother - my parents are divorced - wasnt too keen with the idea that I was dating someone from the Greek Orthodox faith. At this point Gus enters into the conversation, More Greek girls - thats a hoot. My church is small, and there were only a limited number of Greek girls that I could date. And yes, I attended some YAL conferences in hopes of connecting with someone, but I just never felt the same
Challenges of Interfaith Dating kind of chemistry between the girls I met at those conferences, and what existed between me and Denise. Denise smiles at the last comment and then continues. We met at Kansas State in my junior and his senior year. At first we wanted to keep everything relaxed and casual. But soon we realized that this wasnt like any other relationship either of us had experienced. Gus picks up the conversation and agrees, I think we both pretty much knew after a few months that this was something special. By the end of our first year of dating, things had gotten pretty serious, and we began to discuss marriage.
Parents reaction And just when everything was going so well, we decided to inform our parents of some of our feelings and intentions, and thats when things got interesting, offered Denise. At first, our parents were politely unresponsive to the news. But as we continued seeing each other, the disappointment and concerns from both sides started coming with regular frequency. There was this awful tension between my mother and Gus, and Gus parents grew rather cold and aloof toward me. My parents kept on trying to dismiss my feelings for Denise, as if they were some fanciful whim. When this didnt work, they began to apply pressure on me to break things off, Gus stated while shaking his head. My parents also asked me not to bring Denise to the house, or to
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Church. And they kept suggesting Greek girls names that I hadnt even dated. It was really insane. Then there was the issue of the Church wedding, recalls Denise. The Orthodox Church wouldnt recognize the Catholic Sacrament of Marriage. To accommodate this rule, we began talking about getting married in the Orthodox Church. I think this made it easier for Gus parents, and broke some ice between us all, but at the same time irritated and hurt my mom. She believed that the wedding should take place in the brides church. To make things worse, Gus couldnt explain his Churchs position. It was a real mess again, and people werent talking to each other, and things didnt look good. Gus continues, I think one of the major turning points was when we decided that if thats the way our parents were going to act, then we would simply get married by a justice of the peace. And we proceeded to respectfully inform them of this decision. I really think thats when both sides began softening their position and accepted the marriage, but also subtly predicted its demise. I also think that our priests advice really helped, states Denise. After asking us some rather pointed questions, both priests were super supportive, and guided us through these and other land mines, until things began to become tolerable. Things are better now, Gus adds with some relief in his voice. My folks really love Denise, and Denises mother has warmed up to me. But for a while, things were really touch-and-go, and I wasnt certain how our desire to marry would effect our relationship with our parents. Key points from this conversation Most interfaith and intercultural couples can expect to encounter challenges from their family of origin during the dating process connected to their religious and cultural differences. While some tension can and often does develop during dating, it is important to note that much of this tension is healthy, because it compels couples to face some of the realities behind their decision
to enter into an interfaith and intercultural marriage. Parents may politely tolerate their adult childrens dating partners until the process moves from a casual to a more serious level. Parents may then seek to undermine the process when couples become serious by revealing displeasure and withholding their blessings. In most instances, this occurs because parents care for their children and are concerned for their well being. While some tension typically emerges between the dating couple, and their extended families, this tension generally does not result in cutoffs between adult children and parents. A reduction in the intensity and regularity of this tension usually occurs over time, as new and healthy boundaries develop that meet the needs and expectations of individual dating partners, the couple, the extended family, and the faith community. Conflicting faith community rules can also create some challenges. Dating partners may feel caught between having a church wedding, meeting their own needs as individuals and as a couple, and pleasing both sides of the family. They need also to respect and obey their respective Churchs rules.
Coping strategies The following recommendations can be useful to couples: Honest, respectful premarital discussions about their religious and cultural differences. Continued communication of the type that increases intimacy and understanding. An acknowledgment that the couples relationship is a work in progress, and that all the answers will not be immediately apparent. Mutual love is a chief factor in resolving religious and cultural differences. A healthy prayer life helps bridge the distance they encounter. Since most pastors have experience dealing with interfaith issues, seek direction from them. For more information about interfaith marriages, log onto the Interfaith Marriage Website at www.interfaith.goarch.org, and/or the Interfaith Marriage chat rooms at chat.goarch.org.
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Saturdays program was moderated by Professors Andreas Paloumpis, former president of Hillsboro County Community College and William Yotis. Dr. Chris Tsokos described the development of the AFGLC and the interdisciplinary project at USF. This was followed by a presentation by Chris Spirou, former New Hampshire statesman and current president of the Hellenic-American Union of Athens. Greek government representative was Alexios G. Christopoulos, deputy chief of the Embassy of Greece to the United States. Additional presentations were made by Chris Tomaras (Council of Hellenes Abroad [SAE], Dr. Constantine Dallas (special advisor to Greek Foreign Affairs Minister George Papandreou), Michael Sotirhos (former U.S. Ambassador to Greece and vice president of the Alexander Onassis Foundation), Dr. Dino Siotis (press counselor, Consulate General of Greece, Boston), Professor Agni Vlavianos Arvanitis (president, Biopolitics International Organization). The session was concluded by a prayer led by the Rev. Nick Nichols of St. George Church in New Port Richey. The evening gala, held at a Clearwater
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resort, was not only a successful social event with more than 500 present, but included two surprise announcements, one planned and the other unexpected. Dr. Chris Tsokos, president of AFGLC unveiled a model of a stand-alone classic Greek-style building to be built on the USF campus for the ICHS program. The design will include an atrium displaying classic art, classrooms, auditorium, exhibition hall, a chapel, and office space. So impressive was the model that Gus and Mary Stathis, who established the Greek Language Professorship endowment, stunned the gathered supporters with the unexpected surprise announcement of a $1 million donation toward the construction of the new AFGLC Interdisciplinary Center for Hellenic Studies Building. The announcement was greeted with enthusiastic applause. More information about the American Foundation for Greek Language and Culture can be obtained by writing to 615 Clearwater Largo Road, N.W., Largo, FL 33770 and from the website www.afglc.org. For more information on the ICHS, contact Dr. William Murray, executive director, at the University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, SOC 107, Tampa, FL 33620-8100 or calling (813) 974-3139.
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challenge S AINTS AND F EASTS The Holy New Martyr Alexander of Salonica Born in the 18th century, Alexander lived and was educated at the University of Salonika. At the age of 17, he moved with his parents to Smyrna in Asia Minor. There he became fascinated with the Turkish religious group called Dervishes. This order of the Dervishes, which resembles in some respect a Christian monastic order, flourished throughout the Islamic world. Alexander became attracted to this order and involved to the extent that he rejected his Christian faith. Realizing the dangerousness of the Dervishes, Alexander recognized his mistake and his Christian conscience became aroused and he began to repent bitterly for the sin of apostasy. Alexander then started to preach about Christ openly among the Turks. Without fear, he talked to Christians in Smyrna about his defection, despair, and his ultimate triumph of the spirit through a regenerated faith in the Savior. Muslim authorities captured him and brought him before the magistrate. They asked him if he wants to change his mind and return to the order of Dervishes, but he exclaimed: I was a Christian and yet I foolishly gave up my faith and became a Turk. I quickly realized my folly and I stand here now to tell you and the entire world that I wish to leave the darkness of Islam and
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return to the light of Christ, which has driven away all darkness from my mind and soul. I was born a Christian and now I am ready to die as a Christian. The Turks threw him into prison and put him to various tortures. Despite all of that he stood firm in his faith. They finally sentenced him to death, which filled the repentant Alexander with joy, realizing that the sentence was a sign of Gods forgiveness of his sins and acceptance of his sacrifice. He was slain by the sword in Smyrna in 1794. The Church celebrates his feast on May 26.
From the Church Fathers To Us! Why is it necessary to pray at home, and to attend divine services at church? Well, why is it necessary for you to eat and drink, to take exercise or to work, everyday; in order to support the life of the body and strengthen it. So also, it is absolutely necessary to pray in order to support the life of the soul, to strengthen the soul, which is sick with sin, and to cleanse it, just as you employ some kinds of foods and drink to cleanse the body. If you do not pray, you behave inadvisedly and most unwisely, supporting, gratifying and strengthening your body in every way, but neglecting your soul. Fr. John of Kronstadt
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Ageless Traditions in a New Millenium Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8
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Second objection Pharaohs second objection includes much of the temptation of his first. I will let you go, he suggests, but you shall not go too far. If Pharaoh could not keep the Jews in Israel he would at least seek to keep them near. According to St. Peter, it is always much more dangerous to come to Christ and then to return to our previous relationship with the world. It would have been better, he warns, not to have known the ways of righteousness than after to have known it to then turn away from the holy commandments delivered unto you. (2 Peter 20-21) Satan will always attempt to create a border mentality in the minds of those who seek exodus and to return to our true Homeland. We would, therefore, be well served to cultivate a three-day spiritual posture with those things, attitudes and actions that are not of the Father. Pharaohs third objection has much to say to contemporary Christian parents. Go now you who are men and serve the Lord, he exhorts. There is only one stipulation. The little ones (children) must remain in Egypt. (Ex. 10:7-11) Pharaohs objection was a clever one. In as much as they are part of themselves, if the children remain in the land their Jewish parents could not possibly be said to have left Egypt at all. Here again, St. Paul warns parents not to abdicate their responsibility to protect their offspring from such attitudes. Parents are to diligently seek to cultivate spiritual experiences for their children. Parents, he exhorts, bring up your children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (Ephesians 6) Unfortunately, the attitude of many Orthodox is to separate parents from their children during worship services. By providing religious education during worship we are inadvertently diluting the liturgical experiences of our youth. While educational opportunities are indeed crucial aspect of spiritual maturity they should never take the place of cor-
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pects of contemporary Greece. Christoforidis, educated in the United States, Greece, and other European countries, has been inspired by the mathematical theories of the Greek philosopher Pythagoras and their transmission into Archaic and Classical Greek sculpture and Byzantine art. Simple geometric and biomorphic shapes comprise her abstract pieces, examples of which are featured in The Captured Image of a Culture. Geometry is also central to Christoforidis figurative sculptures such as her portrait busts that, in addition to being images that convey the likeness of their sitters should also, according to the artist, be
porate or private prayer. In like fashion, the desire for financial security and worldly success should never be given the chance to eclipse the spiritual development of our children. If we continue to stress worldly success over spiritual maturity we would be falling prey to Pharaohs third objection. The result of such a dangerous posture has already been felt by numerous parents who, while they remain ecclesial participants, have now lost their grown children to the world. Pharaohs final objection has to do with the theme of Christian stewardship, which should always be understood as closely associated with St. Pauls theology of the royal priesthood of believers (1 Peter 2:9). Go and serve the Lord, commands Pharaoh, and take your children with you, only, leave your flocks and your herds. (Ex. 10:24) As we have seen, if he could not keep them in or near Egypt, Pharaoh would try to keep part of them in the land. Since these three obstacles did not work, Pharaoh decided to send them forth without the ability to properly worship. Without their herds, the Jews would not have the ability to offer an appropriate sacrifice to God. Moses firmly refuses Pharaohs offer and insists that if they are to serve the Lord properly not a hoof will be left behind. (Ex. 10:26) What then is our own respective answer to this, the fourth option of Pharaoh? It is interesting that while Greek Orthodox Christians are noted as the most educated and the second most affluent ethnic group in this country we are simultaneously at the bottom of the list of contributors to Christian churches. Is it possible that we leave our herds at home when we depart for worship? A thoughtful examination of respective stewardship posture will inevitably reveal the answer to this important query. In the end we should realize that the condition of our worship is always connected to the degree of our priesthood a royal priesthood defined by the proper stewardship of all that God provides to those who reside within His Kingdom. Leaving aside everyones justified distaste for Castros regime, the Gonzalez case should give us pause to reflect on the spiritual citizenship of our own children. Are our families truly living as citizens of Gods Kingdom or have we negotiated and over-rationalized our spiritual position with contemporary Pharaohs who would have us remain close, if not in their secular world-views? Have we truly experienced exodus or have we left our herds and children in the land of bondage? In the end, each successive generation must strive to maintain a three-day journey from the things that are not of the Father. This is spiritual tug of war! regarded as assemblages of abstract forms. People and places in contemporary Greece are the subjects of Kambours black-and white photographs that will be on view in The Captured Image of a Culture. The artist, born in the United States, has long been fascinated by Greek culture in large part as a result of his Greek-born parents, who early on instructed him in the Greek language, customs, and artistic heritage. Kambour shot the photographic series Images of Greece from 1968-95 while traveling throughout mainland Greece and the Greek islands. Depicting architectural and religious sites as well as people, these photographs capture the quiet grace and beauty of contemporary rural Greek village life.
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SCHOLARSHIPS Greek Program Awards First Scholarships by Catherine Tsounis Siolas
The Modern Greek Program of St. Johns University in Jamaica awarded its first scholarships amounting to $2,500 to five students April 12 at Marillac Auditorium. Athena Parliaros and Athena Mari received $500 from the Panchiaki Korais Society. The societys representatives at the convocation were president Constantine Parthenis and Stellios Gerazounis. Despina Scoufaras received $500 from Stephen Cherpelis Enterprises: Sotiria Cherpelis. Maria Stathakis received $500 from the Greek Afternoon School Of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Georghita Zugrafu was awarded $500 from Syllogos Evrytanon To Karpenisi Society. The societys representative was president Constantine Katsanos. Dr. Gaetano Cipolla, who inspired the success of the Modern Greek Program along with professor Catherine Tsounis, said we encourage community support for the modern Greek program. We are here to help our students in their quest for knowledge of Greek. I am from the island of Sicily, that was part of Magna Grecea (Greater Greece). Naxos Beach, near the village where I was born, was the first place Greeks landed on our island. In Ancient times, Greeks immigrated to Sicily as they do now to America. Sicily, to the ancient Greeks, was viewed as the land of opportunity and progress. Panchiaki Korais is a famous Chian Society known for its philanthropic endeavors. Mr. Constantine Parthenis, the president, helped spearhead the $1,000 donation for Greek scholarships, along with the help of Mr. Nicholas and Mrs. Annette Fridas and Athena Kromidas. For two years, Nick Fridas worked behind the scenes with the assistance of his daughter, Nicole, a St. Johns Univer-
sity student, to make the scholarships a reality. Stephen Cherpelis, internationally famous philanthropist, is dedicated to the perpetuation of Greek learning. I would like to give back to American society for my economic prosperity. I support the Greek scholarship program of St. Johns. One should be able to disperse wealth that is bestowed upon one by a higher authority. Every person has unique talents. One must use ones talents to give back to society and leave a good name. Mr. Constantine Katsanos of the Syllogos Enosis Evritanon Amerikis To Karpenisi believes April 12th is a momentous day in America. The Convocation and Skull-andCircle Ceremony were wonderful. It is my pleasure to represent Greek Letters. I am deeply moved when I see Greek-American students in 2000 read, write and converse in Greek in our country of America. These students are an example to the next generation, dedicated in perpetuating Hellenic language and culture among American youth. Dean Jennifer-Ann Kightlinger, of St. Johns College, said there are many Greek-American students at St. Johns University. We encourage Greek language and culture in an academic setting. This is the first time in history of St. Johns College that a cultural community has given so much academic and financial support to a graduating class of superior students. Two thousand five hundred dollars was raised. More scholarships are projected for the spring 2001 semester. Students qualify for the scholarship by completing Advanced Greek 13 and Greek 14 with honors and exemplify outstanding character and dedication in their study of Greek language and culture.
Panpaphian Association Scholarships Announced NEW YORK - The Panpaphian Association of America scholarship Endowment announces that is now accepting applications for scholastic achievement awards which are available to Greek Cypriot students of Paphian descent and who are full-time students in an accredited college or university in the United States. Awards are as follows: Dr. Florentia Christodoulidou Award in memory of Dora Georgiadou. Mrs. Ismini Michaelides Award in memory of her husband Stelios Michaelides. The Rigas Family Award in memory of Savas Rigas. The Socrates Family Awards in memory of Socrates and Aphrodite Alexandrou. The Christodoulou Family Awards in memory of Andreas and Spyros Christodoulou. The Tsivicos Family Awards in memory of Savas Tsivicos and Erodotos Stylianides. An Anonymous Award by a member of the Executive Committee of the Panpaphian Association of America. All college or graduate school stu-
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St. Sophia Charity National President Receives Ellis Island Medal N. Carolina Chapter Ball a Great Success Honored at Cropwalk LOS ANGELES St. Sophia Philoptochos Society held their annual Charity Ball in February with the theme Swinging into the Millennium. Paul Galloway and his Orchestra provided music and guests were entertained by a dancing exhibition by Roscoe and his Rascals, a group that performs at Merv Griffins new hot spot in Beverly Hills The Coconut Club every Friday and Saturday night. Guests were invited to the dance floor and given lessons in the intricacies of Swing. The color of the evening was black, white and silver and the table centerpieces consisted of black top hats containing a bottle of wine. A silver and white Millennium Scroll listing all donors was given to each guest. Philoptochos President Bess Pappas acknowledged the work of the three cochairpersons: Sophie Mastor, Dina Oldknow and Marianna Politis and their wonderful committee. Committee members were: Christina Callas, program book; Zoe Fovos, invitations; Lola Gialketsis, reservations; Rita Stephanou, publicity; Jennie Doumak and Mary Gallanis, finance; Aphie Akopiantz, procedure book; and special assistants, Frances Bissias, Anastasia Chames, Faye Demetriou, Virginia Noyes, Helen Panson, Susan Patzakis and Helen Varentges. Proceeds from this event will go to both local and national charities sponsored by Philoptochos.
Evanthea Condakes, national president, Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society recently was chosen as an Ellis Island Medal of Honor awardee and took part in ceremonies with 18 other Greek American recipients on May 6. The Ellis Island Medals of Honor pay tribute to the ancestry groups that comprise Americas unique cultural mosaic by recognizing the distinguished contributions to this country by some of our D. Panagos most illustrious citizens. NATIONAL PRESIDENT Eve Condakes with Richard A. Grace, The National Ethnic Coa- president of the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations lition of Organizations at the Ellis Island Medal of Honor ceremonies. (NECO) will again sponsor these awards tees from NECOs member organizations that rank among the most prestigious ever select the final nominees, who are then to be presented. As the largest represen- considered by the Board of Directors. tative of ethnic and heritage organizations With great pleasure and in respect for the in the United States, NECO continues to contribution you have made towards ecube a vigorous advocate of the ethnic unity menical and inter-religious dialogue, we are proud to announce that Friends of the and pride in America. NECO is engaged in numerous activi- National Philoptochos attended an interties in its capacity as guardian against eth- faith service of prayer for the honorees May 6 at St. Patricks Cathedral, followed by a nic and racial injustice. Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipients brunch at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. are selected each year through a national Demetrios Fousteris directed the chorus nominating process. Screening commit- of the Byzantine Music and Arts Society.
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Chicago Diocese Philoptochos hosted a testimonial dinner in honor of Susan Regos, the Dioceses immediate past president. She served as president from 19951999, as chapter president at Holy Apostles, Westchester, from 1987-1991, has served on the Diocesan Board since 1989, and as third vice-president of the National Philoptochos since 1998. Many distinguished speakers honored her, including Metropolitan Iakovos of Krinis, Presiding Hierarch of the Diocese of Chicago, who presented her with the Medal of St. Paul and the accompanying certificate from Archbishop Demetrios and a certificate from the Diocese. Mary Ann Bissias, current Diocese Philoptochos president, presented her with a diamond cross on behalf of all Diocese chapters and the Board. A congratulatory letter was read from National President Eva Condakes. Ms. Regos requested that all proceeds from this dinner be given to the National Philoptochos Cancer Fund and the Diocese of Chicago Philanthropy Fund.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. St. Nektarios Philoptochos chapter, formed almost a year ago, recently took part in the local Cropwalk program event, as one of the local charities the chapter has chosen to support. Cropwalk is a nationally held 10K (6 mile) walk to raise money and awareness for hunger. Volunteers get sponsors to pledge dollars for every mile walked. One-fourth of the money raised is distributed in Charlotte through Crisis Assistance Ministry, Loaves & Fishes and the Second Harvest Food Bank. The remaining funds are used by Church World Service to alleviate hunger and poverty worldwide. The Cropwalk was held in October and St. Nektarios had 35 participants who raised $5,753. Because of this effort, St. Nektarios was recognized as top fund-raiser in its category (1 to 399 members). At the recognition event Fr. Steve Dalber, pastor of St. Nektarios, gave the invocation. Later, St. Nektarios church and members received special honors that included: $1,000 Club member - Aphroula Anderson (raised $2,000); Top recruiters - Benita and George Husson, Chris Miller, and David Svilich. Special recognition went to Aphroula Anderson, Fr. Dalber; George, Benita and Lia Husson; St. Nektarios Ladies Philoptochos Societys Pam Copsis, president, and Chris Miller, project chairman.
New York Chapter Reflects on the Year 1999
NEW YORK The National Philoptochos Board received a surprise visit on March 3, at their meeting in New York by Philoptochos members from Sts. Peter and Paul Church of Frederick, Md. Rev. Anastasios Kousoulas and chapter President Andrea Lyons, along with other members, presented a check for $350 to National President Eve Condakes for their social services commitment. The Frederick Philoptochos was recently founded and this was the first ministry their small chapter was able to complete in full.
Dinner Honors Past Diocese President
by Christine Malatras
PAST PRESIDENTS of St. George chapter recently were honored at a membership tea in Bethesda.
BETHESDA, Md. Following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, March 12th, the Philoptochos board of St. George hosted a membership Tea, with more than 125 women attending. The board had previously set a goal of 200 or more members for the year 2000 and more that 60 new members joined that afternoon. President Madonna Calender welcomed everyone and read a short but emotional thank you letter from a family as an example of the rewards of being a Philoptochos member. The letter expressed the familys heartfelt appreciation for helping them following their sons passing from cancer. In closing, Mrs. Calender also stated that one of the many other rewards of being a Philoptochos member is the warm and wonderful friendships with so many good and caring people. Guest speaker was Presbytera Eleni Paris, wife of St. Georges assistant pastor, the Rev. James T. Paris. Presbytera Eleni spoke about Mind, Body and Spirit: An Orthodox, Symbiotic Relationship. Presbytera Eleni took her listeners on a journey exploring the mind, body and spirit and the connection between them.
Drawing upon personal experiences, her profession and her faith, Presbytera Eleni illustrated the magnificence of this relationship and what we, as Orthodox Christians, can do to sustain and nourish it. The Tea also served as a kick-off for St. Georges Philoptochos health ministry. Through the commitment of board member Amalia Kent, and with the assistance of their pastors, the chapter has established a social services and wellness committee. This committees mission statement reads: The Spirit of Orthodoxy emphasizes a holistic approach to wellbeing and awareness; we are the composite of mind, body and soul. Our goal is to assist others to live a more spiritually and physically healthy life, so that we can fulfill the purpose that God has for us. The Philoptochos hope to fulfill this mission by establishing a Health, Education and Social Services Resource Center, hosting lectures on health topics, and hosting a health fair in October 2000. St. Georges Philoptochos was incorporated in 1969 and is now celebrating its 31st year as a chapter. The present board honored its past presidents with special recognition and roses.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. As the New Year began, the Annunciation Philoptochos looked back to 1999 as a year with many memories and accomplishments. The highlight was the special meeting of Philoptochos members with Bishop Nicholas of Detroit during his visit to the Rochester area. Following his inspiring words, and a brunch held in his honor, President Barbara Zahariades, on behalf of the chapter, presented His Grace with a Lenox crystal cross. Also during the year: The Philoptochos held a drive and raised $20,000 to purchase new tables and chairs for the community center. The ladies held a luncheon in October with all proceeds, $2,000, forwarded to the earthquake victims in Greece. An open to the public bake sale and book fair in November raised $2,500 for numerous philanthropic & charitable endeavors. Proceeds from the Festival of Tables event was donated to the church to be used for the completion of the church iconography. The chapter initiated a month-bymonth food donation project for local charities. Annunciation Philoptochos was involved in many other activities and looks forward to many new interests in the New Year. An increase in membership and attendance at meetings have been encouraging signs toward this goal. Correction: A photo published in the April issue of the Observer incorrectly identified the parish as Holy Spirit Church, which is also in Rochester.
u Generous gift
During a recent celebration at St. Demetrios Church in Merrick, N.Y., parishioner Peter J. Pappas announced a gift of $100,000 for the churchs iconography project. Mr. Pappas, president and CEO of PJ Mechanical Corp. of New York, is also secretary of the Archdiocesan Council, a member of the Leadership 100 Endowment Fund, and an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. He and his wife, Catherine, reside in Syosset, N.Y.
u Architect honored
Architect Stephen P. Papadatos and his firm, Papadatos Associates, recently won four awards for excellence in design from the California Council, Society of American Registered Architects. The awards were for the design of Holy Trinity Church of Dallas, the historical restoration of Sts. Constantine and Helen Cathedral in Brooklyn, N.Y., and for renovations to a lobby and a conference center at two private commercial buildings in New York.
u Klink wins
Greek-American Congressman Ron Klink won by a significant margin the Democratic primary for the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate seat. In a race labeled as a toss up, Klink easily defeated five competitors for the nomination.
u Ministering to veterans
Through the efforts of Orthodox layman Nicholas Royce of Hollywood, Calif., the Department of Veterans Affairs in Los Angeles has included Greek Orthodox clergy in recent Memorial Day activities. At the invitation of the department, the Very Rev. John S. Bakas, dean of St. Sophia Cathedral in Los Angeles, delivered the invocation at the Los Angeles National Cemetery in West Los Angeles at ceremonies May 29, and Fr. Paul Paris, assistant pastor at St. Sophia, and Fr. Costas Valantasis, of St. Nicholas Church in Northridge, will provide an ongoing ministry to veterans.
u Sister act
Two sisters, Demetria and Thalia Kalodimos, both have achieved success in television. Demetria is anchorwoman on station WSMV in Nashville, Tenn., where she is a leader in charitable causes. Thalia is artistic producer for the Oprah Winfrey Show in Chicago.
u Delivers lecture
Sam J. Tsemberis, clnical assistant professor at the New York University Medical Centers Department of Psychiatry, will deliver a lecture June 9 at the Hellenic Cultural Center in Astoria, on Greek American Families: Traditions and Transformations. The lecture is sponsored by the womens organization, Elpides Inc.
MAY 31, 2000
The ‘Unofficial Parish’ of the Steelers and Pirates
visitor to Holy Trinity parish could, in the course of a day, light a candle at the pangari, transact business downtown, see a sick friend at Allegheny General Hospital and take in a Pirates baseball game or Steelers football game, all without having to walk more than a few blocks. Holy Trinity Church, situated on the north side of downtown, is conveniently located to all the above, according to Fr. John Touloumes, pastor here since 1993. He said his community is locally known as the unofficial parish of the Steelers and Pirates, for the many visitors who attend services and
over the years. To deal with this and other issues, the community established a Vision Committee that created a mission statement to help parishioners decide to either undertake a major renovation project of the existing building, or move to a new location, Fr. John explained. Theres no room for expansion. He said parishioners would probably make that decision later this year. One factor the community must consider is that many parishioners live in various parts of the city, especially to the north. Even with its present facilities, however, Holy Trinity Church provides a
parishioners can take advantage of the presence of Holy Nativity of the Theotokos Monastery, located in Saxonburg a few miles outside Pittsburgh. Fr. John characterizes his parish as very active, with a dedicated parish council, and described his ministry as very rewarding. It has been a great blessing. He continued, I think theres a very good future here, and a tremendous potential for growth. Holy Trinity has been a prime motivator for inter-parish activities among the communitys sister parishes in Pitts-
Name: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Location: 302 West North Ave. Pittsburgh, Pa. Diocese: Pittsburgh Size: About 300 families Founded: 1923 Clergy: Fr. John Touloumes (Holy Cross 85) Noteworthy: conveniently located near the business and medical communities later take in a game at Three Rivers Stadium, a mere three blocks away, near the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers that form the Ohio. Among the noted visitors has been Mrs. Alex Spanos, when her husbands team, the San Diego Chargers, come to town to play the Steelers. Its proximity to major medical centers, including Allegheny General, draws many doctors and other medical professionals to the church. Holy Trinitys parishioners consist of a large number of professional and business people, American-born and immigrant. Founded by immigrants from various parts of Greece, especially Crete and Chios, the parish existed PITTSBURGH at other north side locations before moving to its present site on Palm Sunday in 1960. Groundbreaking for the present church took place in November 1958. Archbishop Iakovos consecrated the church April 29-30, 1961, with 20 priests assisting in the services. The Archbishop arrived with the Icon of the Weeping Theotokos and began the events with Vesper services. The building was constructed to reflect Pittsburghs status then as a leading aluminum and glass-manufacturing center (headquarters for Alcoa and PPG corporations, and others). The church is built of glass. Energy was cheap then, said Fr. John, but it created tremendous maintenance and upkeep problems as the cost of heating and electricity climbed
HOLY TRINITY GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH wealth of ministries to its members and the greater community. In addition to its mainstay organizations such as the active Philoptochos, choir and youth organizations, the church school has more than 130 students, from toddler to high school senior level. Our very creative teachers have made it hospitable for new families, he said of the school. The parish has had a noticeable influx of new families, he told the Observer. The parish Greek school, with 15 students enrolled, is in the process of being restructured, not only for language instruction, but also as a means of presenting Greek history and culture. In cooperation with Philoptochos, is the support of several homeless shelters in the city. The parish provides clothing, food, and meals on a monthly basis. The church also helps support the San Raphael orphanage in Guatemala City, with the Philoptochos and church school sending clothing and food over the past several years. There is an active adult religious education program including a regular Bible study and mens and womens faith study groups. The womens study group, St. Lydia Womens Fellowship, is oriented toward young women and mothers and deals with family issues. The St. Nicodemos Mens Fellowship meets monthly at the downtown office of a parishioner and is open to any Orthodox Christian men. The group discusses important issues relating to the faith. For further spiritual nourishment,
burgh St. Nicholas Cathedral and Holy Cross Church where Fr. John had served as an assistant priest. One recent joint activity was the Hellenium, a New Years Eve 2000 celebration involving parishes from the entire Pittsburgh area. Metropolitan Maximos celebrated a vesperal liturgy, which was followed by a dinner-dance at a local ballroom. Main revenue sources include a strong stewardship program, along with a Greek festival (the oldest in Pittsburgh) and income from rental of the church hall.
Musical Tradition Of particular note, Holy Trinity parish has through its history contributed to Greek Americas musical culture, having nurtured several Greek bands. According to a parish history, clarinetist and Holy Trinity parishioner Peter Frangos started the first Greek band in Pittsburgh in the early 1900s. Since then, the roster of bands originating there has included Tomee and the Grecian Knights, the Pallikaria (later known as the Greek Connection), the Athenians and the Nisiotes. These groups got their start performing at events ranging from National AHEPA conventions, to weddings, baptisms, picnics, dances and festivals. Several of them recorded their music on 45s (in ancient times before CDs and DVDs) and albums, which have gotten airplay on radio stations in the United States, Canada and Greece. Though the bands themselves no longer are fully active, a number of individual musicians from the parish continue to play Greek music at local events and celebrations, Fr. John said. Compiled by Jim Golding
MAY 31, 2000
DIOCESE OF SAN FRANCISCO
B O O K S St. Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Metropolitan Panteleimon on Canon Law Center Marks 20 Years by Dr. Louis Patsavos
Epitome Kanonikou Dikaiou (Summary of Canon Law). By Metropolitan Panteleimon Rodopoulos.
G. Dedoussis Publications. Thessaloniki, 1998, pp. 481.
If there is anything to be said about the discipline of Orthodox Canon Law, it is that it is a discipline in crisis. The crisis in our canonical tradition manifests itself in the tension that exists between theory and praxis when canons are applied in the life of the Church. A certain way to limit abuse in the application of the holy canons is to articulate the way in which they regulate the affairs of the Church. This is precisely what this book does. It is the valuable contribution of Metropolitan Panteleimon Rodopoulos of Tyroloe and Serention, who recently retired from a distinguished teaching career as professor of canon law and pastoral theology at the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki. Metropolitan Rodopoulos is well known and widely respected internationally for his methodical approach to the study of the holy canons, as well as for his faithfulness to their correct application. These attributes are immediately apparent to the reader of the canonical work at hand. To his credit, Metropolitan Rodopoulos has not been content to lay claim to the fullness of tradition within Orthodoxy and remain aloof from the other communions that espouse the Christian faith. As the long-standing president of the Society for the Law of the Eastern Churches, he has shown himself ready to enter into open dialogue with those with whom we share much in common both in faith and in our canonical tradition. Although in particulars Metropolitan Rodopoulos work has in mind the practice of the Church of Greece, its basic approach to Orthodox canonical tradition conforms to the generally accepted structure introduced by Bishop Nikodim Milasch in his classic textbook on Orthodox Canon Law (Ekklesiastikon Dikaion tes Orthodoksou Anatolikes Ekklesias, Athens, 1906). Part One introduces the ecclesiological foundations of canon law. It opens with a chapter touching upon several essential questions: What is Church?; what is Law?; what is their interrelationship?; etc. It continues with an investigation of the sources of canon law and their application, an especially important topic in view of the fact that the canons of the Orthodox Church have never been codified. The reader is thereby introduced to the basic concepts and problematics within the canonical tradition at the outset, an absolutely essential presupposition for the proper comprehension of what follows. Part Two is devoted to the polity of the Church. Among other things, it discusses the all-important issues of clergy-laity relations, the synodical system of ecclesiastical administration, and the episcopacy. Given the current interest in these topics, especially in America, it is helpful to be reminded of the Churchs timeless teaching thereon. The Churchs polity is hierarchical. As such, it is not the will of the faithful, but the will of God applied with exactness by the hierarchy, which characterizes it. At the same time, however, although the polity of the Church is hierarchical, it is founded upon principles entirely democratic. It is this latter affirmation that mistakenly leads some to believe that the Church
is a democratic institution. It is not. As articulated by the author (pg. 116), the Church, as both visible and invisible institution, has as her head the Lord Jesus Christ. The principle of monarchy, however, reflected in this belief cannot be applied to the visible Church. For this reason, and although the bishop to some extent exercises monarchical authority within his diocese, the visible Church is governed according to principles which are participatory, hence in this sense democratic. Part Three focuses upon the equally important topic related to authority and how it is administered in the Church. Authority is divided into the three areas corresponding to the threefold ministry of Christ as prophet, priest and king. These are the teaching authority, sanctifying authority and governing authority of the Church. Of these three, governing or administrative authority in the broad sense includes legislative authority, administrative authority over persons, and judiciary authority. What is especially noteworthy is the reminder that all authority in the Church emanates from the Holy Spirit Who lives and reigns within it. Consequently, those who exercise authority in the Church (first and foremost, the members of the episcopacy) do so neither in their own name, nor by special privilege, but by the grace of the Holy Spirit (pg. 157). A fourth paragraph devoted to the law of ecclesiastical property, also understood as administrative authority in the narrow sense, concludes this division of the work. Part Four examines the life of the Christian in his/her varied relations within the body of the Church. Ordinarily, this is where all canonical aspects of the sacramental life would be discussed. Owing to limitations of time acknowledged by the author, however, this section is restricted to an in depth analysis of the sacrament of marriage and related matters only. One hopes that a future edition of this work will expand upon the material herein to include also issues of worship, as well as types of canonical relations and how these rights may be suspended or terminated. The final section, Part Five, introduces the ever timely discussion of Church-State relations. Once again, and presumably for the same reason, a related issue, that of relations of the Church with other religious confessions, is lacking. Perhaps this, too, will be included in a future edition. Owing to the authors strong involvement in this endeavor, there is certainly much to learn and benefit from his experience. A fitting sequel to this work is the appendix that follows, taking up more than half the remainder of the study. In it are the actual legislative texts and principles of administration that serve as the basis of the administrative structure of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and of the Church of Greece. At a time when administrative models of ecclesiastical governance reflecting genuine canonical principles of church polity are being sought, these texts are an invaluable source of information. Let us hope, therefore, that they will serve as a basis for strengthening ecclesiastical administrative documents for the further growth and development of our holy Orthodox Church wherever they are needed. Dr. Patsavos is professor of canon law at Holy Cross School of Theology.
DUNLAP, Calif. St. Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center, the San Francisco Diocese camp located 35 miles east of Fresno, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. The Brotherhood of St. Nicholas Ranch will host an anniversary celebration June 2-4 at the ranch, and benefactors Tom and Peggy Stefanopoulos will host a dinner at their home in Fresno. Throughout the year, the Center sponsors or hosts numerous events for a variety of groups and organizations. From June to December, the following camps, retreats and other activities will take place: Celebrant Singers, June 5-15; Kids n Cancer Camp, June 16-18; Elderhostel, a program for senior citizens, June 18-23; Italian reunion, June 23-25; Coptic Retreat, July 1-4; Counselor orientation, July 5-8; GOYA Summer Camp, July 9-29;
Filipino retreat, Aug. 2-5; Antiochian Camp, Aug. 6-12; OCA Camp, Aug. 13-19; Elderhostel, Aug. 20-25; Castro Valley family retreat, Sept. 14; Elderhostel, Sept. 10-15; Celebrant Singers, Sept. 15-22; Mt. Zions retreat, Sept. 22-24; Senior Camp, Sept. 25-29; Elderhostel, Oct. 1-6; Pan-Cretan picnic, Oct. 7-9; St. Basils seniors, Oct. 13-15; Elderhostel, Oct. 15-20; SRO retreat, Oct. 20-22; Hawaiian parish retreat, Oct. 25-28; Elderhostel, Oct. 29-Nov. 3; Woodlake Presbyterian retreat, Nov. 3-4; YAL spiritual retreat, Nov. 10-12; marathon writers, Nov. 10-12; Elderhostel, Nov. 12-17; Fr. Carellas spiritual retreat, Nov. 17-19; Elderhostel, Nov. 26-Dec. 1.; GOYA Winter Camp, Dec. 27-30. St. Nicholas Camp and Retreat Center got its start through then-Bishop
NEW KATHOLIKON under construction for the Monastery of the Theotokos the Life-Giving Spring, donated by Tom and Peggy Stefanopoulos.
A 145-year-old horse barn at the Ranch that houses a chapel in the loft.
Anthonys efforts to establish a youth camp. Nick Kossaris responded to the call and donated his 165-acre Sally K. Ranch to the Diocese. The facility, located at an elevation of 2,000 feet in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, has since grown to 250 acres of rolling hills, lakes, apple orchards, hiking trails, a swimming pool, and other natural attractions. A $1 million fund-raising effort followed and several buildings have been constructed over the years to make it one of the best-equipped retreat centers in California. The first youth retreat drew 800 young people and has attracted many groups since then who use the facility on a regular basis.
Its facilities include a Philoptochos lodge and dining hall, a womens monastery the Holy Monastery of the Theotokos, the Life-Giving Spring, Among its programs is Elderhostel, held several times during the year for senior citizens, where they can study the Greek philosophers, and learn about Greek civilization and its influence around the world through courses taught by experts, many of who are Ph.D.s. Retreats held throughout the year feature spiritual themes, such as the April 1416 Stages of Spiritual Growth, presented by Holy Cross-Hellenic College Professor of Theology Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis. For more information call the Ranch and Retreat Center, (559) 338-2103.
MAY 31, 2000
H C / H C G R A D U A T I O N 48 Class of 2000 Members Graduate at Commencement byJim Golding
BROOKLINE, Mass. One of the largest classes in school history took part in the 58th Commencement of Hellenic CollegeHoly Cross School of Theology, May 20. Thirty-two seminarians graduated from Holy Cross and 16 undergraduate students received degrees from Hellenic College. The institution also bestowed honorary doctorates upon Metropolitan Maximos of Aenos, presiding hierarch of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, the Rev. Dr. Stanley S. Harakas, the retired Archbishop Iakovos Professor of Orthodox Theology and Christian Ethics who taught at HC/HC from 196695; and George P. Kokalis, former chairman of the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund. In his address to the graduates, Archbishop Demetrios said you are the firstfruits of the new millennium that lies ahead of us. In your faces we see the face of the future the future of both our Church and our society. His Eminence also reminded them that 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. (Complete text in June issue) The graduates received greetings from George D. Behrakis, vice chairman of the Board of Trustees; National Philoptochos President Eve Condakes, Consul General of Greece in Boston George Chatzimichelakis and Hellenic College Acting Dean Dr. Aristotle Michopoulos. Mr. Behrakis reminded the students that the Greek Orthodox community is in its eighth generation in America and its members are going to look to you for your guidance. Mrs. Condakes told the graduates we pass to you the torch of leadership and responsibility and the future of our faith in the resurrection. Raise high the cross
HOLY CROSS School of Theology Class of 2000 graduates with Archbishop Demetrios and Dean James Skedros.
HELLENIC COLLEGE Class of 2000 graduates with His Eminence and Dean Aristotle Michopoulos
List of Graduates Master of Divinity degree Peter Homer Lee Cox, Michael James Diamond, Nicholas C. Georgiou, Deacon Bill C. Gikas, Paul Gikas, Jacob Aaron Gorny, Scott Z. Hoffines, Michael Kallas, Konstantinos Kalogridis, George William Ketenos, John Peter Kokinos, Nicolaos Harry Kotsis, Deacon Nektarios Morrow, Philippe James Mousis, Andis Nikolla, Peter Stratos Jr., Peter Anthony Syrakis, Simon Nicholas David Thomas, Paul George Zaharas and Paul David Zamora. Master of Theological Studies Knida Dilaveri, Kamal L. Ibrahim, Christos Kyriazis, Konstantinos Liadis, Efrosina Noti, Aleksander Aivar Sarapik, Marian Gh. Simion, and Harry Spyropoulos. Master of Theology Fr. Kyriakos Axarides, Manas Das, Nicholas George Louh and Fr. Maxym Lysack. Bachelor of Arts / Hellenic College George John Anastasiou, Nektarios S. Antoniou, Yani Bundros, Demetrios Thomas Costarakis, Klodeta Dhima, Stacey Lynn Freiwald, Panagiotis D. Goritsan, Tassoula Ioakimidou, Chrysanthos D. Kerkeres, George Koilaris, Costas Kotinopoulos, Evangelia Kotsari, Larry William Legakis, John Ilias Smiliotopoulos, Damon Michael Smith and Konstantinos Symeonides.
HELLENIC COLLEGE Class of 2000 graduates leading the procession around the campus.
of our Lord Jesus Christ and perpetuate our heritage. She also presented two checks to the school: a $30,000 gift from the Philoptochos Lenten appeal, and a $50,000 donation for scholarships. Consul General Chatzimichelakis, speaking in Greek, presented $5,000 for the teaching of Greek at the school, and told the graduates that Hellenism owes a lot to Orthodoxy, but Orthodoxy owes much to Hellenism. We gave you a lot, we expect more. Dont be afraid to spread your wings, said Dean Michopoulos. This is
the end of a sometimes lonely road and you will have to deal with new beginnings. Knowledge has no end, only a beginning. In a first for the school, Student Government Association President Nicholas Kotsis presented the SGA Awards for Excellence in Education and Service to HC/ HC to two professors and a staff member selected by the student body. Recipients were the Rev. Dr. Thomas FitzGerald, professor of Church history at Holy Cross; Dr. George Pilitsis, associate professor of classics and modern Greek
studies at Hellenic College; and Agnes Desses, assistant director of admissions. The schools Three Hierarchs Medal, awarded to an individual who has greatly contributed to the advancement of Hellenic College-Holy Cross and the Orthodox faith, was presented to retired Professor Peter V. Nychis by the Rev. Dr. Alkiviadis C. Calivas. Professor Nychis taught Greek language and literature, psychology and Byzantine music at Holy Cross from 1943-78. Valedictory addresses were given by Deacon Nektarios Morrow for Holy Cross and Nektarios S. Antoniou, for Hellenic College. Following musical selections by the Hellenic College and Holy Cross Chorale, Dr. James C. Skedros, Acting Senior officer and dean of Holy Cross conferred the degrees upon the students, with Alumni Association President the Rev. Peter Karloutsos hooding each graduate. The previous evening, May 19, following the Great Vespers with Archbishop Demetrios, a Stavrophoria ceremony took place at which His Eminence presented each Holy Cross graduate with the school pectoral cross. A reception and dinner for trustees and administrators followed at the Malliotis Cultural Center. In conjunction with Commencement Weekend activities, the following four graduating classes held their meetings at the school. Archbishop Demetrios presented each priest with the offikion of Protopresbyter from the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Class of 1972: The Revs. Peter Karloutsos, Nicholas Krommydas, Nick Milas, Dean Paleologos, Nicholas Pilavas, George Stavropoulos and Dennis Strouzas. Class of 1973: The Revs. Constantine Botsis, George Counelis, Andrew George, Michael Kontogiorgis, Andrew Mahalares, Athas Pistolis and Elias Velonis. Class of 1974: The Revs. John Angel, James Calogredes, Thomas FitzGerald, Chris Kerhulas, George Matsis, Nicholas Petropoulakos, Peter Salmas, Louis Scoulas and Constantine Zozos. Class of 1975: The Revs. Demetrios Carellas, William Cassis, John Chakos, David Eckley and Panagiotis Giannakopoulos.