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New Archdiocesan Council Holds Productive Sessions byJim Golding
NEW YORK The new Archdiocesan Councils recent first meeting of its 200002 term oriented new and long-time members to the progress and objectives of the Churchs national ministries and departments. The 70-member Council convened Sept. 29-30 under the chairmanship of Archbishop Demetrios at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Manhattan. His Eminence named Michael Jaharis, a longtime Council member and Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund participant, as the vice chairman. Meeting in conjunction with the Council, the National Philoptochos Executive Board held its semi-annual meeting to discuss goals for the upcoming two years. His Eminence reappointed National President Eve Condakes to a second term. Both organizations initially met in joint session for the Archbishops welcoming address. Speaking metaphorically, His Eminence compared Council members responsibilities with the recent completion of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, which he visited in August for its consecration. The Archbishop told them to build on the cathedral of the Orthodox faiths legacy. What is going to be our cathedral
EXECUTIVE BOARD members of the Archdiocesan Council and hierarchs of the Holy Synod.
of faith, our testimony to God, he asked. What we are doing is building upon this cathedral that our predecessors have worked for years to build. Citing qualities from the Book of Isaiah that Church leaders must possess to confront problems and difficulties encountered in their service, His Eminence said the Council members must be prudent listeners, especially by listening to the voice of God; wise counselors, offering advice that creates amazement and by
participating in decision making; and wise architects, in building realities and conditions for the Church that are edifices in the connection with God always on the rock which is Christ. The Archbishop also told them to be very conscious of the need to pay attention to the needs of our parishes.
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Fr. Nicholas Triantafilou Installed as Holy Cross President BROOKLINE, MASS. The Rev. Nicholas Triantafilou was installed as Holy Cross School of Theology-Hellenic Colleges first president of the 21st century in ceremonies Oct. 6 in the schools chapel with hundreds in attendance. Following a procession to the chapel, Archbishop Demetrios presided over the vespers and installation services that began at 4:30 p.m. In his exhortation during the ceremony, His Eminence noted Fr. Triantafilous long administrative experience as Archdiocese vicar general and chancellor and his long service as a priest as unique qualifications he brings to his new position. You come with an unconditional dedication and with a strong priestly iden-
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ARCHBISHOP DEMETRIOS places the cross of the school upon Fr. Triantafilou at his installation.
ARCHBISHOP VISITS MOSCOW Archdiocese News u 2-5, 7,9 Arcïns Pilgrimage u 6 Bible Guide u 24 Challenge u 29 Contemporary Issues u 11 Diocese News u 8, 32 Ecumenical u 2-5, 7,9 Greek section u 13-17
HC-HC Report u 22-23 Opinions u 10 Orthodoxy Worldwide u 27, 31 Parish Profile u 19 People u 19 Relating to Faith u 12, 24 Special Interest u 25 Voice of Philoptochos u 18
TO OUR READERS During the month of September, the Archdiocese took a major step in its service to the faithful with the installation of a new, state-of-the-art computer system. With a $350,000 grant from Leadership 100, thenew technology will significantly increase the speed and efficiency of the Archdioceses overall operation. Consequently, the introduction of the new system, along with budget constraints experienced in recent months, resulted in a delay in our publishing schedule and we regret any inconvenience this may have caused.
PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW to Visit Michigan and N.Y. ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH Bartholomew will travel to the Detroit area for a three-day pastoral visit Nov. 10-13 and will also spend a day in New York for the opening of the Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries for Byzantine Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His All Holiness also will receive an award from Scenic Hudson Inc., a local organization dedicated to the ecological protection of the Hudson River Valley, for his environmental activities. This visit will be the Ecumenical Patriarchs third to the United States since his memorable fall 1997 journey. Archbishop Demetrios and Bishop Nicholas of Detroit will join him on his area tour. This will be a visit of the Patriarch to the people, said Bishop Nicholas. There will be many opportunities for the Patriarch to be close to the people. It is a visit of our spiritual father to his spiritual children. Thats the most important thing, he said. On his first visit to the United States as Patriarch, Bartholomews itinerary did not include the Detroit Diocese since it did not have a bishop then. Patriarch Bartholomew arrives at Pontiac airport in Waterford, Mich., Friday, Nov. 10, and will attend a welcoming reception by clergy and their families at St. George Church in Bloomfield Hills. The next morning, children and youth of the Detroit Diocese will host a breakfast for Patriarch Bartholomew at Sts. Constantine and Helen Church in Westland. The youth will present a brief program in his honor. A doxology and thanksgiving service will take place afterward at Annunciation Cathedral in Detroit. In the afternoon, the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate-Order of St. Andrew will host a luncheon in honor of His All Holiness, Patriarchal guests and civic representatives at the Detroit Athletic Club. The Ecumenical Patriarchs remaining afternoon and evening schedule includes a visit to Childrens Hospital and a tree dedication in Detroit, a pastoral exhortation to Diocese clergy at the St. John the Baptist Church in Sterling Heights, Mich., followed by a great vespers service. A banquet at St. Nicholas Church in Troy will conclude the days events. Sundays events begin with a Patriarchal Divine Liturgy at Compu-
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Fr. Triantafilou Installed as Holy Cross President u page 1 tity, the Archbishop said. You have the full support and sincere cooperation of the trustees, faculty, students, parish priests and the faithful, as well as the Holy Synod of the Archdiocese. Fr. Triantafilous selection won unanimously approval from the Schools Board of Trustees and the Corporate Board. He becomes the 20th person to lead the school since its founding in 1937 by Archbishop Athenagoras in Pomfret, Conn. Metropolitan Methodios, under whom Fr. Triantafilou most recently served as director of the Diocese of Boston Camp in New Hampshire, recalled first meeting Fr. Nick while the future hierarch was a Holy Cross student. I looked up to him as a model for the priesthood, he said. I recognized him as a man of deep faith who loved his family. The Metropolitan also described Fr. Nick as a tireless worker and having an ecclesial conscience that served him in his capacities as a pastor and an administrator. In his response, Fr. Nick thanked everyone for their support and pledged to do my best. Citing a passage from the first verse of Psalm 121 (I will lift up my eyes to the hills From whence comes my
ters Melanie and Nicole, and son-in-law Fr. Elias Villis. Also present were Metropolitan Methodios of the Diocese of Boston, himself a former president; Archbishop Herman of the Orthodox Church in America, representatives of the Massachusetts Council of Churches, the Boston Theological Institute, past presidents Dr. Thomas Lelon and Rev. Dr. Alkiviadis Calivas, along with several trustees, faculty and seminarians. Following the installation, a reception took place at the Maliotis Cultural Center.
HC/HC BOARD OF TRUSTEES Earlier in the day, Archbishop Demetrios convened a meeting of the newly appointed HC/HC Board of Trustees. The meeting opened with a pastoral exhortation by His Eminence, followed by the election of officers. They are: George D. Behrakis, vice chairman; Dr. Thomas Lelon, secretary; Arthur Koumantzelis, treasurer and executive committee, James Argeros, Rev. Robert Bethoney, George Chryssis, Gregory G. Demetrakas, Rev. Andrew Demotses, Rev. Peter Karloutsos, Rev. Spencer Kezios, Michael Krone, George E.Safiol and Professor Theoharis Theoharides. In addition to the Executive Committee, the Board of Trustees is composed of the following:
Orthodox Observer HOLY SYNOD MEETS The Holy Eparchial Synod of the Archdiocese convened for its fall meeting in New York, Sept. 28. From left: Bishop Nicholas, Diocese of Detroit; Metropolitan Isaiah, Diocese of Denver; Metropolitan Iakovos, Diocese of Chicago; Metropolitan Anthony, Diocese of San Francisco; and Bishop Alexios, Diocese of Atlanta. Not present is Metropolitan Maximos, Diocese of Pittsburgh who was attending a regular meeting of the Joint Commission of Orthodox-Roman Catholic Bishops, held in Crete.
Paleologos, Dr. Constantine Papadakis, Dr. Nicholas Patrikalakis, Constantine Perdikakis, Dr. John Proakis, John Rigas, Rose Kaloris Saridakis, Mark Stavropoulos, Rev. Dr. Robert Stephanopoulos, Rev. Alexan-
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MEMBERS of the Board of Trustees with Archbishop Demetrios, Metropolitan Methodios and Fr. Nick Triantafilou after their first meeting.
help? My help comes from the Lord.) the new president told members of the student body to walk these hills (of the school campus) with heads held high. Let this hill remind you that God is always with us. He also said the faithful of the Church look to HC/HC to provide their spiritual leaders, with the hope that their children and grandchildren will be pilgrims in Christ. Prior to being named as Archdiocesan Vicar by Archbishop Iakovos in 1986, Fr. Triantafilou served as pastor of Annunciation Cathedral in Houston for nearly 20 years. Among his accomplishments there was the founding of Annunciation School, which has become one of the citys most prestigious private schools. Among those attending the installation were members of Fr. Triantafilous family, including Presbytera Diane, daugh-
Rev. Nicholas Bakalis, Professor Helen Hadjiyannakis-Bender, George M. Cantonis, Constantine G. Caras, Harry T. Cavalaris, Leo Condakes, George E. Danis, Thomas L. Demakes, Dr. Mary Dochios, Dr. Elias P. Gyftopoulos, Rev. Nicholas Katinas, Rev. Demetrios Kavadas, Dr. Tanya Lingos. Also, Thomas Lykos, Jr., Rev. Jon E. Magoulias, George Miller, Rev. Dean N.
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Archbishop Offers Prayers at Both Party Conventions NEW YORK Archbishop Demetrios offered the benediction at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia on Aug. 2, and the invocation during the third days session at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles on Aug. 16. At the Republican Convention, His Eminence also met with President George Bush, Mrs. Bush and other dignitaries. During their conversation, President Bush expressed his love and respect for Archbishop Iakovos and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. They also discussed issues of special interest to the Greek American community. Convention co-chairman Congressman J.C. Watts of Oklahoma, introduced the Archbishop, noting that he had been elected one year ago as archbishop of America and exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and also serves as chairman of the Standing Conference of Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA), representing over 6 million Orthodox Christians in America. The text of the Benediction follows.
Eternal God and Father, governor of the entire universe, enthroned in the hearts and minds of all the people everywhere, we gratefully acknowledge Your invisible presence among us asking You to remain in our midst as we come together with brotherly and sisterly love in this great City of Philadelphia for the Republican National Convention. We offer heartfelt prayers for your faithful servants, Gov. George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, who have been called to become the dynamic leaders of this Party and the champions of American democracy and benevolence. We ask You to inspire them to take the high road of excellence in politics and governmental action, to advance the sacred principle of one Nation under God and with God, and to establish a political approach which takes care of all people and includes all peoples regardless of gender, race, color or creed. We ask You to help them become the architects and builders of a prosperity with a purpose a prosperity offering freedom, dignity, happiness and peace to all fellow Americans and fellow citizens of the world. We also pray, O Physician of our souls and bodies, for President Gerald Ford asking you to restore him to good health and grant him and Mrs. Ford many years of joy, health, and peace. O God and Savior, guide our beloved American Nation to humbly lead by ex-
cratic Convention session at 1 p.m., His Eminence met with several dignitaries including Hadassah Lieberman, wife of vice presidential candidate Sen. Joseph Lieberman; Leon Fuerth, national security advisor to Vice President Gore; Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes of Maryland and other prominent members of Congress and several Greek Americans.
ARCHBISHOP DEMETRIOS offers the invocation at a session of the Democratic Convention (above). Below, His Eminence greets former President George Bush at the Republican Convention in Philadelphia where a month before His Eminence presided over the Clergy-Laity Congress.
ample all the Nations of the earth, so that one day we may see a world where global neighbors will live by Your divine commandment to love one another. Lead us, omnipotent God, in our following the superb dream of our founding fathers, so that we may see the streets of this Nation and highways and byways of this world,
be filled with mercy and justice. Lead us, O Father, so that we, the citizens of this planet earth and the millennium members of the human family, may finally abide in You, and walk humbly with You, our God. Amen.
Prior to the invocation for the Demo-
Let us bow our heads in prayer.... Almighty God, creator of all things visible and invisible, Father eternal who brought us from nothingness into being, we profoundly thank You for the unique joy of living and for granting us the superb gifts of life and action this very day. Inspire us, as we gather for the Democratic National Convention in this City of Angels, to always bear witness to the angelic call to glorify God in the highest by living in peace and good will with men and women of this blessed country of ours. We ask You, O King of Kings and Governor of this majestic universe, to keep our minds and souls permanently attached to the ideals of brotherhood and sisterhood; illumine our eyes to envision a world filled with justice and peace; direct our feet to always walk in the paths of righteousness and truth; make our hands tools for love, care and healing; and keep our arms steadily open in an embrace of every human being. Grace your servants, Vice President Al Gore and Senator Joseph Lieberman, with the wisdom and courage of the founding fathers, as they champion the American dream in order to offer creative perspectives for progress and happiness to all our fellow citizens. We beseech You, O Eternal Master, to keep in them, and in all of us alive the principle that the public servant is the most free lord of all and subject to none. And, at the same time, that the public servant is the most dutiful servant of all and subject to every one. O God of Peace, when we leave this historic millennium gathering and Convention, a gathering of promise and perspective, remind us that as Your children we all are citizens of the world and that our race, is the human race created by You. Teach us to abide by Your golden rule to love God with all our hearts, minds and souls and our neighbor as ourselves. And help us as a nation to become a leading model in translating Your divine rule into daily actions for the benefit of our country and the entire human family of our planet Earth. Amen.
Leadership 100 Broadens Spectrum of Members The Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund roster of new members continues to increase with addition of two members with the distinction of being the oldest and the youngest ever to join. Clara Nicon of Seattle, age 87, has for many years been active at her parish of Assumption Church. She became the first woman parish council president at age 80, has raised money for the Philoptochos for many years and serves wherever Im needed. Her family was one of the first families to establish the parish. Mrs. Nicon a widow, and the mother of Presbytera Faye Stylianopoulos, said that joining Leadership 100 was a something she had wanted to do for sometime. She became interested after meeting thenChairman George Kokalis in California. She also received encouragement from her
priest, Fr. John Hondros. I grew up on MassaI have always supchusetts Avenue across ported all the institutions from St. Sophia, so I had a they support, she said. I constant reminder about thought if I ever could some the importance of the day I would want to give Church, he said. one sum of take care of all I obviously love my these needs. faith and culture, he conShe continued, I have tinued, and I wanted to do a lot of respect for the men something for the Church, responsible for Leadership something more than basic 100, including Fr. Alex giving, something akin to Karloutsos. tithing. Mrs. Nicon added, If CONSTANTINE GOGOS His mother, Patricia what I have done encourGogos, has been very inages someone else to join, I would be very volved with Church and serves on National glad. Philoptochos Board, served as an example Constantine Gogos, age 24, of Wash- to him of service to the Church. ington is in real estate and has been a As to why he joined Leadership 100 member of St. Sophia Cathedral since at age 24, Mr. Gogos drew inspiration from childhood. Archbishop Demetrios who spoke at this
years YAL Conference banquet. He said it was my generations turn to step up and be part of the Church, and I thought Its time to start paying back, Constantine was encouraged to join by Leadership Millennium Drive Chairman Stephen Yeonas who said of him: Hes a young man who believes in the church and expanding his horizon.
New Finance Director Named
John Barbagallo, former senior manager with Price Waterhouse/Coopers, has been appointed as the new director of Finance for the Archdiocese. Mr. Barbagallo was previously involved with the Archdioceses auditing and accounting from 1988-96. He brings knowledge of the Archdiocese financial structure and a strong background in nonprofit accounting to his new post.
New Archdiocesan Council Holds Productive Sessions u page 1 Reports presented During their two-day meeting, directors of the various departments and national ministries presented reports. Executive Director of Administration Jerry Dimitriou said a $325,000 grant recently awarded by the Leadership 100 Endowment Fund was used for a state-of-the art computer upgrade at Archdiocese headquarters. The new system will greatly enhance the Archdioceses efforts to serve the dioceses and parishes. Computers that will no longer be used have been donated to several parishes not having their own systems. Mr. Dimitriou discussed the need to create a development office to bring in additional revenue, to revitalize the LOGOS program, and to establish a permanent operational endowment fund for the operations of existing programs. He also noted the Archdiocese has saved about $1.3 million this year through staff reduction and reorganization. Mr. Dimitriou later presented the finance report, where he listed improvement in procedures for budget allocation, revenue and expense analysis and revenue enhancement through the Total Commitment Program. In other major reports, Chancellor the Very Rev. Savas Zembillas noted that his office has increased its efficiency by trimming staff and focusing on serving the clergy. He also noted that the amounts granted through the annual Taylor Scholarships administered by the Archdiocese have been increased from $350 a month for nine months of the year, to $1,000 a month for 12 months a year for a students entire schooling period. Hellenic College-Holy Cross President Fr. Nicholas Triantafilou said he and his staff would look at several areas to enhance the institutions fiscal soundness, capital improvements and establishment of chairs and endowments. He also said that recruiting efforts would be stepped up. In his Religious Education report, Fr. Frank Marangos noted that 26,000 children are enrolled in church schools, an increase of 3,000, with 2,700 teachers. He also said that the total spent by all parishes on church school budgets amounts to $34,000 about $1.34 per student. Fr. Constantine Sitaras, director of St. Basil Academy, said current enrollment is 30 students ranging in age from 4 to 17. In its role as a retreat and conference center, more than 3,000 persons have visited the Academy since January. The director expressed gratitude for the ongoing support from the National Philoptochos, AHEPA and Daughters of Penelope. Stewardship Program director the Very Rev. Gabriel Karambis noted an increase in revenue over the past year that 94 percent of allocations have been met and the program has grown by nearly $400,000. Reporting on St. Michaels Home for the Aged, the Very Rev. Andonios Paropoulos, the director, said the auxiliary institution has paid off outstanding debts and settled all liens and lawsuits, and is on a sound financial footing. He said the Home, with a $1 million budget, is presently operating at full capacity with 57 residents. Archbishop Demetrios said in his closing remarks at the end of Saturdays session that the meetings were blessed with constructive work on the Churchs significant life, praising their high, professional, human Church quality. He characterized the council as a think tank and a family of people attempting to be the
MEMBERS OF the 2000-2002 Archdiocesan Council at their meeting in New York.
hands of God on earth. His Eminence thanked members of the previous Executive Committee by name: John Catsimatidis, George Behrakis, Nicholas Bouras, Peter Pappas, George Safiol, Michael Cantonis, Harry Pappas and Andrew Athens. He also expressed gratitude to the Archdiocese legal counsel, attorney Emmanuel Demos, for his pro bono service to the Church on a daily basis.
Reflections In comments to the Observer after the Sept. 30 session, Vice Chairman Jaharis remarked, I think it was a tremendous start for the Archbishop and new Council, he said, calling the gathering the most attentive two-day meeting Ive attended. You could hear a pin drop. People sense that the Archbishop is a profound, extraordinary man, he continued, a man of unique spirituality, humility and intelligence. People feel that and want to be part of it. The new Council is made up of bright people willing to spend their time and effort in support of the Church, he added. Mr. Jaharis also said the Executive Committee will meet in late October to follow up on several issues discussed at the two-day conference, including the preparation of a strategic plan, capital spending and financial restraints. The new vice chairman touched upon the need for the Church to maintain Orthodoxys cultural aspects. We are Hellenes and we are Orthodox. We have an incredible legacy and the Church is the foundation for promoting both these factors. The Church calls us to coalesce as Hellenes, to expand that part of the Church, to expand the legacy of Orthodoxy and Hellenism. He referred to the Ecumenical Patriarch as the sine qua non of the American Greek Orthodox Church, and declared his wholehearted support for the Mother Church.
New Council The following comprise the new Archdiocesan Council: Archbishops Appointees Executive Board members Vice Chairman Michael Jaharis, New York; Secretary Nicholas Bouras, Summit, N.J.; Treasurer Peter Dion, Valley Stream, N.Y.; and George Behrakis, Tewksbury,
Mass.; Dr. John Collis, Chagrin Falls, Ohio; John Pappajohn, Des Moines, Iowa; John A. Payiavlas, Warren, Ohio; Georgia Skeadas, Villanova, Pa.; and Anthony Stefanis, Atlanta. Other appointees Helen Hadjiyannakis-Bender, New York; the Rev. Alkiviadis Calivas, Brookline, Mass; George Cantonis, Belleair, Fla; Michael Cantonis, Tarpon Springs, Fla; John Catsimatidis, New York; Thomas Dallas, Lincolnwood, Ill; Elenie Huszagh, Nehalem, Oregon; Demetrios Kaloidis, Upper Brookville, N.Y.; George Kokalis, Phoenix, Ariz. Andrew Manatos, Bethesda, Md.; George Marcus, Los Altos Hills, Calif.; John Marks, Lincolnwood, Ill.; Demetri Moschos, Worcester, Mass.; Lou Nicozisis, Lancaster, Pa.; Panikos Papanikolaou, Brooklyn, N.Y; Peter J. Pappas, Syosset, N.Y; Milton Sioles, Paradise Valley, Ariz; Alex Spanos, Stockton, Calif; the Rev. Dennis Strouzas, Archangel Michael Church, Roslyn Heights, N.Y; Dr. William Tenet, Manhasset, N.Y; Savvas Tsivicos, Ocean, N.J; Catherine Bouffides-Walsh, South Glastonbury, Conn. Diocesan Appointments DIOCESE OF CHICAGO: Rev. Byron Papanicolaou, Sts. Constantine & Helen Church, Palos Hills, Ill.; Harold Peponis, Evanston, Ill.; George Vourvoulias, Park Ridge, Ill. DIOCESE OF SAN FRANCISCO: Rev. Michael Pappas, St. Basil Church, Stockton, Calif; Theofanis Economides, Los Altos, Calif; Catherine Lingas, Portland, Oregon. DIOCESE OF PITTSBURGH: Rev. John Touloumes, Pittsburgh; Dr. Nicholas Loutsion, Canonsburg, Pa.; Peter Zikos, McMurray, Pa. DIOCESE OF BOSTON: Rev. Christopher Foustoukos, Annunciation Church, Woburn, Mass.; Peter Bassett, Boston; Michael S. Sophocles, Boston. DIOCESE OF DENVER: Rev. Constantine Pavlakos, Denver; Harry Plomarity, Corpus Christi, Texas; Dr. Louis J. Roussalis, Casper, Wyo. DIOCESE OF ATLANTA: Rev. Dean Gigicos, Holy Trinity Church, Orlando, Fla; Gerald Clonaris, Charlotte, N.C; Dr. Manuel Tissura, Tucker, Ga. DIOCESE OF DETROIT: Rev. William Cassis, Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Church, Cincinnati; Gust Feles, Bloomfield Hills,
Mich.; Tom Zaferes, Cincinnati. DIOCESE OF NEW JERSEY: Rev. Dimitrios Antokas, Holy Trinity Church, Westfield, N.J; Dr. George Kaludis, Potomac, Md; James C. Fountas, Scotch Plains, N.J. ARCHDIOCESE: Representatives to the Council will be elected at the District Clergy-Laity Conference at Holy Trinity Church in New Rochelle on Nov. 4. Ex-Officio Members Arthur Anton, Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund, Boston; Andrew Athens, World Council of Hellenes Abroad, Chicago; the Rev. Nicholas Bacalis, Archdiocesan Presbyters Council, Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral, Richmond, Va.; Eve Condakes, National Philoptochos, Swampscott, Mass. Presbytera Angie Constantinides, National Sisterhood of Presvyteres, Aurora, Ill; Nikitas Drakotos, St. Michaels Home for the Aged, Bronx, N.Y; Johnny Economy, Order of AHEPA, Atlanta; Rev. William Gaines, Retired Greek Orthodox Clergy of America, Metairie, La; Dr. Steven Gounardes, St. Basil Academy, Brooklyn, N.Y; Rev. Peter Karloutsos, Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology Alumni Association, Danbury, Conn. Dr. Anthony J. Limberakis, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate-Order of St. Andrew, Rydal, Pa.; Rev. James Moulketis, Archdiocesan Benefits Committee, Wyckoff, N.J.; Dr. Vicki C. Pappas, National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians, Bloomington, Ind; Rev. Nicholas C. Triantafilou, Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology, Brookline, Mass.; and Evan Arapostathis, National Young Adult League Coordinator.
National Philoptochos Executive Board officers of the National Philoptochos are as follows: National President Eve Condakes, Swampscott, Mass.; First Vice President Maria Logus, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Treasurer Aphrodite Skeadas, Greenwich, Conn.; Second Vice President Kathy Gabriel, Huntington Beach, Calif.; Assistant Treasurer Pauline ONeal, Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.; Third Vice President Froso Beys, New York; Legal Advisor Judge Yorka Linakis; Jamaica, N.Y.; Secretary Susan Regos, Westchester, Ill.; Parliamentarian Kassandra Romas, Short Hills, N.J.; Greek Secretary Aspasia Melis, Cliffside Park, N.J.; Protocol Officer Helen Demos, New York.
Archbishop Demetrios Reflects on Orthodoxy, State of the Church by Harry Moskos
NEW ORLEANS - Archbishop Demetrios, who observed his first anniversary as head of the Greek Orthodox Church in America last month, sees Eastern Orthodoxy as the carrier of an ageless tradition that has remained firm and stable in a rapidly changing world. Emphasizing that the church provides a corridor, a bridge, a way to connect with God by worship, the spiritual leader of an estimated 1.5 million Greek Orthodox in America said in an interview that Orthodoxy offers a real embodiment of this ageless tradition in three basic forms: to live faith as worship, faith as love and faith as truth. This, to me, is a triple kind of mission. Faith as worship is a tremendous thing of Orthodoxy - an offering to the contemporary world, especially here in America. Faith as love without limits, without discrimination. Faith about truth - the truth about ourselves, the truth about the world in which we live, the truth about God. But the 72-year-old prelate, whose hectic schedule would be a match for a younger person, also recognizes that the Orthodox Christian Church in this country faces challenges. He gave the benediction at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia on Aug. 2. He gave the opening prayer at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles on Aug. 16 and then rushed to the airport to catch a flight to Moscow, and represent Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the consecration of Christ the Saviour Russian Orthodox Cathedral. While acknowledging a diminishing use of the Greek language in services, the archbishop at the same time sees in the younger generation a stronger connection with the substance of Hellenic culture. For instance, you have young people who go to the Ionian Village. They go there perhaps even without a word of Greek. But they return not with a full knowledge of the Greek language but with a tremendous sense of roots, culture and history and learning, which is tremendously important. So what you might be losing in terms of predominant usage of language by the younger generation, you gain by an increased consciousness of awareness of the whole of this heritage - of this culture and of this tradition of its Hellenic roots. Demetrios noted that there is an increased tendency for more and more young people from America to participate in visits to Greece, which has resulted in the need for additional units to be built at the Ionian Village, a church-operated summer camp along Greeces Ionian Sea coastline. He sees this - along with Greek schools in many communities - as a greater hope in the future of the Greek language in the United States. We are trying more and more to see how we can organize things so Greek will become at least, as they say, a second language if not the first language that they speak naturally. The archbishop regularly travels across the country to visit many of the 550 parishes that make up the archdiocese. Demetrios, who was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, received a doctorate in theology from the University of Athens in 1977. He came to the United States in 1965 and received a Ph.D. with distinction from Harvard University in 1972. In addition to speaking English and Greek, the archbishop is fluent in Latin, Hebrew, Coptic, French and German. On Aug. 19 1999, the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constan-
tinople elected Demetrios to head the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. He was formally enthroned on Sept. 18. He also serves as exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in this country and thus serves as chairman of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas, representing more than 6 million Orthodox Christians in America under nine different ethnic jurisdictions. Asked whether the various ethnic branches of Orthodoxy in the United States will ever unite into one jurisdictional body, the archbishop replied that it would be hard to predict the outcome of something that has to do with historical development, but he pointed to the increased cooperation among all Eastern Orthodox entities in the United States, especially in social action and religious education. Now, how far and with what speed and in what form this will further develop is something very difficult to say, he said in the interview in New Orleans after he had addressed the recent annual banquet of the American Hellenic Education Progressive Association. Instead, he cited a continuous and systematic effort of major cooperation, especially in practical and pastoral issues so as not to be so occupied with the actual administration of the one entity. He stressed the importance instead of actual unity in the Orthodox mind and in the Orthodox thinking. One of the tasks facing the Orthodox in this country is to produce a standard English translation of the various services. I want to make it clear that this is a problem of translation and not a problem of the original text, Demetrios stressed, adding that it takes time to produce a unified translation. He noted that a committee is now working on one. There is no possibility for an interpretation to render justice to the original. It is technically impossible. A translation is a constant decision-making process of selecting and rejecting a variety of meanings for each given word of the original text. So, a translation is a limitation. It will take time. While it may take time for a formal translation, the archbishop sees no danger in the Orthodox faith to somehow diminish or disappear or be absorbed in the American society. I say, no. It is a strong faith. It has survived in long periods of adversity, especially in Asia Minor. And then in modern times, it is interesting to see what happened with the so-called Iron Curtain. You had a 50-year situation there of very, very cruel and, at times, harsh conditions with the persecution of the Orthodox faith. The worst of all was Albania. Now, what happens after the changing of the social-political situation? We have Orthodoxy in these countries, which continues very strong. We have an anastassi - a resurrection, a revival. Therefore, you have Orthodoxy surviving under these kind of conditions. He emphasized that Orthodoxys strength lies in its strong faith not only in terms of emotion but in terms of content. It is not enough to say, Well, I have a strong belief in God. What exactly do you believe about this content about human beings, about salvation, about human destiny, about the world? You need content. This is something that we have to work on intensely in the years to come. To make the people conscious and fully aware of what exactly is
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Archons Lead Successful Pilgrimage to Holy Land and Ecumenical Patriarchate byAnthony J. Limberakis, MD
The itinerary included driving to an isolated region at the River Jordan to view the exact spot where St. John the Forerunner baptized Christ, and to see the ruins of the Monastery of the Baptist. Patriarch Diodoros of Jerusalem, All Palestine and Holy Zion received the pilgrims at a private audience where a $2,500 donation was made to the Jerusalem Patriarchate. At an evening reception, the Archons formally greeted Mayor Ehud Olmert of Jerusalem and several members of his staff. A social meeting with Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens promoted good will among the faithful. As the pilgrimage continued, the holiest of sites were solemnly visited and venerated, including the birthplace of the Virgin, St. Annes Church, the pool of Bethesda where the paralytic was healed by Christ, the shrine of the Ascension of our Lord on the Mount of Olives, the Russian Church of St. Mary Magdalene, the Garden of Gethsemane and, a short distance away, the Dormition Shrine of Mary that marks her falling asleep.
he Archons of America journeyed to the Holy Land, Mt. Sinai and the Ecumenical Patriarchate on a religious pilgrimage highlighted by their spiritual rejuvenation and revitalized commitment to the Holy Mother Churchs worldwide mission, as they visited Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Phanar in Istanbul. Inspired by the words of His All Holiness, the Archons returned to America energized, encouraged and focused on promoting unity and love among the Greek Orthodox faithful in America, and to enhance the sacred bond with the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The Archon Millennium Pilgrimage retraced the steps of Jesus Christ, visited the St. Catherine Monastery in the Sinai Peninsula, climbed Mt. Sinai where Moses received the Ten Commandments and extended their love, respect and fidelity to the Ecumenical Patriarch and spiritual leader of 350 million Orthodox faithful.
The Sinai St. Catherines Monastery
ARCHONS AND Spouses with His Beatitude Patriarch Diodoros of Jerusalem
ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH Bartholomew and Dr. Limberakis
HIS ALL Holiness greets Archon Ekdikos John Halecky, Jr.
While visiting Halki, where the famous Patriarchal School of Theology once functioned freely and was subsequently closed by Turkish authorities in 1971, a symposium titled The Contribution of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to Orthodox Theological Education took place. The symposium, moderated by Dr. Spiro J. Macris featured presentations by Metropolitan Chrysostom of the senior see of Ephesus, renowned theologian and the most senior member of the Holy and Sacred Patriarchal Synod and Professor Vasilios Stavrides, noted Orthodox scholar. In addition to the pilgrims at the symposium, others present were: U.S. Consul General Frank Urbancic and other American Consulate staff, Metropolitan Maximos, presiding hierarch of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Fr. Stanley Harakas, noted Greek Orthodox theologian and retired professor of Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology and Fr. Thomas Hopko, dean of the St. Vladimir Orthodox Seminary in New York. Metropolitan Apostolos of Agathonikeia, abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery on
Halki, hosted the visiting clergy, Archons and American diplomats. During the panel discussion that concluded the symposium, American Consul General Frank Urbancic stated, The United States very strongly believes that this seminary should be reopened. It is not an issue we are prepared to drop. The Archons attended the Service of Indiction on Sept. 1 at the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. George, marking the start of the ecclesiastical New Year. Orthodox hierarchs from around the world signed the spiritual registry. While at the Phanar, Archon leaders had several private consultative meetings with Patriarch Bartholomew to receive advice and direction regarding the Order of St. Andrew. The final evening in Istanbul was highlighted by an elegant grand banquet in honor of His All Holiness at which time a $100,000 donation was presented to the Ecumenical Patriarchate to facilitate sacred its mission of love, unity and salvation. (Since 1998, more than $600,000 has been transmitted to the Patriarchate by the Order of St. Andrew.) Members of the Order also presented Balukli Hospital representatives with a $6,000 donation at the banquet. In addition, a $3,000 check for the Halki School of Theology was presented to Metropolitan Joachim, chairman of the Sacred Holy Trinity Monastery trustee committee. The scores of Archons, pilgrims, and dignitaries at the elegant event overlooking the Bosporus received the inspiring and uplifting words of His All Holiness: You have been appointed Archons of the Order of St. Andrew of the Holy Great Mother Church of Christ for the purpose of carrying the banner of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and to be defenders of the faith. The Church recognizes and appreciates your tireless efforts and challenges you to continue walking the path that She has placed before you. We urge you to continue to defend the Holy Great Mother Church with love, faith, and life, under the inspired leadership of His Eminence, your worthy archpastor and our beloved brother in Christ, Archbishop Demetrios. Your presence here in the Holy See as true defenders of the faith is not only heartfelt but also very important to the Mother Church.
Archons in the Holy Land
From the Holy Land, the Archon millennium pilgrims journeyed through the Judean desert southward to the desolate
Archbishop Demetrios of the Jerusalem Patriarchate and Fr. Parthenios, abbot of the Holy Cross Monastery met the pilgrims upon their arrival. The clerics accompanied the two busloads of American pilgrims throughout the Holy Land and offered detailed historical and catechetical instruction at all the holy sites. Also accompanying the group was Fr. John A. Limberakis, the Archon commanders father and recently retired priest after 51 years of service to the Archdiocese of America, who previously led some 10 Holy Land pilgrimages. The pilgrims sailed across the Sea of Galilee starting from Tiberias, pausing in the midst of the tranquil body of water to recite the Lords Prayer in English, Greek and Slavonic, ending at Capernaum, where they ON THEIR Holy Land Pilgrimage, the Archons visit the Church read Biblical accounts of of the Holy Sepulcher. the disciples fishing, Christ walking on the water, Jesus selection of Sinai Peninsula to St. Catherine Monastery at the holy mountain where Moses spoke the Twelve, and many more. They venerated the Christs birthplace with God and received the Ten Commandin Bethlehem, the raising of Lazarus in ments. Archbishop Damianos, abbot of the Bethany. When they arrived at the shrine of Cana in Galilee, married couples reaf- oldest continuous monastery in the world, warmly and graciously received them. firmed their wedding vows. The Archons presented the ArchGospel lessons were read and discussed en route to the various shrines. bishop with a modest contribution for the They also visited the sites where Christ needs of the monastery. Within the monastery, the pilgrims preached the Beatitudes and fed the 5,000. When they arrived at Golgotha where received a private tour of the library, conChrist was crucified, a Trisagion service sidered one of the largest and most imwas offered for the repose of the souls of portant in the world with its rich collection of 4,500 manuscripts. deceased Archons. At a midnight liturgy celebrated at the Dr. Limberakis, Archon Aktouarios is Holy Sepulcher by Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and All Greece, who was national commander of the Archons and on his own pilgrimage to the Holy Land, led the pilgrimage, along with National the American pilgrims received Holy Com- Secretary John Halecky Jr. munion. Among the celebrants was Fr. Limberakis.
New Work Highlights Church’s Legacy Ekdotike Athenon, a publishing company in Athens, Greece, with the support and blessings of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, has produced a two-volume work titled The Treasure of Orthodoxy, which highlights the history, glory and majesty of the Orthodox Church. In a protocol letter to Archdiocese hierarchs, clergy, the faithful and community organizations, Archbishop Demetrios said the publication will be an invaluable resource to the parishes, schools, libraries, institutions and to all of the faithful of our
Holy Archdiocese. The work was issued in support and recognition of the pan Orthodox celebration at St. Sophia of Nikaia on the occasion of the anniversary of the 2,000th anniversary of Christs birth. The two-volume set is printed in Greek. For more information: contact the publisher, Georgios Christopoulos, at Ekdotike Athenon, Akademias 34, 106 72 Athens, Greece. Tel. 0-113-01-360.8911; fax 0-11-3-01-360.6157
Archbishop Reflects on Orthodoxy, State of the Church u page 5 the faith in which they believe. Think about God, about human beings, the cosmos, the meaning of life. These type of things - the history of this faith, the connection of this faith to other faiths or other religions. Demetrios added that worship always has been the focus in Orthodoxy and is often one key reason why others convert. Feeling at home is a very sensitive issue. It shows a part of this worship. The human part of it. Just create the atmosphere of being at home, which means the soul and the mind being at perfect peace. While acknowledging that many nonOrthodox associate Greek communities in this country more with festivals than their services, the archbishop believes there is no need to eliminate festivals but instead to shape this aspect by making worship the stronger element of the Greek Orthodox community. Asked to comment about controversial issues affecting some religious bodies in America, the archbishop responded that a number of these issues are related more to social conditions and developments. One type of situation could be purely theological. In other words, you have differences of tendencies. You might have theologians who are very conservative vs. liberal theologians within the same church. That would create a forum from a mild debate to a strong conflict. But the reason would be purely theological. There might be situations where the conflict has social-political origins. That could be the theme, such as the rise of feminism. This did not come out as a theological theme originally. It came out as a social-cultural theme. And here was dissension in terms of what position is to be adopted on the basis of faith. The archbishop said that conflicts form within churches as parallel theologi-
cal positions are developed to defend political positions. So you combine social issues, political issues and other developments, and they have a new problem within the religious body. For instance, the abortion issue, which is religious and moral and became a political issue -especially in this country - and divisive among a number of churches. The archbishop acknowledged that he cannot predict the outcome of these internal debates among the various churches but noted that as long as you live in a society you cannot leave it, predict what society will do and what its challenges will be. He did add, however, that churches should not succumb to external pressures, for there must be a will to somehow stand for something. If you depend on what happens in society and to the point of watering down anything that you believe in, then why are you there? To do what? Are you there to give the Gospel? What Gospel are you giving? If you make this Gospel more and more something like an invalid or truncated situation, you cut this, you cut that. Demetrios warned of compromises that sacrifice everything to the convenience of going with the crowd or trying to accommodate to the point that you do not offer anything in particular. Compromise, he added, will not work because this will not leave anything serious or authentic to offer and stand for. People would like be part of something that has a clear vision, a firm standing, a serious and responsible answer to questions and not something that is very, very easily adopting itself to current things, in an easy and sometimes irresponsible way. Harry Moskos is editor of The NewsSentinel in Knoxville, Tenn., and a member of the Order of St. Andrew, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
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Southhampton Parish Receives First Visit from Archbishop SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. Kimisis Tis Theotokou Church received a double blessing on the celebration of its feast day the first-ever visit by an Archbishop of the Church in America, and an anonymous $1 million donation in a matching grant to give a welcome boost to the parishs goal of building a hall and classrooms. Archbishop Demetrios officiated at the Liturgy, assisted by the parish priest, Fr. Alexander Karloutsos, and the communitys first pastor, Fr. Nectarios Kehagias, now retired. The standing-room only service drew nearly 500 persons. In his homily, the Archbishop spoke at length on the Theotokos significance and inspiring example to humanity through her obedience, suffering and continuous testing she endured. His Eminence noted that the Mother of God attracts devotion because we know she suffered more than we do and knows what human pain, rejection, sorrow and death mean. She is someone who knows what human tears mean. In the Theotokos, we have someone who is ready to listen to us, he said. Following the service, Archbishop Demetrios received a gift from youth of the community and a painting by a parishioner Anastasia Zaccaria and a presentation of a book by GOYA members and altar boys Angelo Hatzistavrou and Peter Karpathakis. The parish hosted an outdoor feastday luncheon under a large tent where the faithful honored His Eminence for the approaching first anniversary of his elevation as head of the Church in America. Among those attending included Consul General of Cyprus in New York Vasillios Phillipou, and local public officials. The church of the Hamptons at the East End of Long Island was founded in 1978 and has grown to about 300 members. In addition to the $1 million gift, another anonymous donor pledged to donate the steel needed for construction of the new facilities.
HIS EMINENCE blesses the artoclasia loaves presented by Fr. Karloutsos for the Southampton church’s feast day.
Mich. Senator Welcomes Archbishop ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. Sen. Spencer Abraham (R-Auburn Hills) welcomed Archbishop Demetrios to a luncheon held for his Eminence at Assumption Cathedral, July 16. Sen. Abraham presented Archbishop Demetrios with a Senate tribute. In his remarks, the senator expressed his pride in being one of only three Orthodox Christians in the United States Senate. He also praised the accomplishments of the Greek-American community in Michigan and the United States: Archbishop Demetrios is the spiritual leader of a strong and very important Greek-American community in Michigan. Americans are grateful to the ancient Greeks for the spirit of freedom and democracy upon which we built this nation. Thousands of years later, Greeks immigrated to the united States with that same spirit. They brought with them traditional work and family values that are now woven into the social fabric of the country. Without a doubt, Greek-Americans are leaders in our country and serve as an example to the many ethnic immigrant communities in the state of Michigan. Sen. Abraham further praised Archbishop Demetrioss mission for the new millennium: The size and strength of the Greek Orthodox Church in the United States is a testament to the faith of its members. I applaud His Eminence on his vision of bringing the Greek Orthodox Church in the new millennium - a vision of unifying the clergy and members of the Greek Orthodox Church; a vision of deepening the Orthodox faith in the consciousness of all Greek-Americans, especially the young.
Indianapolis Church Celebrates 90th Year Orthodox Observer
FR. KARLOUTSOS leads the singing of a hymn at the feast day luncheon where Archbishop Demetrios was presented with a cake in honor of his first anniversary. Also shown are Cyprus’ Consul General Philippou.
INDIANAPOLIS Holy Trinity Church will celebrate its 90th anniversary Nov. 4 with a dinner dance. The church received its state charter of incorporation in 1910 and the first house of worship was built in 1920 and served the community until 1960, when it was replaced by its present facility. The parish has grown to more than 550 families.
Churches Offer Camp for Cancer Kids, Families L. I. Fraternal Group New York Parish Holds Special Event Observing 20th Year SEATTLE Three Greek Orthodox churches in the Puget Sound area, through their Ladies Philoptochos Societies, offered their national award-winning ministry to children stricken with cancer and family members at Camp Agape Northwest, July 23-28. Part of the Diocese of San Francisco Kids N Cancer program, Camp Agape NW took place at All Saints Camp and Retreat Center on Raft Island near Seattle. While other special camps for children with cancer focus only on those young people, Camp Agape NW is unusual because it involves the whole family in the week-long non-denominational summer camp at no cost to the participants. The camp enables the youngsters to nurture self-confidence and independence and for parents and siblings to find support and encouragement. Nearly 75 campers attended this fourth-year session of the camp, including 18 children with cancer ranging in age from 3 to 18, parents and brothers and sisters. Referred by hospitals and social service organizations, the families come from throughout Washington state, as well as
Montana and Alaska. There is a large, mostly volunteer, staff with extensive experience and some full-time medical personnel. The overall program this year highlighted the forthcoming Olympics. Each days program had a special theme including days featuring the Australian Outback, North American Rodeo Round-up, African Safari, Carnival, and Greek. Guests included members of the Seattle Supersonics NBA team, representatives of Red Robin restaurants, the Seattle Childrens Museum, and a Greek-American soccer team. The program, one of several in the western states, won the award for the Best Special Project at the national conference of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Societies in 1997. The chapters of St. Nicholas Church in Tacoma and St. Demetrios Church and the Church of the Assumption in Seattle jointly sponsor Camp Agape NW. Sally Hallis of St. Nicholas, Heleni Koeman of Assumption and Peggy Tramountanas of St. Demetrios are co-chairs.
MATTITUCK, N.Y. Hospitality originated as a way of life in ancient Greece. Panegyria (outdoors social gatherings) in Greece are legendary. The roasting of the lambs on open pits of charcoal is the main feature of every Greek panegyri. The sounds of the clarinet and bouzouki put everyone in the mood to dance. More than 400 persons attended the first picnic of the Sillogos Evrytanon Amerikis Panagia I Proussiotisa on the grounds of the Transfiguration of Christ Church in Mattituck, L.I., July 16. Chairman of this event was Gregory Fegos. Officers include Charles Kokkotos, president; James Tserpelis, vice-president; and James Papadopoulos, treasurer. Businessman/philanthropist Stephen Cherpelis, a member of the society, said: Our organization promotes education through scholarships, and is devoted to keeping our faith, traditions and Greek language by supporting all activities related to Hellenism.
ROSLYN, N.Y. Archangel Michael Church will held its 20th anniversary family luncheon Oct. 1 at the Long Island Marriott in Uniondale. Guest speaker was the Very Rev. Savas Zembillas, Archdiocese Chancellor.
Registry Seeks Bone Marrow Donors
At the recent Clergy Laity Congress in Philadelphia, the AHEPA Registry, a division of the AHEPA Charitable Foundation active in searching for bone marrow donors for leukemia patients of Greek descent since 1990, tested 19 young priests and 77 others who are now in our database as potential bone marrow donors. The AHEPA Registry urges all parishes to conduct a bone marrow testing drive. Last year approximately 20 communities did have such a drive about 500 prospective donors were added to the database.
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The Archbishop in Moscow’s IOCC SEES RESULTS OF AID EFFORTS Following his visit to Moscow whereupon His Eminence headed the delegation representing the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople at the Consecration of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Archbishop Demetrios visited with IOCC board members and staff of the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) Office in Moscow. His Eminence is shown here in an IOCC warehouse with the director of the Central Moscow Psychiatric Hospital (left); the Very Rev. Robert Kondratick, chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America and IOCC board member; Metropolitan Sergei, of the Russian Orthodox Church, and Department of Church Charity and Social Service chairman; Gregory Manzuk, IOCC project manager in Russia; and the Very Rev. Leonid Kishkovsky, ecumenical officer of the Orthodox Church in America and IOCC board member.
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Internet School of Orthodox Studies Offers Fall Classes BROOKLINE, Mass. The Archdiocese Department of Religious Education recently began its fall schedule of adult Religious Education classes. The Rev. Dr. Frank Marangos, director of the department and founder of the Internet School of Orthodox Studies (ISOS) distance-learning program, said the theme is: Meeting the Holy Fathers. The series of 10 one-hour classes is based on the 5-Year Strategic Plan of the Department of Religious Education, said Fr. Marangos. The goal of the third year is to assist Orthodox Christians to more fully understand the theology of the Holy Fathers in Orthodox Tradition. He added, the classes explore particular scriptural, theological and ethical themes by concentrating and discussing a text from each Father. The program runs each Tuesday evening through Nov. 21, beginning at 7:30 p.m.. The remaining sessions will be broadcast on the following dates: Oct 31: John Chrysostom: Preacher and Priest (continued) Nov 7: Maximus the Confessor: Humanity and the Incarnation Nov 14: John of Damascus:Icons/ Creation and the Incarnation Nov 21: Symeon the New Theologian: The Incarnation and the Eucharist Apart from those who can physically attend, the classes can also be heard by anyone with a computer and Internet access. According to Fr. Marangos, the director of the Department of Internet Ministries, Theo Nikolakis, has been collaborating with the Religious Education Depart-
ment to develop its Distance Learning program The classes will be broadcast in RealTime through the Archdiocese Web Server. The syllabus, bibliography and class notes can be downloaded from the ISOS site. The web site address is: www.goarch.org/ webcasts/religioused.html. The presentation will also be archived so that students can listen to the classes when their schedule permits. Numerous previously broadcast theological classes have been archived on the ISOS web page of the Department of Religious Education. Examples include: An Examination of the Triodion; An Examination of the Christmas Fast; A Theological Examination of the Hymns of the Eight Tones (Parakleteke), and A Study of the Theotokos, taught by Rev. Dr. Thomas Hopko, dean of St. Vladimirs Orthodox Seminary in Crestwood, N.Y. Interested adults may access the page and listen to these presentations at their leisure. Classes are offered free of charge to all Orthodox faithful. The School of Theology faculty has voted to give a certificate of educational recognition to students who participate in the classes and meet the certification requirements of the Department of Religious Education. The ISOS web site address is: www.goarch.org/ webcasts/religioused.html. More information: Department of Religious Education, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, 50 Goddard Avenue; Brookline, MA 022445-7415; tel. (617) 850-1218
The Saints, a New Video Release Ellinas Multimedia, formerly known as Ellinas Productions the creator of the hit Greek-American movie Do You Wanna Dance? has announced the release of The Saints, a series of half hour videos on the great Saints of the Orthodox Church. The initial release chronicles the lives of Sts. Nicholas, George, Catherine and Basil the Great, and includes interviews with priests, scholars, and iconographers. According to writer-producer Robert Krantz, the series fills a void that he expe-
rienced growing up. I always wanted to know more about my patron saint, Saint Haralambos, says Krantz, but I could never find out anything about him. Once in awhile a Priest would xerox a page out of a book on the Saints and give it to me, but that was the extent of it. Ellinas Multimedia currently has another half dozen Saints videos in production and another twenty-five in development. The company is also in discussions with several cable networks about the possibility of bringing the series to television.
Just Getting Started
Nearly 70 church visits; more than 30 meetings with foreign, national, state and local leaders, including President Clinton and President Putin of Russia; six overseas trips to Russia, South Korea, Greece and (twice) to Constantinople; 25 conferences, conventions and banquets, including his first Clergy-Laity Congress; 15 meetings with clergy, Archdiocese and SCOBA hierarchs; 40 or so other special events, including prayers at the Republican and Democratic political conventions; the Archons investiture, San Francisco Diocese Folk Dance Festival, National Philoptochos Convention, six visits to Holy Cross School of Theology, three visits each to St. Michaels Home and to St. Basil Academy; the graduations at St. Basil and Holy Cross; two honorary degrees and hundreds of speeches and homilies later, Archbishop Demetrios embarks on his second year as head of the Church in America. And this represents only his public schedule. Archbishop Demetrios has shown a remarkable tirelessness and vigor in the pursuit of his duties. For example: in the 10-day period between Aug. 14 and 23, he logged nearly 20,000 miles. On Aug. 14, he presided over the vespers service at Kimisis Tis Theotokou Church in Port Jefferson, N.Y., on the north shore of Long Island. The next morning, Aug. 15, he officiated at the Divine Liturgy at Kimisis Church in Southhampton, on the east end of Long Island, two hours from New York City. After the luncheon, he departed for the airport to catch a flight to Los Angeles where in the early afternoon of the following day, he delivered a prayer at the Democratic National Convention. That evening, he boarded a direct flight to London, where he changed planes for Moscow, arriving there on the 17th. There followed five days of events connected with the consecration of the new Church of Our Savior Cathedral, a six-hour service in itself, meetings with Russian Church and government leaders and visits to several sites relating to Orthodox Christianity. A year ago the soft-spoken, humble scholar and spiritual leader of Greek Orthodox Christians in the United States arrived to find a Church uncertain about its future direction following a controversial three-year period in its history. But from the moment he set foot on American soil, after a seven-year absence since his days as a professor at Holy Cross School of Theology, Archbishop Demetrios established a rapport with his flock that dispelled any apprehension about the future. I am coming here to serve a distinguished Church a community of people known for their dynamic and great achievements and to offer our faith to contemporary American society, he said a year ago upon arriving at Kennedy Airport amidst a passing tropical storm. The possibilities are great and the future is filled with hope and promise. This is coming to pass. Finding an Archdiocese in debt, he has set about to eliminate that debt through the generosity of a number of Greek Orthodox Christians. More importantly, he has set a high spiritual tone to elevate us to a higher plane of faith, quietly preaching the message of Christ that we are very much in need of hearing. When he expounds on a gospel lesson from the pulpit, there is a reverent silence in the church to the extent you really could hear a pin drop. This past year, countless thousands of faithful around the country have experienced his loving kindness, his patient teaching of what Orthodox Christianity is supposed to be. They have found him to be a holy, dedicated, spiritual man of God with profound knowledge and wisdom. His sense of peace, warmth and generous sincerity inspires all of us to strive toward higher spiritual standards and to take our Orthodox Christian faith to heart. The remarkable thing is, he is just getting started. As His Eminence begins his second year of leading the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, we pray that our Lord Jesus Christ continues to inspire and strengthen Archbishop Demetrios for his continuing success and many, many years of leadership.
u Consider handicapped t Editor, Although many churches have a second story for church social activities, they do not have an elevator for the elderly and handicapped parishioners who cannot climb the stairs to enjoy these activities. It is many of these very parishioners who founded, funded and supported the church. They readily contributed to the creations of gymnasiums and Greek schools. These very parishioners still contribute and support the churches to this day. The need for an elevator is an important, necessary and moreover a moral obligation which cannot and should not be
ignored and denied any longer. Regardless of the arguments that it is too costly; that teenagers will damage it; that the money is needed to support operating and general management purposes; no matter how these negatives are rephrased, twisted, misstated, the moral obligation for an elevator to service the needs of these parishioners should not be ignored any longer. Board trustees seem to have forgotten this element of membership. Are they too busy to notice the aging membership, or the handicapped parishioners? Statistics reveal - that eighty - five year olds and older now constitute the fastest growing
uuu population in the United States. The U.S. Census Bureau expects the 85-plus group to more than double by the year 2030. This letter is a call for action. The time to act is now! Alex Semon Bayside, N.Y.
uDisability and spirituality t Editor, In the June 25 issue, I found Fr. Chyssavgis article, Disability and Spirituality, very moving. My experience with people with special needs echoes his description of his son. Unfortunately, schools demand that we identify our special children as disabled for them to get the education that they are entitled to. As the parent of children with disabilities, I know this only too well. But, at home it is a different story. Instead of talking about disabilities, we talk about capabilities. Each person, disabled or not, comes with different abilities. Lets remember that having a different approach (physical or cognitive) is not synonymous with being wrong or bad. Lets not forget to recognize and celebrate the fact that we are not all made from the same cookie cutter. People who are different often are able to show more understanding and acceptance of differences in others. Eleni Martin Bethesda, Md.
u Do it Now! t Editor, I have been thinking about how do we go about waking up the younger generation and some older ones too, as to the shortness of life and the finality of death. We only get to go around once, but while we are here, we need to think about the hereafter. I know it sounds like Im contradicting myself, when I say we only go around once, but we must also worry about what comes after this life. What I mean is, that once we leave this earthly body, we cannot change anything that we did or did not do while we were here. In other words, we will pay for our sins, if we dont accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior while we are here in human form and then to do our very best each day to follow his teachings. As He says we cant worship God and the world at the same time. I have been thinking how people strive to help others accept Christ before they die. This is especially true when one is near death or just lingering and the family becomes concerned as to that person and his final destination. They pray and pray over that person and if hes conscious, they do their best to make sure that person is right with God. And yet, when that person does die, then its like the family completely forgot how they encouraged that person to accept Christ before death, so as to be sure that person didnt die to eternal damnation.
This is so true when a young person dies and it makes you wonder just how many of those same people who stood there praying for their loved one, stop and consider their own eternal salvation while there is still time. The Bible tells us in Ecclesiastes 9:12 Moreover, no man knows when his hour will come: As a fish caught in a cruel net, or birds in a snare, so men are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them. We see young people die everyday in accidents illnesses and yet we always think we will live to be old men or old women and that we have all the time in the world to get right with God. Fran Glaros, Clearwater, Fla.
u Inspiring visit t Editor, I recently experienced one of the most inspiring weeks of my life. I had the opportunity to go to the Orthodox Hogar Rafael Ayau orphanage in Guatemala with an OCMC dental team. Five incredible women, Orthodox nuns, operate this shelter for 150 children. These children are cared for physically, emotionally and above all spiritually. I have never seen children love their church so sincerely. Several of these beautiful children are in the process of being adopted by families in the United States. Two years ago, I became the foster parent of a little girl who needed a home. I had her for over a year until her aunt could arrange to adopt her. During that time I was approached by quite a number of families who would have been interested in adopting her. Her father was from Belize, adjacent to Guatemala. I became aware, for the first time, of how many couples are seeking children to adopt. Although this wonderful orphanage has many material needs, their greatest need is for Orthodox families to adopt these devout children. It seems that the availability of these children is not generally known in our Orthodox circles. For every child who can be successfully placed in a caring family, another childs life can be saved. I am in the process of putting together a slide presentation and a flier regarding the orphanage, but my exposure will be limited. Is there an area in your publications where a well-written article could increase awareness of the availability of these happy, healthy, welltrained and educated children? Several pictures are available. Cleo Constantin San Jose, Calif.
Yes, on occasion we publish material related to worthy missions such as the orphanage you refer to. We would be very happy to receive such an article from you on this very worthwhile and deserving cause. Please send whatever information and photos you can. Editor
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We extend our prayers, deep respect and warm congratulations to His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the occasion of the ninth anniversary of his election and enthronement. On the occasion of the feast day of St. Demetrios, we would like to offer our spiritual father, Archbishop Demetrios of America our best wishes and prayers. May God grant him strength and health so he may lead us for many years.
We also extend our congratulations on their name day to Metropolitan Dimitrios of Sevasteia, director of the Patriarchal Office of the Ecumenical Patriarch, and Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos, director of ecumenical affairs of the Archdiocese. On the 23rd, we commemorate the feast day of St. Iakovos, patron saint of our beloved Archbishop Iakovos and Metropolitan Iakovos of Krinis, presiding hierarch of the Diocese of Chicago. We express to them our sincere heartfelt wishes for their name day.
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Passing Fads – the Flavor of the Week by Fr. Angelo Artemas
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire has sold more than 4 million copies in a short time. That has turned single-mother J.K. Rowling into a multi-millionaire. Anything that can motivate children to read is certainly commendable, but are children buying Harry Potter books to read 700 pages, or are they buying them because its fashionable? Congratulations to J.K. Rowling, but she is no J.D. Salinger. Britney Spears has sold millions of copies of her new CD Oops I Did It Again even though music critics have consistently panned her recent tour and new music. Artistically Britney offers very little, yet she is also a multi-millionaire. Eminem has sold millions of copies of his Marshall Mathers CD. USA Today called his new CD The most vulgar, lewd, creative and brilliant release of the year. How creative can it be to rap like a stoner in a 7 Eleven parking lot? Why are Americans giving these quasiartists the time of day, let alone millions of dollars? It is an insult to real artists that today one can become an instant artist with one song, CD, book, movie or television show. One no longer needs to accumulate a body of work to be an artist, just a quick gimmick. One can accuse this writer of not appreciating todays artists. Maybe so but Tiger Woods is the best golfer of all time, Pete Sampras is the best tennis player of all time, Venus and Serena will become the best female tennis players, and Derek Jeter is the best shortstop the Yankees have ever had. Furthermore, the Backstreet Boys are more talented than the Monkees and the New Kids On The Block combined. Charlotte Church is a most talented singer who is not shy about expressing her faith. Run DMC are now ministers who rap about overcoming temptation. The rock group Creed has taken its gospel message to the mainstream. These young people have worked long and hard. Some of todays celebrities are not given enough credit, while others are given way too much credit. Politicians are given way too much credit. Who takes credit for todays prosperity is it the Democratic White House or the Republican Congress? Remember when Colin Powell was going to rescue America from politics as usual. Then it was Bill Bradley and John McCain. Now it is Dick Cheney and Joe Lieberman. Which came first, Joe Liebermans faith, or was this country founded on Judeo-Christian values? Perhaps average citizens should give themselves some credit instead of looking for political messiahs. Almost every candidate for office this year has uttered the following: I will work hard for you. Have Americans forgotten that they
work hard for politicians? Citizens do much more for politicians than politicians do for individual constituents. Tax dollars pay their salaries, office expenses, travel accounts and entertainment, not to mention their questionable public activities. So why do Americans keep looking for the next great politician, author, singer or rapper? Why are so many consumers compelled to spend so much money on the next greatest fad? Werent scooters once thought to be for nerds? Now they sell for $150 and are considered cool. It may not be a coincidence that the more and more God is being suppressed in our nation, many Americans increasingly look to little gods to sustain them. Little gods are all over the place. New Age religions and self-help books and programs are filled with little gods. Merchandise and entertainment serve as little gods. But the one guarantee of fads, selfhelp and celebrities of the week is they leave their fans wanting something more. This is where faith comes in. According to numerous studies, frequent churchgoers are about 50 percent less likely to report having psychological problems and 71 percent less likely to be alcoholics. It is amazing how so-called social behavior experts have recently discovered that faith in God affects everything from recovery from illness to divorce and family life. Studies show that regular churchgoers are 16 percent less likely to divorce, and that the number one factor in keeping young people off drugs is regular church attendance with their families. This information is not new. As hard as society may try to suppress faith in God, that faith will increase when least expected. Faith is shown when parents teach their children the Ten Commandments instead of waiting for courts to allow their display. Faith is shown when men and women commit to their marriages instead of hoping for a skimpy marriage tax break. Faith is shown when parents teach their children respect and instill discipline so that they may maximize their learning experiences instead of waiting for new schools and more money. Faith is shown when families take care of and respect the elderly instead of waiting for government to take care of them. Faith is shown when children are guided to genuine role models instead of the hottest celebrities. Faith is shown when people attend worship services regularly instead of intellectualizing about religion in media interviews. In this country, people are free to listen to anything they want, watch anything they want and buy anything they want. But Americans can best save money, time and headaches by working on their faith in God instead of projecting their hopes and futures on the flavor of the week.
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Saint Dionysios the Areopagite: Athens’ First Christian by Eva M. Economou-Economy
Imagine the earth blanketed in total darkness. Imagine not knowing why or how. Imagine this haunting enigma looming over you for years. Dionysios the Areopagite didnt imagine this horrific episode but lived through it while visiting Heliopolis, Egypt. In time, some two decades later, this mystery would be revealed: St. Paul, Apostle to the Gentiles, would eventually come to Dionysios and illumine the reason for the black sun. An esteemed thinker and philosopher, Dionysios the Areopagite, lived in the first century AD. He belonged to the the Areopagus, a tribunal of nine men, named after the slippery Mars Hill, wedged between the Athenian acropolis and the agora where the group would convene. The Areopagus of antiquity was a bastion of democracy, akin to the U.S. Supreme Court, where cases of murder and treason were heard. Dionysios served as chief justice of the Areopagus. History, however, would celebrate him for different reasons. In the first century AD, the Greek world belonged to Rome. Fortunately, St. Paul had been a Roman citizen and could freely spread the message of the Gospel throughout the empire. In 51 AD, his journey led him to the illustrious city of Athens where he preached his famous Sermon to an Unknown God, (Acts: 17: 2234), and where Dionysios would listen attentively as St. Paul addressed the Areopagus: Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and considering objects of your worship, I even found an altar with the inscription: To the Unknown God. Therefore, the One whom you worship, without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made of hands Truly these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because he has appointed a
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day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the Dead. Many listened to St. Paul and mocked him, but Dionysios was riveted. St. Paul explained that when Christ was crucified for mans salvation, the sun, unable to bear the suffering of its creator, was darkened and refused to shed its light on the world for three hours.
Alas! The epiphany that Dionysios had longed for was made manifest through St. Paul. Dionysios realized the black sun that he had witnessed some two decades earlier occurred on the day of Christs Crucifixion. On that auspicious evening, St. Dionysios became a Christian, and the first Athenian to convert to Christianity. He subsequently became the first bishop of Athens, contributing greatly to the growth of the Athenian Church During his ministry, he used his gifts of rhetoric, wisdom, and eloquence, to spread the message of the Gospel, traveling extensively throughout the Roman Empire. He also was able to hear the preaching of the Twelve Apostles and was with them at the falling asleep of the Virgin Mary in 55 AD. Whats more, Dionysios was willing to suffer martyrdom for his faith. After leaving Athens for Rome, he was greeted by St. Clement, then the Bishop of Rome. He sent Dionysios to Gaul, modern-day France, where he converted many to Christianity. Realizing the breadth of Dionysios influence, Emperor Domitian set out to have him recant his beliefs. Dionysios, meanwhile, asserted the following: Although my body, as you can see is already aged, my faith blossoms with youth; and my confession ever gives birth in Christ to new children. Subsequently, Dionysios was disrobed and whipped mercilessly, but continued to thank Christ for the opportunity to suffer for Him. Dionysios was then imprisoned and on the following morning, his body was stretched over a bed of hot iron, thrown to wild animals and then into a fire. He remained faithful and was unscathed. He was imprisoned a second time and then beheaded. Dionysios, the Areopagite, bearing a classic pagan name was martyred for Christ. He died in Paris in 95 AD at the age of 90. The Orthodox Church commemorates the feast day of the holy hieromartyr, Dionysios the Areopagite, whose memory is most sacred in the city of Athens, on October 3rd.
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Ï Óåâ. Áñ÷éåðßóêïðïò ÁìåñéêÞò ê. ÄçìÞôñéïò êÞñõîå ôçí Ýíáñîç ôùí åñãáóéþí óå êïéíÞ óõíåäñßáóç ôùí äýï óùìÜôùí ôï ðñùß ôçò ÐáñáóêåõÞò. Óôçí ïìéëßá ôïõ ï Óåâáóìéþôáôïò ôüíéóå üôé ïé åíÝñãåéåò üëùí êáé éäéáßôåñá ôùí ìåëþí ôùí çãåôéêþí óùìÜôùí ôçò Áñ÷éåðéóêïðÞò ðñÝðåé íá áðïâëÝðïõí óôçí äçìéïõñãßá ìéáò ðáñáêáôáèÞêçò, ðïõ èá áðïôåëåß «ìíçìåßï» êáé ìáñôõñßá ðßóôåùò óôïí Èåü áëëÜ êáé êëçñïíïìéÜ ãéá ôéò åðåñ÷üìåíåò ãåíåÝò. Ï Óåâáóìéþôáôïò ìßëçóå áêüìç ãéá ôá ÷áñßóìáôá êáé ôçí äéáêïíßá ôçí ïðïßá êáëïýíôáé íá ðñïóöÝñïõí óôçí Åêêëçóßá ôá íÝá ìÝëç ôùí äéïéêçôéêþí óùìÜôùí ôçò Áñ÷éåðéóêïðÞò. Óôï ðëáßóéï áõôü óçìåßùóå ôéò éäéüôçôåò ôïõ «óõíåôïý áêñïáôÞ», «ôïõ èáõìáóôïý óõìâïýëïõ» êáé «ôïõ óïöïý áñ÷éôÝêôïíá» ùò ôñßá êáèïñéóôéêÜ óôïé÷åßá ðïõ ðñÝðåé íá ÷áñáêôçñßæïõí áíèñþðïõò óå çãåôéêÝò èÝóåéò. Óå Üëëï óçìåßï ôüíéóå éäéáßôåñá ôçí áíÜãêç ôçò ìå êÜèå ôñüðï óôÞñéîçò ôùí
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áíáãêþí ôùí êïéíïôÞôùí/åíïñéþí ôçò É. Áñ÷éåðéóêïðÞò, ðïõ áðïôåëïýí ôá æùíôáíÜ êýôôáñá ôçò Åêêëçóßáò. Áêïëïýèùò áíåãíþóèç ï êáôÜëïãïò ôùí ìåëþí ôïõ íÝïõ Áñ÷éåðéóêïðéêïý Óõìâïõëßïõ (ï êáôÜëïãïò ôùí ìåëþí äçìïóéåýåôáé óôéò áããëéêÝò óåëßäåò, âë.
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ÍÅÁ ÕÏÑÊÇ.Óýíôïìç ðïéìáíôïñéêÞ åðßóêåøç èá ðñáãìáôïðïéÞóåé ï Ðáíáãéþôáôïò Ïéêïõìåíéêüò ÐáôñéÜñ÷çò ê. Âáñèïëïìáßïò óôçí ÅðéóêïðÞ Íôéôñüúô êáé óôçí ÍÝá Õüñêç ìåôáîý 10 êáé 13 Íïåìâñßïõ. Åßíáé ç Ôñßôç êáôÜ óåéñÜ öïñÜ ðïõ ï Ðáíáãéþôáôïò èá åðéóêåöèåß ôéò Ç.Ð.Á. áðü ôçí ìåãÜëç Ðáôñéáñ÷éêÞ ðåñéïäåßá ôïõ ôï Öèéíüðùñï ôïõ 1997. Ôüôå äåí êáôÝóôç äõíáôüí íá åðéóêåöèåß ôïõò ðéóôïýò ôçò ÅðéóêïðÞò Íôéôñüúô äïèÝíôïò ôïõ üôé ç ÅðéóêïðÞ ÷Þñåõå. «Èá åßíáé ìéá åðßóêåøç ðïéìáíôïñéêÞ, ìéá åðßóêåøç ãéá üëïõò ôïõò ðéóôïýò» äÞëùóå ï Èåïö. Åðßóêïðïò Íôéôñüúô ê. Íéêüëáïò. «Èá õðÜñîïõí ðïëëÝò åõêáéñßåò þóôå ï Ðáíáãéþôáôïò íá ãíùñßóåé êáé íá Ý÷åé Üìåóç åðáöÞ ìå ôïí êüóìï. Åßíáé ìéá åðßóêåøç ôïõ ðíåõìáôéêïý ðáôÝñá óôá ðíåõìáôéêÜ ôïõ ôÝêíá, êé áõôü åßíáé ôï ðéï óðïõäáßï», êáôÝëçîå. Ï Ïéêïõìåíéêüò ÐáôñéÜñ÷çò èá áöé÷èåß óôï áåñïäñüìéï Pontiac ôïõ Waterford ôçí ÐáñáóêåõÞ 10 Íïåìâñßïõ. Ï êëÞñïò ôçò ðåñéï÷Þò êáé ïé ïéêïãÝíåéåò ôïõò èá õðïäå÷èïýí ôïí Ðáíáãéþôáôï óå ìéá äåîßùóç óôçí êïéíïôéêÞ áßèïõóá ôïõ É. Íáïý ôïõ Áãßïõ Ãåùñãßïõ, óôï Bloomfield Hills. Ôï åðüìåíï ðñùß ïé ïñãáíþóåéò íåïëáßáò ôçò ÅðéóêïðÞò Íôéôñüúô èá ðáñáèÝóïõí ðñüãåõìá ðñïò ôéìÞí ôïõ Ïéêïõìåíéêïý ÐáôñéÜñ÷ç óôïí É. Íáü ôùí
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äéêáóôÞò, äçëáäÞ, ìÝëïò ôïõ Áñåßïõ ÐÜãïõ ôùí Áèçíþí. ÊÜðïôå ï Üãéïò Äéïíýóéïò åß÷å åðéóêåöèåß ôçí Çëéïýðïëç ôçò Áéãýðôïõ. Ç åðßóêåøç ôïõ áõôÞ óõíÝðåóå ìå ôçí óôáýñùóç ôïõ ×ñéóôïý. Ôçí ÌåãÜëçí êáé áãßáí ÐáñáóêåõÞí óõíÝâç Ýêëåéøéò ôïõ Çëßïõ, êáé ï Üãéïò Äéïíýóéïò èåþñçóå ôï ãåãïíüò ùò óçìåßï ðáãêïóìßïõ óçìáóßáò ëÝãïíôáò: «¹ Èåüò ðÜó÷åé Þ ôï ðáí áðüëëõôáé». Ðñïöáíþò öéëïîÝíçóå ôïí Áðüóôïëï Ðáýëï êáé ìåôÜ ôçí ðñïóÝëåõóç ôïõ óôçí íÝá èñçóêåßá ôïõ ×ñéóôïý, åîåëÝãç ðñþôïò åðßóêïðïò Áèçíþí, äéäá÷èåßò ôá èåßá ìõóôÞñéá áðü ôïí åîáßñåôï óõíåñãÜôç ôïõ Áðïóôüëïõ Ðáýëïõ, ôïí Éåñüèåï.
ðéóêÝöèçêå ôçí ÊñÞôç êáé ôá Éåñïóüëõìá, üðïõ êáé óõíÜíôçóå ôçí ÁåéðÜñèåíï Ìáñßá. ÐÞãå äýï öïñÝò óôç Ñþìç, êáé óõíÜíôçóå ôïí Áðüóôïëï Ðáýëï êáé ôïí ôñßôï åðßóêïðï Ñþìçò ÊëÞìåíôá. Êáôüðéí, ìåôÜ ôùí ìáèçôþí ôïõ Ñïõóôéêü êáé ÅëåõèÝñéï åðéóêÝöèçêå ôçí Ãáëëßá êáé ôï Ðáñßóé üðïõ êÞñõîå ôï Åõáããåëéêü ìÞíõìá ôçò åí ×ñéóôþ óùôçñßáò. Ôüóï áõôüò, üóï êáé ìáèçôÝò ôïõ ðñáãìáôïðïßçóáí éåñáðïóôïëéêÜ ôáîßäéá óôçí Éóðáíßá êáé Âñåôáíßá, ðñïóåëêýïíôåò ðáíôïý íÝïõò ìáèçôÝò êáé ðáñÝ÷ïíôåò èåñáðåßá êáé óôÞñéîç ðñïò ôïõò âáóáíéóìÝíïõò êáé ðïíåìÝíïõò ôçò æùÞò. Ç ìåãÜëç åðéôõ÷ßá ôïõ éåñáðïóôïëéêïý Ýñãïõ ôïõ áãßïõ Äéïíõóßïõ êáé ôùí ìáèçôþí ôïõ êßíçóáí ôï ìßóïò êáé ôïí öèüíï ôïõ Ñùìáßïõ áõôïêñÜôïñá Äïìéôéáíïý, ï ïðïßïò ôåëéêÜ äéÝôáîå ôçí áðïêåöÜëéóç ôùí ôï 96 ì.×. ¸ôóé, ï Üãéïò Äéïíýóéïò ìåôÜ ôùí ìáèçôþí ôïõ Ñïõóôéêïý êáé Åëåõèåñßïõ Ýëáâáí ôïí ôçò íßêçò óôÝöáíïí. ÔÜ Üãéá ëåßøáíá ôùí åôÜöçóáí Ýîù áðü ôï Ðáñßóé. Ìå ôï üíïìá ôïõ áãßïõ Äéïíõóßïõ ôïõ Áñåïðáãßôïõ óõíäÝïíôáé ðÝíôå ïõóéáóôéêÜ, óõããñÜììáôá. 1. Ðåñß èåßùí ïíïìÜôùí. 2. Ðåñß ìõóôéêÞò Èåïëïãßáò. 3. Ðåñß ôçò ïõñáíßïõ éåñáñ÷ßáò. 4. Ðåñß ôçò åêêëçóéáóôéêÞò éåñáñ÷ßáò êáé 5. Åðéóôïëáß. Ïé óýã÷ñïíïé óõíáîáñéóôÝò äÝ÷ïíôáé, üôé ï Üãéïò Äéïíýóéïò ï Áñåïðáãßôçò, ï ìáèçôÞò ôïõ Áðïóôüëïõ Ðáýëïõ êáé ðñþôïò åðßóêïðïò ôùí Áèçíþí åßíáé ï ëáìðñüò óõããñáöåýò ôùí áíùôÝñùí
óõããñáììÜôùí ôùí åðïíïìáæïìÝíùí ùò «Áñåïðáãéôéêþí». Ç íåüôåñç Ýñåõíá áðÝäåéîå, üôé äåí åßíáé äõíáôüí ôá áíåðôõãìÝíá áõôÜ óõããñÜììáôá, ìå âáèýôáôç ìõóôéêÞ èåïëïãéêÞ óêÝøç íá ãñÜöôçêáí êáôÜ ôçí Üìåóç ìåôáðïóôïëéêÞ åðï÷Þ. Ï äéÜóçìïò Ñþóóïò êáèçãçôÞò áåßìíçóôïò ð. Ãåþñãéïò Öëïñüöóêõ óå Üñèñï ôïõ óôçí «ÈñçóêåõôéêÞ êáé ÇèéêÞ Åãêõêëïðáéäåßá» ôùí Áèçíþí, õðïóôçñßæåé üôé ï óõããñáöÝáò ôùí ëåãïìÝíùí Áñåïðáãéôéêþí óõããñáììÜôùí äåí åßíáé äõíáôüí íá åßíáé ï ðñþôïò Åðßóêïðïò Áèçíþí. (ô. 12, ó. 473 ê.åî.) ÁíáöÝñåé äå ôï ãåãïíüò, üôé óå óõíÜíôçóç Ïñèïäüîùí êáé Ìïíïöõóéôþí óôçí Êùíóôáíôéíïýðïëç ðåñß ôï 532 Þ 533, ï Ïñèüäïîïò Åðßóêïðïò ÅöÝóïõ ÕðÜôéïò õðïóôÞñéîå üôé ç áñ÷áßá ÐáôåñéêÞ ÐáñÜäïóç, êáé ìÜëéóôá ï Üãéïò ÁèáíÜóéïò (4ïò áé.) êáé ï Üãéïò Êýñéëëïò ï Áëåîáíäñåßáò (5ïò áé.) öáßíåôáé íá áãíïïýí ôçí ýðáñîç ôÝôïéùí óõããñáììÜôùí. Ç áíåðôõãìÝíç ëåéôïõñãéêÞ ðñÜîç, ç ðáñïõóßá ôïõ Óõìâüëïõ ôçò Ðßóôåùò, ç Ýëëåéøç Ýñéäùí ãéá ôï ðñüóùðï ôïõ ×ñéóôïý (×ñéóôïëïãßá) áðïäåéêíýïõí, üôé ï óõããñáöÝáò ôïõ Áñåïðáãéôéêïý Corpus Ýæçóå ìåôÜ ôï 5ï áéþíá.
ïéüò åßíáé ëïéðüí ï óõããñáöåýò ôïõ Áñåïðáãéôéêïý óõãêñïôÞìáôïò. ÊáèçãçôÝò, üðùò ï ð. Ã. Öëïñüöóêõ, ï J. Felikan, ï Paul Rorem, ï John Jones, ï Â. Óôåöáíßäçò äåí ìðüñåóáí íá êáôáëÞîïõí óå ôåëéêÜ óõìðåñÜóìáôá êáé ôï üíïìá ôïõ óõããñáöÝá ðáñáìÝíåé Üãíùóôï. ÓùóôÜ ðáñáôçñåß ï Vl. Lessky üôé «äåí Ý÷åé óçìáóßá ðïéüò åßíáé ï óõããñáöÝáò ôùí Áñåïðáãéôéêþí Ýñãùí, áëëÜ ôï ðåñéå÷üìåíï ôïõò, ôï ïðïßï Ý÷åé ãñáöôåß ìå ôçí èåßá ðíïÞ ôïõ Áãßïõ Ðíåýìáôïò. (The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church ó. 25) ÌáêÜñé íá ìðïñÝóïõìå üëïé íá ãåõôïýìå ëßãï áðü ôç ìõóôéêÞ åìðåéñßá ôùí èåßùí ÐáôÝñùí ôçò áñ÷áßáò Åêêëçóßáò. «Ï Âßïò óïõ èáõìáóôüò, ï ëüãïò èáõìáóéþôåñïò, ç ãëþóóá óïõ öùôáõãÞò, ôï óôüìá ðõñßðíïïí, ìÜêáñ Äéïíýóéå...». Ï ê. Ãåþñãéïò Ó. ÌðåìðÞò åßíáé êáèçãçôÞò Ðáôñïëïãßáò, óôçí É. ÈåïëïãéêÞ Ó÷ïëÞ ôïõ Ôéìßïõ Óôáõñïý.
Åðßóêåøç ôïõ Ïéêïõìåíéêïý ÐáôñéÜñ÷ç óôéò Ç.Ð.Á. u óåë. 13 Áãßùí Êùíóôáíôßíïõ êáé ÅëÝíçò óôçí ðåñéï÷Þ Westland. Èá áêïëïõèÞóåé äïîïëïãßá óôïí Êáèåäñéêü Íáü ôïõ Åõáããåëéóìïý ôçò Èåïôüêïõ óôï Íôéôñüúô. Ôçí ßäéá ìÝñá ôï ÔÜãìá ôùí Áñ÷üíôùí ôïõ Áãßïõ ÁíäñÝá èá ðáñáèÝóåé ãåýìá ðñïò ôéìÞí ôïõ Ïéêïõìåíéêïý ÐáôñéÜñ÷ç. Ôï áðïãåõìáôéíü ðñüãñáììá ðåñéëáìâÜíåé åðßóêåøç óôï Íïóïêïìåßï Ðáßäùí ôïõ Íôéôñüúô, óõìâïëéêÞ öýôåõóç äÝíäñïõ, ðïéìáíôïñéêÞ ïìéëßá ôïõ ÐáíáãéùôÜôïõ ðñïò ôïí êëÞñï ôçò ÅðéóêïðÞò êáé ìÝãá Áñ÷éåñáôéêü Åóðåñéíü óôïí É. Íáü ôïõ Áãßïõ ÉùÜííïõ ôïõ ÂáðôéóôÞ, óôçí ðåñéï÷Þ Sterling Heights. Ç çìÝñá èá êëåßóåé ìå äåßðíï óôçí êïéíïôéêÞ áßèïõóá ôïõ É. Íáïý ôïõ Áãßïõ ÍéêïëÜïõ óôçí ðåñéï÷Þ Troy ôïõ Ìßôóéãêáí. Ôï ðñùß ôçò ÊõñéáêÞò, 12 Íïåìâñßïõ èá ôåëåóèåß Ðáôñéáñ÷éêÞ Èåßá Ëåéôïõñãßá óôï óôÜäéï Compuware Arena êáé èá áêïëïõèÞóåé ãåýìá óôï ßäéï ÷þñï ðïõ ïñãáíþíåé ç ôïðéêÞ Öéëüðôù÷ïò. Ôï âñÜäõ, ìåãÜëïé åõåñãÝôåò ôçò ÅðéóêïðÞò èá ðáñáèÝóïõí äåßðíï óôï îåíïäï÷åßï Townsend ðñïò ôéìÞ ôïõ ÐáíáãéùôÜôïõ. Ôçí ÄåõôÝñá 13 Íïåìâñßïõ ï Ïéêïõ-
ìåíéêüò ÐáôñéÜñ÷çò ê. Âáñèïëïìáßïò èá âñßóêåôáé óôçí ÍÝá Õüñêç. Ôï ðñùß èá ÷ïñïóôáôÞóåé óôç Èåßá Ëåéôïõñãßá ãéá ôï ðñïóùðéêü ôçò É. Áñ÷éåðéóêïðÞò óôï ðáñåêêëÞóéï ôïõ Áðïóôüëïõ Ðáýëïõ, çìÝñá ðïõ ç Åêêëçóßá ìáò åïñôÜæåé ôçí åïñôÞ ôïõ Áãßïõ ÉùÜííïõ ôïõ ×ñõóïóôüìïõ. Ôï ìåóçìÝñé èá ðáñáêáèÞóåé óå ãåýìá ðïõ ðáñáèÝôåé ðñïò ôéìÞí ôïõ óôï Metropolitan Club ç ðåñéâáëïíôïëïãéêÞ åôáéñåßá Scenic Hudson. ÊáôÜ ôçí äéÜñêåéá ôïõ ãåýìáôïò èá áðïíåìçèåß óôïí Ïéêïõìåíéêü ÐáôñéÜñ÷ç åéäéêü âñáâåßï ãéá ôéò ðñùôïâïõëßåò ôïõ êáé ôçí åí ãÝíåé ðñïóöïñÜ ôïõ óôçí ðñïóôáóßá ôïõ ðåñéâÜëëïíôïò áíÜ ôïí êüóìï. Ôï ßäéï áðüãåõìá ï Ðáíáãéþôáôïò èá óõíáíôçèåß ìå ôïõò êëçñéêïýò ôçò Áñ÷éåðéóêïðéêÞò ðåñéï÷Þò êáé ôçò ÅðéóêïðÞò ôçò ÍÝáò ÉåñóÝçò. Ôï âñÜäõ èá ðáñåõñåèåß ùò ôéìþìåíï ðñüóùðï óôá åðßóçìá åãêáßíéá ôçò ìåãÜëçò áßèïõóáò ÂõæáíôéíÞò ÔÝ÷íçò ôïõ Ìçôñïðïëéôéêïý Ìïõóåßïõ ôçò ÍÝáò Õüñêçò ðïõ åßíáé áöéåñùìÝíç êáé äùñåÜ ôïõ ê. Ìé÷áÞë êáé ôçò êáò Ìáßñçò Ôæá÷Üñç. Ï Ðáíáãéþôáôïò èá áíá÷ùñÞóåé ôï ßäéï âñÜäõ ìå ðñïïñéóìü ôï Êáôìáíôïý, ôïõ ÍåðÜë, üðïõ èá ðáñáêïëïõèÞóåé äéåèíÞ óõíÝäñéï ãéá ôï ðåñéâÜëëïí.
Áíáãïñåýèçêå ðñüåäñïò ôçò ÈåïëïãéêÞò Ó÷ïëÞò ï ð. Íéêüëáïò Ôñéáíôáöýëëïõ ÂÏÓÔÙÍÇ.Ìéá íÝá åðï÷Þ ãéá ôï Åëëçíéêü ÊïëÝãéï êáé ôçí ÈåïëïãéêÞ Ó÷ïëÞ ôïõ Ôéìßïõ Óôáõñïý îåêßíçóå ôçí ÐáñáóêåõÞ 6 Ïêôùâñßïõ ìå ôçí åðßóçìç áíáãüñåõóç ôïõ ð. ÍéêïëÜïõ Ôñéáíôáöýëëïõ ùò íÝïõ ðñïÝäñïõ. Ôçò ôåëåôÞò ðñïåîÞñ÷å ï Óåâ. Áñ÷éåðßóêïðïò ÁìåñéêÞò ê. ÄçìÞôñéïò, ðáñïõóßá ôïõ Óåâ. Ìçôñïðïëßôïõ ÁíÝùí êáé ðñïÝäñïõ ôçò ÅðéóêïðÞò Âïóôþíçò ê. Ìåèïäßïõ, ôïõ Áñ÷éåðéóêüðïõ ×Ýñìáí (ÑùóéêÞ Åêêëçóßá-OCA), ôïõ ãåíéêïý ðñïîÝíïõ ôçò ÅëëÜäïò óôç Âïóôþíç ê. Ãåùñãßïõ ×áôæéìé÷åëÜêç, ðñïÝäñùí ðáíåðéóôçìßùí êáé ðñõôÜíåùí èåïëïãéêþí ó÷ïëþí, ðñþçí ðñïÝäñùí ôçò Ó÷ïëÞò, ðëÞèïõò êëçñéêþí, êáèçãçôþí ôçò Ó÷ïëÞò, åðéóêåðôþí êáé öïéôçôþí. Ç ôåëåôÞ îåêßíçóå ìå ìÝãá áñ÷éåñáôéêü åóðåñéíü óôï íáúäñéï ôïõ Ôéìßïõ Óôáõñïý. ÌåôÜ ôï ðÝñáò ôïõ åóðåñéíïý ï Áñ÷éåðßóêïðïò áíáêïßíùóå åðßóçìá ôçí áðüöáóç ôçò ÅðéôñïðÞò Åîåýñåóçò ÐñïÝäñïõ êáé ôçí åðéêýñùóÞ ôçò áðü ôá äéïéêçôéêÜ óþìáôá ôçò Ó÷ïëÞò. Áðåõèõíüìåíïò óôïí ð. Ôñéáíôáöýëëïõ ôïõ åðÝäùóå óõìâïëéêÜ ôïí åðéóôÞèéï óôáõñü ôçò Ó÷ïëÞò, êáé ìßëçóå ãéá ôçí ýøéóôç êáé éåñÞ áðïóôïëÞ ôïõ Éäñýìáôïò, ôéò ðñïïðôéêÝò ðïõ áíïßãïíôáé óôï ìÝëëïí êáé ôéò ðñïóäïêßåò ôçò Åêêëçóßáò. «ÁíáëáìâÜíåôå ôçí èÝóç áõôÞ ìå äåäïìÝíç êáé áäéáìöçóâÞôçôç ôçí áöéÝñùóÞ óáò óôçí Åêêëçóßá êáé ìå áêëüíçôç ôçí éåñáôéêÞ óáò ôáõôüôçôá. ¸÷åôå ôçí ðëÞñç óôÞñéîç êáé åéëéêñéíÞ óõíåñãáóßá ôçò åöïñßáò, ôïõ êáèçãçôéêïý óþìáôïò, ôùí öïéôçôþí, ôïõ êëÞñïõ, ôùí ðéóôþí áëëÜ êáé óýóóùìçò ôçò ÉåñÜò Åðáñ÷éáêÞò Óõíüäïõ ôçò Áñ÷éåðéóêïðÞò», ôüíéóå ï Óåâáóìéþôáôïò. ÅîÜëëïõ ï Ìçôñïðïëßôçò ê. Ìåèüäéïò ðåñéÝãñáøå ôïí ð. Ôñéáíôáöýëëïõ ùò «áêïýñáóôï åñãÜôç» êáé ðñþôõðï éåñùóýíçò êáé åßðå ÷áñáêôçñéóôéêÜ ðñïò ôïí Áñ÷éåðßóêïðï: «ðÞñáôå Ýíá ôñéáíôÜöõëëï êáé ôï ìåôáöõôÝøáôå áðü ôçí ÅðéóêïðÞ Âïóôþíçò óôï ðåñéâüëé ôçò Ó÷ïëÞò. Äåí ðáñáðïíïýìáé, áëëÜ åý÷ïìáé
Ï Ìçôñïðïëßôçò ÁíÝùí Ìåèüäéïò åîáßñåé ôá ÷áñßóìáôá ôïõ ð. Ôñéáíôáöýëëïõ, íÝïõ ðñïÝäñïõ ôïõ Åëëçíéêïý Êïëåãßïõ êáé ôçò ÈåïëïãéêÞò Ó÷ïëÞò ôïõ Ôéìßïõ Óôáõñïý.
Ï ð. Íéê. Ôñéáíôáöýëëïõ åîçãåß ôéò Üìåóåò ðñïôáéñåüôçôåò, óôá ìÝëç ôçò Åöïñßáò ôçò Ó÷ïëÞò, åíþ ï Áñ÷éåðßóêïðïò ÄçìÞôñéïò, ï Ìçôñïðïëßôçò Ìåèüäéïò êáé ï áíôéðñüåäñïò ôçò Åöïñßáò ê. Ãåþñãéïò Ìðå÷ñÜêçò ðáñáêïëïõèïýí.
êáé åê ìÝñïõò ôùí áäåëöþí Áñ÷éåñÝùí ôçò Óõíüäïõ Ýíá ëáìðñü ìÝëëïí ãéá ôçí Ó÷ïëÞ». Óôçí áíôáðÜíôçóç ôïõ ï ð. Ôñéáíôáöýëëïõ åõ÷áñßóôçóå üëïõò ãéá ôçí õðïóôÞñéîÞ ôïõò êáé éäéáßôåñá, ôïõò ðáëáéïýò êáèçãçôÝò ôïõ óôçí ó÷ïëÞ ðïõ ôïõ åíóôÜëáîáí ôá íÜìáôá ôçò Ïñèïäïîßáò êáé ôïõ Åëëçíéóìïý. Õðïó÷Ýèçêå ôï ìÝãéóôï êáé Üñéóôï ôùí ðñïóðáèåéþí ôïõ êáé ôùí äõíáôïôÞôùí ôïõ «ùò äéÜêïíïò üëùí», þóôå íá áíôáðåîÝëèåé åðéôõ÷þò óôéò ðñïóäïêßåò êáé ôá êáèÞêïíôá ðïõ ôïõ áíåôÝèçóáí. Ç ôåëåôÞ Ýêëåéóå ìå ôçí áíÜãíùóç áðü ôïí Áñ÷éåðßóêïðï ìçíýìáôïò ôïõ ÐáíáãéùôÜôïõ Ïéêïõìåíéêïý ÐáôñéÜñ÷ïõ ê. Âáñèïëïìáßïõ åðåõêáéñßá ôçò áíáãüñåõóçò ôïõ ð. Ôñéáíôáöýëëïõ ùò ðñïÝäñïõ ôçò Ó÷ïëÞò. Ôï ðñùß ôçò ßäéáò ìÝñáò óõíåäñßáóå õðü íÝá óýíèåóç ç Åöïñßá ôçò Ó÷ïëÞò ðñïåäñåýïíôïò ôïõ Óåâ. Áñ÷éåðéóêüðïõ ÁìåñéêÞò ê. Äçìçôñßïõ. Ï ê. Ãåþñãéïò Ìðå÷ñÜêçò åðáíåîåëÝãç áíôéðñüåäñïò ôçò Åöïñßáò, åíþ ï ê. ¢ñèïõñ ÊïõìáíôæÝëçò, ôáìßáò êáé ï Äñ. Ôüìáò Ëßëïí, ãñáììáôÝáò. Óôçí ðñïóöþíçóÞ ôïõ ï Áñ÷éåðßóêïðïò ðáñüôñõíå ôá ìÝëç ôçò Åöïñßáò íá êáôáâÜëïõí êÜèå ðñïóðÜèåéá õðÝñâáóçò ôùí óõìâáôéêþí ìåèüäùí êáé óôåñåïôýðùí ôïõ ðáñåëèüíôïò. Ôüíéóå éäéáßôåñá ôçí éåñüôçôá ôçò Ó÷ïëÞò êáé ôçí ýøéóôç óçìáóßá ôçò åêðáßäåõóçò êáé ðñïóöïñÜò óôçí Åêêëçóßá êáé åíüò Ýóôù éåñÝùò, äçëþíïíôáò óõã÷ñüíùò üôé Ýíáò áðü ôïõò Üìåóïõò óôü÷ïõò ðñÝðåé íá åßíáé ç ðáñï÷Þ õðïôñïöéþí óå üëïõò üóïõò åðéèõìïýí íá öïéôÞóïõí óôç Ó÷ïëÞ êáé íá ÷åéñïôïíçèïýí. ¸èåóå åðéðëÝïí ùò óôü÷ï ôçí åðéôõ÷Þ áíôéìåôþðéóç ôùí ïéêïíïìéêþí äõóêïëéþí ôçò Ó÷ïëÞò ìÝ÷ñé ôï ôÝëïò ôçò èçôåßáò ôçò ðáñïýóáò Åöïñßáò. ÔÝëïò, óå Üëëï óçìåßï ôüíéóå ôçí áíÜãêç éäéáßôåñçò óôÞñéîçò êáé áíÜðôõîçò ôùí Åëëçíéêþí Óðïõäþí ü÷é áðëÜ ùò ðñïóðÜèåéá äéáôÞñçóçò ìéáò êëçñïíïìéÜò, áëëÜ êáëëéÝñãåéáò ìéáò æùíôáíÞò êáé äçìéïõñãéêÞò ðáñÜäïóçò.
ÍÝá äçìéïõñãéêÞ ðåñßïäï ðñïïéùíßæåé ç ðñþôç óõíåäñßá ôïõ íÝïõ Áñ÷éåðéóêïðéêïý Óõìâïõëßïõ u óåë. 13 Ýãéíáí áìÝóùò äåêôÜ äéÜ âïÞò áðü ôï óþìá. ÅðéðëÝïí ï Óåâáóìéþôáôïò äéüñéóå Ýîé Üôïìá ãéá ôéò õðüëïéðåò èÝóåéò ôçò ÅêôåëåóôéêÞò ÅðéôñïðÞò. Ç óýíèåóç ôçò ÅêôåëåóôéêÞò ÅðéôñïðÞò Ý÷åé ùò åîÞò: Áíôéðñüåäñïò: Ìé÷áÞë Ôæá÷Üñçò, ÃñáììáôÝáò: Íéêüëáïò Ìðïýñáò, Ôáìßáò: Ðßôåñ Íôßïí, ÌÝëç: Ãåþñãéïò Ìðå÷ñÜêçò, Äñ. Ôæïí Êüëéò, Ôæïí Ðáðáôæüí, Ôæïí ÐáãéÜâëáò, Ãåùñãßá ÓêéáäÜ êáé Áíôþíéïò ÓôåöáíÞò. Óôç óõíÝ÷åéá êáé ãéá ôïí õðüëïéðï ÷ñüíï ôùí óõíåäñéÜóåùí ðáñïõóéÜóôçêáí ïé åêèÝóåéò ôùí äéáöüñùí ôìçìÜôùí êáé éäñõìÜôùí ôçò É. Áñ÷éåðéóêïðÞò þóôå ôá ìÝëç ôïõ íÝïõ Áñ÷éåðéóêïðéêïý Óõìâïõëßïõ íá ìïñöþóïõí ìéá ðëÞñç åéêüíá ãéá üëá ôá ôñÝ÷ïíôá èÝìáôá. ÊáôÜ ôç äéÜñêåéá áõôÞò ôçò äéáäéêáóßáò ôá ìÝëç ôïõ Áñ÷éåðéóêïðéêïý Óõìâïõëßïõ ìå óïâáñüôçôá êáé äéÜèåóç ãéá äçìéïõñãéêü Ýñãï ðáñïõóßáóáí ôéò áðüøåéò ôïõò êáé Ýèåóáí åñùôÞóåéò þóôå íá äéåõêñéíéóôïýí üðïéåò ôõ÷üí áðïñßåò õðÞñîáí. Áðü ôéò äéÞìåñåò óõíåäñéÜóåéò Ýãéíå åìöáíÝò üôé ôï óþìá ðñüêåéôáé íá êéíçèåß óå ãñÞãïñïõò ñõèìïýò, êáé áêïëïõèþíôáò ôéò ðñïôñïðÝò êáé êáèïäçãçôéêÝò ãñáììÝò ôïõ Áñ÷éåðéóêüðïõ íá ðáñÜãåé äçìéïõñãéêü êáé ðïëýôéìï Ýñãï êáôÜ ôçí äéÜñêåéá ôçò äéåôïýò èçôåßáò ôïõ. Ï Óåâ. Áñ÷éåðßóêïðïò ÁìåñéêÞò ê. ÄçìÞôñéïò ÷áñáêôÞñéóå ôï Áñ÷éåðé-
ÌÝëç ôïõ Áñ÷éåðéóêïðéêïý Óõìâïõëßïõ (áðü áñéóôåñÜ) ïé ê.ê. Ã. ÊïêÜëçò, Íéê. Ìðïýñáò, Ì. Óéüëåò, Ìé÷. Ôæá÷Üñçò (áíôéðñüåäñïò) Ð. Íôßïí (ôáìßáò), Çë. ÍéêïæÞóçò êáé Á. ¢íôïí (ðñüåäñïò ôçò Çãåóßáò ôùí 100)
óêïðéêü Óõìâïýëéï ùò <ìéá ïéêïãÝíåéá áíèñþðùí ðïõ áãùíßæïíôáé íá ðñáãìáôþóïõí ôï Ýñãï ôïõ Èåïý åðß ôçò ãçò>. Äåí ðáñÝëåéøå åðßóçò íá åõ÷áñéóôÞóåé äçìüóéá êáé ïíïìáóôéêÜ üëá ôá ìÝëç ôïõ
ðñïçãïýìåíïõ áñ÷éåðéóêïðéêïý óõìâïõëßïõ êáé ôçò åêôåëåóôéêÞò åðéôñïðÞò. Ï íÝïò áíôéðñüåäñïò ôïõ Áñ÷éåðéóêïðéêïý Óõìâïõëßïõ, ê. Ìé÷áÞë Ôæá÷Üñçò, õðçñÝôçóå ðïëëÝò öïñÝò ùò ìÝëïò
ôïõ Óþìáôïò óôï ðáñåëèüí êáé åßíáé åíåñãü ìÝëïò ôïõ áðïèåìáôéêïý ôáìåßïõ ôçò Áñ÷éåðéóêïðÞò, <Çãåóßá ôùí 100>. Ï ê. Ôæá÷Üñçò ìéëþíôáò ãéá ôéò åíõðþóåéò ôïõ ìåôÜ ôç ëÞîç ôùí óõíåäñéÜóåùí ôüíéóå: <Åßíáé ìéá ìåãÜëç êáé óçìáíôéêÞ áñ÷Þ, ãéá ôïí Áñ÷éåðßóêïðï êáé ôïí íÝï áñ÷éåðéóêïðéêü óõìâïýëéï. Ï êüóìïò âëÝðåé, êáôáëáâáßíåé êáé áéóèÜíåôáé üôé ï Áñ÷éåðßóêïðïò åßíáé Ýíáò åìâñéèÞò êáé åîáéñåôéêüò Üíèñùðïò, Ýíáò Üíèñùðïò ìïíáäéêÞò ðíåõìáôéêüôçôïò, ðñáüôçôïò êáé åõöõÀáò. Ï êüóìïò ôï áéóèÜíåôáé áõôü êáé èÝëåé íá óõììåôÝ÷åé. Ôï íÝï Áñ÷éåðéóêïðéêü Óõìâïýëéï áðáñôßæåôáé åðßóçò áðü åöõåßò áíèñþðïõò ðïõ åðéèõìïýí íá äéáèÝóïõí ÷ñüíï êáé íá êáôáâÜëëïõí ðñïóðÜèåéåò ðñïò óôÞñéîç ôçò Åêêëçóßáò>. Áíáöåñüìåíïò åîÜëëïõ óå èÝìáôá Ïñèïäïîßáò êáé Åëëçíéóìïý åßðå: <Åßìáóôå ¸ëëçíåò êáé Ïñèüäïîïé. ¸÷ïõìå ìéá áðßóôåõôç êëçñïíïìéÜ êáé ç Åêêëçóßá áðïôåëåß ôï èåìÝëéï ãéá ôçí ðñïþèçóç êáé ôùí äýï áõôþí éäéïôÞôùí. Ç Åêêëçóßá ìáò êáëåß íá óõãêáëéåñãÞóïõìå êáé ôá äýï êáé íá äéåõñýíïõìå ôçí Åëëçíïñèüäïîç ðáñÜäïóÞ ìáò. Óå Üëëï óçìåßï, áðáíôþíôáò óå åñþôçóç äÞëùóå ôçí áìÝñéóôç óõìðáñÜóôáóÞ ôïõ óôç ÌçôÝñá Åêêëçóßá êáé ôüíéóå üôé: <ôï Ïéêïõìåíéêü Ðáôñéáñ÷åßï áðïôåëåß åê ôùí ùí ïõê Üíåõ (áðáñáßôçôç ðñïûðüèåóç) ãéá ôçí ÅëëçíéêÞ Ïñèüäïîç Åêêëçóßá óôçí ÁìåñéêÞ>.
Ï ðñùèõðïõñãüò Êþóôáò Óçìßôçò óôçí Áñ÷éåðéóêïðÞ ÊïíóÝñôï êëáóéêÞò ìïõóéêÞò ðñïò ôéìÞí ôïõ Áñ÷éåðéóêüðïõ Éáêþâïõ õðÝñ ôïõ ìïíßìïõ ðñïéêïäïôÞìáôïò ôçò ïìïíýìïõ ÂéâëéïèÞêçò ÑÜú, ÍÕ.Ïé åëëçíïñèüäïîåò Êïéíüôçôåò ôçò ðåñéï÷Þò ôïõ ÃïõåóôóÝóôåñ, Í.Õ. êáé ôïõ ãåéôïíéêïý ÊïíÝêôéêáô ôßìçóáí åöÝôïò ôïí Óåâ. Áñ÷éåðßóêïðï ðñ. Âïñåßïõ êáé Íïôßïõ ÁìåñéêÞò ê. ÉÜêùâï, åðß ôç ïíïìáóôéêÞ ôïõ åïñôÞ, ìå Ýíá éäéáßôåñï ôñüðï. ÏñãÜíùóáí ìå ìåãÜëç åðéôõ÷ßá ìéá åóðåñßäá êëáóéêÞò ìïõóéêÞò ôï ÓÜââáôï 21 Ïêôùâñßïõ óôçí êïéíïôéêÞ áßèïõóá «ÌÜñïò ×þë» ôçò Êïéíüôçôïò ôïõ ÓùôÞñïò óôï ÑÜú ôçò ÍÝáò Õüñêçò. Ôï ðñüãñáììá åêëåêôÞò êëáóéêÞò ìïõóéêÞò ðáñïõóßáóáí äýï äéáêåêñéìÝíïé ðéáíßóôåò, ï Ôæáßçìò ÁíÜãêíïóïí êáé ç ËÝóëé Êßíôåí. Óôç äåîßùóç ðïõ áêïëïýèçóå, ïé ðáñüíôåò ðÞñáí ôçí åõëïãßá êáé åõ÷ÞETApress
Ï Óåâ. Áñ÷éåðßóêïðïò ÁìåñéêÞò ê. ÄçìÞôñéïò óå ìéá åãêÜñäéá áíôáëëáãÞ áðüøåùí ìå ôïí ðñùèõðïõñãü ôçò ÅëëÜäïò ê. Êþóôá Óçìßôç.
ÍÅÁ ÕÏÑÊÇ.Ï ðñùèõðïõñãüò ôçò ÅëëÜäïò ê. Êþóôáò Óçìßôçò åðéóêÝöèçêå óôéò áñ÷Ýò Óåðôåìâñßïõ ôïí Óåâ. Áñ÷éåðßóêïðï ÁìåñéêÞò ê. ÄçìÞôñéï óôá ðëáßóéá ôçò åðßóêåøçò ôïõ óôçí ÍÝá Õüñêç ìå óêïðü íá óõììåôÜó÷åé óå åñãáóßåò ôïõ ÏÇÅ. Ï Áñ÷éåðßóêïðïò ÷áñáêôÞñéóå åãêÜñäéá ôçí ðåñßðïõ ìéáò þñáò óõíÜíôçóÞ ôïõò ç ïðïßá ðåñéóôñÜöçêå ãýñù áðü èÝìáôá áìïéâáßïõ åíäéáöÝñïíôïò ðïõ áöïñïýí ôçí ÏìïãÝíåéá êáé ãåíéêüôåñá üëï ôï öÜóìá ôùí èåìÜôùí ôïõ Åëëçíéóìïý. «ÈÝëù íá åõ÷áñéóôÞóù ôïí ê. Ðñüåäñï ãéáôß åßäá ôçí áãÜðç êáé ôï åíäéáöÝñïí ôïõ ãéá ôá èÝìáôá ôçò Ïìïãåíåßáò, íá ôïí åõ÷áñéóôÞóù ãéá ôçí äéáâåâáßùóÞ ôïõ üôé Ý÷åé ôçí äéÜèåóç íá âïçèÞóåé óå ïôéäÞðïôå ÷ñåéÜæåôáé åäþ ç ÏìïãÝíåéá», äÞëùóå ï Áñ÷éåðßóêïðïò. «ÈÝëù íá ôïí åõ÷áñéóôÞóù äéüôé åêöñÜæåé ôçí áßóèçóç ôçò åíüôçôïò ôïõ Åëëçíéóìïý ðïõ äåí ôïí ÷ùñßæåé ï Áôëáíôéêüò Ùêåáíüò. ÁõôÞ ç åíüôçôá åßíáé æùíôáíÞ êáé èá åîáêïëïõèÞóåé, Èåïý èÝëïíôïò, íá åßíáé æùíôáíÞ». »Åõ÷üìåèá óôïí ê. Ðñùèõðïõñãü êáëÞ åðéôõ÷ßá óôï Ýñãï ôïõ, éäéáßôåñá óôçí áðïóôïëÞ ôïõ åäþ ãéá ôç Óýíïäï ôçò ×éëéåôßáò ôùí ÇíùìÝíùí Åèíþí, ìéáí áðïóôïëÞ óçìáíôéêüôáôç ãéá èÝìáôá åèíéêÜ êáé õðåñåèíéêÜ. Ôïí ðáñáêáëïýìå
íá ìáò åðéóêÝðôåôáé». Áðáíôþíôáò ï ê. Óçìßôçò åßðå, «Áóöáëþò êáé èá Ýñ÷ïìáé. Óáò åõ÷áñéóôþ ðïëý Óåâáóìéþôáôå. Ìå ðïëý ùñáßá ëüãéá ðåñéãñÜöåôáé ôçí äïõëåéÜ ìáò êáé âÝâáéá ç äïõëåéÜ ìáò åîáñôÜôáé êáé áðü ôçí äéêéÜ óáò âïÞèåéá». Áíáöåñüìåíïò óôçí Åêêëçóßá ôçò ÁìåñéêÞò ï Ðñùèõðïõñãüò åßðå ìåôáîý Üëëùí «Ç Åêêëçóßá ôçò ÁìåñéêÞò åßíáé ìéá Åêêëçóßá ç ïðïßá âïçèÜ óçìáíôéêÜ óôçí ðñïóðÜèåéá íá äéáôçñÞóïõìå ôéò ðáñáäüóåéò ôïõ Åëëçíéóìïý, íá äþóïõìå óôá ðáéäéÜ ôùí ìåôáíáóôþí ôçí ìüñöùóç åêåßíç ç ïðïßá èá ôïõò óõíäÝåé ìå ôçí ðáôñßäá ìáò». Ï ê. Ðñùèõðïõñãüò åîÝöñáóå ôçí åõãíùìïóýíç ôïõ óôçí Åêêëçóßá ôçò ÁìåñéêÞò, êáé óôïí Óåâ. Áñ÷éåðßóêïðï ÁìåñéêÞò ê. ÄçìÞôñéï äéüôé ðáñÝ÷ïõí âÜóåéò ãéá ôçí ðñïþèçóç ôùí éäáíéêþí ôïõ Åëëçíéóìïý. Ôïí ê. Óçìßôç óõíüäåõáí ï Õðïõñãüò Ôýðïõ êáé ÌÝóùí ÌáæéêÞò ÅíçìÝñùóçò, ê. ÄçìÞôñçò ÑÝððáò, ç Õöõðïõñãüò Åîùôåñéêþí, ê. ÁããåëéêÞ ËáÀïõ, ï Óýìâïõëïò ôïõ Ðñùèõðïõñãïý, ê. Íéêüëáïò ÈÝìåëçò, ï ÄéåõèõíôÞò ôïõ Äéðëùìáôéêïý ôïõ Ãñáöåßïõ, ÐñÝóâçò ê. Èåüäùñïò Óùôçñüðïõëïò, ï ÄéåõèõíôÞò ôïõ Äéðëùìáôéêïý Ãñáöåßïõ, ê. Ãéþñãïò ÐïõêáìéóÜò êáèþò êáé ï Ãåíéêüò Ðñüîåíïò ôçò ÅëëÜäïò óôçí ÍÝá Õüñêç, ê. ÄçìÞôñçò ÐëáôÞò.
ÓÕÍÅÄÑÉÁÓÅ Ç ÉÅÑÁ ÅÐÁÑ×ÉÁÊÇ ÓÕÍÏÄÏÓ ÍÅÁ ÕÏÑÊÇ.Óõíåäñßáóå óôéò 28 Óåðôåìâñßïõ 2000 óôçí Ýäñá ôçò ÉåñÜò Áñ÷éåðéóêïðÞò ÁìåñéêÞò ç ÉåñÜ Åðáñ÷éáêÞ Óýíïäïò. ÌåôÜ ôï ðÝñáò ôùí åñãáóéþí ôçò, ç ÉåñÜ Óýíïäïò åîÝäùóå ôï áêüëïõèï áíáêïéíùèÝí:
ÁÍÁÊÏÉÍÙÈÅÍ Ç ÉåñÜ Åðáñ÷éáêÞ Óýíïäïò ôçò ÉåñÜò Áñ÷éåðéóêïðÞò ÁìåñéêÞò, óõíÞëèå ÷èÝò, ÐÝìðôç, 28 Óåðôåìâñßïõ 2000, óôçí ÍÝá Õüñêç, óôçí áßèïõóá Óõíüäïõ ôçò ÉåñÜò Áñ÷éåðéóêïðÞò. Óôçí óõíåäñßáóç õðü ôçí ðñïåäñåßá ôïõ Áñ÷éåðéóêüðïõ ÁìåñéêÞò ê. Äçìçôñßïõ Ýëáâáí ìÝñïò ïé Ìçôñïðïëßôáé ÊñÞíçò ê. ÉÜêùâïò, Äáñäáíåëëßùí ê. Áíôþíéïò, ÁíÝùí ê. Ìåèüäéïò êáé ÐñïéêïíÞóïõ ê. Çóáßáò, ðñüåäñïé áíôéóôïß÷ùò ôùí Åðéóêïðþí ÓéêÜãïõ, Áãßïõ Öñáãêßóêïõ, Âïóôþíçò êáé ÍôÝíâåñ, êáé ïé Åðßóêïðïé ÁôëÜíôáò ê. ÁëÝîéïò êáé Íôçôñüúô ê. Íéêüëáïò. Ç óõíåäñßáóç, åîÞôáóå êáé óõíåæÞôçóå äéÜöïñá èÝìáôá ðïõ áöïñïýí ôçí ôñÝ÷ïõóá êáôÜóôáóç ôçò Åêêëçóßáò, üðùò åßíáé ôá èÝìáôá ôçò ÈåïëïãéêÞò Ó÷ïëÞò ôïõ Ôéìßïõ Óôáõñïý êáé ôïõ Åëëçíéêïý Êïëëåãßïõ, ôá íÝá ìåßæïíá Óõìâïýëéá (Áñ÷éåðéóêïðéêüí êáé Öéëïðôþ÷ïõ Áäåëöüôçôïò), ôçí ÊëçñéêïëáúêÞ ÓõíÝëåõóç ôçí ïðïßá óõãêáëåß åí Êùíóôáíôéíïõðüëåé ôï Ïéêïõìåíéêüí Ðáôñéáñ÷åßïí ðåñß ôá ôÝëç Íïåìâñßïõ ôñÝ÷ïíôïò Ýôïõò, êáèþò åðßóçò êáé èÝìáôá ó÷åôéêÜ ìå ôçí Ðáéäåßá, ôïí Ìïíá÷éóìü êáé ôá ïéêïíïìéêÜ ôçò ÉåñÜò Áñ÷éåðéóêïðÞò. 29 Óåðôåìâñßïõ 2000 Åê ôïõ Ãñáöåßïõ ôçò É. Åðáñ÷éáêÞò Óõíüäïõ
èçêáí ðñïóùðéêÜ óôïí Óåâ. Áñ÷éåðßóêïðï ê. ÉÜêùâï, ðïõ ãéïñôÜæåé ôçí ïíïìáóôéêÞ ôïõ ãéïñôÞ, ôïõ Áãßïõ Éáêþâïõ, 23 Ïêôùâñßïõ. Ôá Ýóïäá ôïõ êïíóÝñôïõ èá äéáôåèïýí õðÝñ ôïõ ìïíßìïõ ðñïéêïäïôÞìáôïò ôçò ÂéâëéïèÞêçò-ÊÝíôñïõ Åñåõíþí «Áñ÷éåðßóêïðïò ÉÜêùâïò» ðïõ âñßóêåôáé óôçí ÈåïëïãéêÞ Ó÷ïëÞ ôïõ Ôéìßïõ Óôáõñïý, óôï ÌðñïõêëÜúí, ôçò Ìáóá÷ïõóÝôçò. ¼ðùò åßíáé ãíùóôü, ç ÂéâëéïèÞêç áõôÞ, ðïõ áíáãÝñèçêå ìå ðñïóöïñÝò ðéóôþí êáé åãêáéíéÜóôçêå ðñéí áðü Ýíá ÷ñüíï, áðïôåëåß áðáñáßôçôï êáé åðéâåâëçìÝíï óõìðëÞñùìá ôçò ÈåïëïãéêÞò Ó÷ïëÞò êáé ðïëýôéìï êÝíôñï ìåëÝôçò êáé åñåõíþí ôùí éåñïóðïõäáóôþí ôçò êáé ôùí öïéôçôþí ôïõ Åëëçíéêïý Êïëåãßïõ.
Ï Ðñüåäñïò ôçò ÂïõëÞò ê. ÊáêëáìÜíçò åðéóêÝöèçêå ôïí Áñ÷éåðßóêïðï ÁìåñéêÞò
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ÍÅÁ ÕÏÑÊÇ.Ï Óåâ. Áñ÷éåðßóêïðïò ÁìåñéêÞò ê. ÄçìÞôñéïò äÝ÷èçêå ôçí åðßóêåøç ôïõ ÐñïÝäñïõ ôçò ÂïõëÞò ôùí ÅëëÞíùí ê. Áðüóôïëïõ ÊáêëáìÜíç, ôçí ÔåôÜñôç 30 Áõãïýóôïõ 2000, óôï Áñ÷éåðéóêïðéêü Ãñáöåßï. «Åßíáé ìåãÜëç ÷áñÜ êáé ôéìÞ ãéá ìÝíá áõôÞ ç åðßóêåøç...» äÞëùóå ï ê. ÊáêëáìÜíçò ìåôÜ ôï ðÝñáò ôçò óõíÜíôçóçò. ÅîÝöñáóå Üëëùóôå ôïí óåâáóìü êáé ôçí áãÜðç ôïõ ãéá ôï ðñüóùðï ôïõ ÓåâáóìéùôÜôïõ ðñïóèÝôïíôáò «...ç ãíþóç ôïõ êáé ôï Ýñãï ôïõ ãåííÜ áéóéïäïîßá ãéá ôçí äéáðïßìáíóç ôùí Ïìïãåíþí ìáò óôçí ÁìåñéêÞ áëëÜ êáé ôá áðïôåëÝóìáôá ôçò ùò ôþñá èçôåßáò ôïõ, êëåßíïíôáò Ýíá ÷ñüíï, åßíáé Þäç ïñáôÜ». Áíáöåñüìåíïò åîÜëëïõ ï ê. ÊáêëáìÜíçò óôï Ïéêïõìåíéêü Ðáôñéáñ÷åßï åßðå: «Äåí îå÷íÜìå üôé ç Åêêëçóßá áõôÞ, ôï Ïéêïõìåíéêü Ðáôñéáñ÷åßï -ç ÌçôÝñá üëùí ôùí Ïñèïäüîùí Åêêëçóéþí, Ý÷åé áõôÞ ôçí éäéáßôåñç êáé ôåñÜóôéá óçìáóßá ãéá ôï Ýèíïò ìáò. ÐÝñáí ôïõ ðñùôáñ÷éêïý ôçò ñüëïõ, Ý÷åé éäéáßôåñç åèíéêÞ óçìáóßá ãéá ìáò ôïõò ¸ëëçíåò». Ï Óåâ. Áñ÷éåðßóêïðïò ÁìåñéêÞò ê. ÄçìÞôñéïò ÷áñáêôÞñéóå ôçí óõíÜíôçóç ôïõ ìå ôïí ê. ÊáêëáìÜíç «ðïëý åðïéêïäïìçôéêÞ êáé ïõóéáóôéêÞ... Þôáí ìéá óõíÜíôçóç ðïëéôéêÞò êáé åêêëçóéáóôéêÞò äéáêïíßáò êáé áðïóôïëÞò êÜôé ôï ïðïßï æåßôå êáé óåéò ê. Ðñüåäñå- Þôáí ìéá ùñáßá åõêáéñßá áêñéâþò íá áíáíåþóïõìå áõôÞ ôçí áßóèçóç üôé Ý÷ïõìå ôá÷èåß íá äéáêïíïýìå. Åßìåèá óå êáôÜóôáóç áðïóôïëÞò,
êÜôé ðïëý ìåãÜëï êáé ðïëý ùñáßï. Ï Óåâáóìéþôáôïò áíáöåñüìåíïò åîÜëëïõ óå ðáëáéüôåñç óõíÜíôçóÞ ôïõ ìå ôïí ê. ÊáêëáìÜíç åßðå: «ÐÝñóõ, ðñïôïý Ýñèù åäþ, åß÷á ðåñÜóåé áðü ôçí ÂïõëÞ. Åß÷á ìéá ùñáßá åðéêïéíùíßá ìå ôïí ê. Ðñüåäñï êáé ìå ôïõò áíôéðñïÝäñïõò êáé üôáí Ýöõãá ìïõ Ýäùêå Ýíá ùñáéüôáôï áíôßãñáöï êáëýììáôïò Åõáããåëßïõ. Ôï èåþñçóá óõìâïëéêü ü,ôé ï Ðñüåäñïò ôçò ÂïõëÞò ôùí ÅëëÞíùí äåí ìïõ Ýäùêå Ýíá äïêßìéï ðïëéôéêÞò, áëëÜ ìïõ Ýäùêå Ýíá êÜëõììá Åõáããåëßïõ. ÓÞìåñá ðïõ Þñèå, Þñèå ðÜëé ìå êÜðïéï äþñï. ÁõôÞ ôç öïñÜ åßíáé Ýíá äßóêïò ðïõ Ý÷åé ôéò ìïñöÝò ôùí Áðïóôüëùí. ¸÷åé ó÷Ýóç ìå ôï üíïìÜ ôïõ, áëëÜ Ý÷åé ðåñéóóüôåñï ó÷Ýóç ìå ôéò ðñïèÝóåéò, ðïõ óçìáßíåé üôé áõôÞ ç Åêêëçóßá, ðïõ åßíáé ç Ïñèüäïîç Åêêëçóßá ü÷é ìüíï åäþ ôçò ÁìåñéêÞò áëëÜ ç Ïñèüäïîç Åêêëçóßá -ôï ÊÝíôñï- ôï Ðáôñéáñ÷åßï êáé ìå êëÜäïõò üëåò ôéò Üëëåò Åêêëçóßåò Ý÷åé ìéá ôåñáóôßá áðïóôïëÞ óôïí êüóìï. ÈÝëù íá ðù Üëëç ìéá öïñÜ üôé Þìåèá ëáüò åí áðïóôïëÞ, åÜí äåí ôï êÜíïõìå áõôü Ý÷ïõìå áðïôý÷åé. Äåí åßìáóôå ëáüò åðéâéþóåùò, åßìáóôå ëáüò åí áðïóôïëÞ». Ôïí ê. ÊáêëáìÜíç óõíüäåõáí áðü ôçí ÅëëÜäá ï äéåõèõíôÞò ôïõ Äéðëùìáôéêïý Ãñáöåßïõ, ÐñÝóâçò ê. ×Üñçò Êáñáìðáñìðïýíçò, ï õðåýèõíïò ôïõ Ãñáöåßïõ Ôýðïõ ê. ÓùôÞñçò Ãåùñãßïõ êáé ç äéåõèýíôñéá ôùí Äçìïóßùí Ó÷Ýóåùí ê. ÄÝóðù Ìåúìáñßäïõ êáèþò êáé ï Ãåíéêüò Ðñüîåíïò ôçò ÅëëÜäïò óôçí ÍÝá Õüñêç, ê. ÄçìÞôñçò ÐëáôÞò.
Ï Áñ÷/ðïò ÄçìÞôñéïò åðéêåöáëÞò áíôéðñïóùðåßáò ôïõ Ïéêïõìåíéêïý Ðáôñéáñ÷åßïõ óôç Ìüó÷á ÍÅÁ ÕÏÑÊÇ.Ï Óåâ. Áñ÷éåðßóêïðïò ÁìåñéêÞò ê. ÄçìÞôñéïò, åðéêåöáëÞò ôñéìåëïýò áíôéðñïóùðåßáò ôïõ Ïéêïõìåíéêïý Ðáôñéáñ÷åßïõ Êùíóôáíôéíïõðüëåùò, áíôéðñïóþðåõóå ôïí Ðáíáãéþôáôï Ïéêïõìåíéêü ÐáôñéÜñ÷ç ê. Âáñèïëïìáßï óôéò ôåëåôÝò åãêáéíßùí ôïõ éóôïñéêïý íáïý ôïõ ÓùôÞñïò ×ñéóôïý, óôçí Ìüó÷á ìåôáîý 17 êáé 20 Áõãïýóôïõ 2000. Ôçí ôñéìåëÞ áíôéðñïóùðåßá ôïõ Ïéêïõìåíéêïý Ðáôñéáñ÷åßïõ åêôüò áðü ôïí Óåâáóìéþôáôï áðåôÝëåóáí ïé Ìçôñïðïëßôåò ôïõ Èñüíïõ ÄÝñêùí Êùíóôáíôßíïò êáé Óåëåõêåßáò Êýñéëëïò. Ôùí åãêáéíßùí ôïõ É. Íáïý ôïõ ÓùôÞñïò ×ñéóôïý, ðñïåîÞñ÷å ï ÐáôñéÜñ÷çò Ìüó÷áò êáé ðáóþí ôùí Ñùóéþí ÁëÝîéïò Â´, ìå ôçí óõììåôï÷Þ 200 êáé ðëÝïí Ïñèïäüîùí Éåñáñ÷þí áðü üëï ôïí êüóìï, åêáôïíôÜäùí éåñÝùí êáé äéáêüíùí êáé ÷éëéÜäùí êüóìïõ. Ìáãåõôéêü êáé åíôõðùóéáêü ÷áñáêôÞñéóå ôïí íáü ôïõ ÓùôÞñïò ï Áñ÷éåðßóêïðïò ìéëþíôáò óôïí Ïñèüäïîï ÐáñáôçñçôÞ ìåôÜ ôçí åðéóôñïöÞ ôïõ óôçí ÍÝá Õüñêç. Ï óçìåñéíüò íåïáíåãåñèÞò íáüò âñßóêåôáé áêñéâþò óôç èÝóç ôïõ ðñþôïõ
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The Voice of Ohio Chapter Observes 50TH Year
CHAPTER MEMBERS with Bishop Nicholas of Detroit, and Fr. Christakis.
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio Sts. Constantine and Helen Chapter of Middletown Hamilton, Butler and Warren counties celebrated its 50th anniversary June 11. Each member received a corsage to wear during the Divine Liturgy celebrated by Bishop Nicholas of the Detroit Diocese with Frs. Christos Christakis of Middletown and John Limberakis of Valley Forge, Pa., assisting. A celebration luncheon took place afterward in the fellowship hall beginning with an invocation by Bishop Nicholas. City Commissioner Laura Williams presented a proclamation that included the history of the chapter chartered in 1950 with founding priest Rev. John Papadopoulos and godfather of the chapter, Gus Valen. Irene Valen, escorted by her son, Judge Anthony Valen, cut the first slice from a tall three-tier cake topped with a number 50 centerpiece. Diocese of Detroit Philoptochos Board member Cleo Laras introduced Bishop Nicholas who spoke and praised the women who worked and served their church. On behalf of the Detroit Diocese Philoptochos Board, First Vice-President
Eleni Laras Zaferes congratulated the chapter and presented a certificate from the Diocese. Fifty-year pins were presented to the 11 remaining charter members: Mary Bugitzedes, Penelope Demetrion, Harriet Kiniyalocts, Cleo Laras, Z. Dolores Revelos, Frosine Revelos, Virginia L. Rikas, Georgia L. Semples, Helen P. Stephen, Irene Valen and Georgia Weaver. The following were presented 25-year pins: Irene Bugitzedes, Georgia Comminos, Louise Eliopoulos, Mary Habig, Carolyn Jones, Helen Jonson, Mary Oglesby, Helen Pallas, Georgia Papakirk, Lula Poulias and Mary Skalkos. The following, also 25-year members, were each presented a past president pin: Maria Georgopoulos, Thalia Ververis, Kiki Demetrion, Mary Lou McCormick and Cleo Laras. Dolores Revelos, past diocese Philoptochos president and life member of the Diocese Philoptochos, served as chairwoman of this event. Her committee included: Niki Nestor McNeeley, Maria Langendorf, Mary Raab, Irene Zalants, and Tina Revelos.
Metropolitan Chapters Give to St. Michaels Home Stella Capiris, president of the Metropolitan Diocese Philoptochos Board, on behalf of the Philoptochos chapters of the Metropolitan Diocese, recently presented a $6,000 donation to the Very Rev. Andonios Paropoulos, director of St. Michaels Home for the Aged in Yonkers, N.Y. St. Michaels was founded in 1958 and since then has undergone many changes. It is an expanded facility, with clean, comfortable surroundings, ample amenities, and a spiritual setting. Good health care is provided to the residents through weekly visits from a geriatric specialist, an internist, and a podiatrist. Other physicians are available on call, including an audiologist, an
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optometrist, a psychiatrist, and a dermatologist. The residents are also transported to private physicians and to the hospital for outside medical appointments if necessary. St. Michaels, however, is not a nursing home, although Fr. Andonios feels there is a definite need as the Home is not permitted to house residents whose health has deteriorated to the point of needing continuous medical care. The Metropolitan Diocese Philoptochos Board has St. Michaels as its Diocese obligation and as its special project the initiation of a drive to begin collecting funds for a future St. Michaels Nursing Home. To make a donation, please contact the Home at (914) 476-3374.
Meteora Calendar Project to Support Cancer Fund Dear Friend of the Philoptochos Meteora has been described as one of the most breathtaking sites on earth. Located not far from the Mount Olympus in central Greece, gigantic rocks rise towards the sky. Monasteries began to be established on top of these formidable pinnacles in the 14th century, continuing an even earlier tradition of solitude, worship and sanctuary on such inaccessible stone formation. This year, the National Philoptochos Society has the opportunity to raise muchneeded funds for our Philoptochos Cancer Fund through the sale of a beautiful calendar titled In The Valley Of The Giants. The calendar consists of hand-painted photographs by award-winning artist Aristidis that capture the awe-inspiring beauty, simplicity and grandeur of Orthodoxy and Hellenism represented by the historic monasteries of Meteora. As you are well aware, Cancer knows
no boundaries. It strikes people of all ages. This devastating illness affects all of us whether in our immediate families, friends or acquaintances. Through your generous support and sponsorship, Philoptochos will have the unprecedented opportunity to assist even more people in need. We are appealing to you, a lover of philanthropy, to commit yourselves to this wonderful project by considering not only a single order, but also perhaps a sponsorship. Individuals who order ten (10) or more calendars and companies that order twenty (20) or more calendars will be listed as sponsors on the calendar. Please read the enclosed flyer and submit your pre-sell order form by August 15, 2000. We know you will be generous. We are counting on you. With love in Christ, Eve Contakes President
Boston Diocese Philoptochos Hold Retreat by Christine Karavites
The Boston Diocese Philoptochos recently held their first retreat at the Boston Diocese Camp and Retreat Center. The theme was Let All That You Do Be Done In Love. Metropolitan Methodios offered inspirational remarks to the 65 participants following the morning prayer service and introduced the Rev. Nicholas Triantafilou, BDC director, and Dr. Raymond Bosse, the retreat guest speaker, whose presentations focused on Ministry to the Aging. A sociologist and gerontology specialist, Dr. Bosse is a prolific writer on the subject of aging. He began his lecture by outlining the historical development of aging in America and highlighted the dramatic demographic changes resulting in the increase in this population. He pointed out that with this increase comes an acceleration of needs for the aging population.
Following the morning presentation the participants enjoyed a delightful lunch with a short program that included special greetings by Metropolitan Methodios, a welcome from the Diocese Philoptochos president, inspiring remarks from the retreat Co-Chairmen Olivia Sintros and Joan Cara Donna and poetry readings by Fr. Triantafilou. Philoptochos chapters represented included 14 from Massachusetts: Arlington, St. Athanasius; Boston, Annunciation Cathedral; Roslindale, St. Nectarios; Brockton, Annunciation; Weston, St. Demetrios; Watertown, Taxiarchae; Cambridge, Sts. Constantine and Helen; Cohasset, Panagia; Lowell, Transfiguration; three from New Hampshire: Manchester, Assumption; Portsmouth, St. Nicholas; Concord, Holy Trinity and one from Rhode Island: St. Spyridon in Newport. Metropolitan Methodios and Fr. Triantafilou led the enthusiastic group on a tour of the grounds and the facilities.
Long Island Chapters Hold Fund-Raiser for St. Michael’s The combined Philoptochos chapters of Nassau, Suffolk and Queens held a dinner and fashion show fund-raiser for St. Michaels Home on Oct. 19, 7 p.m., at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, N.Y. The motto for this event was: Your support will make this dream a reality! A highlight of the evening will be a fashion show featuring professional mod-
els and designs by Dana Buchman, Escada, Max Mara, St. John, and Barneys. Event Chairman Helen Toth said there is a tremendous need to raise money for St. Michaels and the entire combined Philoptochos chapters look for community support of the event. Prizes included a cruise in the Greek Islands with a two-day stay in Athens, a Tiffany bracelet, a personal computer, and more.
PEOPLE u Ahepans like Economy
Delegates at the 78th annual AHEPA Supreme Convention in New Orleans July 29 elected Johnny N. Economy of Atlanta, as supreme president. Mr. Economy has held numerous offices in his career and is a 25-year member of AHEPA Mother Lodge Chapter No. 1, Atlanta. Other Supreme Lodge officers are: Supreme Vice President Andrew Banis, Walnut Creek, Calif.; Canadian President Xenophon Scoufaras, Laval, Quebec; Supreme Secretary Byron Smyrniotis, St. Louis; Supreme Treasurer Byron Argeropoulos, Centereach, N.Y.; Supreme Counselor William Marianes, Atlanta; and Supreme Athletic Director Dr. Monthe N. Kofos, Marlboro, Mass. Eight newly elected supreme governors are: John Agnos, Annandale, Va.; Louis Atsaves, Lincolnwood, Ill.; Peter Baltis, Voorheesville, N.Y.; Tasso Chronis, Albuquerque, N.M.; Peter Dress, Minneapolis; Alex Katsafanas, Pittsburgh; Sayed Houssein, Houston; and Thomas Rakus, Seattle. Board of Directors members elected: A. Steve Betzelos, Lincolnwood, Ill., Chairman; George P. Gabriel, Allentown, Pa., and Franklin Manios, Warren, Ohio, (vice chairman); Chris Economides, Jr., Charlotte, N.C., (elected for first time); Ike Gulas, Birmingham, Ala., board chairman. James Broomas, Houston, Board of Auditors (three-year term). Other AHEPA family officers are: Betty Benjou, Aurora, Colo., grand president, Daughters of Penelope; John Halkias, Astoria, N.Y., supreme president, Sons of Pericles; and Karen Polyzos, Castro Valley, Calif., grand president, Maids of Athena.
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Ohio State University in Columbus recently renamed its medical research facility for former vice president for health sciences Manuel Tzagournis, M.D., who served for 20 years before stepping down last year. He has returned to the faculty full time to teach and practice. During his service as vice president and dean, medical center endowments grew from $16 million to $220 million and a $13 million clinical research facility was built.
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Greek American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey Inc., recently elected the following officers for 2000-01: Nicholas Chingas, board chairman; Zenon Christodoulou, president; Bill Halkiadakis, executive vice president; Michael Symeonides, vice president, northern region; Andrew Kamaris, vice president, central region; Troy Pappas, vice president, southern region; Thomas Vastardis, treasurer; Anastasios Souflis, secretary.
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Despina Vodantis, marketing, advertising and promotions director for radio station WZZK of Birmingham, Ala., recently accepted the National Association of Broadcasters Crystal Award on behalf of the station at ceremonies in Washington. Ms. Vodantis, a past president of the Public Relations Council of Alabama, also promotes Orthodoxy through the weekly religious radio program Come Receive the Light, and Hellenism as program chairman of the Birmingham Philhellene Society.
Midwestern ‘Macedonians’ Make a Successful Move
hile a modest number of families comprise this community situated in northeastern Indiana, the parish has grown nearly 10fold since its founding by 24 families in 1957. The community includes many immigrants, American-born Greek Orthodox and converts, who have come to the faith mostly through marriage. Since 1995 when parishioners moved to their new, larger complex on the north side of Fort Wayne, Holy Trinity Church has been a work in progress. Currently, the church is in the midst of its iconography project, with the Platytera and iconostasion having
business his father established, Fr. Constantine noted. Although the parish was chartered in 1957, the first Greek Orthodox arrived after the turn of the century, between 1904 and 1909. While this typically Midwestern area is best known as corn and soybean producing region, the first immigrants didnt come to farm, but to work in citys steel mills and other manufacturing plants. Eventually, several went into the restaurant business while others became owners of most of the movie theaters in this city of more than 200,000, known among other things as the hometown of actresses Carole Lombard and Shelley Long.
Metropolitan Maximos of the Diocese of Pittsburgh dedicated the current building, which occupies a 12acre site, in December 1995. The parish council president at the time, Eleftherios Maggos, also served as the contractor. The $1.5 million complex includes a church hall and offices. Future expansion plans call for the addition of a classroom building. The parishs major revenue source is the successful stewardship program, supplemented by the annual Greek ball, which dates to 1967, and the Greek festival, which began in 1980 and takes place the last weekend in
Name: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Location: Fort Wayne, Ind. Diocese: Detroit Size: about 200 families Founded: 1957 Clergy: Fr. Thomas Constantine (Holy Cross 82) Noteworthy: Serves faithful over large area of northeastern Indiana and northwestern Ohio.
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Still more immigrants from northern been completed. A dome will be added Greece settled in the states second largin the near future. Fr. Constantine, who has served est city in the 1960s and 70s, finding emthe community four years, describes his ployment in several industries and busiparishioners as very good people and nesses, including a General Motors plant. his ministry as very fruitful, both in Some worked as tailors, with four of them still active. education and counseling. Among the descendants of the first The parish has a variety of programs and organizations including an settlers is a large percentage of doctors and lawyers. active Philoptochos chapBefore Holy ter, GOYA, a married Trinitys founding, couples group, a Greek the citys Greek Orlanguage and culture prothodox had to travel gram, and Church school. FORT WAYNE to South Bend, some Sunday school has 80 miles away, or to about 65 children and the Indianapolis, 120 Greek program has 45 enmiles distant, to worrolled. ship. The married couples In the parishs meet once a month and first years, visiting take part in discussions priests would hold about the faith, fellowship services in a rented dinners, and other social church hall. Then, in activities. 1960, parishioners One fraternal organiunder the pastorship zation in the community, of their first permathe Philip and Alexander nent priest, Fr. Macedonian Society, reArkadios Arakadiou, flects the origins of and presidency of most of the immiJames Berles, built a small grant parishioners, concrete church on the citys who came to this flat south side where most of the area of the Midwest faithful then lived. The parishioners mainly from the themselves finished the first building, towns of Kastoria and Florina in mountainous, forested doing the bricklaying and the flooring, said Fr. Constantine. They built the church northwestern Macedonia. Kastoria is known for its furriers for the grand sum of $47,000. The first wedding and baptism took and a small group of them settled in Fort Wayne. The son of one of those place in 1963 at this church served the immigrants continues to operate the communitys needs until the mid-1990s.
June. According to Fr. Constantine, it is considered the third biggest festival in Fort Wayne. Parishioners originally held the event at a local shopping center but shifted the festival to centrally located Headwaters Park two years ago, near the confluence of the St. Joseph and St. Marys rivers, which join to form the Maumee that flows into Lake Erie at Toledo. Most parishioners of Holy Trinity live within a 20-minute drive of the church, but a few live in other parts of northwestern Indiana, including Muncie, about 70 miles to the south, and Marion and Wabash, about an hours drive west. Others reside across the border in northwestern Ohio, including the towns of Lima, Van Wert and Delphos, with some driving an hour and 45 minutes to two hours to attend services. It makes home blessing time a pretty good drive, said Fr. Constantine. Throughout much of the year, the priest conducts Bible study, including one day a week in Greek. Other Bible studies, discussion groups and catechism classes, especially every Presanctified Wednesday during Great Lent, also are held. Holy Trinity also participates in several pan Orthodox events during the year, including a vacation church school, with two other Orthodox parishes in Fort Wayne; a church under the OCA, and an Antiochian Orthodox parish. compiled by Jim Golding
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BROOKLINE, Mass. A double celebration of the Feast Day of the Holy Cross and the opening of a new school year greeted students, faculty and staff of Holy Cross School of Theology-Hellenic College Sept. 14. Archbishop Demetrios presided at the Sept. 13 Vespers and following mornings Liturgy, the Rasoforia service of the senior class and presentation of the cross to all freshmen. His Eminence called the Raso the sacred dress of the Orthodox clergy. He also told the new students during the cross presentation that with the view of the cross we can be full of power and joy. The cross is always the future the cross is beyond any future. It covers anything which is inconceivable. The cross foresees whatever is unpredictable, he said. It is time to start to live the joy of the Lord. We are people of the holy cross. The cross is wisdom and absolute knowledge. The Archbishop, who first arrived at Holy Cross in 1965, noted that all these years, the school stood steadily as the beacon of Orthodoxy and Hellenism, of theology and knowledge. He urged wholehearted support for the school in any way possible. We are the guardians of our Hellenic tradition and it is necessary to continue it. Our Greek tradition is synonymous with the universal tradition, he said of the schools role and of the ecumenicity of Hellenism. The opening day of school also marked the beginning of Fr. Nicholas Triantafilous first year as president. He
will be formally installed in ceremonies at Holy Cross Chapel on Oct. 6. The Archbishop also announced Archdeacon Gerasimos Michaleas appointment to the position of presidential administrative assistant, and praised his contributions to HC/HC over the years.
This year, 46 new students have enrolled 31 in the school of theology and 15 in the college. Total enrollment is 146 97 in Holy Cross and 49 in Hellenic College, as of Sept. 19. The following have enrolled in the school of theology, according to degree program: Master of Divinity: Nektarios Antoniou, Brussels, Belgium; Evan Armatas, Denver; Charles Cambus, Fitchburg, Mass.; William Datch, Washington; Dean Eleftherakis, Drexel Hill, Pa.; Hector Christos Firoglanis, Lancaster, Pa.; Gregory Floor, Salt Lake City; Nicholas Gonis, Bernardsville, N.J. Panagiotis Goritsan, Chicago; Wesley Hohnholt, Lubbock, Texas; John Johns, Jackson, Miss.; Bus Lazarakis, Salt Lake City; Larry Legakis, Royal Oak, Mich.; Ronald Malouf, Acton, Mass.; Daniel Miles, Halls, Mass.; Panayiotis Pantelis, Wheeling, Ill.; Michael Prevas, La Grange Park, Ill.; Konstantinos Symeonides, Bronx, N.Y.; Andrew Tsikitas, Lancaster, Pa.; Melanie Tsikouris, Campbell, Ohio; and Jason Zachos, San Mateo, Calif. Master of Theology: Iulia Corduneanu, Piatra Neamt, Romania; and Michael Kallas, Fullerton, Calif. Master of Theological Studies: George Anastasiou, New York; Fr. Nicho-
las Bargoot, Bradford, Mass.; Nancy Gustafson, Fair Oaks, Calif.; and Thomas Philippakis, Jamaica Plain, Mass. Master of Arts in Church Service: Deacon Gabriel Rehatta, Selatan, Indonesia; and Jennifer Servetas, Manhattan Beach, Calif. Exchange Student: Marek Simon, Louisville, Ky. (exchange student for St. Vladimirs Seminary) Special Student: George Dokos (Th.M), St. Paul, Minn.
Hellenic College Religious Studies: Markella Balasis, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Demetrios Glimidakis, Craig, Colo.; Alexandros Haziminas, Baltimore; Micah Hirsch, St. Paul, Minn.; Chris Margellos, Richfield, Minn.; Nathaniel Pinson, Littleton, Colo.; Matthew Smith, Manchester, Conn.; and James Tobias, Germantown, Tenn. Elementary Education: Effimia Loukidou, Pireaus, Greece Classics: Hasan Erturk, Istanbul, Turkey Human Development: Erjona Dode and Anjeza Lame, both of Tirana, Albania Undecided: Anastasia Couchell, Matthews, N.C.; and Arthur Maginas, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Special: George Kalathakis, Athens, Greece
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Thanks to a $10 million gift from the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund to the school in May, eight Holy Cross students and four Hellenic College students will receive full scholarships. The scholarships will be awarded to qualified students who will serve the Church in some capacity after completing their studies.
Metropolitan Isaiah Announces First Full Scholarship Program for Seminarians DENVERHis Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of the Diocese of Denver has announced the first diocesan full scholarship program for students studying for the priesthood at Holy Cross School of Theology, a $1 million fund established at Sts. Constantine and Helen parish in Cheyenne, Wyo. The Nicholas G. Cledon Scholarship is named for a former chanter at the Cheyenne parish, who left the bequest in 1998. Mr. Cledon was born in Kalamata, Greece, in 1896. He served the Greek Army during the First World War, and also fought in the area of Smyrna in Asia Minor afterward. After coming to the United States, he first settled in Illinois. He moved to Colorado to find his livelihood but eventually settled in Cheyenne. He was a typical Greek bachelor who rented a single room for all the years he lived in Cheyenne, where he worked at different restaurants. Mr. Cledon loved the Church, and served as chanter of the Cheyenne parish for more than 25 years. He always extolled education, and never allowed himself to approach the chanters stand before he had practiced the whole service by himself. It is now known that he had invested
his meager income in such a way that his estate amounted to more than $1 million by the time he passed away in 1998. He specifically wrote in his own hand that he wanted his estate to be used for the training of Greek Orthodox priests for the Church in America. The first scholarship was appropriately awarded during the second semester of the 1999-2000 academic year to a native of Cheyenne, Paul Zaharas, presently the Denver Diocese youth director. For the upcoming academic year the scholarship committee, chaired by Mrs. Billie Zumo, has awarded four full scholarships, which will include total tuition for the year, student activities fees and costs, registration, and room and board. The four current recipients are from Colorado, Utah and Texas: Evan Armatas, Constantine Lazarakis, Gregory Floor and Wesley Hohnholt. The Nicholas Cledon Scholarship program gives top priority to eligible candidates from Cheyenne, followed by residents of Wyoming, the Diocese of Denver and then the Archdiocese. The Diocese of Denver is the very first diocese in the United States to establish a permanent, full scholarship program for young men of the Archdiocese who receive the divine call to the holy priesthood
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SALEM, Mass. As I reached the check-in desk for this the Hellenic College and Holy Cross 8th Annual Golf Classic, I saw this huge banner with 3 0 3 emblazoned in red and committee members were wearing 3 0 3 pins too. Before I could react, George Safiol, general chairman for the third year, looked skyward and said, Its going to be a great and successful tournament and this year the classic grows to the huge donation of $303,000. And it would: But where to begin? A capacity crowd of golfers arrived at the Kernwood Country Club located in this, the Witch City. Some warmed up at the practice green, some shared stories of past episodes and some began with an early visit to the bountiful brunch buffet. Promptly at 11:30 the shotgun start of the tournament began the fun and spirited competition. By the end of the day, the results posted were: winning foursome: Yanni Alphas, Stephen Alphas, Mario Pallotta and John Zedros; closest to the pin on No. 9, Dick Straczynski. Longest drive (female), Charlene Colt, (male) Joe Ferolito; Low individual gross, Bruce Figueroa;
and low individual net, Joe Ferolito. What a round they had, but no one made the hole-in-1 for the two holes; one donated by Aliki and Angelo Bassett and the other by the Tsaganis Family. Both Mercedes Benz sport vehicles remain regrettably unclaimed. The women golfers were Charlene Colt, Zoe Colt, Anne Christopoulos, Amalie George and Margo Vogis. Eight priests from as far away as Maryland played well and contributed to the joy and results of the $ 303, 000 for their alma mater. The special award went to Angelo Bassett, the senior player in age, but not in attitude or spirit: He and his foursome finished ready for the next time. A broiled stuffed lobster full-course dinner followed. Master of ceremonies was Mike Krone. Dr. James Skedros, acting senior officer, offered greetings, followed by warm and generous comments by George Safiol who thanked all; especially the event sponsors. Prizes for the limited $100 tickets: Dovers Nick Sarris, Grand Prize winner, is going to Athens via Olympic Airways and will be a guest at the Grande Bretagne Hotel. Second prize went to Bill and Prudy Markos of Ipswich.
School Receives $300,000 Lily Endowment Grant BROOKLINE, Mass. Holy Cross School of Theology is one of 40 theological schools to receive a $300,000 grant from Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc., to participate in a national program using information technology in effective teaching. The Endowment will assist North American seminaries gain access to important technological resources, train faculty and staff in their use, provide for their maintenance and updating, and rethink teaching practices in light of the new possibilities these technologies offer. According to Fr. Frank Marangos, the Instructional Technology project will allow Holy Cross and St. Vladimirs Orthodox Theological School in Crestwood, N.Y., to collaborate on a number of levels and think expansively about the possibili-
ties for integrating informational technologies within the theological teaching/learning praxis. The financial assets provided by the grant will enable Holy Cross to appraise its current technological posture, explore the instructional benefits that emerging technology can offer faculty and students, and implement a three-year comprehensive strategy for developing and sustaining technology-based teaching. Craig Dykstra, Lilly Endowment vice president for religion, said improving the quality of theological school teaching is a central focus of the Endowments grant-making in religion. With this initiative, we expect theological schools to develop their capacities to use computerbased technologies to enhance teaching and learning.
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R R E E L L A AT T II N N G G T TO O T T H H E E Christ - “The Icon of the Invisible God” The theme for discussion is both profound and appropriate for members of the young Adult League (YAL) and delegates to the 35th Clergy-Laity Congress. by Fr. Demetrios J. Constantelos
It is the most compact and precise definition of Christology - an answer to the question what is Christ? And Christ is central in the faith and life of Orthodox Christians. But before we proceed, let us define our terms. What is icon? What is invisible? What is God? We all know what invisible is but we do not know what God is. And what about icon? Saint Paul, that giant of a theologian, calls Christ eikon (icon) theou (God) tou aoratou (the invisible). Elsewhere in the New Testament, Christ is described as the apaugasma (radiance, effulgence) and charakter (impress, image) of Gods very being (2 Cor. 4:4; Colossians 1:15; Hebr. 1:3). All these terms are philosophical and theological Greek terms, whose origin can be traced back to classical Greek literature. Icon has been used in several meanings. But whether in its Hebrew or Greek contest, icon means image. In the book of Genesis (ch. 1:26) we read that God said: let us make the human being (ton anthropon) in our image (kateikona). Made in the image of God, the human being is primarily a spiritual being, as its creator is the Spiritual Being. As a creature of God, the human being manifests Gods rule on earth. The human being has its essence in
the Ultimate Being in whom we live, move, and have our existence as an ancient Greek poet put it and St. Paul adopted. (Acts 17:28) The human being, the anthropos, as icon-image of god, is not uniquely Biblical. The term was used extensively in late antiquity. Hellenistic kings were described as icons of God. Ptolemy the Fifth is a living icon of Zeus. For Loukianos (Lucian), Diogenis Laertios and other Greek writers the human being, anthropos-not aner, is an icon of God, but also, good men are icons of the divinities. In the language of the new Testament, saint Paul in particular, Christ is the image of the invisible God. He is the perfect image, the visible representation, of the unseen God. As such, Christ is the perfect mediator between the invisible God and Gods created image on earth. As God is invisible Gods image in man (the spirit) is invisible. Influential Church Fathers, such as Gregory the Theologian, Basil the Great, John of Damascus, emphasized that the presence of an icon implies the existence of an archetype, or prototype, and as the archetype is the invisible God, Gods image in man is invisible. The archetype, however, became manifest in Christ, the perfect image of God, through His incarnation. It is through Christ that the human being rediscovers Gods image in himself. No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known (Jo. 1:18). Christ, as the icon of the invisible
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God preoccupied early Christian theology for nearly eight centuries. Ultimately, Christ, as the incarnate icon of the living God, became central in Christian theology in the Christian East but also in the Christian West as numerous decisions of ecumenical synods, patristic writings and hymnography indicate. The First Ecumenical Council, held in Nicaea, Asia Minor, in 325, proclaimed Christ to be the Son of God, whose eternal generation from the Father is confirmed by what Christ said about himself, that he was with the father before the world was made (Jo. 7:5); that Christ, the preexistent Logos of the invisible God, is of the same essence (homoousios) with the Father. Thus, Christ is Theos ek Theou, God of very God as we recite in the Nicean Creed, and his origin and generation is from the father. The Nicean Creed was completed by the Second Ecumenical Council, held in Constantinople in 381. The Fourth Ecumenical Synod, held in Chalcedon in 451, is of absolute importance for Christian theology. It approved the decrees of the previous three ecumenical councils (Ephesos 431, Constantinople 381, and Nicaea 325). The definition put forth by the fathers of Chalcedon (some 630 Church Fathers were present) is a formula that describes Christ as fully Divine, - the Icon of the invisible God, and fully human, the visible icon created by God. It is a definition that needs to be recorded here. It states: Following the holy fathers [of previous ecumenical councils, and of individual fathers, such as Athanasios, Basil, Gregory the Theologian, Gregory of Nyssa, Cyril of Alexandria, Leo I of Rome, and others] we confess one and the same Lord, Jesus Christ, and we all teach harmoniously that he is the same perfect in godhead, the same perfect in humanhood, truly God and truly man, the same of a reasonable soul and body; homoousios [of the same essence] with the father in godhead, and the same homoousios with us in manhood, like us in all things except sin;... acknowledged in two natures without confusion, without change, without division, without separation. The definition provided by the fourth ecumenical synod determined the nature of Christology in the life of the church for centuries to come. It was challenged by the iconoclastic controversy in the eighth century but it was defeated by the fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council held in Nicaea in 787. The iconoclastic challenge prompted St. John Damascene to write that Christ, being perfect as image of God becomes perfect man, and brings to perfection the newest of all new things,
the only new thing under the sun, through which the boundless might of God is manifested. For what greater thing is there, than that God should become man? It is in the spirit of this biblical and patristic background that the Orthodox Church on the first Sunday of the Triodion, first Sunday before the great Lent, proclaims: This is the faith of the fathers, this is the faith of the Apostles We hold fast to this faith and on this, all of us are of the same mind The ikon of the incarnate Christ...is the safeguard of the Orthodox faith;...if we hold fast to the icon of the savior whom we worship, we shall not go astray as a Church hymn has put it. The belief that Christ is the icon of the invisible God, and that the human being was created after Gods image, has tremendous implications for Christian anthropology and soteriology. It answers the question: What is man? What are the nature and the destiny of man? What is salvation? We are not what we eat and what we drink; we are not only biological beings. As images of God, we are endowed with a spirit, a mind, reason, free will, the power to seek continuously communion with God. Indeed we find no rest in our pilgrimage on earth until we surrender in union with God through Gods incarnate icon Jesus the Christ. God took the initiative but man needs to respond. Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Logos of God, of his boundless philanthropia [agape - love] became what we are that he might make us what he himself is in the words of St. Eirenaios (Irenaeus) to quote one of the early Church Fathers. Faith, that in the person of Christ the whole fullness of deity dwells (Col. 2:9; Col. 1:19), make believers once more partakers of His divinity, in part now, in fullness in the eschaton. In Christ we declare the fullness of divinity while in the human person we acknowledge a partial presence of divinity - an image. It is in this context that we can understand Christs answer to his accusers that, as it is written in the law, you are gods, sons of the Most High...(Ps. 82.6, Jo. 10:34). This the doctrine that Christ is the icon of the invisible God reminds us of the divine nature of the human being. Thus, for believers, anthropology without Christology becomes zoology. And who wants to remain just a zoo-animal? The Rev. Dr. Constantelos is Townsend Emeritus Professor of History at Stockton College in New Jersey.
HOLY SCRIPTURE READINGS NOVEMBER ................................. 1 W ....... 1 Cor. 12:27-13:8; Mt. 10:1, 5-8 2 Th ...... Heb. 12:1-10; Lk. 21:12-16; Lk. 21:12-16 3 F ................... Eph. 2:4-10; Lk. 12:2-12 4 S ..................... 2 Cor. 9:6-11; Lk. 9:1-6 5 SUN .......... Gal. 1:11-19; Lk. 16:19-31 6 M .................... Heb. 8:1-6; Lk. 12:8-12 7 T .......... Heb. 11:33-12:2; Lk. 12:42-48 8 W ................ Heb. 2:2-10; Lk. 10:16-21 9 Th ............. Heb. 10:32-38; Jn. 10:9-16 10 F .............. 1 Cor. 49-16; Lk. 13:31-35 11 S ............... 2 Cor. 4:6-15; Lk. 9:37-43 12 SUN ....... 2 Cor. 9:6-11; Lk. 10:25-37 13 M ............. Heb. 7:26-8:2; Jn. 10:9-16 14 T ............... 1 Cor. 4:9-16; Jn. 1:44-52 15 W ......... Eph. 6:10-17; Lk. 20:46-21:4
16 Th ....... Rom. 10:11-11:2; Mt. 9:9-13 17 F ........ 1 Cor. 12:7-11; Mt. 10:1, 5-8 18 S ............ 2 Tim. 2:1-10; Lk. 9:57-62 19 SUN ...... Gal. 6:11-18; Lk. 12:16-21 20 M ......... Heb. 7:26-8:2; Lk. 17:20-25 21 THeb. 9:1-7; Lk. 10:38-42, 11:27-28 22 W Philemon 1-25; Lk. 18:15-17, 2630 23 Th ......... Heb. 13:7-16; Lk. 18:31-34 24 F ....... Phil. 3:20-4:3; Jn. 15:17-16:2 25 S ............ Gal. 3:23-4:5; Mk. 5:24-34 26 SUN ....... Eph. 2:4-10; Lk. 18:18-27 27 M ......... 2 Tim. 2:1-10; Lk. 19:37-44 28 T .......... 2 Tim. 1:8-18; Lk. 19:45-48 29 W ............. Rom. 8:14-21; Lk. 20:1-8 30 Th ........... 1 Cor. 4:9-16; Jn. 1:35-52
The Lost Ancient City: A N T I O C H Reawakened
I almost feel as though Im living with them in their time, says Dr. Kondoleon. I read their text and try to understand what theyre all about. In the meantime, Princeton University has published a 272- page catalogue, edited by Dr. Kondoleon and available to the public. And despite the litany of detail that goes into putting on a world class exhibition, the most challenging part of it, says Dr. Kondoleon, for me as a professor in Academia was fundraising. She, however, was able to raise more that $1 million in less than two years. To date, funding for the exhibit has been provided by Sovereign Bank of New England; National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts; the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation; Samuel H. Kress Foundation; and the J.F. Costopoulos Foundation, among others. After leaving Worcester, the exhibit will travel to the Cleveland Museum of Art in March 2001, and then to the Baltimore Museum of Art, next September.
by Elizabeth M. Economou
The changing leaves are certainly not the only draw in the Northeast this autumn. From now through Feb. 4, 2001, the Worcester Art Museum will offer visitors a rare glimpse of what it was like to live in a Roman city. ANTIOCH: The Lost Ancient City. This landmark exhibition, revisits one of the most glorious cities of the Roman Empire with treasures created nearly twothousand years ago and reunited for the first time since their discovery in the 1930s. The exhibit itself is actually built around the museums own collection of Roman floor mosaics, many weighing more than 1,000 pounds, and considered among some of the finest in the world. To date, it is considered the most ambitious undertaking in the museums 102-year history. Thematically, ANTIOCH: The Lost Ancient City, will be broken up into four parts: City and Its People; City Life: Bathing and Entertainment; Dining in Roman Antioch; and Worship in the City. Today known as Antakya, Antioch, in Greek and Roman Times was the capital of Ancient Syria and a leading city of the Roman East, ranking with Rome, Constantinople, and Alexandria as one of the four capitals of the Mediterranean. As a vital trading post, Roman emperors (100-520) bestowed cachet upon ancient Antioch, building elaborate palaces, and public baths. By the 4th century, Antiochs population had topped more than half a million. Visitors at the exhibit will step back in time and experience the luxury of an actual Roman dining room with mosaics from the Louvreincluding an unprecedented move by Frances national museum to lend Judgment of Parisand other major museums. Theyll also meander through Antiochs colonnaded streets, take the waters from its famed spa, drink at its public fountains, and visit its baths and theaters. In essence, they will do as the Romans did. In addition, the people of this forgotten city will come to life, not only through exquisite mosaics, but also through jewelry, sculpture, and objects from internationally renowned collections. While, the polyglot metropolis of Antioch was home to Jews, pagans, Syriacs, it also played a central role in the formation of the Christian Faith. Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul. When he found him, he took him to Antioch, and for a whole year the two men met with the people of the Church and taught a large group. It was at Antioch that the believers were first called Christians, (Acts 11: 25-26). Antioch was also where some of the early Christian Fathers: Saint John Chrysostom, Saint Basil the Great, and others were educated. Saint Peter also preached in Antioch. In addition, this area of Syria is noted for its fervent expressions of Christian piety. Inspired by St. Paul, St. Thekla, the Protomartyr, at eighteen years old dedicated herself to Christ in Antioch and spent her life as a missionary, converting throngs of pagans to the new faith. Today, the Church considers St. Thekla isapostolos, (equal-to-the-Apostles.) And in the fifth century Saint Symeon Stylites, in an unequivocal gesture of devotion to God, spent his entire adult life perched on top of a pillar, thrusting himself symbolically toward heaven (Orthodox Saints, by Fr. George Poulos, 1991). Some key events in the formation of
Antioch (Daphne), 526 - 538 AD - Vine Rinceau with Two Peacocks, Mosaic
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The joint International Orthodox/Roman Catholic Dialogue resumed in Emmitsburg, Md., July 9-19, and issued the following the communiqué. The eighth plenary session of the Joint International Commission for the Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church was held at Mount Saint Marys College and Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., July 9 to 19, 2000. The Commission was hosted with great generosity by Cardinal William H. Keeler, Archbishop of Baltimore, with the assistance of the President, Rector and others of Mount Saint Marys College and Seminary. The meeting was co-chaired by Cardinal Edward Idris Cassidy, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and Archbishop Stylianos of Australia, Ecumenical Patriarchate. Roman Catholic members were: Archbishops, Bishops and scholars from the United States, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Germany, Greece, Israel, Lebanon, Poland and Romania. Orthodox members were: Metropolitans, Bishops and scholars from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, the Patriarchates of Alexandria, Antioch, Moscow, and Romania and the Churches of Cyprus, Greece, Albania, Poland, Finland and Estonia. During the week, the members of the Commission attended a number of acts of worship including a Service of Prayer at the Basilica Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Seton, a Doxology at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation in Baltimore, a solemn celebration of the Eucharist in the Catholic Basilica of the Assumption in Baltimore and a Divine Liturgy in the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sophia in Washington. On all of these occasions they were received with great cordiality and hospitality by the local clergy and lay people of these various places. The theme discussed at this plenary session was the Ecclesiological and Canonical Implications of Uniatism, based upon the preliminary document prepared in Ariccia/Rome (1998) by the Commissions Coordinating Committee, a subject which has assumed particular importance since the changes which occurred in Central and Eastern Europe over the last ten years. The Joint International Commission has been particularly concerned with this question since its sixth plenary session in
Freising (Germany) in 1990 and in its seventh session in Balamand (Lebanon) in 1993. Documents touching upon theological aspects as well as practical guidelines were issued by the Joint Commission in these meetings. Although reactions were generally positive, these documents met with some reserve and even outright opposition, sometimes from each side. Therefore, it was felt necessary to continue the reflection by the Joint Commission in order to find common understanding on this extremely thorny question. The discussions of this plenary were far-reaching, intense and thorough. They touched upon many theological and canonical questions connected with the existence and the activities of the Eastern Catholic Churches. However, since agreement was not reached on the basic theological concept of uniatism, it was decided not to have a common statement at this time. For this reason, the members will report to their Churches who will indicate how to overcome this obstacle for the peaceful continuation of the dialogue. The Commission sees the need for further study of the theological, pastoral, historical and canonical questions related to this issue. It understands well the complexity of the problems that are to be solved and at the same time the importance of this dialogue for the Churches. Despite all the difficulties, the Commission hopes that through this process it will be able to develop further its quest for full communion between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches, a process which has already made notable progress in the plenary meetings of Munich (1982), Crete (1984), Bari (1986 and 1987) and Valamo, Finland (1988). This year, 2,000 years after the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, our Joint International Commission celebrates the 20th anniversary of the beginning of its work at Patmos and Rhodes in 1980. It is a beautiful opportunity to thank God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - for what has been accomplished together during these two decades. The Commission expresses its gratitude to the staff of the Archdiocese and of the College and Seminary who contributed to making this first meeting on the North American continent so pleasant. In a special way, it thanks those individuals and groups who accompanied its work with their constant prayers. Emmitsburg - Baltimore, July 19, 2000
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IOCC Helps Refugees in Bosnia Return Home by Mark Hodde
BALTIMORE (IOCC) - International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is helping to equip families in 12 municipalities in Bosnia-Herzegovina to return to their pre-war homes. For people displaced by the conflict in Bosnia before the Dayton Peace Accords ended hostilities there in 1995, the daunting task of repairing or rebuilding damaged or destroyed houses, the lack of jobs, the need for agricultural inputs and depleted personal resources have prevented their return. Support for efforts to continue a project that addresses the needs of the refugees is coming from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the provision of 6,000 metric tons of sunflower seed oil. The oil, valued at $5.4 million, will be sold in Bosnia-Herzegovina to fund projects providing agricultural assistance, micro credit loans and support for local non-governmental organizations that assist refugees and displaced persons of all ethnic groups. This project opens the door for more refugees and people displaced by the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina to finally return to their homes, said Samir Ishak, IOCC director of operations. The USDAs continuing support is having a far-reaching effect for thousands of families who would otherwise be trapped in a cycle of uncertainty. The grant builds on a previous allotment of 3,200 metric tons of vegetable oil and wheat flour from USDA. The proceeds from these commodities were used by IOCC to distribute seeds, fertilizer, greenhouses and tractor attachments, as well as to reconstruct multi-purpose agricultural warehouses and farm structures for 2,100 families. Educational forums serving over 100 representatives of local non-governmental organizations in the region were also conducted as part of the project.
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Eight OCMC Teams Organized for 2001 ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. Orthodox Christian Mission Center has announced that eight Orthodox Mission Teams will be sponsored in 2001 to assist Orthodox communities with various projects around the world. OCMC plans to send teams to Alaska, Albania, Brazil, Cameroon, Guatemala, India, Romania, and East Africa. The Alaska Orthodox Mission Team will travel to remote villages on the Yukon River offering seminars and retreats on Church and faith. The team will participate in the annual Yukon Youth Camp, and will be accompanied by local priest and counterpart team (of seminarians, readers) from within the diocese. The Albania team will travel to three different regions of Albania offering catechism through preaching and small group outreach. The Team is to be accompanied by Albanian seminarians, and will help encourage local communities in the Faith. The Brazil team has been invited by His Grace Bishop Jeremias of Curitiba to help with the construction of a seminary at the Diocese Center in Curitiba. The team will also visit and witness to various communities within the diocese. The Cameroon team is co-sponsored by Metropolitan Anthony of the Diocese of San Francisco and will assist with construction of the St. Dimitrios Orthodox Church
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Do we need volunteers to assist in youth ministry? A simple question, right? Most youth workers would agree that without volunteers, whether parents or young adults, they wouldnt have a successful youth group. But the truth of the matter is that nine times out of 10 we dont use our volunteers correctly. We dont realize that they are just as important as we are probably more. The fanciest programs in the world may attract our young people, but they wont keep them. If you think back to your own adolescent years, the person who made the greatest impact on your life was probably the one who spent quality time with you. Quality time, yes but quantity time too. It is relationships, not programs that mold the lives of our young people. Programs merely provide the framework for ministry to take place. We are relational beings. Just as the Holy Trinity relates in perfect love amongst each other, we are called to do the same. Our young people need relationships more importantly than anything: relationships with God, relationships with parents, relationships with siblings, relationships with friends, and relationships with good, positive, Christ-centered role models. This is why we need volunteers and role models of all sorts: men, women, young, old, athletes, musicians, artists, etc. If we look into the book of Exodus, we see an interesting account that pertains to recruiting volunteers. Moses just spent the whole day counseling the people who were coming to him, those who were inquiring about God, those who were fighting amongst each other and those who were in need of assistance. Moses father-in-law understood what was going on and responded: What you are doing is not good. You and the people with you will wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you; you are not able to perform it alone. Listen not to my voice; I will give you counsel and God be with
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you! Moreover choose able men from all the people, such as fear God. Every great matter they shall bring to you, but any small matter they shall decide themselves; so it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you. If you do this, and God so commands you, then you will be able to endure, and all these people also will go to their place in peace. (Exodus 18:13-23) The problem that Moses faced is a problem we youth workers face often in our ministry. We get caught up in doing everything ourselves, on our own, and as Les Christie (an author and youth worker) states, We begin to lose our distinctiveness. The exercise of our gifts is diluted; our priorities are shifted; we lose direction. Just as Jesus, Moses, Paul and other great leaders invited additional volunteers to participate in their ministry, we, too, need to follow their example. The most important thing to remember is that the responsibility of guiding and ministering our young people is too important, too significant to delegate to one person working alone.
Who can volunteer?
Often times in our churches, we cannot find many interested adults who are willing to volunteer a set amount of time each week for youth ministry. What happens is that we end up finding people to help out who really have no strong calling and desire to work with young people. Or on the other hand, we find adults who are interested in working with young people because they are grown up kids themselves. Grown up kids describes the youth worker who wants to work with young people because its fun. Indeed it is important to want to have fun with young people, but that cant be our sole directive. A youth minister once stated, the best volunteers are one third kid and two thirds adult. Many times problems will arise when the proportions are reversed. For more information, please contact the National Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at (212) 570-3560 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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To the Survivor TV show. The show continuously promoted the individualistic mentality of winning at any cost, rather than working as a team. To super star actor Harrison Ford. He rescued a sick woman with his Bell 407 helicopter on top of an 11,000-foot high mountaintop in Idaho. He volunteers his time for rescue missions to the community where he lives in Wyoming. To Penn States 47-year veteran football coach Joe Paterno. After his star quarterback Raschard Casey was accused of a felony in a brutal assault, he refused to punish or suspend the player. To the newest teen pop music star Jessica Simpson. In her song Heart of Innocence, she writes: I believe in one true love. About her lyrics, she states, I do believe in abstinence and commitment. You can be confident and at ease with your sexuality and your womanliness without having sex. I am.
by Vassi Haros
Its time for Halloween and the time to dress up in ghostly costumes that resemble the nearly dead or haunted. Its usually a scary night of gore and horror. As Orthodox Christians, we remember the dead on a daily basis. The difference is that we dont glamorize their level of fright or ugliness, but their virtue, courage and Christian example. In October we remember 10 saints who were given the title of Apostle. I checked the dictionary to see what the difference was between a disciple and apostle, having heard of twelve disciples and seventy apostles. I found that there really isnt a difference. Disciples and apostles are missionaries who knew Christ when He was on earth, and later went out to the people sharing His teachings and resurrection from a first hand experience. We call this the Good News. The following apostles are remembered in October: Sts. Thomas, James, Philip, Luke, Averkios, James the Brother of the Lord, Cleopas, Tertius, Mark, Justus, and Artemas. I want to share some of their stories with you. October 6, we remember St. Thomas, one of the twelve. He is better known as Doubting Thomas because he refused to believe in Christs Resurrection until he touched the wounds caused by Christs crucifixion. What you might not have known is
that he was late for the Panagias funeral because he was in India proclaiming the Good News. Our tradition teaches that when he got there, they opened the Virgins tomb so he could pay his last respects and that was when they saw that she was no longer there. We believe that she was taken to heaven, not having to wait for her Sons second coming. October 18 we remember St. Luke, an apostle and evangelist. St. Luke was one of the Seventy Apostles and preached in Italy. He also wrote the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. What you might not know is that he is known as the founder of Christian iconography. There is an icon he painted of the Virgin Mary in a monastery in Greece. Anyone who attended Ionian Village Summer Camp has seen and venerated it. October 23 we remember St. James, the Brother of Jesus. You may ask how Jesus had a brother if the Theotokos didnt have any other children. Joseph was a widow and had several children before his wife passed away. James was one of them. James was also one of the seventy apostles. He stayed in Jerusalem and was a bishop there for 30 years. What you might not know is that he composed the first Divine Liturgy. The Divine Liturgy we celebrate on Sundays was written by St. John Chrysostom and is a shorter version of St. James. So, as we remember the dead on the Halloween, dont forget that Orthodox Christians remember the dead every day. Our dead arent gruesome, but living in Christs resurrection. They are the saints of the Church.
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Lives of Callas and Onassis Show That Fame Does Not Exclude Faith by Nicholas Gage
When stories of famous people are written or dramatized, everything about them is discussed and dissected from their childhood to their romantic involvement, except for one thingtheir spiritual lives. Do celebrities pray? Do any of them attend religious services? Do they have any spiritual lives at all? You wouldnt think so from what we read, hear, or see about them. But, in fact, many of them do. When Tom Hanks and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, bought a new apartment in New York a while ago they had Rev. Robert Stephanopoulos, the dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral in New York, come and bless it in the traditional Orthodox way and both of them can frequently be seen attending services at the nearest Greek Orthodox church wherever their hectic schedules may take them. Just how deep the spiritual lives of some famous people go was brought home to me while I was researching my latest book Greek Fires, the Story of Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis, which was published by Knopf this month. Although most biographies of them barely mention it, Callas and Onassis, perhaps the most famous Greeks in the world over the past half century, were deeply attached to their Orthodox traditions. A decade before Maria Callas met Onassis she married an Italian Catholic industrialist, Giovanni Battista Meneghini, but that did not weaken in any way her attachment to her own faith. Maria was very religious, even to the point of being obsessive about it, Meneghini wrote later. Despite having married a Catholic, she remained Greek Orthodox and was closely bound to her Church...Faithful to her beliefs. Shortly after her wedding, Maria went
to Buenos Aires for a long singing engagement, and in one of her first letters back to her husband in Italy, she wrote: The other evening I went...to the Greek church to light a candle for us...You see, I feel our Church more than yours. Its strange but its so. Perhaps because Im more accustomed to it, or perhaps because the Greek Church is warmer and more festive. Marias patron saint was, of course, the Virgin Mary, and she carried everywhere with her a small folding painting on wood of the Sacred Family. Before one performance in Vienna she became hysterical when she realized she had left the painting behind, insisting she could not go on without it. According to Meneghini, it was necessary to telephone a friend in Milan and importune her to go home and then fly to Vienna with Marias talisman. All of Marias friends in the opera world, including the mezzo soprano Giulitta Simionato, told me that she never went on stage without doing a cross three times, right to left in the Orthodox way. During my research I found several pictures of her apartment in Paris and one of them shows that on the eastern wall of her bedroom, just above the bedpost, it was an icon of the Virgin draped with votive offerings. Onassis, too, felt strong bonds to his Orthodox faith. He took great pride that his initials Alpha and Omegacould be found in every Orthodox Church in the world, and
he never launched a ship or opened an Olympic Airlines office without having it blessed by a priest or bishop. Before Olympic Airways opened its first office in New York in 1966, he asked Archbishop Iakovos to come and bless it and I was present at that ceremony, attended personally by both Onassis and his son Alexander. When a light airplane on which Alexander was serving as co-pilot crashed at Athens airport in 1973 and he was taken in critical condition to an Athens hospital, Onassis asked that a miraculous icon be brought from Tinos in a desperate effort to save his son. After Alexanders death, Onassis would sit by his sons grave next to the chapel on Skorpios and mourn him night after night. His sister Artemis, seeSmall silver ing that her brothers icon of the Virgin Mary, health was being afhanging above fected, asked the Maria Callas’ bed bishop from the nearby island of Levkada to come and talk to Onassis. Only when the bishop came and told the distraught tycoon that he must not try to hold on to his son but allow him to continue on his journey in the other world, did Onassis end his nightly vigils. In 1959 when Onassis asked Maria Callas and her husband to join him and his wife and Winston Churchill on a threeweek cruise through the Mediterranean, he made sure that the ship went to Constantinople and that the Turkish press photographed Churchill embracing the Patriarch on the yacht. According to the captain of the Christina, Onassis did that
to show Turkish officials and the people of Turkey that the Patriarch had powerful friends and they risked alienating them if they continued to harass him. Callas and Onassis fell in love during that cruise and they both left their spouses to be together. So they were far from ideal Christians and made their mistakes and committed their share of sins, as we all do. For only God is perfect. But they remained closely bound to the traditions of their faith throughout their lives. When the relationship between Callas and Onassis ended in 1968 and it was announced that Onassis would marry Jacqueline Kennedy, everyone assumed because of her close ties to the Catholic Church that they would be married in a Catholic ceremony. On the contrary, they were married in an Orthodox ceremony in the chapel on his private island of Skorpios with the full ritual of his faith from wedding crowns to the dance of Isaiah, as Onassis insisted. When Onassis died in 1975 he was buried in small mausoleum in a wing of the chapel on Skorpios. Later the body of his sister Artemis was placed in a tomb next to his, and that of his daughter Christina in a tomb next to her brother Alexander in a separate wing on the opposite side of the chapel. Onassis ordered the wings added to the church while he was still alive but workmen told him they would have to cut down the cypress tree growing in the area where his own mausoleum was to be built. Onassis told them to leave the tree where it was and build around it because he wanted a cypress near him at his final resting place. Cypress trees are found at cemeteries throughout Greece rising straight and tall into the heavens because they are seen as a symbol of the risen Christ.
His Eminence Leads Patriarchal Delegation to Consecration of Moscow Cathedral NEW YORK Archbishop Demetrios, as exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, led a three-member delegation representing His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople at the Consecration of Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow from Aug. 17 to 20. Joining His Eminence were Metropolitans Konstantinos of Derkon and Kyrillos of Seleucia. His Beatitude, the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexei II, presided at the consecration of the rebuilt cathedral, with the participation of 200 Orthodox hierarchs from throughout the world, and hundreds of priests and deacons. His Eminence described the cathedral as majestic; very impressive, in an interview with the Observer following his return to New York. The new house of worship, which can accommodate more than 15,000 persons, is located on the site of the original cathedral of Christ the Savior built between 1812 and 1827 to commemorate the victory over Napoleon in 1812. Joseph Stalin demolished the cathedral in 1931 to make room for a public swimming pool. The new Cathedral, situated near the Kremlin and banks of the Moscow River, was built over a five-year period as a replica of its predecessor. Marble and gold-plated trim were used extensively in its construction. It rests atop a base 30 feet high and half-a-million square feet in area that contains within it a separate church, the Church of the Transfiguration, along with
General view of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior near the Moscow River.
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HIS EMINENCE with Patriarch Alexei, Metropolitan Konstantinos (left), Metropolitan Kyrillos and Archdeacon Gerasimos Michaleas of Holy Cross School of Theology.
an amphitheater, several huge reception halls, dining rooms, exhibition halls and offices. The two churches are considered one complex. When you leave the cathedral, you think youre on a square, but youre not, you are still on the base, Archbishop Demetrios said. He and the other hierarchs and priests took part in the six-hour consecration service on Aug. 19. Thousands took Holy Communion, His Eminence noted, and commented that We saw the piety of the people, including quite an impressive number of young people expressing the faith publicly. On the 20th, Archbishop Demetrios and the Patriarchal delegation participated in the rite of canonization of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia, including 800 martyrs from the communist era and 400 saints from past centuries. During the service, Russias last Czar,
Nicholas II, and his family were declared omologitai, (witnesses). They were not canonized as some reports in the media had indicated. While in Moscow, Archbishop Demetrios and other hierarchs visited monasteries and other religious sites and had a 90-minute meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. His Eminence and the other Patriarchal hierarchs also had a private, hour-long meeting with Patriarch Alexei. The Archbishop visited Moscows largest mental hospital, which receives aid from the International Orthodox Christian Charities in the form of food items, vegetable oil, milk and rice. During his visit, a Russian Orthodox archbishop and translator escorted Archbishop Demetrios. The Russians offered very warm and complete hospitality, he said. by Jim Golding
VAST INTERIOR and the service of Consecration in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, in Moscow.
Archbishop Shares Faith, Hope, Love with Phoenix Faithful PHOENIX I came to see the accomplishments of others. This is how Archbishop Demetrios responded to a television reporter upon arriving in Phoenix on Sept. 15. The reporter asked him what he hoped to accomplish during his visit to Phoenix and, in his loving and humble form, the Archbishop deflected the attention from himself and cast the spotlight on his flock. by Kristen Bruskas*
In explaining the Gospel reading that included Mark 8:34 Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me the Archbishop stated, What is the way of Christ? It is a way of love. It is a way of offering. Its a way of caring for people. Its a way of truth. Its a way of justice. Its a way of purity. Its a way of being changed according to the image and likeness of God for which we have been created.
On behalf of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Fr. Theo presented His Eminence with a $30,000 check for the seminary. Fr. Theo addressed the Archbishop saying, Thank you for your love and faith that permeates the room. Thank you so much for bringing peace to the church. The church was not what it should have been when you took the helm. We pray that God will continue to bless you. The crowd cheered enthusiastically, strongly echoing Father Theos sentiments. The Archbishop, noticeably overwhelmed by the generosity of the people offered his thanks several times and stated: I must tell you, its something overwhelming this type of community, this type of reception. This whole Phoenix visit has been a most remarkable thing.
It was a bright and sunny Friday afternoon in Phoenix when the Archbishops America West flight landed at Sky Honored parishioners Harbor International AirArchbishop Demetrios port. As he entered the also took time to honor two terminal, a crowd of more very dedicated parishioners than 70 greeted him, inof Holy Trinity Cathedral cluding Metropolitan Anwhile in Phoenix. He thony, presiding hierarch awarded parish council of San Francisco, who led President Chris Ganos and a delegation of clergy, G. Mastorakos dedicated parish volunteer Monastery visit children, and other faithBette Maniatis with the James Contes, age 5, presents flowers to Following the brunch, His ful Greek Orthodox ChrisMedal of St. Paul in recog- Archbishop Demetrios at the airport. Eminence traveled through the tians to greet their spirinition of their outstanding efforts. tual leader; among them Mr. Ganos has served the church the elder Ephraim and for many years, offering his leadership Fr. Paisios from St. Anon the parish council, and also his prothony Monastery in Flofessional architectural skills to many rence, Ariz. G. Mastorakos projects in the Diocese. The Archbishop be- Metropolitan Anthony escorts Archbishop Miss Maniatis has spent several gan his journey at Demetrios from the airplane. years ministering to the elderly, shutKennedy Airport in New York where he had been met by Captain Mike Dellas of ins and those who are ill or alone. She spends America West Airlines, a Holy Trinity Cathedral member, countless hours each day unselfishly assisting who changed his schedule so he could pilot the parishioners in any way necessary. A brunch attended by more than 600 in honor Archbishops flight to Phoenix. On the plane, the captain brought the Archbishop into of the Archbishops first-ever trip to Phoenix and the cockpit, introduced the crew, and asked him to bless the plane. The evening of his arrival, Milton and Harriet Sioles hosted a private dinner at Paradise Valley Country Club for the Archbishop attended by 15 perK. Bruskas sons, including MetropoliChildren from the parish brought flowers to airport to present to the tan Anthony and Holy Archbishop upon his arrival Trinity Cathedrals clergy desert to St. Anthony Monastery where he visited with the more the Revs. Theo Anastas than 20 resident monks, and also met more Phoenix and Tucsonand Timothy Pavlatos, area Orthodox faithful. along with Presbyteres His visit included a short prayer service in the chapel of St. Helen and Vicki. Anthony, as well as a visit to the smaller chapel of St. Demetrios Mr. Sioles, an Archon where he venerated the relic of his patron saint. and member of Leadership He toured the entire complex and ate dinner with the monks 100 and the Archdiocesan and guests. The Archbishop was presented with several gifts, inCouncil, earlier this year cluding an icon of Panagia Arizonitissa. contributed an additional * Kristen Bruskas served as chairman for the three-day visit of E. Siatras $100,000 for Archbishop Archbishop Demetrios and Fr. Paisios, abbot of St. Anthony’s Monastery enter the gates the Archbishop to Phoenix. She is also the cathedral choir director, Demetrios membership to of the monastery. and is the San Francisco Diocese Church Music Federation president. the endowment fund. to Arizona followed the Divine Liturgy. A trip north Mary Louise Theodoropoulos, the PhilopSaturday, the Archbishop journeyed through northern tochos chapter president, presented the ArchArizona to the Grand Canyon. Passing through the region of the red rocks of Sedona and the cool pines of Flagstaff, bishop with a signed lithograph of the Grand the Archbishop arrived at the majestic canyon where he Canyon. Other presentations were made by his enjoyed some quiet and reflective moments, admiring with former students: Fr. Phil Armstrong (St. all humility one of Gods noblest creations. Returning to the warmth of Paradise Valley, the Arch- Katherine Chandler, Ariz.), Fr. Michael Pallad bishop again enjoyed a private dinner at the Arizona (St. Haralambos Peoria, Ariz.), and Fr. Andrew Country Club; hosted by prominent parishioners George Barakos (Assumption Scottsdale, Ariz.). The Archbishop referred to the younger clergy and Stephanie Kokalis. present as an elite group of students, all of them. At the Archbishops 1999 enthronement, Mr. Kokalis, President Ganos presented the Archbishop who at the time was national chairman of the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund, had invited with a handmade sterling silver and turquoise and strongly encouraged the Archbishop to visit Holy Trin- Navajo pectoral cross as a symbol of the southwest and Native American cultures so prominent ity Cathedral. His Eminence greeted all 30 guests at the dinner and in Arizona. spoke about the splendor of his day and beauty and diGift to Holy Cross versity of the terrain throughout the state. The final presentation for the day came from Sunday morning brought about the long-awaited op- Fr. Anastas. The parish, recognizing the tremenportunity for more than 900 faithful to worship with the dous needs of Hellenic College/Holy Cross Archbishop during the Divine Liturgy. His Eminence de- School of Theology, planned a more aggressive scribed the day as a Sunday filled with sunshine and joy fund-raising approach instead of just passing a and peace and love because during this time that I am special collection on the Sunday following the Archbishop Demetrios, with Holy Trinity Cathedral Parish Council Vice here I have been a constant recipient of wonderful things feast day of the Holy Cross, which just happened President Peter Bilitsis (L), and George P. Kokalis, visit the Grand Canyon – coming from you. to coincide with the Archbishops visit. one of the most remarkable creations in the world.
Published on Jun 18, 2009