The Order of St. Andrew the Apostle comprises Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate who have been honored for their outstanding service to The Orthodox Church by having a Patriarchal title, or "offikion," bestowed upon them by His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Those upon whom this title of the Mother Church has been conferred are known as "Archons of the Great Church of Christ," and the titles are personally conferred by the Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios. The Order of St. Andrew's fundamental goal and mission is to promote the religious freedom, well-being and advancement of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which is headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey.
The Order of Saint Andrew mourns the passing of our dear National Commander Emeritus Dr. Chris Philip, Archon Megas Aktouarios who fell asleep in the Lord on July 2, 2015, the day before his birthday. The Order extends its condolences to Mrs. Irene Philip the beloved wife of Archon Dr. Philip for 59 years and their children Katherine and husband Dr. Chris Kojanis and son Chris Philip, Jr. and grandchildren Lee, Ellyn and Renee Kojanis. Archon Dr. Philip was invested an Archon of the Great Church of Christ in 1971 and served on the National Council as Vice Commander and later as National Commander from 1989 to 1998. He was bestowed the title of National Commander Emeritus upon his retirement.
Funeral Arrangements are as follows:
Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saint John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Cathedral
353 East Clinton Avenue
Tenafly, NJ 07670
Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 11:00 am
Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church
124 Wadsworth Avenue
New York, NY 10033
Interment Woodlawn Cemetery Bronx, NY
Donations may be made to Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church or the Cathedral of Saint John the Theologian.
The leadership of the Order of Saint Andrew will be attending the funeral of the late National Commander Emeritus and all Archons are encouraged to do so wearing the Archon emblems, including the Cross of Saint Andrew, the Rosette and Pocket emblem.
Eternal Be His Memory!
Anthony J. Limberakis, MD
National Commander, Order of St. Andrew
Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America