Chicago Area Archons Bring Awareness to the Ecumenical Patriarchate

Chicago Area Archons Bring Awareness to the Ecumenical Patriarchate


The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago Order of St Andrew (Archons) hosted their annual Vesper and Liturgy services honoring St Andrew on November 29 and 30, 2016, at St Andrew Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago.


Twenty Archons and several clergy from the Metropolis of Chicago attended along with the laity.


During a luncheon following Liturgy, guest speaker John Zavitsanos, a renowned trial lawyer from Houston, Texas, presented “The Ecumenical Patriarchate: The Assault over the Last 60 Years. Will the Church be Extinguished in Constantinople?


The Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate have worked tirelessly to defend the Ecumenical Patriarchate against the government of Turkey in the European Court of Human Rights.

The Metropolis of Chicago Archons are actively working on a local level to increase awareness of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople including a national initiative to increase awareness through the passage of Resolutions of Support for the Religious Freedom of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

More information on the Order of Saint Andrew (Archons) as well as the national Archon Religious Freedom Resolution Initiative can be found at


Order of St. Andrew of the Ecumenical Patriarchate was organized on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, March 10, 1966 when His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos conferred upon thirty outstanding laymen of the Church the various Offikion or Offices of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on behalf of His All Holiness Patriarch Athenagoras of blessed memory. They were honored because of their love, loyalty and support of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and their contribution to its advancement and welfare.

To Learn More About the Order of St. Andrew of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, click here.

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