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Press Release: Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago Archons host first Ecumenical Patriarchate Symposium at St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Parish in Palatine, Illinois
Palatine: The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago Archons hosted the first in what is planned to be a series of Ecumenical Patriarchate Symposiums to be held throughout the Metropolis of Chicago.
This first event, featuring Archon Co-Commanders Gus Pablecas and John Manos, was held at St. Nectarios Parish in Palatine before an impressive audience of over 150 parishioners.
The symposium centered around Religious Freedom in Turkey and the 5 Core Issues facing the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Those 5 Core Issues are: 1) No Legal Identity within Turkey, 2) Confiscation of Orthodox Property, 3) Turkish Government interference with Apostolic Succession, 4) Forcible Closure of the Theological School of Halki, 5) Refusal to recognize the Ecumenical Status of Patriarch.
More information on these 5 Core Issues and why their immediate attention is needed can be found on the Archon Website: www.Archons.org.
Previously the Archons gained support for Religious Freedom for the Ecumenical Patriarchate through State Resolutions in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri. With progress towards passage in the remaining Metropolis of Chicago states of Minnesota and Indiana currently underway, this was the first in a planned series of Ecumenical Patriarchate Symposiums as part of a new effort by the Archons to increase awareness into the plight of the Ecumenical Patriarch.
An Archon is an honoree by his All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for his outstanding service to the Church, and a well-known, distinguished, and well-respected leader of the Orthodox Christian community. Those selected to serve as Archons have demonstrated a commitment greater than average toward the stewardship of time, talent and treasure for the betterment of the Church, Parish, Metropolis, Archdiocese and community as a whole. As Archons, they are charged and entrusted with the protection of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
Photo L-R: Metropolis of Chicago Director of Media Relations John C. Ackerman, St. Nectarios Parish President Dr. Jeanne Novas-Busano, Archon Co-Commander Gus Pablecas, St. Nectarious Parish Priest Father Peter Balkas, Archon Co-Commander John Manos, Archon Tom Angelos, Metropolis of Chicago Council Member Ted Pappas
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The 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.
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