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Fr. Anastasios Bourantas to Participate in SYNDESMOS XVI General Assembly

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Jul 16, 1999

New York, NY - The Rev. Presbyter Anastasios Bourantas, Director of the Archdiocesan Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, has been invited to participate in the SYNDESMOS XVI General Assembly at the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Valamo, Finland, July 17-25, 1999, as a delegate of the Greek Orthodox Young Adult League (YAL). Some 250 delegates from SYNDESMOS member movements from around the globe are also expected to attend.

This year's general assembly will focus on projects and programs to be conducted through the year 2003, when the next assembly is slated to convene. The theme of the general assembly is "Serve the Lord in Unity" (Zephania 3:9).

Anticipating his journey, Fr. Bourantas says, "this general assembly will bring Orthodoxy out into the open as a unified faith. We'll be able to share our wealth and our resources such as training and camping manuals, liturgical books, and ideas with other countries like Uganda, Slovakia, and Bulgaria in order to create contacts with the rest of the Orthodox World."

Moreover, Father Bourantas says he sees participation in the up-coming general assembly as an opportunity to heed the call that Christ has given: to go out to all lands everywhere, baptizing people in the name of The Father, and The Son, and The Holy Spirit (Mathew 28:19).

Established in 1953, SYNDESMOS, The World Fellowship of Orthodox Youth, is an international federation of Orthodox Christian Youth organizations, theological schools, and other Orthodox Associations. The General Assembly is the governing body of SYNDESMOS and meets every four years to develop and promote the goals of the Fellowship.

Delegates from the Dioceses of Chicago and Pittsburgh and a representative from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology School will also take part in the conference.

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