April 6, 2017

NEW YORK – The Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America convened its regular meeting at the Synodal chamber of the Holy Archdiocese in New York on April 5 and 6, 2017, and was presided by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios Geron of America with the participation of the member Hierarchs.

The Synod reviewed all the topics on its agenda: liturgical, canonical, administrative, pastoral, inter Orthodox and educational and following extensive deliberations took the appropriate decisions.

On Tuesday, April 4, the day before the official meeting, the Holy Synod met with the Director of the Youth Department of the Holy Archdiocese, Mr. Steven Christoforou, and discussed the training of the youth advisors and teachers. The necessity to teach not only what we believe, but why we believe was also emphasized. Also the Holy Synod had a special meeting with the new Chief Financial Officer, Fr. Soterios Baroody, who presented a summarized  plan concerning the economic challenges of the Holy Archdiocese. The Hierarchs congratulated Fr. Soterios and wished him every success in his work. The Synod also met with the new Director of the Department of Development, Mrs. Nikki Sotiropoulos-Margarites, who updated the Synod on the establishment of the Department and the work being developed. The members of the Holy Synod wished her every success in her work.

All the deliberations of the Synod took place in the spirit of love and care for the Church. The Hierarchs having wished each other a blessed Holy Week and a joyful Pascha departed for their Holy Metropolises.

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