SAN DIEGO – Archbishop Demetrios was honored in various instances during the four-day of the 2017 Folk Dance and Choral Festival. This year marks the “Golden Anniversary” for the Archbishop since his consecration as a bishop in the Greek Orthodox Church. He was ordained to the episcopacy on Sept. 17, 1967.

The Ladies Philoptochos of the Metropolis of San Francisco at their luncheon of philanthropy, fellowship and faith-in-action expressed their deep esteem and gratitude to His Eminence on this extraordinary milestone in the ministry of their spiritual father. “Archbishop Demetrios is the longest serving hierarch of the Ecumenical Throne, in active ministry,” said Jeannie Ranglas, San Francisco Philoptochos president, who presented His Eminence with a set of embroidered Archieratical vestments including an epigonation depicting the holy martyr Saint Sophia and her three daughters, Faith, Hope and Love, whom our Church celebrates on Sept. 17.

The Archons of the Metropolis of San Francisco also honored the Archbishop’s anniversary recognizing his long and faithful service. In a special presentation for the auspicious occasion, Metropolitan Gerasimos and Archon’s regional commander Theofanis Economidis presented to the Archbishop an episcopal ornate miter (mitre).