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Final Draft of Proposed Charter Nears Completion

New York, NY - The Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, together with the Eparchial Charter Committee and clergy and lay representatives from each Diocese, met under the chairmanship of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, and reviewed the most recent draft of the Proposed Charter for the Archdiocese of America, on Wednesday May 3rd at the Archdiocesan headquarters in New York City.

The meeting included in-depth discussion on each of the Articles. The Proposed Charter was unanimously endorsed in substance, and after completing the modifications to the text that were recommended, the document will be forwarded to the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

At the conclusion of the all day meeting, everyone present expressed their appreciation to the Charter Committee and the Synod for their extensive and dedicated efforts on behalf of the Church in America.

In addition to His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, the participants included: His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos of Krinis, Presiding Hierarch of the Diocese of Chicago; His Eminence Metropolitan Maximos of Ainou, Presiding Hierarch of the Diocese of Pittsburgh; His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Aneon, Presiding Hierarch of the Diocese of Boston; His Grace Bishop Alexios of Atlanta and His Grace Bishop Nicholas of Detroit.

Also, His Grace Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos, Rev. Dr. Demetrios Constantelos, Prof. Louis Patsavos, Mrs. Elenie Huszagh, Mr. Emanuel Demos and Diocesan Representatives: Very Rev. Savas Zembillas, Prof. Helen Hadjiyannakis-Bender, Archdiocesan District; Rev. James Dokos, Mr. Fred Chapekis, Diocese of Chicago; Rev. Peter Salmas, Mr. Theofanis Economides, Diocese of San Francisco and Rev. Michael Varvarellis and Mr.George Kappos, Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Rev. Nicholas Triantafilou and Mr. James Argeros, Diocese of Boston; Rev. Charles Sarelis and Mr. John Johns, Diocese of Denver; Rev. Paul Kaplanis and Mr. Panos Constantinides, Diocese of Atlanta; V. Rev. Alexander Leondis and Judge Theodore Bozonelis, Diocese of New Jersey and Rev. William Cassis and Mr. Gus Perdikakis, Diocese of Detroit. Unable to attend were His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony of Dardanellion, Presiding Hierarch of the Diocese of San Francisco; His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of Proikonisou, Presiding Hierarch of the Diocese of Denver and the Rev. Chris Kerhulas, President of the Presbyters Council.