Response from Archbishop Elpidophoros on the Balıklı Greek Hospital Fire

Today, our Church is shaken by a catastrophe: a devastating fire that caused extensive structural damage at the Balıklı Greek Hospital in the Zeytinburnu district of Istanbul. The hospital is a historic building and a vital institution that today cares for our elderly sisters and brothers residing in the city. Read More

August 4, 2022

Eulogy by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America For Paul Melis

Eulogy by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America For Paul Melis

The sudden passing of Paul Melis, a loving, caring, and philanthropic pillar of his family, this wonderful parish, and the Omogeneia, strikes at the very heart of all of us. He was a son of this Parish, who attended this Parochial School. When I heard of his passing, I made certain that I would be able to come today and pay my respects, and to offer a few words that I pray will be of comfort. Read More

July 26, 2022

Eulogy for For Professor George Bebis

Eulogy for For Professor George Bebis

How worthy and right it is to pray today in this Church – pastored by the late Father Constantine Bebis, the twin brother of this legendary professor and scholar. Here, at the center of his family’s life for many decades, we come together to lay to rest one of the giants of our precious School’s faculty, a figure known to literally generations of priests. Read More

July 25, 2022

Remarks at the AHEPA Grand Baquet and Ball, 100th AHEPA Supreme Convention

Remarks at the AHEPA Grand Baquet and Ball, 100th AHEPA Supreme Convention

In this marvelous year of anniversaries – one hundred years for AHEPA and one hundred years for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America – I am thrilled to be with you at this celebration of noble deeds and fellowship. Read More

July 22, 2022

Remarks At the Daughters of Penelope Salute to Women, 100th AHEPA Supreme Convention

Remarks At the Daughters of Penelope Salute to Women, 100th AHEPA Supreme Convention

What an honor it is to be gathered with you for the festivities celebrating the One Hundred Years of AHEPA, in which the Daughters of Penelope have stood side by side since 1929. Your founding in San Francisco reminds me that with the establishment of AHEPA in Atlanta, this wonderful brotherhood and sisterhood has always been national in scope. Just like the Sacred Archdiocese of America, you have always served the interests of all members of the Omogeneia. Read More

July 22, 2022

Invocation and Greeting By Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At The Cathedral School Commencement and Stepping Up Ceremony Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

Invocation and Greeting By Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At The Cathedral School Commencement and Stepping Up Ceremony Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

Once again, we gather to congratulate our children and advance them on another rung of life’s ladder. I like this image of the ladder, because it calls to mind the Heavenly Ladder that our Lord Jesus Christ spoke of to His Disciples when He said: “Amen, amen, I say to you! From this moment on, you will behold the sky opening wide, and the angels of God ascend and descend upon the Son of Man!” Read More

June 24, 2022

INVOCATION & ADDRESS By His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Saint Basil Academy Graduation

INVOCATION & ADDRESS By His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Saint Basil Academy Graduation

Dear Father Costas and esteemed Trustees, Friends and supporters of Saint Basil Academy, Let us pray to the Lord: Heavenly Father, we give thanks to You for Your loving-kindness and special grace for those reared and taught here at Saint Basil Academy. Bless us and all who live, serve, teach and minister in this sacred institution of our Church, as we gather to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates. Grant that our graduates may always advance “from glory to glory” in accordance with Your Divine Plan for their lives. Read More

June 18, 2022

Remarks of Archbishop Elpidophoros of America   At the Doxology for the Greek Independence Parade   In the Presence of the Presidential Guard

Remarks of Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Doxology for the Greek Independence Parade In the Presence of the Presidential Guard

Brothers and Sisters in the Lord, Today is the Sunday of the Holy Fathers, the Lord’s Day that bridges the Feasts of Ascension and Pentecost. But today, we have the added joy of celebrating with the presence of Noble Brothers – the Presidential Guard of Greece. They have traveled across the ocean to join us in our march up Fifth Avenue, and to mark our pride and glory in the Independence of Greece. Read More

June 5, 2022

Remarks of Archbishop Elpidophoros of America  At the Greek Independence Day Gala  - The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York

Remarks of Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Greek Independence Day Gala - The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York

Esteemed Leadership and Members of the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York, Distinguished Guests, Reverend Clergy, Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I am delighted to be with you on this glorious eve of our Greek Independence Day Parade, whose return has been so intensely anticipated by the Omogenia. Read More

June 4, 2022

REMARKS  By His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America  At the Flag Raising Ceremony – Bowling Green

REMARKS By His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Flag Raising Ceremony – Bowling Green

Distinguished Representatives of our Local Government, Noble Officers and Soldiers of the Presidential Guard, Honorable Members of the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York, Sisters and Brothers – Hellenes and Philhellenes alike, Once again, we gather here at Bowling Green to raise the flag that embodies democracy and liberty. And we do so in the presence of the Presidential Guard of the Hellenic Republic – an inestimable honor for this most honorable occasion. Read More

June 3, 2022

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