The Timeless Ideal of Freedom

Liberty or death!” was their watchword. They risked their homes, their possessions, their families and their lives, not for wealth or fame or the fleeting pleasures of this world, but for the enduring cause of freedom. Brave were their words in pursuit of independence; braver still were their deeds. Read More

Archons to Present Nicholas J. Bouras Award to John A. Catsimatidis

The Order of St. Andrew the Apostle will present this year’s Nicholas J. Bouras Award for Extraordinary Archon Stewardship to Archon John A. Catsimatidis, chairman of the Order’s Religious Freedom Initiative and a member of the Order’s governing body, the National Council, for many years. More »

Armenian Commemoration

Methodios of Boston hosted “An Ecumenical Commemoration of the Holy Saints and Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide. Remembrance, Witness and Resurrection” at Annunciation Cathedral of New England on April, 22. More »

Indiana Senate Approves Archon Resolution

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Senate recently passed by unanimous voice vote Senate Resolution 2, the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle’s Religious Freedom Resolution in support of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. More »

Orthodoxy Helps Overcome Life’s Challenges

If we seem accepting of the events around us in this American culture, Orthodox Christians must address the false gods that beg our attention and our action, our works. More »

Chicago Archons Hold Annual Feast Day Service

CHICAGO – Metropolis of Chicago Archons hosted their annual Vespers and Liturgy services honoring St Andrew, patron saint of the Order of St. Andrew and the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Services took place at St Andrew Church in Chicago. Metropolitan Iakovos officiated at the Vespers Service while Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos officiated at the Divine Liturgy with a large number of Metropolis clergy and 20 Archons attending on both days. A luncheon followed the Nov. 30 Liturgy. The guest speaker, John Zavitsanos, presented “The Ecumenical Patriarchate: The Assult over the Last 60 Years. Will the Church be Extinguished in Constantinople?” More »

Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for the Commemoration of the Asia Minor Catastrophe (09/18/2016)

In recognition of this and many related tragic events of that era, I ask the parishes of our Holy Archdiocese to have special observances and memorial services on Sunday, September 18. Together, let us remember our forbearers who perished and commemorate the valor shown by those who survived. Let us honor the memory and sacrifice of those who suffered. As we are confronted by the crises in our contemporary world, let us find strength and guidance in our Orthodox faith, just as many did in those dark days, placing their hope for deliverance and salvation in Almighty God. More »

Archons to Honor N.Y. Gov. Cuomo

NEW YORK - The Order of St. Andrew, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate will present this year’s Athenagoras Human Rights Award to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the organization’s annual banquet Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Marriott Marquis hotel. More »

Archons Condemn Article Targeting His All-Holiness

The Order of St. Andrew, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on Aug. 29 condemned recent attempts to threaten the well being of Ecumenical Patriarchate Bartholomew through the posting of fraudulent articles online under the name of Ambassador Arthur Hughes. Their statement said that Ambassador Hughes had nothing to do with their content and has been working with the Archons to remove such posts and inform others that they are not his work. More »

Ecumenical Patriarch Hopes to Meet Turkish President about Halki

ISTANBUL (Agenzia Fides) – According to news reports on April 25, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew wants to meet President Tayyip Erdogan to talk about the status of the Patriarchate, and above all would like clarification on the recent episodes that seem to contradict and negate the effectiveness of previous legislation regarding the restitution of goods to minority religious communities, which had been unlawfully expropriated in the past by Turkish authorities. More »

Archons Symposium on Christian Rights Slated in March

NAPLES, Fla. – The second Archons National Christian Rights and Freedom Symposium to take place in Naples, March 12 Jay Alan Sekulow, PhD, JD, a featured speaker at the 2nd International Archon Conference on Religious Freedom in Berlin in 2013, will address the Symposium. More »

Antiochian Church Lay Leader Describes Syria Crisis Reality

NEW YORK – Ridding the Middle East of Christians is the ultimate aim of Islamic terrorist and fundamentalist groups like ISIS and others. Such is the assessment of Samar Laham, a representative of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East, based in Damascus, Syria, who spoke on “Syria in Crisis” Sept. 29 at the Museum of the City of New York. More »

Churches in Turkey Face Extinction

One of the common features of the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey seems to be their intolerance of churches. More »

Holy Eparchial Synod Issues Statement on tragic Events in North Africa and Middle East

The Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, that convened for its regularly scheduled Spring meeting, Apr. 20-22, 2015, issued a statement regarding recent tragic events in North Africa and the Middle East. More »

What is an Assyrian Christian?

With the horrific stories still coming out of the Middle East about the sufferings of the Christian community there, and the news about Assyrian Christians, some of you might be asking questions about their identity. Again, there is much more to say about this and the history of the Middle East can get complicated (and most of us are not well schooled about the history in that part of the world), but this gives a general picture. More »

South Florida Church Hosting Religious Freedom Symposium

NAPLES, Fla. – St. Katherine Church and the Archons of South Florida will sponsor a religious freedom symposium, “The Plight of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Christianity Under Attack,” March 14. More »

The Archons’ Mission to Warsaw

As in previous years, the Order of St. Andrew (the Order) sent a delegation in late 2013 to Warsaw, Poland, to participate in the annual 58-member Conference of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in which the United States also holds membership and plays a major role. More »

Vice President Joe Biden visits Archbishop Demetrios of America at the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese

Vice President Joe Biden visited today Archbishop Demetrios of America, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America at the headquarters of the Archdiocese in Manhattan. More »

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Expresses Sincere Support for the Coptic Christians of Egypt

On behalf of the faithful Clergy and Laity of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, we, the Members of the Holy Eparchial Synod, cognizant of our responsibility to speak the truth in love, hereby state and declare our sincere support for the pious Coptic Christian Faithful of Egypt, during this most difficult transition in the life of the Egyptian Nation. More »

Archbishop Demetrios Meets with Prime Minister of Turkey Erdogan

Archbishop Demetrios of America met on Friday with the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during the visit of the Prime Minister to New York City on the occasion of the opening session of the United Nations. More »

New York State Legislature Signs Letters Urging Religious Freedom in Turkey

All 62 members of the New York State Senate and 144 members of the New York State Assembly have endorsed the respective letters, urging the government of Turkey to allow greater freedom to the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul, Turkey and to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew who is the spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians throughout the world. More »