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President

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros
Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Members

His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios
Metropolitan of the Metropolis of Boston

His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah
Metropolitan of the Metropolis of Denver

His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios
Metropolitan of the Metropolis of Atlanta

His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas
Metropolitan of the Metropolis of Detroit

His Eminence Metropolitan Savas
Metropolitan of the Metropolis of Pittsburgh

His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos
Metropolitan of the Metropolis of San Francisco

His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos
Metropolitan of the Metropolis of New Jersey

His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael
Metropolitan of the Metropolis of Chicago

 

Office of the Secretary of the Holy Eparchial Synod

10 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075-0106
Tel: (212) 774-0542 
Fax: (212) 774-0214

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, President

His Grace Bishop Apostolos of Medeia, Chief Secretary
BishopAp[email protected]

V. Rev. Nikiforos Fakinos, Secretary

The Office of the Holy Eparchial Synod expresses through its work the unity of the Holy Archdiocese. The primary goal of the Office is to provide timely execution of the decisions taken by the Holy Eparchial Synod as well as to assist and coordinate the process of the work being accomplished by the various Synodal committees of the Archdiocese. In addition, the Office is responsible for:

  • Communicating information relevant to the work of the Synod
  • Issuing official communiqués on behalf of the Synod
  • Promulgating official encyclicals issued by the Synod
  • Distributing the Holy Chrism received from the Ecu- menical Patriarchate.

The Synod in recent years through the work of the Synodal committees which are chaired by a Member of the Holy Eparchial Synod has produced a number of official documents for the needs of the Archdiocese. Among them are:

  • An authorized translation of the Nicene Creed and the Lord’s Prayer.
  • A revised Baptism Certificate which responds to vari- ous circumstances of the family, or lack thereof, without penalizing the children.
  • Revised the booklet, “Welcome to the Parish Council” to better prepare Parish Council members in assuming their responsibilities.
  • Regulations of the Composition and Function of the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
  • General Regulations for the Establishment and Opera- tion of Holy Monasteries in the Archdiocese of America.
  • Official translation into English from the original Greek of the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom as approved by the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
  • Spiritual Court Regulations.

News from the Eparchial Synod News from the Eparchial Synod

  • THE HOLY EPARCHIAL SYNOD OF THE GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA

    We, the Members of the Holy Eparchial Synod of Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, under the presidency of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, write to you in the power of the Holy Spirt in these anguished days when the Great Church of Christ, the Patriarchal Cathedral of Holy Wisdom, Ἁγία Σοφία, institutionalized for the past ninety years as a museum and world cultural monument, has been re-converted into a mosque. This egregious and unnecessary action has gravely wounded all Orthodox Christians, indeed all Christians around the world and all people of faith and good will. Read More

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    ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE - Communiqué

    Between​​ June 23 - 25 2020, the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate was convened for its regular meeting of the current month at the Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy, Geneva. On the first day, the chairmen of the synodal committees were engaged in their cooperative work. Many of the Hierarchs of the Throne in Europe were present as well. Read More

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    Communiqué of the Holy Eparchial Synod

    On Thursday, June 18, 2020, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America convened the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America via videoconference for their regular Spring Session. The Holy Synod addresses the constantly changing spiritual and pastoral needs of the faithful with a spirit of compassion, cooperation and love. With this in mind, the Archbishop thanked the Metropolitans for their harmonious and energetic collaboration during the challenging time of the pandemic. Read More