Meetings of Eparchial Synod and Archdiocesan Council in NY

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios lights candles at Kimisis tis Theotokou Church in Brooklyn before the Great Vespers service on August 14. Photo: Michalis Kakias

NEW YORK – The Holy Eparchial Synod and the Archdiocesan Council are having their fall meetings this week in New York presided over by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios Geron of America. The agenda of the Synod is similar to the ones of previous meetings about administration, finances, education, and the Theological School.

It is noted here that The National Herald had reported on September 8, 2018 that “at the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s Holy Synod, Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey said there is a serious problem at the Hellenic College Holy Cross School of Theology (HCHC), referring to: reduction of the student body, a dire financial situation, the resignations of Deans Demetrios Katos from the College and Demetrios Skedros from the Theological School, as well as the resignation of numerous members of the Board of Trustees.

“Evangelos also raised the issue of a director’s criticism of School President Fr. Christopher Metropulos. In the presence of the Synod, which included Archbishop Demetrios, Evangelos said the situation at the School is unbearable. He said Metropulos needs to be replaced. Though Archbishop Demetrios attempted to beatify things, Evangelos countered that the School’s condition is well-known.”

As the article was written the Eparchial Synod continued to be in session but preliminary information obtained by TNH says that the Archbishop is not willing to remove Fr. Metropoulos from the presidency of the Theological School. TNH has learned that schools, Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology have only 154 students this academic year the lowest number of recent years.

The Eparchial Synod is convened twice a year in the Fall and Spring and on special occasions whenever the Archbishop deems it necessary. Bishop Sebastian of Zela is the Chief Secretary of the Eparchial Synod and also the Spiritual Advisor of the National Philoptochos of the Archdiocese.

Also the Archdiocesan Council Fall Meeting will be held on Friday, October 19 at the New York Marriott Marquis hotel, with the following Agenda.

I. Opening Prayer – His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios
II. Archbishop’s Remarks to Joint Gathering
III. Roll Call of Members– Cathy Bouffides-Walsh, Legal Counsel
IV. Affirmation of Office– Archbishop Demetrios
V. Election of Officers
VI. Appointment of Executive Committee– Archbishop Demetrios
VII. Remarks of Vice President of the Archdiocesan Council
VIII. 2018 Clergy-Laity Congress Report– Metropolitan Methodios
IX. Financial Report for 2018
X. Review of 2019 Revised Budget
XI. St. Nicholas Update
XII. Old & New Business
XIII. Closing Remarks and Prayer– His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios


  1. Perhaps the Metropolitan of New Jersey would like to try his hand at leading HCHC. Not a bad gig for someone who, it has been said, was once on academic probation there. With him as president both schools would close within a year. But, there is also the possibility that the metropolitan is simply continuing his never ending battle to belittle the archbishop as much as possible so that he can keep alive his delusion that he will be the next archbishop by trying to curry favor with the patriarch. Byzantine intrigue, indeed.

    1. How true, He needs to stop grazing at every buffet he passes, maybe try an early morning run, just might solve His problem. He is a poor example of a leader and a Christian, jus ask some of His Priests!!!!!!!!

    2. I once saw him eat the following after a Liturgy.
      Two orders of Eggs Benedict, not one, TWO
      A plate full of fries
      A Belgian waffle and bacon
      If he didn’t have to leave, he would have eaten for 4 hours.
      Enough to feed a Syrian village for a week.
      Theh eh Mou !

    1. What do we have to lose ? ?
      The food and cigarette bills would be as much as St NIcholas Shrine.
      Alex would have to start a separate fund. FoodBank 1000. (That’s pounds not dollars).

  2. Evangelos is arrogant greedy and venal. How he treats people is disgusting, his own priests most of all. He has the writing style of a high schooler, and a poor one at that. Evangelos as Archbishop would be the last straw for many.

    1. Is there anyone the Church hierarchy with any common sense and leadership that could be our next Jacobos?
      Seems to me that that all of the Synod is composed totally ineffective, arrogant and greedy monks.

    2. Monks? Monks???? That’s s stretch. Have any of them ever spent even a day in a monastery under obedience to an elder?

      God forbid the next archbishop is Metropollitan Elpidoforos. Some say Metropolitan Emmanuel of France is in the running.

    3. Evangelos: Let’s be serious for a minute. There’s a lot to joke about with Big Evan, but mostly he is a very pitiable child-like man who needs help and prayer and forgiveness. He seems to suffer from eating addictions, probably fueled by a real lack of self-esteem. The lack of self-esteem causes the easy-to-spot behavioral disorders and narcisssitic rage, and results in his being a bully. Stories circulate that his parents were very physically severe on him, that he was bullied at the Greek parochial school he attended, and that this continued at HCHC. He was a laughing stock, I understand. This is now his revenge for years of abuse, in his mind.

      He, thus, apparently,became (and is) a real clinical behavioral problem,as an adult bully with a crown and a mitre and a checkbook (ours). His bosses all knew this about him. So why did he end up as a leader? Greater fault lies with them. Right Bart and Demetrios?

    4. Quite an accurate assessment. Legend has it that he was a big eater at HCHC with his mother regularly sending him care package of roast chickens that were still warm when he picked them up at the bus terminal. Legend also has it that he was on academic probation at one time or another when at HCHC. Why was he elected a bishop? Either the Peter Principle was at work or the higher ups knew that he would owe them.

    5. Boy LMC you are spot on! A psychiatrist could not have summed this up better. Knowing more of the history does make Evangelos a pitiable and sad figure. But the whole Metropolis and dozens of good priests should not be made to suffer because he is an emotional whack job.

    1. Met Savas was born in Michael Jackson’s hometown of Gary Indiana and was a punk rocker at Colby College before doing his doctorate with Timothy Ware at Oxford. He even had a blogspt “savaonarolla”

  3. Ankles Caruana is the perfect for the next Archie Pigchop, because “Apres Mimis, le Deluge”. The next archbishop will not revive Orthodoxy, he will be the one who closes the lights and sells the property when the last gera gaga meets Electrapelex. Evangelos is the gyro mafia choice, the perfect gyro salesman, the Ever-Growing Gyro himself, ready to cook for your next festival, he grows faster than you can carve him.

    1. Agree, Greek carry-out, pizza, and diner owners have control of the Big Boy because they can keep the cardboard boxes of carry-out rolling at all hours, with a case of Marlboro Lites, and a fakelaki with 2-3 C-notes to His Immenseness. That keeps the local Father Tasso in place, who is from their island, and whose job it is to fly the Greek flag (not American) in front of the church and tell the parishioners daughters that he won’t marry them to Sean, Darrell, Brad, or Carlos because they’re not Greek. Greekfellas, like Goodfellas. And like Goodfellas, they will all get metaphorically “whacked” in the end and dissolve. But it will make a good movie one day. My Big Fat Greek Church.

    2. Well, at least they are being kind to the environment by using cardboard take out boxes instead of styrofoam.

  4. Ther are NO LEADERS anywhere to lead America. We need another plan. Here there anywhere. They are all Byzantine, screwed up personalities and characters, with no training or experience to lead anything. In addition, they are fake Holy Men. Start with that reality and quit hoping. Hope is not a strategy.

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