Archdiocese’s Eparchial Synod Holds Three-day Meeting

April 10 2019 - NEW YORK Meeting of the Holy Eparchial Synod. GOA/Dimitrios Panagos

NEW YORK – The Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America convened on April 9 and 10 with His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America presiding. The Archdiocese issued the following announcement:

1) Educational matters: The Synod dealt with the course and direction of Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, made serious decisions and took important measures for the recovery and progress of these educational institutions.

2) Youth matters: The Members of the Holy Eparchial Synod exchanged views on matters concerning the Youth and in particular in reference to the application of protective measures for the Youth; and also the formation and organization of new camp programs.

3) Administrative and Canonical matters: The Synod discussed matters pertaining to the salary and pension of the holy clergy, and decided to take measures following proposals of relevant bodies; it also approved the ordination of a new clergyman.
4) Inter-Orthodox matters: Reference was made and discussion took place on the course of Inter-Orthodox and Ecumenical operations of the Holy Archdiocese of America.

5) Liturgical matters: The Holy Eparchial Synod received the texts of the English translations of the Holy Services of Orthros and Vespers which it will study and process. The Synod also dealt with an existing electronic publication of liturgical texts.

6) Financial matters: The Members of the Holy Eparchial Synod were informed about the progress made at the Holy Archdiocese. They were also informed on the developments and the actions taken related to the rebuilding of the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at Ground Zero.

As was the case with past sessions of the Holy Eparchial Synod, during the break of the morning session and following an invitation, Archon George Anderson updated the Members on general and specific matters on safety issues regarding the buildings and people of the Holy Metropolises of the Holy Archdiocese of America.


  1. It was announced in September of 2018 that the Patriarch and the Holy Synod took an unprecedented and historic decision to allow widowed priests to remarry. What has our Archdiocese done about it? We have not seen anything in the Orthodox Observer nor any discussion on the subject; the historic decision includes, in addition to widowed priests, divorced priests, etc. I see nothing discussed during this important meeting of the Eparchial Synod. Why?

  2. I have a thousand dollars for anyone who can identify one substantive issue considered by this joke Synod of Monkeys on a leash.

    Note what they didn’t consider:

    1. Missing $50m in the priest pension fund
    2. Missing $50m needed to complete the St Nicholas scam
    3. Dilapidated Archdiocese Building with 19 Building Code violations
    4. Broke and Broken HCHC that has no strategic reason to exist, nor support
    5. Alarming decline in membership, parishes in crisis, dispirited parish priests
    6. Innumerable misconduct allegations against priests, archmandrites, and bishops
    7. Dilapidated St. Basil and St. Michael’s
    8. Measures to hold wrongdoers accountable
    9. Full transparency and audits of all entities and budgets
    10. Lack of any remedial plans or actions for the future.

    To name a few…..

    This is a pathetic church with pathetic monkey leaders. The followers are pathetic for tolerating all of it. Not me. I’m done.

    1. Spiro you are spot on, allow me to add to your list:

      1. The Cult of Ephraim and the negative impact it has had on the Church. To date, like every other issue they face they are, on this and all issues “RADIO SILENT”!
      2. Priests that are not trained to pastor in a multicultural pluralistic society.
      3. A laity that they have trained and harvested to never question failure. So let’s guess the result…….FAILURE!
      4. Surrounding themselves with Clergy that agree with everything they say while always telling them …..”Of course you are right…how dare they question your judgment….they are not really Christians”.
      5. Failure to proactively look backwards and understand why they are failing.

      Spiro I hope you don’t mind the additions.

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