Archbishop Elpidophoros to Put Priority on Uniting Expatriate Community

Archbishop of America Elpidophoros meets with Foreign Minister George Katrougalos, May 31, 2019. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Christos Bonis)

ATHENS – Archbishop of America Elpidophoros expressed great satisfaction with the results of his meeting with Foreign Minister George Katrougalos and Deputy Foreign Minister Terens Quick at the foreign ministry in Athens on Friday, noting that it had “gone very well”.
“Armed with the good wishes of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the entire nation, I feel secure in taking on my new duties,” he said.

Concerning the differences of opinion within the Greek community in America, Elpidophoros stressed that the “divisions must cease” and noted that the Ecumenical Patriarchate had a tradition of “reconciling differences,” adding that uniting the expatriate community be one of his top priorities as archbishop.

According to diplomatic sources, Katrougalos emphasised the importance of the enthronement of the new archbishop of America for the Greek expatriate community and the Orthodox faith generally, saying he would attend the enthronement ceremony on June 22.

Archbishop of America Elpidophoros meets with Foreign Minister George Katrougalos, May 31, 2019. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Christos Bonis)

Archbishop Elpidophoros said that he had invited Katrougalos, Quick and all the political leaders that he has met so far in Athens to attend his enthronement, expressing hope that they will be able to overcome the obstacles during a difficult political period and the upcoming elections in order to be with him “on a great day, not just for the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Diaspora abroad but for the entire nation.”

Asked what his top priorities will be once he assumes his new role, the archbishop said the most urgent issue was to resume building and complete St Nicholas Church at Ground Zero in New York, which he noted was a very important church in what was “the holiest spot for the American nation at this time.”

Archbishop of America Elpidophoros meets with Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos, May 31, 2019. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Christos Bonis)
Archbishop of America Elpidophoros meets with Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos, May 31, 2019. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Christos Bonis)
Archbishop of America Elpidophoros meets with Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos, May 31, 2019. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Christos Bonis)
Archbishop of America Elpidophoros meets with Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos, May 31, 2019. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Christos Bonis)
Archbishop of America Elpidophoros meets with Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos, May 31, 2019. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Christos Bonis)
Archbishop of America Elpidophoros meets with Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos, May 31, 2019. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Christos Bonis)
Archbishop of America Elpidophoros meets with Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos, May 31, 2019. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Christos Bonis)
Archbishop of America Elpidophoros meets with Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos, May 31, 2019. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Christos Bonis)

35 Comments

  1. Who exactly is the Expat community? I hope you are not referring to us Americans as Expats!

    Those pictures look like the band ZZ Top in the 90’s. These are churchmen in the 21st century?

    Lord, is this thing fouled up or what? Ugh !

    I feel like it’s a village in Greece in 1903 instead of America 2019.

  2. Spiro thats actually pretty funny! But seriously would you rather they look like Catholic priests? I think our Orthodox priests in the US have the look figured out pretty good. They’re in between a Catholic priest and the ZZ tops with short beards, shirts and pants.

    1. Niko, leave the Catholics out of it, will you? The next thing is that you’ll say we all want to be Protestant. That’s the default argument whenever the facts of the corrupt and irrelevant leadership closes in on you.

      You don’t like ZZ Top? Well, maybe they look like Usama Bin Laden and AQ, does that suit you better?

      ZZ Usama and their Metro Boyz lean on our priests to look like them or face their wrath. If these guys walked into any public facility, SWAT teams would be called automatically because they look like active shooters and terrorists.

    2. Dang right. Why our nuns look like burkas? Nuns in my kids’ school wear pant suits

  3. So this is what this luncheon is going to be used
    For to host the representatives of an atheist
    Prime minister who has begun persecuting
    The church of greece. Despite the friendly
    Pictures the tsipras government has been
    Persecuting bishops and priests opposing
    His secular program.

    Anaxios to the new archbishop!!!!

    1. The atheist Tsipras government is out ! Finished for good! They only ruled by coalition. The Greeks deserved what they got with this fool, who spent a career living off others, protesting against capitalism and everything else that created any wealth or jobs, burned banks and cars in Athens, anti-everything, and even killed a young pregnant mom in a bank fire his goons set in Athens. Many Greeks blamed all their woes on everyone but themselves, Tsipras incompetence in governing, his selling out on Greek national interests, and his left wing speeches that go nowhere finally woke up the majority of Greeks. Hopefully, Koutrougalos will get some eggs and tomatoes thrown at him on his arrival here.

  4. Does Elpi represent Jesus Christ or the Greek community. The two are not interchangeable. Furthermore there is no homogenia and most Greek Americans do not consider themselves expats. Things are screwed before they start.

    1. And yet another reason for me to stay with my local OCA parish. The hierarchy makes it known again that their view of the GOA is an immigrant church servicing ONLY Greek expats. They really dont care about the AMERKANAKAI, aka American Greeks. My recommendation to my fellow American Greeks is go find a local OCA or Antiochian parish where the Gospel of Christ is more important than the Gospel of Hellenism!

    2. Gus, your response is the one that Archnothing ElpiDoody needs to read. His “500 parishes” (fake number) are collapsing. The small ones are losing priests that they can’t pay and their buildings, and the big ones are digging deeper and deeper into debt with smaller and aging membership rolls and edifices that need millions in repair.

      The GOA giving is way down, with due cause.The GOA churches have nothing left to offer. OCA and the AOC aren’t perfect, but at least they don’t pitch ethnocentrism non-stop. GOA’s pews are emptying and the new Ottoman Janissary doesn’t care. He wants 50 Greeky Greek parishes with Hellenic Jihadis and Then he is willing to drown the rest (like a bag of kittens thrown in the river) in order to squeeze blood money from the last remaining Amerikanakia in order to finish the Look-At-Us Shrine aka The Demetrios-Karloutsos Embarrassment Shrine.

      I’m not leaving. I want to be the last one to shut the doors, so I can give the Phanar and it’s lemmings the finger, even from 5,000 miles.

  5. Even 1st generation Greek Americans (1st generation born here) are not ex-pats. When is he going to start talking about all those non-Orthodox in GOA mixed marriages who have nothing to do with Orthodoxy, as do many of their Greek American spouses? He doesn’t have his ear to the ground here. His ear is only tuned into the words of the patriarch.

  6. Here in the USA we are all AMERICAN of Greek Heritage, and not at all Expatriates of Greece!
    How utterly stupid is this piece of news and yet it is published ispo facto.
    There may be an existing percentage of illegal Greeks, but that’s a totally different ball game altogether.
    Also, not everyone who is Greek ( Eastern) Orthodox is Greek or needs to be Greek!

    Elpidophoros has 19 days to set his priorities on the right track.
    This certainly IS NOT one of them!

    Why is he even in Greece for !? !?
    He does not need Ieronymos’ “blessing” to take on the task of being Archbishop of America.
    He does need to meet with any Greek politcos, as they have no say in church affairs ( esp. in America).
    Who paid for his trip to Greece, and couldn’t this money have been put to better use and spent on other things more worthwhile here in America – like St. Nicholas WTC/NYC Church: HC/HC: etc

    Somebody please give this man a cup of strong coffee and wake him up from his fantasy world!

    1. He’s woke, brother, and he knows exactly who his bosses are. And we Amerikanakia are the suckers.

      The reason he’s in Greece is that the Greeks gave the Patriarch the American slave colony back in 1922 so he’d have a flock other than the 300 remaining Greeks in Istanbul— so Elpidoody is there to give token hommage

  7. ONE MORE TIME, TEAM

    WE ARE OF GREEK ANCESTRY. WE ARE NOT EXPATS, OMOGENIA, OR DIASPORA OR SLAVES OF GREECE

    WE ARE AMERICANS THROUGH AND THROUGH.

    WE VOLUNTARILY KEEP THIS FAITH. THERE IS NO STATE RELIGION IN AMERICA, UNLIKE GREECE, CYPRUS, OR RUSSIA.

    THE FAILURE TO UNDERSTAND YOUR CUSTOMERS (FLOCK) DOOMS YOU FROM THE BEGINNING.

    WHEN YOU ARRIVE IN AMERICA, KNEEL AND KISS THE GROUND.

    WE SERVE AMERICA, NOT GREECE OR OTTOMAN CONSTANTIONOPLE (A CITY THAT DOESN’T EXIST).

    GOD BLESS AMERICA.

    1. No one is questioning your patriotism. Defend the church and defend the faith, no matter who is in charge. I understand your upset with the nonsense during the Demetrios reign. You don’t lack the passion for our church that’s for sure. Wherever your local Orthodox Church is, I have no doubt you have a lot to offer it. Rest assured God will judge all the bad players out there and have no doubt those in charge that have hurt our church will pay a heavy price.

  8. Don’t worry folks. He’ll just be passing through.

    He’s been already talking about moving on from America before he’s even gotten here!

    From an interview in a Greek newspaper on Memorial Day (American Holiday: May 28)

    Interviewer: “What would you like your legacy to be on this difficult mission that has been assigned to you by the patriarch?”

    Elpidophoros: “What I would like to leave behind is a deserving successor. A capable person. I do not want to leave chaos in the wake of my passage in this archdiocese. I want to elevate the archdiocese to the eminent position it deserves because – it has been said before but I want to stress this – it is the crown of the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s eparchies among the diaspora, the best that it has to show in terms of its eparchies abroad. Therefore, I do not want to shoot through here like a comet, doing a few things and leaving ashes behind me. I want to train capable officials who are loyal to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, who are actuated by the Orthodox tradition, who will love our history as Greeks but also as Orthodox, and who will continue this legacy for the generations to come. I want the new generation that succeeds me to be much better than me and than all the previous archbishops before me.”

  9. And for any American Orthodox who are members of the Russian Church, he is bringing a decidedly anti-Russian bias with him into this country by blaming the lack of acceptance of the Ukrainian schismatics on propaganda that has been bridged into places like Greece and the Balkans through the twin evils of “commonality of dogma and orthodoxy.”

    Also note the last line from the same interview that I have posted below: “The Ukrainian question is not just ecclesiastical. It is a very sensitive issue for the Russians, with geostrategic, energy, defense and ecclesiastical dimensions.”

    Does he sound like a bishop or a foreign agent?

    Elpidophoros:

    “Relations with Russia are, unfortunately, a very sensitive chapter. Because for those of us who remember what Soviet times were like, the Soviets were always better at propaganda and at infiltration that anyone else was. This is still the case today. Russian propaganda built the foundations for bridges in Greece and the Balkans which were there for it to use when the need arose. The need arose now and it used them, as we know, very recently, and, indeed, within an ecclesiastical orthodox field to which it had easier access because of the commonality of dogma and of orthodoxy – and the chance arose with the Ukrainian ecclesiastical issue. The Ukrainian question is not just ecclesiastical. It is a very sensitive issue for the Russians, with geostrategic, energy, defense and ecclesiastical dimensions.”

    1. Look, the Greeks and Bartholomew are a mess, but there’s no doubt that the Russians and their church are running information ops, interference ops, propaganda ops, money ops, and even intel ops with the FSB. Russia’s church and state apparatus are ONE ENTITY. Moscow’s Patriarch is merely a chaplain to Putin. So don’t get all mushy about Russia as a champion of our American Church. They would be poison.

    2. Exactly, Spiro. I hated Spyridon but when I saw the blatant OCA power grab via GOAL, I stopped considering the Russians friends

  10. Archbishop elect, Elpidoforos on his enthronement ceremony: “a great day, not just for the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Diaspora abroad but for the entire nation.”
    In what way will this ceremony be a great day for the entire nation? Come on, please realize that our country at large doesn’t even know what on earth an enthronement ceremony is!!!!! What would be great for our nation is if Archbishop Elect would take a real interest in real, current, American – plain old everyday American – issues and drop all of the Greek / Hellenism stuff. It may be our heritage, but guess what? No one in America cares. Even Greek American kids don’t care that much if at all. Probably more Greek American kids go to their local gay parades than their Greek Independence Day parades. It’s just too out of touch.

    1. It is not so much, if at all, the “job” of an archpastor to get involved with identity issues, whether concerning Hellenism or American society as it is to be, in fact, an archpastor, to concern himself with the spiritual well-being of his clergy and laity. When will they learn that the church organization is a business but the faith is not? This is not to say ignore the problems that now exist with the organization but putting emphasis on the spiritual well-being on the body of Christ will, surprise, surprise, render benefits to the work needed to be done to come to grips with the organizational chaos. The heirarchy has forgotten this aspect of their leadership role.

    2. Elpidophoros knows what his role in America will be. He’ll be training leaders to be loyal, and I assume these newly-loyal leaders will be expected to lead their flocks up to heights of loyalty as well.

      Elpidophoros:

      “I want to train capable officials who are loyal to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, who are actuated by the Orthodox tradition, who will love our history as Greeks but also as Orthodox, and who will continue this legacy for the generations to come.”

    3. True, but he has to understand the people he serves, be one of them, live among them — and to do that he has to understand our country and our culture. If he doesn’t, then he is really fooling himself if he thinks his enthronement day will be a great day for the entire nation, like he said. It can only be a great day for the entire nation if it’s the starting point of an administration that takes an interest in the entire nation. Otherwise, it’s just the first day of a new Greek Archbishop who serves a super ghetto community that happens to be in America.

    4. Geez, the new archbishop sounds like The Manchurian Candidate. Programmed in Turkey and Greece and sent here to get rid of all Greek Orthodox who put America first.

  11. To expand…..the Metropolis of San Francisco every year has an apparently very successful 4 day dance and music festival for the youth of the metropolis. When was the last time, if ever, the metropolis sponsored a four day spiritual retreat, or even a weekend one? Similarly, many years ago the Metropolis of Boston then known as a diocese, sponsored, in conjunction with Hellenic College/Holy Cross, a retreat on one of the Saturdays of Great Lent for middle and high school students. Several hundred would come from many parishes. That too went by the wayside many years ago.

    1. Okay, so no more debate and hand wringing is needed. The cards are on the table about the new guy and his agenda. That’s the only Call To Duty the Laity should need. That duty is to not feed the Ottoman slave master. All monies must be withheld. That is a winning strategy against this multi-decade abuse.

  12. Koukla ~ The Gay Parades ( New York, Boston, Philadelphia, West Hollywood, etc.) are all well-organized, colorful, exciting, invigorating, inspiring, entertaining, well received and well attended, while the Greek Independence Day Parades, in just one word – S * * K !

  13. When Zembillas uses Chrysostolm to justify socialism and Demacopoulos uses Justinia to justify gun control, you have no chance of ever justifying yourself as an American institution.

  14. He responded: “I want to train capable officials who are loyal to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, who are actuated by the Orthodox tradition, who will love our history as Greeks but also as Orthodox, and who will continue this legacy for the generations to come”… REALLY? Nothing about building up the flock as followers of Jesus Christ? Nothing about the Great Commission? Nothing about building a community rooted in faith in Christ Jesus? Just 1) Blind Loyalty to Bart and Greek Ethnocentricity? Wow! Has he gotten the Memo that we are not a colony of the Pope of Istanbul? Does he know we already had an “enthronement” 2000 years in the person of Jesus Christ as king?

    1. Hellenism is being used as terrorism to achieve fear and compliance by these unworthy hierarchs. Why do you think they’re called despots?

  15. The EP still does not have any idea of what it means to be Orthodox in the USA and that most “Greek” Orthodox young people and adults who leave the Church do so because it is an ethnic club. Instead of trying to unite all “Greeks” in the US maybe the new Archbishop should think about bringing the holy Orthodox Faith to all PEOPLE and de-emphasize the ethnic stuff. Is he or his master in Istanbul aware that 605 – that’s right – 60% of young Greek-American adults have left the Church? A few have joined other Orthodox jurisdictions but most have become Roman Catholics, protestants or just NOTHING. Wake up and smell the incense, bishops!!!!!!

    1. As evidenced by the anti-americanism of Comitazis Stone on the ultra-orthodox blogs, American Orthodoxy is an Oxymoron which inevitably ends up shilling for the islamo-soviets, as per Huntington’s Clash. The best the GOA can hope to be is a gateway to western religions and a caricature of grecletude.

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