Archbishop Announces Generous Support for College Ministry

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, the new spiritual leader of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, joyfully smiles during his Enthronement at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in New York, on Saturday, June 22, 2019. (Stuart Ramson/AP Images for Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America)

NEW YORK– The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is excited to announce a generous grant for Orthodox Christian Fellowship’s annual Summer Leadership Institute, a four-day training workshop for young adults ages 18-25.

In response to a substantial shortfall in funds which put this year’s program at risk, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America authorized a grant of $18,550 to allow the program to proceed as planned. This is the first ministerial initiative of the Archbishop, who was enthroned just days ago.

“I am a firm believer in the transformative power of this Christ-centered ministry. OCF continues to raise up faithful young adults for the benefit for all Orthodox Christians in America. Our vision for ministry cannot and must not be impeded by financial difficulties; we must dedicate every available resource for the edification of the Church and the proclamation of the Gospel across this great Nation,” said Archbishop Elpidophoros.


  1. Right, this is the True Religion, meeting with world leaders, spending 500k on rose peddle parades and costume clothes for coronations, and announces “generous” support of 18k to a nationwide college ministry. That’s laughable. I have more in a second checking account.

  2. So Orthodoxy isn’t the true religion? And where did the 500k figure come from? He wasn’t wearing a costume. That’s a robe worn by all Orthodox bishops in church (but I suspect you know that). Sarcasm and stupid wit usually obscure the real picture one is trying to paint. Serious issues demand serious discussion and serious exchanges of opinion. Or did I totally misunderstand the point you were trying to make?

    1. Take it however you wish, Repanidi, and store it right next to your immense ego. This is no room for an opinion other than that of hierarchical betrayal then, now and at every opportunity.

  3. Huh? What’s so generous about fulfilling an obligation that your predecessor made?

    Talk about a budget that needs to be explored and chronic mismanagement explored – the OCF is one of our future growth drivers but not treated as such.

    Glad to see the AB focusing on this and hopeful it will remain a focus for him.

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