Tuesday, June 22 marks two years since the enthronement of Archbishop Elpidophoros. It was Saturday, I remember, a wonderfully bright day, full of sun, light, and hope for the Archdiocese and the Greek-American community, with many possibilities and prospects, but also with the accumulated problems that acted as a brake for many years.
The news of his election created a kind of messianic anticipation and hope for the new archbishop. He made a good beginning. Many things have happened in these past two years, but it is still too early for any evaluation.
I am sure that much more will be done – I wish and hope they will be positive and uplifting for the Church and its institutions.
And I remind here that his flock, that is, his ‘market’, to put it in the language of business administration, is here, is the Greek-American community. It is this beautiful, godly, honorable, and generous people who constantly give donations from their piety and maintain everyone and everything in the ‘ecclesiastical system.’
My personal desire and expectation, which I think is shared by "everyone and all" is for Archbishop Elpidophoros to succeed in all things and everything, because, as I have written other times, there is no room for failure. I hope he can focus on his mission here undisturbed and be aided by serious and capable associates with knowledge, wisdom, and good judgment.
I am sure that in the past two years he has obtained a good understanding of people and things, so it remains for him to govern accordingly, because the interest of the Church and the Community demands that. And so, I wish him good and continuous success.