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Andrew Manatos Installed as Senator for Orthodoxy and Hellenism

WASHINGTON, DC – During the Apostolic Visit of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the United States, Andrew Manatos was installed as a member of the first class of “Senators for Orthodoxy and Hellenism.” This ceremony took place on October 24 at the St. Sophia Cathedral in Washington, DC and was presided over by His Eminence Elder-Metropolitan Emmanuel of Chalcedon and His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America.

Andrew Manatos was installed as a member of the first class of “Senators for Orthodoxy and Hellenism” on October 24 at the St. Sophia Cathedral in Washington, DC by His Eminence Elder-Metropolitan Emmanuel of Chalcedon and His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America. Photo by Bill Petros

In presenting this “distinction of the highest order” to men and women who “have produced a hundredfold through their harvests of leadership,” Archbishop Elpidophoros said that: “The Senators are an elite group of clergy, laymen and laywomen, who have served the Sacred Archdiocese of America in various and extremely significant capacities for decades. They represent a collective memory of the institutional Church that is invaluable to our future as a growing and prospering Community in Christ. Their induction today by His Eminence Elder-Metropolitan Emmanuel of Chalcedon manifests their importance and inestimable value to the Archdiocese as a whole.”

His Eminence continued: “They bow their heads to receive Your blessing for them to continue their service to this Eparchy and to the Great Church of Christ. As they serve in a capacity as ex-officio members of the Archdiocesan Council, their counsel and guidance are invaluable. We humbly ask that You bestow upon them your archpaternal benediction, so that in good health and spiritual prosperity, they may continue to minister to the Body of Christ.

“We implore Your prayers for these Senators of Orthodoxy and Hellenism, that they may always raise high the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ — our unconquerable trophy banner — and that they may magnify the appreciation of our Hellenic ideals and Paideia, both here in the United States and around the world.”

Andrew Manatos, at right, was among the members of the first class of “Senators for Orthodoxy and Hellenism” installed on October 24 at the St. Sophia Cathedral in Washington, DC by His Eminence Elder-Metropolitan Emmanuel of Chalcedon and His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America. (Photo by Bill Petros)

The 12 lay members and 17 priests appointed to the first class of Senators for Orthodoxy and Hellenism are as follows:

Mr. Clifford Argue

Mr. Constantine Caras

Mr. Fred Chapekis

Mrs. Mary Jaharis

Mr. Stamatios Kartalopoulos

Mr. Andrew Manatos

Mr. George Marcus

Mr. John Payiavlas

Miss Paulette Poulos

Dr. Louis Roussalis

Mrs. Aphrodite Skeadas

Dr. Roy Vagelos

Fr. John Bakas

Fr. Peter Chamberas

Fr. Paul Costopoulos

Fr. Athanasios Demos

Fr. George Dragas

Fr. Alexander Karloutsos

Fr. Stephen Kyriacou

Fr. Alexander Leondis

Fr. John Metaxas

Fr. James Moulketis

Fr. Dean Paleologos

Fr. Thomas Paris

Fr. George Poulos

Fr. Sarantos Serviou

Fr. Constantine Sitaras

Fr. Robert Stephanopoulos

Fr. Dionysios Strouzas

Fr. Alexander Veronis

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