Let the newly elected Archbishop Elpidophoros of America be blessed and successful. The wish and the hope of all is for the new Archbishop to bring hope, rebirth, and brighter prospects to the truly troubled and suffering Archdiocese and to its institutions, among which the most pivotal one is our School of Theology in Boston. After all, his name Elpidophoros, means exactly that, the one who brings hope.
Certainly the Archdiocese of America is in great need for hope, vision, energy, rejuvenation – and an exit from hopelessness and desperation.
Some old and also some new defenders are trying to guild the debris of the Archdiocese itself, the St. Nicholas Church, the School and many more matters. The reality of the situation screams the truth at us and the spinning makes those people look very foolish. The new Archbishop Elpidophoros comes as bearer of hope, love, and unity for all and for everything. His election to the Archbishopric Throne of America opens a new chapter in the history of the Archdiocese and the Greek-American Community. We live in historic days and are experiencing moments of joy and relief because new horizons have opened before of us. It is like a resurrection in which “the old have passed” and should pass forever, and “now everything is new and must be renewed.”
There isn’t any margin for error, however, because the swamp is deep and extremely threatening.
If some can see and judge from the course and the achievements of Archbishop Elpidophoros in the ecclesiastical, administrative, and academic areas the new Archbishop has all the prerequisites needed to reconstruct the Archdiocese of America. He is the type of person who will run, work day and night, travel, and embrace the People of God with love and care – and they will embrace him and move forward. His success is one-way street and it will be the success of our Church and our Community.
The statement he made to The National Herald shortly after his unanimous election in Constantinople by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate is revealing and indicative. He said that, “I am deeply touched because the Ecumenical Patriarch and the Synod honored me with their vote and confidence. I express my feelings of gratitude to our Patriarch and the Holy Synod. I glorify God, and with His Grace I will serve the superb people of the Holy Archdiocese of America, a people whom I love and who love the Church, who are faithful to its traditions and respect our Ecumenical Patriarchate. I greet my beloved brother members of the Holy Synod and the other brother hierarchs and bless from my heart the reverend clergy and the People of God. I am looking forward to meeting our People. We have many things to do together. All together. Christ is risen.”