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Fr. Alexander Karloutsos Retires after 51 Years of Service, But Not Retreating

NEW YORK – The Reverend Protopresbyter Alexandros Karloutsos, Vicar General of the Holy Archdiocese of America in a letter he sent to acquaintances, friends and associates, thanked them for their cooperation and support during his 51 years of service to the Church and at the same time informed them that he was resigning from his position in the Archdiocese.

He also noted that he had written to His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros on March 25 that “my wife Presvytera Xanthi and I have done our best and we both feel it is the right time to now serve our local Church in the Hamptons and have more precious time with our children and grandchildren.”

Fr. Karloutsos also stated then, “I am retiring, but I will not be retreating.”

He pointed out that “with the blessings of the Archbishop, I will continue to work with the Order of Saint Andrew to raise funds for the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Foundation, and work until April, 2022, to bring about the completion of the Saint Nicholas National Shrine.”

Fr. Karloutsos also wrote: “It has never been my desire to ‘die in the saddle.’ or to sit behind an Archdiocesan desk until my last breath. My hope has always been to spend my remaining days, my last days, in front of an Altar Table where my service to Christ and His Church began. I have done my best to safeguard and increase the Parakatatheke, the ‘Sacred Deposit of the Faith,’ entrusted me by Archbishop Iakovos on September 11, 1970 and, thereafter, to meet the challenges and serve the ministries given me by this great Archbishop of blessed memory and by his most worthy successors.”

At the end of his letter, Fr. Karloutsos stated that “I simply wanted to write this note expressing my profound gratitude to everyone, whether they may be my friend or not. I have learned a lot about myself from both and each helped me become, hopefully, a better servant/leader along the way.”

He concluded with the following: “In closing, I would like to share with you all, as I did on the night when the Archons honored Xanthi and me, the following reflection entitled ‘ANYWAY’ by Mother Theresa, which seems completely apropos to the narrative of our lives as Presvytera and Priest:

‘People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered; forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway.

When you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will forget tomorrow; do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; give the world the best you have anyway.

You see in the final analysis, it is between you and God; it never was between you and them anyway.’

As Saint John Chrysostom invoked in his final words ‘Glory be to God for everything.’”

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