BROOKLYN, NY – The Three Hierarchs Greek Orthodox Church community in Brooklyn honored Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas with the Hellenic Heritage Award for her valuable service in the field of justice and her contributions to the Hellenic community on January 29 in the community’s event hall.
The ceremony took place after the Great Vespers service for the Feast of the Three Hierarchs, presided over by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, assisted by the community’s presiding priest, Archimandrite Eugene Pappas and a number of local area priests.
In his remarks, Archbishop Demetrios described DA Singas as an excellent example of the Hellenic community’s ethos with her great contribution to society.
His Eminence said, ”Justice must work effectively against any wrongdoer, no matter how high his position, or how strong he is. The DA is a guarantor of the civil and social rights of citizens. In the person of Madeline Singas, justice has a prosecutor performing her duties with responsibility, professionalism, and a sense of justice, and we warmly congratulate her for that.”
Singas then warmly thanked the Three Hierarchs community for their great honor, spoke warmly and proudly of her Greek origins and her Christian faith.
She said, ”Each year, I represent the state before the court in 30,000 cases in the Nassau region of New York with the primary purpose of fairly prosecuting the case.
In each trial, my counselor and judge are the Greek-Christian ideals and values ??I was taught by my parents. Justice, dignity, honesty, courage, respect, and humility.
We Greeks are proud of our culture, history and our Orthodox Christian faith. On the occasion of the celebration of the Greek Letters, the message I would like to send is that it is a duty and an obligation for all of us to maintain our national identity and to pass it on to the younger generations.”
Archbishop Demetrios, Archimandrite Eugene Pappas, congratulated Singas, noting that this year’s honor is particularly important as she is the first woman to receive the Hellenic Heritage award since its establishment in 2003.
Three Hierarchs Parish Council President John Eugenis thanked the faithful who honored the community with their presence at the church’s feast and congratulated the honoree.
Dr. Steven Gounardes, President of the Saint Basil Academy, made reference to the history of the Academy, which, he said, is celebrating 75 years of operation this year and asked the Greek community for assistance and support for the institution to continue its sacred mission.
President of the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York Cleanthis Meimaroglou congratulated the honoree and then asked for the financial and moral assistance of all the Greek community for the successful organization of the annual Greek Independence Parade on 5th Avenue, which this year will take place on April 14.
Following the event, the Philoptochos Society of the community presented Archbishop Demetrios a cake for his 91st birthday, with all the attendees wishing him the best for many years to come.
Also among those present was AHEPA Supreme Vice President and member of the Three Hierarchs community James Kokotas.
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