L100 in Action - Issue #3 (April-May 2019)
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April-May 2019| Issue #3

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Archbishop Elpidophoros of America

Archpastoral Message Of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros To The Faithful Of The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Of America

May 15, 2019

My Beloved Faithful of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America: Χριστὀς Ἀνέστη! Christ is Risen! He is truly risen!

Even though I am, as the Apostle Paul once said, “absent in the body” from you, I am very much with you in heart, in mind, and in spirit (cf. I Cor. 5:3). I wanted to take this moment to communicate with you through this marvelous tool of social media, to express how much I desire to embrace all of you as spiritual children, and to manifest to you the love with which God has graced my heart for the precious flock of the Holy Archdiocese of America.

In the coming days and weeks, we will all be learning about one another. I have already received and continue to receive warm greetings and messages of congratulations from across America, and I am heartened by them all. You will be learning about me, but what I want all of you to know most importantly, is that I am coming to America not only to be your Archbishop, but I am coming to be your spiritual friend and brother, your servant in the Lord, your co-worker in Christ, and your fellow steward of all the gifts of God that have been bestowed upon the Greek Orthodox Faithful of America. Together we will bring the Holy Archdiocese of America to the greater understanding that we are the Body of Christ, and each of us a precious member.

To you and to all our Orthodox Christian Brethren across America, I bring the blessing of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. I am coming to you as your brother in Christ. And, on June 22nd at my Enthronement, I look forward to embracing our ecumenical and interfaith friends as well, and the whole pluralistic American society that values freedom of conscience and religious liberty with such intensity.

Let this be a time of hope and positive expectation for us all. We have much to accomplish together, and by God’s grace and with His strength, we must surely be victorious. Χριστὀς Ἀνέστη! Ἀληθῶς Ἀνέστη!

In the Risen Lord,

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Archbishop Elpidophoros of America

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Leadership 100 News
Metropolitan Augoustinos of Germany

Arrival And Enthronement of Archbishop Elpidophoros

Metropolitan Methodios of Boston, the Archiepiscopal Vicar, announces that the Enthronement Ceremony for His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America will take place at Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, 337 East 74th Street, New York, NY, on Saturday June 22, 2019 at 11:00 am. The Ceremony of Enthronement will be followed by an Enthronement Luncheon at 1:30 pm at the New York Hilton Midtown (1335 Avenue of the Americas).

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America will arrive in the United States on Wednesday, June 19th. In advance of his Enthronement, he will hold a series of meetings and encounters with the Hierarchs, Clergy, and Staff of the Holy Archdiocese, as well as Orthodox Hierarchs, and ecumenical and interfaith leaders.

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has appointed His Eminence Metropolitan Augoustinos of Germany as His Personal Representative for the Enthronement.

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Executive Director Paulette Poulos presents Leadership 100 gift to Metropolitan Methodios of Boston.


Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School Of Theology Holds 77th Commencement

Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology conducted its 77th Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 19. Almost 600 people of all ages witnessed the impressive ceremony in the Pappas Gymnasium.

His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston, Vicar of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Interim President of Hellenic College Holy Cross, delivered the invocation. His Grace Bishop Apostolos of Medeia, Chief Secretary of the Holy Eparchial Synod, then read a stirring message from His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America.

His Eminence wrote, “There is no doubt in my mind that Hellenic College Holy Cross constitutes the heart and the jewel of the Archdiocese.” Noting that the theological school of Halki is known as the Hill of Hope and HCHC occupies what is often referred to as the Sacred Hill, His Eminence expressed the belief that there is “a profound link between our two hills.”

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Lieut. Governor of California Eleni Kounalakis

Lieut. Governor of California Eleni Kounalakis Named State's International Affairs And Trade Chief

Lieutenant Governor of California Eleni Kounalakis, a longtime member of Leadership 100, was designated by Governor Gavin Newsom as his top representative to advance California’s economic interests abroad.

The executive order signed by Newsom creates the International Affairs and Trade Development Interagency Committee under Lt. Governor Kounalakis, a former United States Ambassador, who will serve as Chair of the committee in her new role as the Governor’s International Affairs and Trade Development Representative.

Eleni Kounalakis was sworn into office as lieutenant governor of California in January, becoming the first woman ever elected to the post. Kounalakis worked as ambassador to Hungary under President Barack Obama. She decided last year to run for California’s second highest office.

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(L to R) Dean Metropoulos, Simon Kassianides, Marianne Metropoulos and Costas Mandylor, at London screening in February 2019.

Marianne Metropoulos Film Cliffs Of Freedom Opens In US Theatres

Cliffs of Freedom, a true passion project for Executive Producer and Co-writer Marianne Metropoulos, a longtime member of Leadership 100 along with Dean Metropoulos also an Executive Producer of the film, was developed over several years as a story that would bring the Greek War for Independence alive for modern audiences. “As a proud Greek-American,” explains Metropoulos, “I wanted to produce a feature film depicting Greece’s fight for freedom after 400 years of occupation by the Ottoman Turks. This pivotal period in Greece’s history is less known to many, and it tells of the Greeks’ commitment and perseverance to achieve freedom or choose death rather than to live enslaved.”

The film opened in March in select theatres throughout the country. For current screenings, tickets and viewing, go to websites https://tickets.cliffsoffreedomfilm.com/ and http://www.cliffsoffreedomfilm.com/videos.

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2019 AHI Honorees (L-R) Ambassador Patrick Theros, Dr. Spiro Spireas, Eleni Bousis, Nicholas Chimicles.

AHI Honors Leadership 100 Members At Awards Dinner

The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) hosted its 44th Anniversary Hellenic Heritage Achievement and National Public Service Awards Dinner, March 9, 2019, at the Capital Hilton, Washington, D.C.

AHI honored a distinguished set of awardees based upon their important career achievements and contributions to the Greek American community or community at-large. They were:

• Eleni D. Bousis, Philanthropist and a member of Leadership 100 Board of Trustees

• Nicholas E. Chimicles, Founder and Chairman, Chimicles, Schwartz, Kriner, & Donaldson-Smith LLP and a long-time member of Leadership 100.

• Spiro Spireas, Ph.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, SigmaPharm Laboratories, LLC; and a long-time member of Leadership 100.

• Ambassador Patrick N. Theros, former U.S. Ambassador to Qatar and Strategic Advisor, Gulf International Forum.

AHI Foundation President Constantine Galanis offered greetings and introduced AHI President Nick R. Larigakis, who reviewed the Institute’s initiatives and programs that are provided to the community.

“Tonight, we honor four outstanding members of the Greek American community for setting an example not only of professional excellence but of selfless service to others, which is the ultimate definition of the ideals of Hellenism,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said.

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