L100 in Action - Issue #2 (Spring/Summer 2020)
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Spring/Summer 2020 Issue #2

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Arthur C. Anton, Sr.

In Memoriam

Arthur C. Anton, Sr.

The Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Fund mourns the loss of a beloved Founder and esteemed former Chairman, Arthur C. Anton, Sr., who passed away on July 26 at the age of 95.

As one of the seven Founding Members and the Chairman who oversaw our phenomenal growth from 2000 to 2004, Arthur gave his heart and soul to Leadership 100.

With his beloved wife of 67 years, Madeline, who passed away in 2018, he presided over Leadership 100 with grace and wisdom, imparting his love to all.

Invested as Archon Depoutatos by Archbishop Iakovos of Blessed Memory, the Founder of Leadership 100, he was a dedicated Christian who unselfishly served his Church at every level for decades, with honor and dignity.

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30th Annual Leadership 100 Conference in 2021 To be Replaced with Virtual Annual Meeting

The 30th Annual Leadership 100 Conference, scheduled for February 4-7, 2021 at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona, has been postponed and will be replaced by a Virtual Annual Meeting during the same period. Our Chairman, Argyris Vassiliou, stated: “This unfortunate action was taken due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding air travel and large gatherings.”

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Archbishop Elpidophoros in Oval Office with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.


Archbishop Elpidophoros meets with President Trump on Hagia Sophia

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros met with President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at the White House on July 23 over the concerns of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese regarding the seizure and re-conversion of the Hagia Sophia into a mosque.

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Ecumenical Patriarchate for Pastoral Health Care.

Are we ready? Thoughts and Concerns Regarding the Future

By The Steering Committee of the Network of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Pastoral Health Care

The novel coronavirus has brought an overwhelming strain to public health systems throughout the world, causing physical and emotional pain to millions. It has jolted the world’s economy, bringing on poverty and sparking a global hunger crisis. It has aroused untamable fear and paranoia, causing unprecedented political, social and religious contention, together with rioting, killings, and domestic violence. What overshadows all of this is the uncertainty of when it will all end.

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Archbishop Elpidophoros with Governor Andrew Cuomo at St. Nicholas, flanked by Fr. Vasileios Drossos, far left, and Fr. Alexander Karloutsos, far right.


Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine Resumes Construction at The World Trade Center

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, with the leadership of the Friends of St. Nicholas and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, visited the World Trade Center on August 3 to witness the resumption of construction of the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine, the only house of worship destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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Hellenic College - Holy Cross.


Hellenic College-Holy Cross Classes to Continue Online for Fall Semester

In a letter to the Hellenic College Holy Cross community, President George M. Cantonis announced that, in light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the campus will not reopen for the fall semester and all courses will continue to be taught online. “This decision was not made lightly,” he stressed. “Administrators and staff spent countless hours exploring ways to reopen the campus. Although there were many obstacles, the bottom line always came back to ensuring the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. Our plan is to reopen the campus for the spring semester 2021 and we will be working diligently to ensure that this occurs.”

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Ann Mitsakos Bezzerides, Ph.D.

Office of Vocation and Ministry Thank You

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The Telos Parish Outreach Program.


Our Young Adults Step Up: The Telos Parish Outreach Program By Ann Bezzerides

Since 2017, the Telos Project has been endeavoring to serve and nourish young adults in the Orthodox Church, empowered by its ties with HCHC’s Office of Vocation of Ministry and the Lilly Foundation. In the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic, a sub-initiative of the Telos project was born, called the Telos Parish Outreach Program (Telos POP). It’s a project aimed at flexibly empowering Orthodox young people, during these times and onward.

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Metropolis of Boston Camp.


A Summer to Remember

The Metropolis of Boston Camp concludes its Separate...But United! Virtual Camp experience. Thanks to the amazing creativity and energy of the Staff Team Virtual Camp was a great success - they both engaged and entertained all of the participants. Over the two one-week long sessions MBC was able to welcome over 175 youth and young adults from throughout New England, New Jersey, Chicago, Maryland, New York and even from as far as Russia! The Virtual Camp program closely modeled a normal day at camp...bringing a sense of normalcy and familiarity to our campers. Every morning and evening, the Camp came together to offer prayers and hymns which we all know and love. The campers of our Metropolis participated in Orthodox Life Sessions during which they discussed topics that pertain to love, self control, prayer and joy - basic Christian themes that ignite thoughtful discussions and engaging questions.

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Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Detroit.


Metropolis of Detroit Virtual Summer Camp Reunion

The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Detroit summer camps continue to create virtual ministry opportunities for their campers and staff in the summer of 2020 to connect in faith and fellowship, despite the closure of camps due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ionia Village Alumni Network.

Ionian Village Launches Alumni Network

In the wake of cancelling the Summer 2020 program, the Office of Ionian Village is refocusing on two very important aspects of the program: Longevity and Year-Round engagement.

For 50 years Ionian Village has served the youth and young adults of the Archdiocese. Since 1970, over 18,000 participants (Campers, Staff, Medical Staff, and Clergy) have passed through the gates of Ionian Village, leaving forever transformed. The Office of Ionian Village is working to cultivate enthusiastic support from the thousands of alumni from across the country and worldwide in the form of a robust IV Alumni Network.

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The Orthodox Christian Studies Center.


Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University Advances Orthodox Christian Theology of Human Rights

The Orthodox Christian Studies Center, Fordham University, was given a Leadership 100 grant of $250,000 over four years for the program “Affirming an Orthodox Christian Theology of Human Rights.” Initial funding of $50,000 for 2018, $50,000 for 2019, and $50,000 for 2020 has been provided. The multi-year, interdisciplinary, international research initiative’s product will be publications to provide analyses of Orthodox Christianity’s engagement with human rights discourse and to develop constructive proposals affirming an Orthodox Christian theology of human rights. The Leadership 100 grant is intended to supplement a grant award of $360,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation.

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