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Theodore Cardinal McCarrick honored with Athenagoras Award; Forty-Two new Archons invested

New York, NY
12/1/2010

Thedore Cardinal McCarrick became the 2010 Athenagoras Human Rights Award recipient. (Photos by J. Mindala)

His Eminence Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, PhD, D.D., became the twenty-fifth recipient of the Athenagoras Human Rights Award for his leadership in interfaith understanding, the pursuit of peace and reconciliation, and his constant support of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.  Cardinal McCarrick is the former Archbishop of Newark and the Archbishop Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.  His interfaith leadership has been recognized not only by the interfaith community globally, but also by the State Department of the United States of America.  He is a prominent leader in efforts for peace in the Middle East, a distinguished bridge-builder in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim relations, and a constant sojourner for peace, reconciliation and understanding around the world.  The Award was presented October 30th during the Grand Banquet of the Order’s annual three-day assembly held at the Hilton Hotel in New York City.

Approximately 600 Archons and guests attended the annual Archon Grand Banquet held in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton.  Diplomatic and ecclesiastical dignitaries and guests, including, among others, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, Rabbi Arthur Schneier and Senator Paul Sarbanes graced the event.

In his remarks, National Commander Anthony J. Limberakis said, “Archons have served in key societal roles since the 8th century BC in Ancient Athens, and later in the Imperial Court of Byzantium, at the Ecumenical Patriarchate during and subsequent to the Byzantine Empire and now, 3,000 years later, the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America are demonstrating the leadership of commitment and zeal in defending the Sacred Apostolic See of Saint Andrew and promoting religious freedom.”

Cardinal McCarrick offers his appreciation to Grand Banquet attendees.

After a special tribute video, Dr. Limberakis introduced Cardinal McCarrick, the 2010 Athenagoras Human Rights Award Recipient. In accepting the award, His Eminence said it was “an extraordinary honor,” noting how he had read the works of Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras. “He really was the man who introduced ecumenism to the world.” The cardinal also praised “the courage displayed by Patriarch Athenagoras in his meeting with Pope Paul VI in 1966 when the two leaders lifted the mutual excommunications from 1054.”

“It was a courageous statement,” said Cardinal McCarrick. “Raising the excommunications was not easy. They put love over theology.” He called it a “pure celebration of the mystery of God.”

His Eminence also recalled hearings held on Capitol Hill relating to religious freedom at which the cardinal testified under adverse conditions. “With broken arm he came to Congress to testify on behalf of religious freedom for the patriarchate,” he said.

Following the cardinal’s remarks, Archbishop Demetrios noted that Cardinal McCarrick’s career has been “a ministry of consistency with a powerful insistence on values.”

Established in 1986, the Award honors Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras, who served as Archbishop of the Americas for 18 years before being elected Ecumenical Patriarch in 1948.  He was universally recognized as a visionary leader of the world’s more than 300 million Orthodox Christians and worked for peace among churches and people throughout his life and ministry.

Previous recipients of the Award include President Jimmy Carter, President George H.W. Bush, Former Soviet President Mikhael Gorbachev, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mother Teresa, Elie Wiesel, Archbishop Iakovos of blessed memory, Archbishop Demetrios of America, Rabbi Arthur Schneier and, last year’s recipient, National Commander of the Order of Saint Andrew, Dr. Anthony Limberakis.  Learn more about the award at: archons.org/AthenagorasAward

Archbishop Demetrios, on behalf of the Archons, presented two pectoral crosses to Fr. Karloutsos and his wife, Presbytera Xanthi marking their fortieth wedding anniversary and his fortieth anniversary of ordination to the Holy Priesthood. (Photo by D. Panagos)

During the solemn Archon Investiture service the following day at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Archbishop Demetrios presented each Archon with the Cross of St. Andrew, along with the official Patriarchal Certificate specifying the offikion designated for each Archon.  Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit, Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey and Bishop Savas of Troas also participated in the investiture ceremony.

Following the investiture, Archbishop Demetrios, on behalf of the Archons, presented two pectoral crosses to Fr. Karloutsos and his wife, Presbytera Xanthi marking their fortieth wedding anniversary and his fortieth anniversary of ordination to the Holy Priesthood.  Pamela James, beloved niece of Vice Commander Bouras, created the crosses which were crafted in silver and gold and replicated to the crosses Archons are bestowed at their investiture.

The following forty-two Archons, comprising the largest class ever, were invested in the Order:

Archon-elects bear candles during the investiture ceremony held at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity.

William John Antholis, PhD, Prostatis Ton Grammaton
St. Sophia (Washington, DC)
Peter Theodore Arbes, Hartoularios
Holy Trinity (Westfield, NJ)
Charles Leonard Beck, Jr., MD, Aktouarios
Prophet Elias (Holladay, UT)
John Joseph Bilanin, Referendarios
Holy Ghost (Phoenixville, PA)
John J. Blazakis, Dikaiophylax
St. George (Piscataway, NJ)
Ronald Emanuel Canakaris, Ekdikos
Annunciation (Atlanta, GA)
Nicholas John Chakos, Protonotarios
Holy Cross (Pittsburgh, PA)
Paul G. Chiligiris, Nomophylax
Annuciation (Decatur, IL)
Elias Damianakis, Maestoros
Sts. Raphael, Nicholas and Irene (Palm Harbor, FL)
Jimmy Daskalos, Ostiarios
St. George (Albuquerque, NM)

Archbishop Demetrios prays over the new Archons.

George Demacopoulos, PhD, Didaskalos Tou Genous
St. Paraskevi (Greenlawn, NY)
Andre C. Dimitriadis, PhD, Referendarios
St. Sophia Cathedral (Los Angeles, CA)
and Kimisis (Southampton, NY)
John P. Eliopoulos, MD, Aktouarios
St. George (Lynn, MA) and St. Katherine (Naples, FL)
David P. Gdovin, Depoutatos
St. Michael (Binghampton, NY)
Thomas G. Jordan, Notarios
Assumption (St. Claire, MI)
George James Kallins, MD, Eftaxias
St. George (Downey, CA)
Michael Kapeluck, Maestoros
Sts. Peter and Paul (Carnegie, PA)
Michael A. Karloutsos, Eftaxias
St. George (Philadelphia, PA) and St. Luke (Broomall, PA)
Emanuel G. Katsoulis, Ostiarios
Archangel Michael (Port Washington, NY)
Arthur Labros, Nomophylax
Annunciation (Milwakee, WI)
and Sts. Constanine and Helen (Wauwatosa, Wisc.)
Demetreos Anthony Limberakis, Hartoularios
St. Vasilios (Peabody, MA)
Andrew Nicholas Liveris, Protonotarios
St. Dimitrios (Saginaw, MI) and Kimisis (Southampton, NY)
Paul Micevych, PhD, Aktouarios
St. Andrew (Los Angeles, CA)
and Sts. Volodymr and Olga (St. Paul, MN)
Frank Mihalopoulos, Depoutatos
Holy Trinity (Dallas, TX)
Basil Nicholas Mossaidis, Maestoros
St. Catherine (Falls Church, VA)
Nicholas Nichols, Orphanotrofos
St. Barbara (Toms River, NJ)
Dimitrios S. Panagos, Kastrinsios
Holy Trinity Church (Hicksville, NY)

The 2010 Archon Class.

Aristotle Papanikolaou, PhD, Prostatis Ton Grammaton
Sts. Constantine and Helen (Andover, MA)
Peter J. Pappas, Jr., Notarios
Holy Resurrection (Brookville, NY)
James Pedas, Hypomnimatografos
St. Sophia Cathedral (Washington, DC)
Theodore Pedas, Exarchos
St. Sophia Cathedral (Washington, DC)
John Psaras, Eftaxias
Holy Cross (Bay Ridge, NY)
Anargyros P. Sakellaris, Orphanotrofos
St. Catherine (Braintree, MA)
Emil Skocypec, Notarios
St. Andrew (South Bound Brook, NJ)
Spiridon Spireas, PhD, Aktouarios
St. George (Trenton, NJ)
William S. Stavropoulos, Skevophylax
St. Demetrios (Saginaw, MI) and St.. Katherine (Naples, FL)
John Tangalos, Dierminefs
St. John the Baptist (Sterling Heights, MI)
James Tasios, Kastrinsios
Annunciation (Winston Salem, NC)
Anthony Thomopoulos, Laosynaktis
St. Sophia (Los Angeles, CA)
Demosthenes Vasiliou, Depoutatos
St. Demetrios (Upper Darby, PA) and St. Luke (Broomall, PA)
James B. Zafiros, Hypomnimatografos
Holy Trinity (New Rochelle, NY)
Leonard Zangas, Hieromnimon
Archangel Michael (Port Washington, NY)

AXIOS! AXIOS! AXIOS!

For Archon Weekend photos, visit archons.org/photos»

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