Clergy and Archons invited to recommend worthy individuals to become Archons of the Great Church of Christ fighting for the religious freedom and well-being of the Holy Mother Church, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople
With the blessings of the Exarch His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, the Order of St. Andrew is now accepting recommendations for the high office of Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Clergy and Archons who recommend an individual should direct that individual to the online credentialing page.
One of the greatest honors bestowed on a layman of the Great Church of Christ, and one of the most sobering responsibilities which an Orthodox communicant can assume, is to be named an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Each year, the Archon Offikion is conferred upon a select group of churchmen by the Ecumenical Patriarch, as represented by his Exarch, the Archbishop of America. The Bylaws of the Order limit the number of new Archons to no more than 20 annually.
Recommended candidates who are passionate in their desire to serve the needs of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and fight for its religious freedom, may do so by completing the Candidate Credentials Form available online. The credentialing process includes the participation of the respective Hierarch, Priest, a Nominating Archon an Endorsing Archon and the Regional Commander. Ultimately the candidates are presented to Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for transmittal to His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew who will finalize the selection.
This year we are inaugurating a New Archon Mentorship Program that will provide to each new Archon, an individual Archon Mentor who will assist the new Archon in fulfilling the serious and substantive responsibilities he will about to assume with his investiture. This new important mentoring role will be fulfilled by the Nominating Archon of each candidate.
The Archon Selection Committee is now accepting new recommendations effective immediately with a closing date of May 31, 2021 when all materials must be submitted.