Archbishop Elpidophoros of America convened the Holy Eparchial Synod via teleconference for a regularly scheduled meeting.
The proceedings focused on the preparation for the 200-year Anniversary of the Greek Revolution.
Pertinent to the proceedings were the following:
1) A special Doxology Service was presented and approved for the 200-year Anniversary of the Greek Revolution by the Archbishop. The Doxology Service, in two languages, Greek and English, is available for use in the Holy Metropolises and Parishes.
2) It was decided that an Archepiscopal and Synodical Encyclical will be published for this historic anniversary for the Greek nation and for all Greek-Americans.
3) The members of the Holy Eparchial Synod exchanged well wishes upon the commencement of Holy and Great Lent. The Archbishop wished the Metropolitans spiritual fruitfulness and vigilance during the blessed pilgrimage towards Holy Pascha.
2020 – 2022 Archdiocesan Council membership and committees assignments were announced
With the blessing of Archbishop Elpidophoros, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America also announced the membership and committee assignments for the 2020-2022 term of the Archdiocesan Council.
This term, the Archdiocesan Council is welcoming a record number of first time Members to its ranks as Archbishop Elpidophoros continues to welcome new voices and points of view into the governance of the church.
The Archdiocesan Council is the advisory and consultative body to the Archbishop and to the Holy Eparchial Synod, and are involved and responsible for the oversight of matters and issues that affect the life, growth and unity of the Archdiocese.
The work of the Council is achieved through strategic committees, made up of Members and key staff individuals from the departments, ministries and institutions of the Archdiocese.
After collaborating throughout the year, the Archdiocese and her ministries are driven by the expertise and formation that come about through this synergy.
While the main decision-making authority of the Archdiocese is ultimately the Clergy-Laity Congress which meets every two years, the Council exercises interim authority in lieu of the Congress.
The Archdiocesan Council’s voting members are the Archbishop as President, the Members of the Holy Eparchial Synod, the Auxiliary Bishops, and the Chancellor of the Archdiocese.
Following that, there are fifty-one members appointed by the Archbishop, each Past Vice-President of the Council, the Chancellors of each Metropolis, the Vice President of the Archdiocesan District Council and the Metropolis Councils, and finally one Clergy and two lay persons from the Archdiocesan District and each Metropolis, elected by their Local Assembly.
From this body of voting members come the important positions of Officers, mainly being Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The officers have daily interactions with the Archbishop and the Staff at the Archdiocese, and are deeply involved in the workings of the Archdiocese.
Bearing both a moral and fiduciary responsibility, the Officers work together with the Archbishop to guide the Archdiocese throughout the year, and ensure that the intentions of the Archdiocesan Council are being carried out on a daily basis.