The Hierarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Metropolitan Theodoritos of Laodikea, was proclaimed an Honorary Citizen of Agia Paraskevi on Sunday, following a unanimous decision of the Board of Directors of the municipality.
At the ceremony, the Mayor, Yannis Stathopoulos and the City Council President, Gerasimos Vlachos, characterized the distinction awarding of the Hierarch as a minimal example of respect and recognition for the important teaching, social and philanthropic work he has offered for twenty years (1980-2000) in the city, as the primate of the church of Agia Paraskevi.
Deputy Mayor Dimitris Kontaxis spoke about the life, personality and action of the honored person, and made a special reference to his work on the city and, among other things, mentioned the renovation with modern technical works and the expansion of Agia Paraskevi after 50 years of operation.
The Mayor then gave Theodoritos the honorary plaque for his commendation as an honorary citizen of Agia Paraskevi.
For his part, Metropolitan Theodoritos thanked them for the unanimous honorific recognition and then spoke about his 20 years in Agia Paraskevi, people’s love, the unconditional and unselfish support to his work by many, as well as about the collaboration he had with the Mayors of the city from 1980 to 2000, S. Katsara, L. Hatziandreou and St. Kotsi.
Subsequently, Metropolitan Joseph of Proikonissos read a congratulatory letter from the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the mayor and the city council.
In addition, Archimandrite Nektarios Tsolakis, the representative of the Archdiocese of Athens, addressed the greetings.