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The Annual Archon Weekend: Oct 17-20, 2024 (Hotel Reservations Now Available)

2024 Archon Weekend

Save the date for October 17-20, 2024, as the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate gather together in New York City for the Annual Archon Weekend focusing on religious freedom pursuits for the Mother Church of Constantinople. Day-by-day details along with room rates and reservation link are found below.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Foundation Board of Trustees Breakfast Meeting

9:00–11:00AM

New York Hilton Midtown, 3rd Floor, Mercury Rotunda

Board members of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Foundation will gather to deliberate and decide on important issues regarding the Foundation.

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Engagement Committees joined by National Council, Regional Commanders  Luncheon Meeting

12:00–3:00PM

New York Hilton Midtown, 3rd Floor, Mercury Ballroom

Chairs and Vice Chairs of the Archon Engagement Committees will joined by National Council members and Regional Commanders to coordinate and launch new engagement activities.

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An Evening With Maria Callas for FOUNDERS in good standing

6:00–10:00PM

The University Club of New York, 1 West 54th Street, New York

FOUNDERS in good standing (pledges up-to-date) of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Foundation are invited to attend An Evening with Maria Callas–a performance in support of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Foundation by the world-renowned opera company Teatro Grattacielo. An elegant reception will begin at 6:00PM followed by dinner and performance at 7:00PM.

Maria Callas (Maria Anna Cecilia Sofia Kalogeropoulos) was a Greek-American soprano who was one of the most celebrated and significant opera singers of the twentieth century. Her awe-inspiring musical and dramatic abilities led to her being widely known as La Divina (“The Divine One”).

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18

Archon Boot Camp

9:30–11:30AM

New York Hilton Midtown

Chair John Zavitsanos, Esq. and Archon Committee members will address Archons-elect and their families as they are about to assume the serious responsibility to defend the Holy Mother Church. National Council members and Regional Commanders and all Archons are invited to attend and reenergize their commitment to the mission of the Order.

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National Council and Regional Commanders Luncheon Meeting

12:00–3:00PM

New York Hilton Midtown

Private meeting with members of the National Council and Regional Commanders who will offer an overview and briefing of regional Archon activities in their respective Metropolis. Approval of the Annual Audited Financial Statements by National Council will take place.

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Nicholas J. Bouras Award For Extraordinary Archon Stewardship Award Presentation and Dinner Dance

6:00PM Cocktails
7:00PM Dinner and Dancing

New York Athletic Club, 180 Central Park S, New York, NY

All Archons, Archons-elect and family members are invited as we begin the evening with a cocktail reception, followed by an elegant dinner and formal presentation of the Nicholas J. Bouras Award for Extraordinary Archon Stewardship to Peter J. Skeadas, Archon Hieromnimon by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the National Commander. After the presentation program, the evening concludes with festive dancing and fellowship where Archons, Archons-elect and their families meet and socialize within the Archon family. Archons-elect will be gratis.

The Award is named after the late National Vice Commander Nicholas J. Bouras, Archon Depoutatos, who had demonstrated during his lifetime, and now through his Foundation, remarkable leadership as a faithful son of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and extraordinary Archon stewardship of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

An Official Invitation will follow to All Archons and Archons-elect.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19

Orientation Breakfast for Archons-elect and their families, together with National Council members and Regional Commanders, and Engagement Chairs

8:00–9:30AM

New York Hilton Midtown, Rendezvous Trianon & Petit Trianon Room, 3rd Floor

Archons-elect and their families will gather for an orientation presentation by the National Commander who will offer a multi-media program reviewing the awesome responsibilities and roles of Archons, who are advocates of religious freedom and Protecting the Future of Faith.

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Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Order of St. Andrew Annual Meeting

10:00AM–12:00PM

New York Hilton Midtown, Trianon Ballroom, 3rd Floor

All Archons, Archons-elect and families are expected to attend the annual meeting to discuss the vision and strategy to secure religious freedom for the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Specific religious freedom programing, formal committee reports and other items of concern regarding the well-being of the Ecumenical Patriarchate will be presented thereby offering an open Archon forum for deliberation. Archons-elect will be introduced to Archbishop Elpidophoros.

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Archon Agape Luncheon and Presentation of Archon Sophia Award for Excellence

12:30–2:30PM

New York Hilton Midtown, Mercury Ballroom, 3rd Floor

All Archons, Archons-elect and families are invited to attend our annual Agape Luncheon which will feature the presentation of the Archon Sophia Award for Excellence to Archon John G. Gumas.

The Archon Sophia Award for Excellence is given annually by the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to an individual or individuals who have distinguished themselves in endeavors that serve the needs of the Holy Mother Church and the Sacred Mission of the Archons of the Great Church of Christ.

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Athenagoras Human Rights Award Banquet

6:00PM Cocktails
7:00PM Dinner

New York Hilton Midtown, Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor

The black-tie gala is the Archon premier event and fundraiser which begins with a one-hour cocktail reception, followed by the introduction of the dais and the presentation of the 2024 Athenagoras Human Rights Award to Yulia Navalnaya, the widow of martyred Russian hero Alexei Navalny and now herself the leader of the Russian opposition.

An Official Invitation will follow to All Archons and Archons-elect.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19

Matins and Procession of Archons and Archons-Elect

8:30AM

New York Hilton Midtown, Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Archons and Archons-elect will assemble in Cathedral undercroft for a group portrait and additional instructions. Then all Archons will process into the Cathedral together for Matins, Divine Liturgy and the Archon Investiture service.

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Divine Liturgy and Archon Investiture

9:45AM–1:00PM

Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

The morning begins with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America and members of the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Archdiocese participating. At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, the Archon Class of 2024 will be invested and presented with their Offikia and Cross of Saint Andrew.

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Archon Fellowship Reception

1:00PM

Cathedral Center Ballroom

Following Divine Liturgy and the Investiture of the Archon Classes, an Archon Fellowship Reception of Thanksgiving hosted by the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate will be offered in the adjacent Cathedral Center ballroom.

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ACCOMMODATIONS

New York Hilton Midtown
New York Hilton Midtown
1335 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10019
Group discounted rate is: $369.00 with code: Order of St. Andrew

DIVINE LITURGY

Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
337 E 74th St, New York, NY 10021
(212) 288-3215

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