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All Archons of America invited to participate in New England Archon Retreat, this Monday, April 19, 7PM EDT

On behalf of Regional Commanders Dr. Aristotle Papanikolaou and Drake G. Behrakis, all Archons of America are invited to participate in the annual New England Archon Retreat this Monday, April 19 at 7PM EDT. The Retreat will focus on care of God’s creation and will be held virtually via Zoom. Additional information is listed below.

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has been affectionately called “The Green Patriarch” in recognition of his global reputation as a leader promoting care of God’s creation. Accordingly, with the blessing of Metropolitan Methodios, the annual New England Archon Retreat will have the theme of “Greening the Parish: Answering the Green Patriarch’s Call.” The Retreat is being organized by Regional Commanders Dr. Aristotle Papanikolaou and Drake G. Behrakis and will be held via Zoom on Monday, April 19 at 7PM EDT. The featured speaker is Rev. Protopresbyter Nicolas Kazarian, Ecumenical Officer for Inter-Orthodox Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Father Nicolas will speak about the Ecumenical Patriarch’s work on environmental issues, along with the new initiative of the Archdiocese of America to green the parishes. In January 2021, the Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations began a four-part webinar series on Greening the Parish, featuring conversations between expert panelists on what it means to be a steward of creation through the lens of our Orthodox Christian theology, best practices, and daily action. This will also be the focus of the Retreat.

Rev. Protopresbyter Nicolas Kazarian was born in France; he has an undergraduate degree from the Institute of Orthodox Theology Saint Serge in Paris, and continued his studies at the Universities of Cyprus in Nicosia, and Thessaloniki in Greece, before moving to Switzerland to start an MA in Orthodox Theology at the Orthodox Theological Institute of Chambésy. He completed his Ph.D. at the Sorbonne. He is the author of numerous publications about the Orthodox Church, ecumenical dialogue, interfaith relations and geopolitics in various languages. Along with his work as Ecumenical Officer and Director of the Department on Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, he is the parish priest of St. Eleftherios Greek Orthodox Church in Manhattan.

Annual New England Archon Retreat

“Greening the parish: answering to the Green Patriarch’s call”

Rev. Dr. Nicolas Kazarian, Ecumenical Officer of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Monday, April 19


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