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Order of Saint Andrew, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Adds 35 Distinguished New Members

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, in the presence of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, presided at the Investiture of thirty-five new Archons from throughout the United States, following the Divine Liturgy at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, on Sunday, October 31, 2021. The new Archons have dedicated themselves to the protection and defense of the Mother Church of Constantinople.

His All-Holiness told the new Archons: “Honorable Archons, you are from this moment appointed guardians of the sacred traditions of our Church and the noble values of our Nation. In your person, you combine piety and nobility, modesty and creativity, an ecclesiastical attitude and spirit of service, loyalty to Tradition and a spirit of modernity by offering so much to society, economy, science, progress and civilization. We are certain that this honor bestowed upon you today by the Ecumenical Patriarchate will release within you renewed energy to support fresh activities.”

His All-Holiness also stated: “Honorable Archons, the Mother Church blesses you. It is proud of you for this sacred association and good witness, for your presence and contribution. Your Patriarch appreciates you, loves you, prays for you and your families. We ask that you transmit to your children, the new generation of our Community, the love for the Church and for our most precious civilization. Once again, wholehearted congratulations. Axioi!”

The National Commander of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Dr. Anthony J. Limberakis, said: “The Archon of the Great Church of Christ is a Defender of the Faith and as such is expected to demonstrate leadership in the support of his local Parish, Diocese/Metropolis, Archdiocese and, most importantly, the Ecumenical Patriarchate. To the Archon Class of 2021, we offer our heartfelt congratulations.”

During the solemn Archon Investiture service, His All-Holiness presented each Archon with the Cross of St. Andrew along with the official Patriarchal Certificate specifying the Offikion designated by His All-Holiness for each Archon.

Archons invested:

Nicholas Anagnostopoulos, Archon Hartoularios, West Nyack, NY, Real Estate Management and Investor

Soterios Theodore Argeroplos, Archon Eftaxias, Ellicott City, MD, AMA Systems CEO/Founder,Point Redemption Fulfillment and Global Trade

Hon. Alex Michael Azar, Archon Aktouarios, Washington, DC, Antiochian Orthodox Jurisdiction, 24th U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (2018–2021)

Nicholas Mtanios Azar, Archon Orphanotrophos, Casper, WY, Petroleum Industry Executive

George Kostas Bovis, MD, Archon Ostiarios, Northbrook, IL Neurosurgeon

Richard T. Browne, Archon Referendarios, Westchester, NY, CEO Construction Management, Saint Nicholas Shrine

Spyros Catechis, PhD, Archon Maistor, Houston, TX, Education Consultant

Hon. Steven George Counelis, Archon Nomophylax, Anaheim, CA, Judge, California Superior Court

Michael Efthimios Economou, Archon Skevophylax, Upper Darby, PA, Electronic Systems Design and Maintenance

John George Gumas, Archon Hartophylax, San Francisco, CA, Advertising and Interactive Marketing Executive

Elias Anthony Iliadis, MD, Archon Exarchos, Cherry Hill, NJ, Physician Cardiologist

Theodore Michael Kakoyiannis, Esq., Archon Dikaiophylax, New York, NY, Attorney

Constantine James Kalaris, Archon Laosynaktis, Annapolis, MD, Kalaris Family Vineyards

Ilias Katsos, Archon Depoutatos, Southampton, NY, Construction Management Consultant

Dennis Demosthenes Kokenes, MD, Archon Asingritis, Charlotte, NC, Physician Gastroenterologist

Demetrios Kokotas, Archon Referendarios, Brooklyn, NY, Supreme President, Order of AHEPA

Steve Sava Kontos, Archon Notarios, Tenafly, NJ, Kontos Food Products

Hon. Michael John Kotsakas Kratsios, Archon Kastrinsios, Washington, DC, U.S. Chief Technology Officer (2019–2021), U.S. Acting Under Secretary of Defense Research and Engineering (2020–2021)

Kyriacos Charles Kyriacou, Esq., Archon Ekdikos, Los Angeles, CA, Attorney

Angelo Harry Magafan, Archon Laosynaktis, Washington, DC, Real Estate Investor

Vasilios Mathews, MD, Archon Referendarios, Houston, TX, Orthopedic Surgeon

Pantelis Michalos, MD, Archon Aktouarios, Southampton, NY, Ophthalmologist

George K. Moutis, Archon Hartophylax, Ocean City, NJ, Construction Management Consultant

Petros Neomanitakis, Archon Hartoularios, Brooklyn, NY, Real Estate Investor

Dean George Pappas, Esq., Archon Protekdikos, Houston, TX, Attorney

Fotios Piniros, Archon Protonotarios, Rye, NY, Private Wealth Advisor

George G. Harry Poulon, Archon Depoutatos, Brooklyn, NY, Civil Engineer

Gregory Saad, Archon Nomodotis, Mobile, AL, Real Estate Investments, Commercial and Industrial Brokerage and Development

Anis Nicola Shamiyeh, Esq., Archon Notarios, Walnut Creek, CA, Palestinian and Jordanian Orthodox Vicariate Attorney

Demetrios Gregory Skedros, MD, Archon Maistor, Salt Lake City, UT, Otolaryngology Surgeon

George John Spanos, Archon Ostiaros, Camp Hill, PA, Information Technology Executive

Col. Michael Leonidas Therianos, Jr., Archon Asingritis, Colorado Springs, CO, U.S. Air Force, Retired

Stephen Donald Tibbs, Archon Orphanotrophos, Irvine, CA, Strategic Planning Consultant

Chris Evan Tsamutalis, CPA, Archon Skevophylax, Tenafly, NJ, Certified Public Accountant

Chris Vasilakis, MD, Archon Imnodos, Morgantown, WVA, Orthopedic Surgeon

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