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Order of Saint Andrew, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Adds 36 Distinguished New Members

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, accompanied by His Eminence Demetrios, former Geron Archbishop of America, presided at the Investiture of thirty-six new Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate from throughout the United States, following the Divine Liturgy at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on Sunday, October 9, 2022. Also present was His Beatitude Theodore II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa. Like their distinguished brethren in the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, the new Archons have dedicated themselves to the protection and defense of the Mother Church of Constantinople.

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros told the new Archons: “This day for the installation of the new class of Archons is indeed an auspicious one. For it is occurring in the presence of His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa. You are receiving the high office and name of ‘Archon’ at this first and very special Patriarchal Divine Liturgy, presided over by the one who is enthroned on the See of Saint Mark the Apostle and Evangelist – and on the very day of His Enthronement eighteen years ago, no less.”

His Eminence added: “You are being endowed by His All-Holiness Himself with the Offikion that he has personally selected for you. Let his brother Patriarch, standing before you, be a perpetual memorial in your souls of the great honor bestowed upon you, and of the responsibility that you now bear to defend and magnify the Mother Church of Constantinople with all your strength, with all your heart, and with all your mind. May you always be worthy! ΑΞΙΟΙ!”

The National Commander of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Dr. Anthony J. Limberakis, said: “To the Archon Class of 2022, we offer our heartfelt congratulations. In addition, we extend our deep appreciation to the Committee to Recommend New Archons chaired by Archon Constantine G. Caras, Esq. who administered the selection process in a most systematic, comprehensive and diligent manner.”

During the solemn Archon Investiture service, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America and His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, formally of America presented each Archon with the Cross of St. Andrew along with the official Patriarchal Certificate specifying the Offikion designated by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for each Archon.

Archons invested:

Theodore John Angelis, Esq., Archon Ekdikos, Seattle, Washington, Attorney

Constantine Michael Boukidis, Esq., Archon Nomophylax, Los Angeles, CA, Attorney

George Dangas, M.D., PhD, Archon Referendarios, New York, NY, Interventional Cardiologist

Damon Diamantaras, Archon Depoutatos, Houston,TX, Principal, Sales and Marketing

Andrew John Eliopulos, Archon Hartoularios, Northridge, CA, Real Estate Developer

Stephen Ferranti, Archon Referendarios, Tenafly, NJ, Information Technology Specialist

Spyros Georgopalis, Archon Skevophylax, Hempstead, NY, Food Service Industry

John Henry Gountanis, Esq., Archon Dikaiophylax, Washington, DC and Westchester, IL, Attorney

Alexandros John Haralambides, Esq., Archon Nomodotis, Miami, FL, Attorney

Kyriakos Karabelas, Esq., Archon Nomophylax, New York, Attorney and Bank President

Sotiris K. Kolokotronis, Archon Ostiarios, Sacramento, CA, Real Estate Developer

George Steve Kounoupis, Esq., Archon Dikaiophylax, Bethlehem, PA, Attorney

Alexandros K. Kyrou, Ph.D, Archon Hypomnematographos, Arlington, MA, Author and Professor

James G. Lakerdas, Esq., Archon Asingritis, Chicago, IL, Attorney

Stamatios Lerakis, M.D., PhD, Archon Aktouarios, New York, NY, Noninvasive Cardiologist and Multimodality Cardiac Imager

Thomas Makkos, Archon Laosynaktis, New York, Principal, Food Service and Real Estate Industries

Thrasyvoulos Maroulis, Archon Aktouarios, Norfolk, VA, Produce and Food Service Industry

Anthony W. Megas, Archon Notarios, Jacksonville, FL, Real Estate Services

Phillip Nicolaides, Archon Maestor, Upper Darby PA, Food Service Industry

Anthony Papamarkos, Archon Maestor, Fairview, NJ, Food Service Industry

Basil Pappas, Archon Exarchos, Baltimore, MD, Corporate Executive, International Food Supply

George Postolos, Esq., Archon Eftaxias, Houston TX, Attorney, Sports Services

Robert Benjamin Powell, Archon Depoutatos, Miami, FL, Principal, Floral Services

Nawaf Salameh, MD, Archon Referendarios, New York, Industrialist

Charles Peter Sandilos, Esq., Archon Ekdikos, Cherry Hill, NJ, Attorney

James Nicholas Schooley, DDS, Archon Aktouarios, Columbus, OH, Dentist

Yanni H. Sianis, Archon Skevophylax, Chicago, IL, Financial Services

James C. Skedros, Ph.D, Archon Didaskalos Tou Genos, Weston, MA, University Professor, former Dean, Holy Cross Seminary

Peter Tarhanidis, Ph.D, Archon Kastrinsios, Westfield, NJ, Educator, Strategic Planning and Management

Romey Terezi, Archon Notarios, Naples, FL, Food Service Industry

Nikolaos Theofanis, Archon Hartoularios, Camp Hill, PA, Engineer

Peter Ernest Tiboris, Archon Ieromnemon, Boca Raton, FL, Music Industry, Orchestra Director

Elias Demetrios Trahanas, Esq., Archon Prostatis Ton Gramaton, Merrick, NY, Attorney

Stephanos Gus Trakas, Archon Hartoularios, Greenville, SC, Corporate Executive, Textile and Related Industries

George James Vlahakos, Esq., Archon Nomodotis, Houston, TX, Attorney

Thomas P. Williams, DDS, MD, Archon Orphanotrophos, Dubuque, IA and Naples, FL, Physician and Dentist

James E. Zaferis, Archon Laosinaktis, Los Angeles, CA, Principal, Produce and Food Industry

George N. Zapantis, Esq., Archon Hypomemneskontis, New York, Attorney


Michael E. Seremitis, Archon Skevophylax, New York, NY, Global Securities (Class of 2020)

Nicholas Christos Kyriazi, MD, Archon Aktouarios, Denver, CO, Pediatrician (Class of 2020)

Dean G. Pappas, Esq., Archon Protoekdikos, Houston, TX, Attorney  (Class of 2021)

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