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The 3rd Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom to be held in Washington, D.C., December 4-6, 2017

Dear Friends,

With the blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America, the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate invite you to attend and witness the Archons’ Third International Conference on Religious Freedom. The theme of the Conference will be: “The Persecution of Christians in the Holy Lands & The Middle East: Consequences and Solutions.” The International Conference will take place in Washington, D.C., December 4-6, 2017. This upcoming conference promises to be an extraordinary, historic and watershed event, just as the first and second religious freedom conferences were in November 2010 at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium and December 2013 in Berlin, Germany.

Invited keynote speakers include: Vice President Mike Pence; Speaker of the House Paul Ryan; and the Chairs of the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs Committees: Senator Bob Corker and Congressman Ed Royce. Additional speakers and panelists will include noted scholars, journalists, human rights advocates, diplomats, and politicians.

The conference is being organized and hosted by the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America. We look forward to seeing you in Washington, D.C.

In the Service of the Ecumenical Patriarchate,

Anthony J. Limberakis, M.D.

Archon Aktouarios

National Commander

Download a PDF with Itinerary and Registration Details




Arrival and Check-In

Conference participants arrive and settle in at the historic Trump International Hotel.

Welcome Reception

Conference participants are welcomed to an evening reception which honors Greek-Americans in Public Service. Details to follow.



Breakfast and Opening Remarks

The Archon’s Third International Conference on Religious Freedom commences at the Trump International Hotel. Vice-President Mike Pence has been invited to give the keynote speech.

Session One: History of the Christian Church

A panel discussion follows the breakfast on the history of the Church.

Chairmen’s Lunch

Board buses as we take an afternoon trip to Capitol Hill in the Kennedy Caucus Room for lunch.

Session Two: Persecution of Christians and Possible Solutions

The second session of the Conference continues on Capitol Hill at the Capitol Visitor Center Auditorium.

Evening Grand Banquet

Conference Grand Banquet in the Presidential Ballroom at the Trump International Hotel. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has been invited to give the keynote speech.




Wake up and join Conference participants for breakfast at the Trump International Hotel.

Session Three: Freedoms of Religion and the Press

The third session of our Conference takes us to the impressive Newseum.


A short walk up to the scenic Newseum rooftop for lunch with a keynote speaker.

Session Four: Sacred Sites and Property Rights

Our final session concludes at the Trump International Hotel.

Closing Dinner

Board buses one more time as we gather to say farewell and thank you to all of our Conference participants and panelists at the U.S. Institute for Peace.

*Itinerary is subject to change

Trump International Hotel

Room Rate: $350

A special group rate can be secured by using the code: 3643551, effective until Friday, November 17.

Reservations: (202) 695-1100

Use Code: 3643551

Click to make your Online Reservation

Hotel Room Reservation Details:

  • All rates are Single or Double occupancy. A maximum of 4 guests in a Queen-Queen room is allowed.
  • Internet access in guest rooms
  • Local calls from guest rooms
  • Nightly turndown service
  • In-room water, coffee and tea
  • Digital newspaper and magazine service on any device via hotel Wi-Fi
  • Unlimited use of the Fitness Center
  • Daily shoe shine
  • Check-in time is 4:00pm. Check-out time is 12:00pm.

Conference Registration

Fee: $500

Due to capacity constraints, Conference participation at some venues, will be on a first come, first served basis.

Register: (212) 570-3550 or, visit:

Registration Rate Includes:

  • All private transfers from Trump Hotel to Conference venues
  • All Conference printed materials
  • Day One Welcome Reception
  • Participation in all sessions of the 3rd Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom
  • Day Two meals, including breakfast at Trump International Hotel, Chairmen’s Lunch at Capitol Hill and Evening Gala at Trump Hotel
  • Day Three meals including breakfast at Trump Hotel, lunch at the Newseum and closing dinner at the U.S. Institute for Peace

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