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ARCHBISHOP DEMETRIOS HONORED
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For Immediate Release:
May 30, 2002
Contact: Nikki Stephanopoulos
ARCHBISHOP DEMETRIOS HONORED BY
ALPHA OMEGA COUNCIL AND AMERICAN
COLLEGE OF THESSALONIKI
New York, NY ? The Alpha Omega Council of Boston bestowed upon His Eminence
Archbishop Demetrios its Lifetime Achievement Award on May 18, at its 22nd
annual awards banquet held at the John F. Kennedy Library.
The Alpha-Omega Council was founded in1976 by the late Peter Agris,
publisher of the Hellenic Chronicle of Boston. Each year since its
founding, The Alpha Omega Council has selected a Hellene or philhellene of
international, national or regional prominence who has exemplified the
ideals of the organization through his or her own selfless efforts. The
Council membership is comprised of distinguished Greek-Americans from all
sectors of society, including business, academia, education, medicine, law
and politics. Its mission includes the cultivation and promotion of
patriotic sentiments and the ideals of Hellenism, as well as the
continuation of positive Greek-American relations.
Council Vice-President John Panagako, chaired the dinner and co-hosted the
evening with George Behrakis, who also served as master of ceremonies, and
Gregory Filias, President of the Council. Greetings and remarks were
offered by Mr. Richard Jackson, President of the American College of
Thessaloniki, Rev. Fr. Nicholas Triantafilou, President of Hellenic
College/ Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Consul General of
Greece in Boston George Chatzimichelakis, Mrs. Eve Condakes, President of
the National Philoptochos and Mr. Francois Bovon, Professor of New
Testament of the Harvard Divinity School.
The speakers expressed their own appreciation to His Eminence and praised
his untiring efforts in bringing a strong sense of community and
spirituality to the Greek Orthodox faithful in America. "Most
particularly", said President Filias, Archbishop Demetrios, with his
spiritual presence and involvement in the blessing and healing of those
victimized by the September 11th tragedy, has made our Church a significant
and guiding light the world over".
"Open up your hearts and extend your hand to people of all creeds
throughout the world. Urge the ones that have been generously blessed to
become helpers of our undeservedly suffering fellow human beings, living
thus the teachings of the Church?Seek peace and justice, while recognizing
that the future depends on the ability of people to live with one another
in harmony", writes the philhellene, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who was not
able to attend the event, in his letter to the Archbishop on the occasion
of this award. He concludes, "It is very appropriate that this event is
taking place in the Library of President Kennedy. My brother used to like
the Greek definition of happiness as ? 'the total utilization of one's
abilities imbued with virtue' ? and I congratulate you because you
experience this reality daily."
Similar congratulatory letters were sent by Senators John Kerry and Paul
Sarbanes, and Mrs. Elenie Huszagh, President of the National Council of the
Churches of Christ in the USA. The Governor of Massachusetts, the Honorable
Jane Swift, along with the State House of Representatives and the Senate
sent congratulatory resolutions and letters of recognition and appreciation
to Archbishop Demetrios.
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF THESSALONIKI
The American College of Thessaloniki awarded the Doctorate Degree in Humane
Letters to Archbishop Demetrios at a special event on May 23rd aboard the
Forbes family yacht, The Highlander, in New York.
The Board of Trustees of the College, which is headquartered in Boston,
bestowed this honorary degree upon His Eminence in their endeavor to
recognize individuals who have contributed significantly to the long
lasting friendship and cooperation between the Greek and American people,
who have demonstrated by their way of life their dedication to the ideals
of letters, fine arts, and education in general, as these are defined by
the goals and mission of the College. The award recipients must have
devoted their personal career to the studying and promoting of one or more
branches of Greek Studies and have been proven to be dedicated to the
general good, a dedication which is analogous to the ideals that are being
taught to the students of the American College of Thessaloniki.
Mr. Wallace F. Forbes addressed His Eminence and Mr. George S. Bissell,
President of the Board of Trustees, and Mr. Richard L. Jackson, President
of the American College of Thessaloniki, awarded him with the doctoral
degree. Mr. Jackson, in his presentation of his Eminence, spoke about the
work and service of His Eminence and emphasized that Archbishop Demetrios
" ?constitutes the personification of all selection criteria in the
superlative degree, not only in his career but in his everyday life and
spirituality as well."
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