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Date: May 11, 2018
Annunciation Church in York, Pa., Celebrates Centennial
 
YORK, Pa. – The Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation celebrated it’s 100th anniversary the weekend of April 28-29, 2018, together with their local hierarch Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh and Archbishop Demetrios of America.
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This centennial anniversary weekend was both significant and historic as the community celebrated it with great joy and a hopeful heart as to what the future will bring in the years and the generations to come.
The Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, in York, Pennsylvania, began as most parishes of the Archdiocese, when a handful of Greek immigrants came and settled in York early in the 20th Century. Out of a need to lay to rest one of their own, this small group of immigrants banded together and purchased a few plots of land to be used as burial plots in what later became Mt. Rose Cemetery, where the vast majority of the people in the community have been laid to rest, even to this day. One hundred years later that small group grew and prospered into a parish of about 175 families, with a vibrant community, and a large number of young families with young children making up the majority of her membership.
On Saturday, April 28, an open-house event called “A Day of Orthodoxy,” highlighted two prominent speakers, Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick and Fr. Alexander Goussetis. His Eminence Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh was a special guest participant in that day as well, which culminated with a Vespers service for those who were in attendance.
The community welcomed with gratitude and enthusiasm His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America, and His Eminence Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh, to a formal anniversary dinner-dance, which also included several local Orthodox Clergy, and local dignitaries.
Both Hierarchs gave a wonderful address to the attendees, congratulating our community on its longevity, and its bright future.
The weekend celebrations culminated on Sunday morning with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, con-celebrated by Archbishop Demetrios and Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh, assisted by Fr. Andrew Tsikitas, Archdeacons Panteleimon Papadopoulos and Ryan Gzikowski. At the end of the Divine Liturgy, Archbishop Demetrios elevated Fr. Andrew Tsikitas, who has been serving the Annunciation community for almost 13 years, to the office of Economos. To close out the weekend celebration and after the divine services, the community offered a luncheon in the Hellenic Cultural Center expressing gratitude for all the blessings and looking forward to a hopeful and promising future.
 
 
Blessing at Rye, NY
 
RYE, NY – His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America made a pastoral visit to the Greek Orthodox Church of Our Saviour and celebrated the Divine Liturgy on Sun., May 6, 2018. Following the Liturgy the Archbishop held the service of Agiasmos, the Holy Blessing of Water for the renovations to the parish community center.
Archdiocesan Council
Spring Meeting 2018
 
PITTSBURGH – The Archdiocesan Council of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America held its regularly scheduled spring meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 3-4, 2018, under the chairmanship of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America.
 
The work began with the individual meetings of the council committees on Thursday, May 3. They included those on Finance, Administration, Audit, Marriage and Family, Stewardship-Outreach and Evangelism, Religious Education, Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Communications and Information Technology.
 
The Archdiocesan Council began its plenary session the morning of Friday, May 4.
 
Present at the plenary meeting were the members of the Holy Eparchial Synod, Metropolitans Methodios of Boston, Nicholas of Detroit, Savas of Pittsburgh, and Nathanael of Chicago. Also in attendance were the Chancellor of the Archdiocese His Grace Bishop Andonios of Phasiane, and the Chancellor of the Metropolis of San Francisco His Grace Bishop Apostolos of Medea.
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Archon Religious Freedom Summit
 
NEW YORK - (Saturday, May 5, 2018) The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle held an Archon Religious Freedom Summit at the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America to evaluate their current status and progress on the pursuit of religious freedom for the Ecumenical Patriarchate. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios Geron of America led the meeting which was attended by His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel of France along with over thirty participants.
 
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