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Clergy Laity Congress and National Philoptochos Convention to Convene in New York City in July


His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America announced today that the 46th Biennial Clergy Laity Congress and National Philoptochos Convention of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America will convene in New York City, July 3-7, 2022.  

The theme of the Congress, which will be held at the New York Marriott Marquis in Manhattan and honor the Centennial of the Archdiocese, will be “Legacy, Renewal, Unity”.  

Highlights of the program will include: the Archieratical Divine Liturgy at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on July 3rd and the Consecration of Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center on July 4th, as well as the Grand Banquet on July 7th.

Mrs. Chrysanthy Demos, Founder and President of WellCent, LLC and Mr. Nicholas Karacostas, Esq, Chairman of AHEPA’s Board of Trustees, will serve as the Co-chairs.

Anita B. Kartalopoulos, Esq, will serve as chair of the 2022 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention.

Remarking on the upcoming Congress, Archbishop Elpidophoros said, “We give great thanks to our Lord that we will have the opportunity to gather, this summer in New York City, to be together and to celebrate the historic life of our beloved Archdiocese. At the same time, we will rejoice in her Centennial celebration, as well as the long-awaited and blessed consecration of Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine. As we gather now after so long, let us come in a spirit of hope and love, learning from the important lessons of the past while we chart our next one hundred years!”

According to the Uniform Regulations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, the Clergy Laity Congress is the legislative instrument of governance of the Archdiocese. It is convened by the Archbishop biennially or in special session as he may determine.

“Except for dogmatic and canonical matters, the Congress is concerned with all other matters which affect the life, mission, growth and unity of the Archdiocese and especially the uniform administration of the Archdiocesan District, the Metropolises and the Parishes. It is also concerned with the educational programs, financial programs and philanthropic concerns of the Archdiocese as well as the participation and role of the Archdiocese in the life of America. The Congress makes such decisions as it deems appropriate”.

Registration, hotel and other pertinent information will be available on the Clergy Laity Congress and National Philoptochos websites as they are made available.