Editorial Publication Committee

This committee will be responsible for drafting and submitting editorials for publication in all print and online media at any time it is determined necessary to communicate support or disagreement with, or to clarify, respond to or correct news articles or editorial opinions relating in any way with the Ecumenical Patriarchate and with related religious freedom issues.

George P. Vittas

Vice Chair:
George G. Demos
George Horiates

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Thomas S. Cappas, Esq.



October 10, 2004

Constantine G. Caras, Esq.


New Jersey

March 08, 1998

Nicholas Chimicles, Esq.


New Jersey

October 20, 2013

Nicholas Euth. Chimicles of the St. Luke Church in Broomall, PA, was invested as Archon in 2013 and conferred with the offikion Nomophylax.

Archon Chimicles is a member of Leadership 100. He is also a major benefactor of his parish, of the Holy Metropolis of New Jersey, of the International Orthodox Christian Charities, and of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center.

Archon Chimicles graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Virginia School of Law with high honors. He is a prominent practitioner of the legal profession.

Elias Damianakis



October 31, 2010

Archon Elias Damianakis, founding member of St. Raphael Palm Harbor, FL. Invested 2010, conferred offikion Maestor. A celebrated Byzantine Iconographer, author, and innovative internet entrepreneur. He has sponsored His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s visit to Florida (2006); underwrote 100,000 commemorative prints/cards for Patriarchal visits; installed private chapel for Patriarchal devotion during Patriarchal visit.

Archon Damianakis received the Medal of St. Paul GOARCH, for service to the YAL, as Archdiocesan Conference Chairman (1987), Archangel Michael Medal, Holy Metropolis of Atlanta; served as US Delegate to the Millennium International Clergy-Laity-Conference, Constantinople (2000). Participates in frequent Archon pilgrimages to the Ecumenical Patriarchate: Historic Return of the Relics (2004); witnessed visitations of Pope Benedict (2006); Pope Francis (2014); several official Archon trips; Smyrna, Cappadocia, Ankara, Jerusalem, Sinai.

Archon Elias attended two Synaxis of Orthodox Primates Sunday of Orthodoxy (2014) Constantinople; celebrated several historic events in Constantinople: Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of His All Holiness’ elevation to the Ecumenical Throne (2011). Participated in several International Religious Freedom Symposiums: EU Parliament Brussels (2010); Washington DC, (2017); joined His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros on his historic return to Constantinople (2019)

Archon Elias received numerous civic awards, notably a Special Congressional Recognition (2017). He is a celebrated online pioneer, dubbed an “Evangelist of Beauty.” Establishes/underwrites websites dedicated to Orthodoxy, Iconography, Religious Freedom, and “Orthodoxy and the Environment” OIKOU.org

Archon Damianakis is an internationally renowned Master Iconographer. He lectures and offered Master Classes around the world: Athens, London, Moscow and St Petersburg, Russia… Taught iconography at Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology and founded the School of Iconography. His online hub is Archonelias.com

Elias and his wife, Angela (Psychotherapist, LCSW), grew up at Holy Trinity, Hicksville, NY married in 1991. They have three children Theophani (son-in-law, Stylianos Sarigiannis), Stavronikitas (daughter-in-law Kristen Karavantos-Love) all four graduates of HCHC, and Euphemia (12).

George E. Demacopoulos, Ph.D.

Didaskalos Tou Genous

Direct Archdiocesan District

October 31, 2010

Prof. Dr. George E. Demacopoulos of St. Paraskevi in Greenlawn, NY, was invested as Archon in 2010 and conferred with the offikion Didaskalos tou Genous. He participated in the 2006 pilgrimage to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. His research resulted in the return to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the relics of St. Gregory the Theologian and St. John Chrysostom from Vatican. He also coordinated the award by Fordham University of its highest honor, the Honorary Doctorate of Laws to His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in 2009.

Archon Demacopoulos has served on various parish committee ministries of St Paraskevi. He has also been a frequent guest lecturer on Orthodoxy at clergy and lay gatherings of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Archon Demacopoulos graduated with a BA from the University of Tennessee, with an MTS in Theology from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and with an MA and a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently the Fr. John Meyendorff & Patterson Family Chair of Orthodox Christian Studies at Fordham University. He is also the Co-Director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at the same University. He specializes in the History of Christianity for Late Antiquity, the Early Medieval West, and Byzantium. He is the author of many books, articles and academic presentations on Orthodoxy.

Archon Demacopoulos and his wife, Katherine, were married in 1995.

Dr. Stilianos Efstratiadis, M.D.



October 20, 2019

Dr. John Fotopoulos, Ph.D.

Didaskalos Tou Evangeliou


October 22, 2017

Dr. John Fotopoulos of the St. George Church in Schererville, IN, and of the Holy Apostles Church in Westchester, IL, was invested as Archon in 2017 and conferred with the offikion Didaskalos tou Evangeliou.

Archon Fotopoulos chants at both parish churches and is the homilist at the Holy Apostles Church.

Archon Fotopoulos earned an M.Div degree at Holy Cross, where he was the class valedictorian, and a PhD at Loyola University. He is a Professor of Religious Studies at St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, specializing in the New Testament and early Christian studies. Archon Fotopoulos is a scholar and a prolific writer (four books, 24 articles and 21 papers) and lecturer, including a lecture in Athens several years ago titled “Baptism in the Pauline Churches in the First Century.”

James Gabriel, Jr.


Direct Archdiocesan District

November 01, 2009

James B. Gabriel, Jr. of Church of Our Saviour in Rye, NY, was invested as Archon in 2009 and conferred with the offikion Ostiarios.

Archon Gabriel served for many years on the Parish Council at Church of the Holy Resurrection in Brookville, NY, as member and president. In addition, he has served on the Archdiocesan Council (since 2010), the Direct Archdiocesan District Council (1996-1998 & since 2012), the Direct Archdiocesan Youth Committee (as chair, since 2012), the IOCC Metropolitan Council (2002-2004), the St. Basil Academy Board of Trustees (1986-88, 1999-2000), and has co-chaired the GOYAL Committee for St Basil (1985-1988).

Archon Gabriel is a graduate of Brown University with a BA in Applied Mathematics (1981) and a of NYU with an MS in Computer Science (1985). He has served as Vice President, Information Technology for Goldman, Sachs & Co. since 1989.

George Horiates


New Jersey

October 21, 2012

George G. Horiates of the St. Thomas Church in Cherry Hill, NJ, was invested as Archon in 2012 and conferred with the offikion Notarios.

Archon Horiatis has extensively served on the Parish Council He has also been a major contributor to the Holy Metropolis of New Jersey.

Archon Horiates is practicing attorney.

Phillip Kafarakis


Direct Archdiocesan District

October 28, 2018

Phil Kafarakis of Sts. Constantine & Helen of Washington D.C. in Silver Spring, M.D. was invested as an Archon in October 2018 and conferred with the offikion Despoutatos.

Archon Kafarakis has served as a steward at 14 various Greek Orthodox parishes across the country during his years of being promoted professionally while pursuing a distinguished 35 year career in the food industry. Since his family immigrated to the U.S. in 1963, he has remained a major benefactor, devoted contributor and loyal steward to his home parish of Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek of Washington D.C. especially during the recent construction of the new church edifice in Silver Spring, M.D.. Phil is also a member of Leadership100 and a supporter of the Hellenic Initiative.

Living in New York City with his wife Kathy, Phil is currently the President of the Specialty Food Association. A non-profit trade industry group representing the more than $140 Billion specialty food business and its more than 4,000-member companies. The organization owns and produces the world-renowned Fancy Food Shows as well as an integrated global media platform that serves emerging food businesses internationally. Archon Kafarakis’ four adult children living in Arizona and Washington D.C.

John Kalinoglou



March 10, 2002

Thomas Kanelos



March 05, 2000

Dr. Stamatios Kartalopoulos


New Jersey

February 28, 1999

Joseph J. Kokolakis, Esq.



October 31, 2020

Mr. Kokolakis, a member of Leadership 100, is an attorney who owns and manages a large national construction company employing hundreds of workers. In addition to his support of other Atlanta ministries, Mr. Kokolakis has offered critical support to the Atlanta Metropolis Diakonia Center and the Atlanta Metropolis summer camp for children.

Louis Koumoutsos


New Jersey

October 20, 2013

Louis Koumoutsos of the St. George Church in Ocean Township, NJ, was invested as Archon in 2013 and conferred with the offikion Kastrinsios.

Archon Koumoutsos is a major benefactor of his parish and of the Holy Metropolis of New Jersey.

Archon Koumoutsos was elevated to the important position of Director of Security for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, overseeing—among other tasks—the security for the New York area airports and the site of the St. Nicholas National Shrine, next to the 9/11 Memorial.

John Lagadinos



October 22, 2006

Archon John Lagadinos of the St. John the Baptist Church in Boston, MA, was invested as Archon in 10/22/2006 and conferred with the offikion Maestor.

Archon Lagadinos has served as President of the Parish Council and in other capacities. He regularly contributes funds for scholarships at Hellenic College-Holy Cross School of Theology. He is also a great benefactor of several monasteries on Mt. Athos, of the Canton Hellenic Nursing Home, and of the Boston Metropolis Philoxenia House.

Archon Lagadinos is the CEO of an engineering company.

Frank Mihalopoulos



October 31, 2010

Frank Mihalopoulos of Holy Trinity Church in Dallas, TX, was invested as Archon in 2010 and conferred with the offikion Depoutatos. He coordinated the Patriarchal visitation to Dallas, TX, in 1997 and he was influential in arranging the honorary doctorate for His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, from Southern Methodist University (SMU) during the 1997 Patriarchal visitation.

Archon Mihalopoulos has been a major benefactor in the relocation of parish church and has served extensively at the the Parish Council. He has also been a member of Leadership 100 and active in local charities (Goodwill and Austin Street Shelter).

Archon Mihalopoulos is an estate developer. He and his wife were married in 1994.

James G. Rockas


Direct Archdiocesan District

October 31, 2020

Mr. Rockas is the son of Archon George Rockas. Currently he serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the United States Secretary of Commerce. He was a former Congressional aide and has clerked with the American Center for Law and Justice. In 2009 he spent time at the Ecumenical Patriarchate and produced the film “On the Precipice of Extinction,” focusing on the challenges imposed on the Ecumenical Patriarchate by the Turkish Government.

Charles P. Sandilos, Esq.


New Jersey

October 09, 2022

Pericles C. Siatis, Esq.



October 20, 2019

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