Women In Orthodoxy

We support the greater participation of women in the life of the Church. The WORD was established by our Lord and Savior and evangelized by the Four Evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, but the very FIRST Evangelists were the Myrrh-bearing Women. The Myrrh-bearing Women were the very first to witness the empty tomb and were instructed by the risen Lord to bring the joyful news to the Apostles. That voice of the very first Evangelists, transmitted through the millennia, needs to be heard today from the countless Orthodox women who are the backbone of every parish in America. Consonant with the encouragement of the Exarch, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, and the official policy of the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, this Engagement Committee Women in Orthodoxy is designed to foster that greater participation and is open to Archons and non-Archons, women and men.

Cary J. Limberakis, DMD

Vice Chair:
Elizabeth Prodromou, PhD

If you are an Archon and want to become involved in the Archon Engagement Committees, please contact Archon Stephen A. Georgeson, Chair.

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Dr. Lewis Assaley, Ph.D



October 26, 2003

Lewis A. Assaley, Ph.D., of Holy Trinity in Cincinnati, OH, was invested as Archon in 2008 and conferred with the offikion Eftaxias. Archon Assaley has long participated on the parish council. He contributes to the Metropolis by participating in all Metropolis of Detroit initiatives.

Archon Assaley is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Ph.D. in economics. He is a Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley in Cincinnati.

Archon Assaley and his wife, Patricia, have two children.

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.

Cary J. Limberakis, DMD


New Jersey

October 10, 2004

Dr. Cary J. Limberakis, a steward of the St. Sophia, Saints Faith, Hope and Agape Greek Orthodox Church in Jeffersonville, PA and the St. Luke Greek Orthodox Church in Broomall, PA, was invested as Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on October 10, 2004 by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and conferred with the offikion Aktouarios. He has served on the Parish Council at both parishes, and as President at St. Luke, as well as serving on the Metropolis of New Jersey Metropolitan Council. He is the Archon Regional Commander of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Greater Philadelphia Region and has organized many symposia over the years on various Church-related topics, notably among them Reviving the Female Diaconate: Has the Time Come? He is the elder son of Father John and Presvytera Elizabeth Limberakis, both of blessed memory.

Dr. Limberakis received a B.A from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. from Villanova University, and a D.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He is a general dentist who works alongside his son, Dr. Jonathan Limberakis, at their private practice, Limberakis Family Dentistry in Abington, a Philadelphia suburb. Together, they have travelled to Mount Athos to render dental care the to the monks at Vatopedi Monastery. Dr. Limberakis also serves on the Advisory Board to the Saint Phoebe Center for the Deaconess.

Throughout his dental career, Dr. Limberakis has been involved with the American Dental Association at the executive level at the local, state, and national levels. He has served as President of the Montgomery-Bucks Dental Society, the Valley Forge Dental Association and is currently the President-Elect of the Pennsylvania Dental Association. At the American Dental Association, he has served as Delegate to its House of Delegates and served on the Council of Dental Practice. He is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He is an Attending Faculty member and instructor at the Abington Jefferson Hospital General Practice Residency.

Archon Limberakis and his wife Alexis (Demetris), who serves on the Philoptochos National Board and as Vice President of the New Jersey Metropolis Philoptochos Board, were married in 1977 and have four children and three grandchildren.

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