International Archons Committee

The critical task of this committee will be to help develop separate organizational structures for the Archons in Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and Australia and to assist in the creation of mission oriented Orders. Because some of these areas have their own Archon organizations (i.e., Greece has Pammakaristos), the committee’s task in these cases would be to coordinate working with these groups rather than organizing a new group of Archons.

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

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Soterios T. Argeroplos

Eftaxias

Direct Archdiocesan District

October 31, 2021

Thomas S. Cappas, Esq.

Nomophylax

Chicago

October 10, 2004

Constantine G. Caras, Esq.

Skevophylax

New Jersey

March 08, 1998

Spyros Catechis, PhD

Maestor

Denver

October 31, 2021

Zenon Christodoulou, Ph.D.

Skevophylax

New Jersey

October 16, 2016

Zenon Christodoulou of the Holy Trinity Church in Westfield, NJ, was invested as Archon in 2016 and conferred with the offikion Skevophylax.

Archon Christodoulou is a management consultant. He also owns a lithograph business, servicing the printing needs of the Holy Metropolis of New Jersey at no cost to the Metropolis.

The Hon. Jeffery G. Chrones, Esq.

Dikaiophylax

Chicago

October 31, 2020

Judge Chrones currently serves as a Circuit Court Judge in Chicago, after a long tenure as a practicing attorney in Chicago.

Judge Chrones states that he wishes to pay back to the Ecumenical Patriarchate the beneficence afforded years ago by the Ecumenical Patriarchate to his late father-in-law, Nikolaos Karnezos, who was born in Imbros. The Patriarchate paid for his father-in-law’s education, leading to a degree in physics from the University of Athens.

Judge Chrones and his wife have established a scholarship fund, in Mr. Karnezos’ name, for the benefit of the Patriarchate to educate young people. Thus far, $100,000 has been sent to the Patriarchate. Judge Chrones also has organized many fundraising events for the ministries of the Chicago Metropolis.

Elias Damianakis

Maestor

Atlanta

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).

Harry Dimopoulos, Ph.D.

Hartophylax

Atlanta

October 28, 2018

Phillip Kafarakis

Depoutatos

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.

Dr. Stamatios Kartalopoulos

Exarchos

New Jersey

February 28, 1999

Ilias Katsos

Depoutatos

Direct Archdiocesan District

October 31, 2021

Joseph J. Kokolakis, Esq.

Depoutatos

Atlanta

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.

John Lagadinos

Maestor

Boston

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.

Markos K. Lagos

Maestor

Atlanta

October 19, 2014

Markos Lagos of the Holy Trinity Church in Clearwater, FL, and of the St. Demetrios Church in Warren, OH, was invested as Archon in 2014 and conferred with the offikion Maestor. He sponsored the Patriarchal Luncheon during the Tarpon Springs and Atlanta Patriarchal visit.

Archon Lagos has served on the Parish Council of Holy Trinity Church, including his term as President and on the Atlanta Metropolis Council. He has also been an Ambassador of the Holy Metropolis of Atlanta, a GOYA Advisor, and a GOYA Basketball coach. He is a member of Leadership 100.

Archon Lagos is a real estate investor.

Demetrios Logothetis

Kastrinsios

Chicago

October 10, 2004

John J. Louizos

Ekdikos

Direct Archdiocesan District

October 28, 2018

Basil Mossaidis

Maestor

New Jersey

October 31, 2010

Basil N. Mossaidis of St. Catherine in Falls Church, VA, was invested as Archon in 2010 and conferred with the offikion Maestoros.

Archon Mossaidis is the Executive Director of AHEPA Headquarters. He is long-time member of AHEPA Chapter No. 515 and a Past Supreme President of the Sons of Pericles. He was also an AHEPA Past Supreme and District Governor.

James G. Rockas

Ostiarios

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.

Paul P. Skoutelas

Referendarios

Direct Archdiocesan District

October 31, 2020

Mr. Skoutelas is a member of Leadership 100. As President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Public Transport Association, he represents United States municipal and local transport systems in Washington, DC where he interfaces with members of Congress and their staffs. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer of the municipal transport systems in Orlando, FL and Pittsburgh, PA.

Paul Sogotis

Orphanotrofos

San Francisco

October 26, 2008

Archon Paul P. Sogotis was invested as Archon by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, former Geron of America, and conferred upon him the Offikion Orphanotrofos on October 26, 2008.

Archon Sogotis is president of the Parish Council for the Metropolis of San Francisco’s Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. He has also served on the Archdiocesan Council since 2006 and the Metropolis Council of San Francisco for several years. The Metropolis of San Francisco has sent Archon Sogotis to the Saint Photios National Shrine as its representative. Archon Sogotis president and owner of Pacific Coast Maritime Agencies, Inc. with offices located in the Ports of California, Oregon, and Washington State. He and his beloved wife Evangelia have two sons, Panayioti and Yianni. They reside in Burlingame, California.

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