Metropolis and Parish Education Committee

This committee will develop an overall educational strategy for individual parish and Metropolis communities, focusing on the role of our Ecumenical Patriarchate in world Orthodoxy in general and on American Orthodoxy in particular. Because so many people, especially the youth, have no idea who our Patriarch and our Ecumenical Patriarchate are, educating the Omogenia on this basic information should be paramount.

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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John Alahouzos

Depoutatos

Direct Archdiocesan District

June 10, 2009

Leon Andris

Ostiarios

New Jersey

March 09, 2003

Peter Arbes

Hartoularios

New Jersey

October 31, 2010

Peter Th. Arbes of Holy Trinity in Westfield, NJ, was invested as Archon in 2010 and conferred with the offikion Hartoularios.

Archon Arbes has served at the Parish Council (since 1998), at the Metropolis Council (2008-2010), at the Finance Committee Chair of the Diocesan Council (1997-1998) and at the Archdiocesan Council (2008-2010).

Archon Arbes is a Finance Investment Advisor.

Archon Arbes and his wife, Barbara, were married in 1982.

Soterios T. Argeroplos

Eftaxias

Direct Archdiocesan District

October 31, 2021

Clifford Argue

Eftaxias

San Francisco

October 10, 2004

Nicholas Balidis

Maestor

Direct Archdiocesan District

October 20, 2019

John Blazakis

Dikaiophylax

New Jersey

October 31, 2010

John J. Blazakis of St. George in Piscataway, NJ, was invested as Archon in 2010 and conferred with the offikion Dikaiophylax. He participated in two pilgrimages to the Ecumenical Patriarchate (in 2006 and in 2009) and he was the motorcade coordinator for the visit of His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the US in November 2009.

Archon Blazakis is a member of Fellowship 1000 of the Holy Metropolis of New Jersey. He was also responsible for the transportation of the Archbishop of Crete (2010).

Archon Blazakis is a retired Chief of Police in Somerset County, NJ.

Frank Boardman

Maestor

Atlanta

October 22, 2017

Frank (Paul) Boardman of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Charlotte, NC, was invested as Archon in 2017 and conferred with the offikion Maestor.

Archon Boardman has chaired the Parish Facilities Committee, which advises the Metropolitan of Atlanta on all matters related to the construction of churches and other buildings in the Metropolis. He also conducts the Hellenic Dance Program at the Cathedral.

Archon Boardman is an architect.

Thomas S. Cappas, Esq.

Nomophylax

Chicago

October 10, 2004

Constantine G. Caras, Esq.

Skevophylax

New Jersey

March 08, 1998

Nicholas Carras

Ekdikos

New Jersey

October 23, 2005

Anthony Chapekis

Dikaiophylax

Chicago

March 09, 2003

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.

Gerald Clonaris

Depoutatos

Atlanta

March 03, 1996

Demetrios Constantinides

Referendarios

Atlanta

April 03, 2016

Jon Couchell

Dikaiophylax

Atlanta

October 21, 2012

Jonathan J. Couchell of St. Nicholas Church in Spartanburg, SC, was invested as Archon in 2011 and conferred with the offikion Dikaiophylax.

Archon Couchell has served as President and Treasurer of the Parish Council and as member of the Metropolis of Atlanta Council. He is also a benefactor and supporter of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center, the St. Photios Shrine, and IOCC.

The Hon. Steven G. Counelis, J.D.

Nomophylax

San Francisco

October 31, 2021

Historian

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.

Harry Dimopoulos, Ph.D.

Hartophylax

Atlanta

October 28, 2018

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