Holy Metropolis of the Genuine Greek Orthodox Church of America
Cathedral of Saint Markella of Chios
22-68 26th Street
Astoria, N.Y. 11105
October 12, 2004
FROM: Office of Public Relations and Communications
Re: Inaugural Clergy Laity Conference Great Success
Astoria, NY- The Inaugural Clergy-Laity Conference of the Holy Metropolis of the Genuine Greek Orthodox Church of America concluded in New York yesterday following four days of highly productive meetings, deliberations, and joyful Divine Services. The conference was presided over by His Eminence Metropolitan Pavlos, Archbishop of North and South America. Over 100 delegates and clergy from various parts of North America participated in the Conference, which met from October 8 to October 11.
The theme of the conference was the life of Metropolitan Petros of blessed memory, and the fifty year anniversary of the Cathedral of St. Markella that was founded by him.
The conference had three main assembly sections: the formation of the Metropolis Constitution, the formation of a National Philoptochos Society, and the formation of a national Metropolis Youth Association.
His Eminence, Metropolitan Pavlos was joined at the conference by four hierarchs from Greece (Metropolitans Stephanos of Chios, and Chrysostomos of Attica, and Bishops Gregory of Christianoupolis, and Photios of Marathon) and one from America (Bishop Christodoulos of Theoupolis).
That the conference was a great success was clear to all participants and observers. The participants expressed feelings of great fellowship with their brother Christians from the various parishes.
Other results of the conference included: 1) the drafting of a new constitution for the Holy Metropolis. 2) The formation of a National Philoptochos Society. 3) The formation of a National Metropolis Youth Association. At its assembly, the Youth Association decided on a date for the Inaugural Metropolis Youth Association Conference. 4) The unanimous expression of a desire to continue the struggle to live and preserve the Holy Traditions of the Greek Orthodox Church as taught by the Holy Apostles, received, lived, and preserved by the Holy Fathers, and given to us by Metropolitan Petros and his brother Archimandrite Niphon of blessed memory.
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