The Annual Archon Weekend of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle was held last weekend, October 18-20, in New York City. The weekend focused on the Order’s efforts to secure religious freedom for the Mother Church of Constantinople and welcomed the 2019 Class of Archons. The Metropolis of Chicago was honored to receive three new Archons over the weekend: Archons Stelio Efstratiades and Perry Siatis from the Greek Orthodox Church and Archon Jeremy Orhyn from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
In addition, Archon John Zavitsanos, Esq. received the 2019 Nicholas J. Bouras Award for Extraordinary Archon Stewardship, and Metropolitan Epiphany of Kyiv and All Ukraine received the 2019 Athenagoras Human Rights Award.
The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle is comprised of Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate who have been honored for their outstanding service to the Orthodox Church by having a patriarchal title, or “offikion,” bestowed upon them by His All-Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Those upon whom this title of the Mother Church has been conferred are known as “Archons of the Great Church of Christ,” and the titles are personally conferred by the Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America. The Order’s fundamental goal and mission are to promote the religious freedom, well-being, and advancement of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which is headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey. For more information, visit https://www.archons.org/.