May 15 Proclaimed
AHEPA Sunday by 
His Eminence
Archbishop Demetrios

WASHINGTON— His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios has issued an Encyclical designating May 15, 2005 as “AHEPA Sunday.” The Encyclical recognizes the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) for its programs and services that promote education and philanthropy and that advance the principles of Hellenism.

n the Encyclical, Archbishop Demetrios asks the Orthodox faithful to offer prayers and support for the local AHEPA chapters and the national organization.

“Over the decades, the members of the AHEPA have made significant contributions to our American society through establishing programs that promote education, philanthropy, and civic responsibility.

“We are therefore also enriched by the continued good work of the AHEPA, which serves our heritage and our faith, and continues to cultivate excellence throughout its many chapters in America and abroad,” wrote Archbishop Demetrios.

“We are grateful and humbled for His Eminence’s kind, eloquent words in recognition of AHEPA’s significance in the community,” said Supreme President Franklin R. Manios. “We cherish our longstanding relationship with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and we will continue to work together for the promotion of our common goals and objectives.”

According to Manios, in its 83-year history, the AHEPA family is proud of the contributions it has made the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and its mission, ranging from chapter involvement and volunteerism for parishes to national campaigns that raised millions for St. Basil Academy and St. Photios Shrine. In July, AHEPA gifted $10,000 to the Shrine’s Archbishop Iakovos Enhancement Project.

“I am also pleased that many Ahepans serve the Church on councils at all levels—parish, diocesan and archdiocesan; and many are Leadership 100 members too,” said Manios.

On AHEPA Sunday, many AHEPA chapters will hold memorial services for departed members and sponsor the coffee-hour following church services in their local parishes. Also, the supreme president has asked all AHEPA chapters to remember the memory of former Archbishop Iakovos, a 57-year Life Member of AHEPA, by making a contribution to the AHEPA-Archbishop Demetrios Scholarship Fund.

For more information about the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, or to view the Encyclical, please visit

The mission of the AHEPA family is to promote the ideals of Hellenism, education, philanthropy, civic responsibility and family and individual excellence. The AHEPA family consists of four organizations: AHEPA, Daughters of Penelope, Sons of Pericles and Maids of Athena. For more information about the AHEPA family, or how to join, please contact AHEPA Headquarters, 202.232.6300, or visit for instant information.

HCS readers are invited to read other articles and press releases by or about American
Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) in the AHEPA Family section of our archives.

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