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Which Way Orthodoxy?

The Ecumenical Patriarchate and a committee representing the Archdiocese of America have announced an agreement concerning the American church's new Charter. But sources from around the Orthodox community say that in fact the Patriarchate rejected key provisions of the proposed Charter, indicating it is not ready to allow more autonomy for the Church of America. By Robert Herschbach

What is the Divorce Rate
for Greek Orthodox Couples?

During a period of 23 years over which figures were compiled by the Archdiocese, there were 121,587 marriages and 16,981 divorces. Using these figures alone, the divorce rate would be 14% of the total Orthodox marriages, falling far below the US national average of approximately 43%. By Christos and Mary Papoutsy

Greek Laws dealing with purchase
of property in Greece

With patience, persistence and good legal advice, home-buying dreams of Greek-Americans can materialize, resulting in closer ties to ancestral lands and fine educational opportunities for youngsters. By Christos and Mary Papoutsy

Annual Awards Honor Dedication

Greek Orthodox faithful who have provided outstanding service to their parishes were honored at the fifteenth annual Diocesan Awards dinner.  The event, attended by more than 700 people, was held on June 10th in Randolph, MA.

Peter and Anthe Day
Metropolitan Methodios, presiding hierarch of the Boston Diocese, presented the awards, which were given to 48 individuals chosen by their communities and four others chosen by the Metropolitan. In remarks delivered prior to the awards presentation, Greek Consul General Chatzimichelakis praised the Boston Diocese and the efforts of the Metropolitan, and announced a $20,000 gift from Apostolos Kaklamanis, president of the Greek parliament, to the Philoxenia House. Addressing the gathering, Metropolitan Methodios thanked the parish priests and laity who "labor together so that each parish be a spiritual oasis where men and women may quench their spiritual thirsts."

NEW! Read About the Diocesan Award Recipients

Designated by His Eminence: Theodore L. Arend, Dionisia Athans, Christos Papantoniou, Arthur Theophilopoulos. Connecticut: Charles M. Parakilas, Esq., Priscilla Ballasi, Euphrosyne Costas-Holly. Maine: Stephen and Loretta Karvelas. Massachusetts: Charles Liponis , Katina Ioakimides , Chris I. Pappas, Esq., Gabriel & Koula Vidali, Maria Matheos, Katina Phillos, Harry Athanasiou, Yvonne and William Pappas, Kostas Koutsogiannis, Francesca Callas, Evangelos Z. Karouta, Rosetta Chalpara, Charles A. Filias, Robert and Stephanie DeVasto, William Theokas, Emily Skafidas, John Gkolias , John Stillian, Stephen Tolias, Norma Gulecas, Christina Giannaris, Constantine Kalemkerides, Nikitas Menounos, Presbytera Penelope Metaxas, Helen Pappas, James and Sophia Savas, Helen Zontanos, and Charles Fotos.

New Hampshire: James Kageleiry, Panos and Merope Pitsas, Ann Beane, Sophia Annas, Peter and Anthe Day, Kathy Redman, and Marilyn Zotos. Rhode Island: Nikki Karon, Mary Koutsoukos.
Thea Halo in Boston

"You are to leave this place. You will have three days to gather your things. You will take only what you can carry." With an officer's shouts, the three-thousand-year history of Pontic Greeks in Turkey came to a violent end. Stripped of everything she had ever held dear, young Sano saw her family members perish, one after the other. By Nina Gatzoulis

Diocesan Awards Honorees Marilyn Zotos (right), Robert and Stephanie De Vasto (below)
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