AHEPA’s Annual Gala welcomes Archbishop Elpidophoros in October

AHEPA's Annual Gala welcomes Archbishop Elpidophoros in October

AHEPA invites everyone to AHEPA Delphi annual Gala.

The event will take place on October 21, @ CENTRAL PARK BOATHOUSE

The invitation:

Dearest AHEPA Family and Friends greetings !

Hope you are all enjoying this wonderful Summer and staying cool ! It is with great pleasure that I’d like to personally extend an invitation to you to join us at our Annual Gala event to be held on Monday, October 21, 6:30 pm in NYC .

The Manhattan Chapter of The Order of AHEPA, Delphi 25, invites you to join them for a special Gala event at The Loeb Central Park Boathouse and this year we have the pleasure to announce that we will be honoring

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America

This event is to celebrate a great human being with many decades of service and dedication to the Orthodox faithful as well as The Order of AHEPA . Furthermore, since the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese is Manhattan-based this will be our Chapter’s welcoming event for His Eminence to our greater New York Christian Orthodox community and the Brotherhood of AHEPA Delphi Chapter # 25.


His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros (Lambriniadis) of America, Most Honorable Exarch of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, was born in 1967 in Bakirköy, Istanbul. He studied at the Department of Pastoral Theology, Thelogical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, from which he graduated in 1991. In 1993, he finished his postgraduate studies at the Philosophical School of the University of Bonn, Germany submitting a dissertation entitled, “The Brothers Nicholas and John Mesarites.” He was ordained a Deacon in 1994 at the Patriarchal Cathedral and was appointed as the Codecographer of the Holy and Sacred Synod.
In 1995, he was appointed Deputy Secretary of the Holy and Sacred Synod. From 1996-1997 he studied at the Theological School of St. John the Damascene in Balamand, Lebanon, where he improved his knowledge of the Arabic language. In 2001, he presented a doctoral dissertation at the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki under the title: “Severus of Antioch and the Council of Chalcedon,” proclaiming him a Doctorate of Theology with highest distinction. In 2004, he was invited to Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Boston, where he taught as a visiting professor for one semester.
In March 2005, at the proposal of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, he was promoted by the Holy and Sacred Synod to the position of Chief Secretary and was ordained to the priesthood by the Ecumenical Patriarch in the Patriarchal Cathedral. In 2009, he submitted two dissertations to the Theological School of Thessaloniki and was unanimously elected Assistant Professor of Symbolics, Inter-Orthodox Relations and the Ecumenical Movement. The dissertations are entitled: “The Synaxis’s of the Hierarchy of the Ecumenical Throne (1951-2004)” and “Luther’s Ninety-five Thesis. Historical and Theological aspects. Text – Translation – Commentary.”
In March 2011, he was elected Metropolitan of Bursa and in August of the same year was appointed Abbot of the Holy Patriarchal and Stavropegial Monastery of the Holy Trinity on the island of Chalki. He has served as the Orthodox Secretary of the Joint International Commission for the Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Lutheran World Federation and as a member of the Patriarchal delegations to the General Assemblies of the Conference of European Churches and the World Council of Churches. He was the Secretary of the Pan-Orthodox Synods in Sofia (1998), Istanbul (2005), Geneva (2006), and Istanbul (2008). He has been a member of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches since 1996.

Join us for this wonderful event comprised of a rich cocktail hour, a three-course plated dinner, and unlimited prime liquor open-bar all night long !

George Eliopoulos

President, AHEPA Delphi Chapter # 25
Manhattan, NYC