1 OCTOBER 2009 Vol. 74 No $1.00 Archdiocese Website Dedicated to Ecumenical Patriarch s Visit NEW YORK Archbishop Demetrios has announced the launch of the web site dedicated to the U.S. Visit of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at The web site, which was built by the Archdiocese s Department of Internet Ministries, features content that will be continually updated and expanded throughout the visit of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, known as, The Green Patriarch, (a name coined by former Vice President Al Gore and adopted widely in the international media) is making an official visit to the United States from Oct. 20 to Nov. 6, to preside over the annual Religion, Science, and Environment Symposium and to celebrate the 10 th anniversary of Archbishop Demetrios enthronement. During the visit of His All Holiness, the web site will feature live audio and video broadcasts from event venues, a running Twitter feed for real-time updates of the visit, daily blogs, audio and video podcasts, a dedicated YouTube channel, photogalleries, and opportunities for visitors to share their local communities questions, thoughts, ideas, and initiatives on the protection of the environment. USvisit2009.org has an extensive focus on the Green Patriarch s environmental ministry. Visitors to the site are able to engage His All Holiness uniquely spiritual position on the environment to learn about his environmental initiatives with a wide range of content including lectures, fulllength videos, and games focusing on the Orthodox Church s environmental theology and work. Online visitors may tour the Ecumenical Patriarchate using the virtual reality component of the site while learning about the apostolic ministry and history of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. A schedule of events will enable users to find information about the upcoming environmental symposium and visit of His All Holiness. Facebook groups will enable users to share expertise, experience and ideas on greening local parishes, homes and communities. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal (1997), and was also awarded the Sophie prize in 2002, a prestigious international award for achievement in environmental conservation and sustainability. He has been named in Time magazine s top 100 list of Leaders and Revolutionaries and was recently named as the top Green Spiritual Leader by Beliefnet because of his tireless work to raise awareness about the environmental crisis and encourage green initiatives among policy makers, communities and individuals. Welcome Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Archbishop s 10 th Anniversary: Highlights of a Decade Part 2 In his characteristically humble manner, at recent doxology services in honor of his 10 th anniversary, Archbishop Demetrios downplayed the personal significance of the event and, instead, pointed to the Church s progress over the past decade. He noted as examples the numerous churches that have been built and the ongoing building programs now under way. The Archbishop cited the new charter of the Archdiocese and the new rules and procedures governing monasticism and affecting the clergy as positive developments affecting the administrative function of the Archdiocese. His Eminence also pointed to the increasing enrollment at Hellenic College- Holy Cross School of Theology in cultivating a new generation of priests to meet the growing needs of the faithful. The September issue of the Observer highlighted Archbishop Demetrios first two years during a turbulent time in the nation s history. This issue covers the progress of his ministry and that of the Archdiocese from 2002 to the present Jan A photographic exhibit at Grand Central Station in New York by Life magazine photographer Joe McNally, Faces of Ground Zero: A Tribute to America s Heroes, includes a life-size photograph of Archbishop Demetrios, honoring his role in the humanitarian efforts toward victims of the Sept. 11 th tragedy. The exhibit later tours the United States. Jan Archbishop Demetrios makes his first official visit to Greece. Jan. 31 St. Vladimir s Orthodox Seminary in Crestwood, N.Y., bestows an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree upon the Archbishop. Feb. 1-4 His Eminence attends the World Economic Forum held in New York. Feb. 2 Bishop Savas is ordained at Holy Trinity Archdiocesan Cathedral in New York. Feb. 9 Bishop Gerasimos is ordained at Annunciation Cathedral in Boston. Feb. 23 Bishop Andonios is ordained at Holy Trinity Cathedral in New York. March 4-10 Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew makes his fourth visit to the United States, meeting with President page 2
2 2 ARCHDIOCESE NEWS OCTOBER 2009 Highlights of a Decade of Accomplishments page 1 George Bush at the White House, with Orthodox and Roman Catholic hierarchs in Washington, attending an Archons banquet honoring former President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush in New York, visiting Ground Zero, and Holy Cross-Hellenic College. March 25 Archbishop Demetrios visits President Bush in the White House to commemorate the celebration of Greek Independence Day. April The Archdiocese publishes its policy on sexual misconduct by clergy. Archbishop Demetrios names Deacon Nektarios Morrow as director of Communications for the Archdiocese. April 18 Archbishop Demetrios attends the 10 th anniversary celebration in Baltimore for the International Orthodox Christian Charities. April 20 The Archbishop meets with members of St. Nicholas Church, which was destroyed on Sept. 11 th, to encourage them in their efforts to maintain cohesiveness. April His Eminence travels to the Ecumenical Patriarchate to participate in the consecration of the Holy Myrrh, which is produced once every 10 years. May 10 Archdiocesan Council meets in Chicago to discuss upcoming congress, proposed charter. May 18 The Alpha Omega Council of Boston presents Archbishop Demetrios with its Lifetime Achievement Award. At the Holy Cross-Hellenic College Commencement, E*Trade Group CEO Christos M. Cristakos gives $1 million to the schools. May 23 American College of Thessaloniki bestows an honorary doctorate upon the Archbishop at a ceremony in New York. July The Archdiocese launches its new web site. June 30-July 5 The 36 th Clergy-Laity Congress takes place in Los Angeles; focuses on increasing awareness of the Faith and its expanding role in society. Discussions included a lengthy session on the proposed charter and recommendations, which would be forwarded for final approval to the Ecumenical Patriarchate. July 9 President Bush hosts a meeting at the White House with Archbishop Demetrios and other hierarchs of SCOBA to share their concerns and discuss efforts to promote peace, compassion and care for the needs of others. Aug Archbishop attends a European Conference on the religious and social consequences of the Sept. 11 th attacks, in Bucharest, Romania. Sept. 1 His Eminence is among many Orthodox hierarchs from around the world gathered at the Ecumenical Patriarchate for the Indiction and beginning of the new ecclesiastical year. Sept Archbishop Demetrios participates in memorials for the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 th attacks, including an evening service with Archbishop Iakovos on the 14 th. Parishes nationwide also hold services. Sept. 27 The Archdiocesan Council begins its two-year term following the Clergy-Laity Congress. The Archbishop names Georgia Skeadas of Broomall, Pa., as the new National Philoptochos Society president. Sept The Archbishop dedicates the Peace Memorial Gymnasium at the Cathedral of St. John the Theologian in Tenafly, N.J. Oct. 12 Archbishop Demetrios makes his first visit to St. Spyridon Church in San Diego, which celebrated its 75 th anniversary. Oct. 19 The newly created Archdiocesan Advisory Committee on Science and Technology holds its first plenary session at Hellenic College-Holy Cross School of Theology. Oct. 30-Nov. 1 His Eminence visits Denver for the dedication of the new Denver Diocese Center. Nov. 19 The Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki bestows an honorary Doctor of Theology degree upon His Eminence. Nov. 30-Dec. 1 The Archbishop makes his first visit to Sts. Constantine and Helen Cathedral in Richmond, Va. Dec. 17 SCOBA hierarchs, recognizing the need for a unified Orthodox voice in the nation s capital, vote at their meeting to establish an advocacy office in Washington. Dec. 20 Archbishop Demetrios announces that the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate has Photos: Dimitrios Panagos granted the Archdiocese the new charter. He also announced the Ecumenical Patriarchate has elevated the dioceses of the Archdiocese to Metropolises and the hierarchs of the former dioceses to Metropolitans January The Archdiocese introduces its seventh logo. Jan. 13 Fr. James Kordaris assumes duties as director of the newly created Department of Parish Renewal, Outreach and Evangelism. Feb. 1 Upon hearing of the tragic loss of the space shuttle Columbia, Archbishop Demetrios expresses his condolences to President Bush and issues an encyclical to all parishes. Feb. 2 Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa is keynote speaker at the St. Photios National Shrine Day luncheon. Feb. 9 Archbishop Demetrios dedicates new community center at St. Katherine Church in Falls Church, Va. Feb During a very active trip to Florida, His Eminence attends the Leadership 100 Endowment Fund annual conference at Amelia Island, makes a pastoral visit to St. John the Divine Church in Jacksonville, and visits the Orthodox Christian Mission Center and St. Photios National Shrine in St. Augustine. April 4 Archbishop Demetrios presides at the Archdiocesan Council s spring meeting in Washington, meets with President Bush at the White House and, a day earlier, meets with Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman to discuss efforts toward the recognition of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem by the government of Israel. April 12 The Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elects the Very Rev. Archimandrite Evangelos Kourounis as Metropolitan of New Jersey. April 29 Archbishop Demetrios delivers a lecture at Yale Divinity School on the essence and mission of the Orthodox Christian faith. May 4 His Eminence takes part in the groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Church of the Resurrection in Brookville, N.Y. May 19 Metropolitan Evangelos is ordained a Bishop at Holy Trinity Archdiocesan Cathedral in New York. May 25 Archbishop Demetrios consecrates St. George Church in Oklahoma City, with Metropolitan Isaiah as co-celebrant. May 31 The Archbishop attends the celebration of the Metropolis of Atlanta s official elevation from a diocese. June Archbishop Demetrios attends the Metropolis of Detroit Clergy- Laity and Philoptochos Conference in Nashville. Vanderbilt University holds a reception in his honor on the 19 th. June 28-July 1 His Eminence leads a Patriarchal delegation to the Vatican for a meeting with Pope John Paul II and the celebration of the Feast of Sts. Peter and CLER GY UPDATE page 21 Assignments Fr. Alexander Chetsas St. Demetrios Church, Weston, Mass. 07/01/08 Fr. James J. Gardikes St. Nicholas Cathedral, Pittsburgh 09/01/09 Fr. 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3 OCTOBER 2009 To Subscribe Online To subscribe to the Observer online, in lieu of receiving a hard copy in the mail, send your name, address, and customer number that appears on the mailing label to: Participation is voluntary and readers who do not want an online subscription will continue receiving the print version. ARCHDIOCESE NEWS Fordham Symposium Focuses on Religious Freedom NEW YORK Archbishop Demetrios, Archons National Commander Dr. Anthony Limberakis, members of the National Council together with Archons, scholars and legal experts gathered at New York s Fordham University on Sept. 16 for a symposium that examined the core issues threatening the Mother Church of Constantinople from the perspective of international law. The conference Religious Freedom in Turkey: The Case of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, featured discussion about efforts to end the persecution of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. George Demacopoulos, Fordham University associate professor of theology and co-founding director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Program, spoke in depth of the seizure of property by the Turkish governments; the closure of Patriarchal seminaries while its prelates are taunted by extremists who demonstrate outside the Ecumenical Patriarchate; and His All Holiness, who is denied of his title as Ecumenical Patriarch.... The (Ecumenical) title was embedded in Roman law as early as the sixth century because Christians throughout the world understood that the Patriarch of Constantinople played an international and transnational role in the leadership of the Christian community, explained Demacopoulos. Emanuel Demos, general counsel for the Archdiocese, briefly discussed some of the persecution of the Ecumenical Patriarchate throughout the years, such as the pogrom of 1955, riots driven (Photo by D. Panagos) Archbishop Demetrios and members of the Archons listen to discussions on religious freedom issues at the Fordham University symposium. primarily by Islamic fanaticism that targeted the Greek population of Istanbul with the intent of driving non-muslims from Turkey, and the closing of the Orthodox Theological School of Halki in 1971 by Turkish authorities. Mr. Demos also said Turkey s 2005 application to the European Union (EU) could be a positive development for the Orthodox Christian community, as the country would have to adhere to the EU s religious protections. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will visit Fordham in late October during his Apostolic visit to the United States. Archbishop Demetrios attended the conference and thanked organizers for shedding light on a complex issue. The Archbishop recalled attempts by Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to convince Turkish officials to reopen the Halki seminary. Last April, President Barack Obama also urged the prime minister of Turkey to reopen the seminary. It was a nice meeting. It went so beautifully, he said, but then there was a unanimous decision against it, which, to me, indicates the unpredictability on the part of the Turkish government. The conference was sponsored by the Law School s Institute on Religion, Law and Lawyer s Work and Fordham s Orthodox Christian Studies Program. Bishop Andonios Named Archdiocese Chancellor NEW YORK Archbishop Demetrios, in consultation with the Holy Eparchial Synod, has appointed Bishop Andonios of Phasiane as the chancellor of the Archdiocese, effective as of Oct. 1. On the occasion of this appointment, the Archbishop noted, We are very glad to have His Grace Bishop Andonios of Phasiane as the new chancellor of the Archdiocese. In all the positions that he has held within the Archdiocese, as a lay theologian, a deacon, a presbyter and a Bishop, His Grace has served with remarkable zeal and diligence. We are confident that with the help of God and the blessings of our Holy Eparchial Synod Bishop Andonios will execute his new and responsible duties as chancellor with exemplary dedication, care and effectiveness. He was elected by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate as an auxiliary bishop on Dec. 11, 2001, and given the title Bishop of Phasiane, an ancient diocese in Pontos, the birthplace of his grandparents. His episcopal ordination took place at Holy Trinity Archdiocesan Cathedral on Feb.23, Born and raised in Jersey City, N.J., the middle child of Steven and Despina Poulos (Paropoulos), he grew up in the local St. Demetrios parish. In 1976, he entered Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, Mass., graduating in 1979 receiving an M. Div. with Distinction and was president of the graduating class. After serving at various Archdiocesan institutions for five years in a lay capacity, he was ordained a deacon on August 18, 1985, at Holy Trinity Cathedral by Archbishop Iakovos. He served for almost 4½ years as deacon to the Archbishop until Dec. 3, 1989, when he was ordained to the priesthood. Following his ordination, he continued to serve in both the Office of the Archbishop and the Office of the Chancellery as assistant chancellor and personnel director of the Archdiocese. On Feb. 24, 1991, he was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite. After a sabbatical in Greece from , he returned to the Archdiocese and was subsequently assigned to the parish of Zoodohos Peghe in the Bronx until At that time, he returned to the Archdiocese to assist with the retirement of Archbishop Iakovos and also assumed the position of coordinator for the 1996 Clergy- Laity Congress held in New York. In July of that year, he was appointed director of St. Michael s Home in Yonkers, N.Y., where he continues to serve in that capacity. In June 2000, Archbishop Demetrios appointed him to the new position of director of the Archdiocesan Department of Philanthropy. In addition, he serves as the advisor to the National Board of the Ladies Philoptochos Society and to the Direct Archdiocesan District Philoptochos Board. He will continue to serve in those positions. Since 2007 he has been responsible for the Benevolence Fund of the Archdiocese for Retired Clergy and Widowed Presbyteres and, in spring 2008, organized and heads the committee that oversees the Direct Archdiocesan District s Camp St. Paul. Cyprus First Lady Visits Saint Basil Academy Elsie Christofias is shown with Fr. Sitaras, Mrs. Skeadas, Dr. Gounardes and children of the Academy during her recent visit to Saint Basil s. (Story on page 30) ARCHEPISCOPAL ENCYCLICAL National Leadership 100 Sunday page 30 3 Let us not grow weary in doing what is good, for in due season we shall reap. (Galatians 6:9) To the Most Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils of the Greek Orthodox Communities, the Distinguished Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Day, Afternoon, and Church Schools, the Philoptochos Sisterhoods, the Youth, the Hellenic Organizations and the entire Greek Orthodox Family in America Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In this new ecclesiastical year, I greet you with paternal love on behalf of the Holy Eparchial Synod in order to announce that in recognition of the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund, our supporting charitable organization, the Holy Synod has designated Sunday, October 18, 2009 as National Leadership 100 Sunday. This is the Sunday prior to the Feast of St. Iakovos and has been purposely selected as a tribute to Archbishop Iakovos of blessed memory, the visionary Founder of Leadership 100. Faced with difficult economic times and challenges to our faith and culture, our Greek Orthodox men and women leaders are continually asked to support many causes. While they have been the pillars of support of their communities and of educational, health-related and cultural institutions across our great nation, they have been imbued with the philanthropic spirit that has been passed down to them by past generations to put first and foremost their commitment to the National Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in order to perpetuate Orthodoxy and Hellenism in America. They have become an example to us all of the words of St. Paul: God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7). Leadership 100 is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year. While it has grown to 822 members in 167 of our parishes, in every Metropolis and in the Direct Archdiocesan District, its impact has been far wider and greater through $28.5 million in grants that have provided scholarships for seminarians studying for the priesthood, relieved active clergy of their student loan debts, assisted retired clergy and presbyteres, supported virtually every National Ministry, from youth and family ministries, Religious and Greek education, and Internet Ministry and Home Missions. Furthermore, Leadership 100 assisted the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) and has given relief and comfort in national and international tragedies such as September 11, Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake and fires in Greece. We ask all of you to be mindful of this important ministry on National Leadership 100 Sunday, and to provide to the Leadership 100 members who are amongst you an opportunity
4 4 OCTOBER 2009 We are truly grateful for our spiritual leaders His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew & His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America Mary & Michael Jaharis
5 OCTOBER Itinerary of Ecumenical Patriarch s Visit Editor s Note: Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will make his sixth visit to the United States from Oct. 20 to Nov. 6. The following is his tentative schedule. Ecumenical Luncheon with New York-area religious leaders hosted by Archbishop Demetrios in the Archiepiscopal Dining Room at the Archdiocese of America. Blessing and greeting of Orthodox Christian students at Fordham University Museum of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Art of the William D. Walsh Family Library. Arrival at the Office of Father Joseph McShane, president of Fordham University (41 East Fordham Road, Bronx, N.Y.). Convocation and presentation of honorary degree to His All Holiness at Fordham University Church. Departure from Atlanta Fulton County Airport to Teterboro Airport, New Jersey. at Grand Doxology Service at the Sts. Constantine and Helen Church (2747 Riva Road, Annapolis, Maryland Tel.: ). METROPOLIS OF ATLANTA TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20 Arrival in New Orleans to lead the Religion, Science and The Environment Symposium titled The Great Mississippi River: Restoring Balance from Oct SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25 10:00 a.m. Patriarchal Chorostasia, Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Cathedral in New Orleans. Depart New Orleans for JFK International Airport, New York. DIRECT ARCHDIOCESAN DISTRICT Arrive JFK International Airport and leave immediately for Merrick, N.Y. 6:00 p.m. Patriarchal Chorostasia at Great Vespers for the Feast day of St. Demetrios the Myrrh streamer, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church (2421 Hewlett Avenue, Merrick, N.Y Tel: ). MONDAY, OCTOBER 26 Demetrios the Myrrh streamer 8:30 a.m. Orthros 10:00 a.m. Patriarchal Chorostasia at Divine Liturgy for the Feastday of St. Demetrios the Myrrh-streamer St. Demetrios Cathedral ( th Drive, Astoria, New York Tel.: ). 12:30 p.m. Community Agape Reception in the Ecumenical Patriarch s honor. He will meet with students of St. Demetrios Parochial School, and from other parochial schools of the Direct Archdiocesan District. 6:30 p.m. Ninth annual Orthodox Christian Prayer Service for the United Nations Community sponsored by the SCOBA/SCOOCH Joint Commission of Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches at Holy Trinity Archdiocesan Cathedral (319 East 74 Street, New York, - Tel ). 8:30 p.m. Dinner in honor of His All Holiness hosted by the Ambassador of Greece to the U.N. Anastasios Mitsialis. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27 Patriarchal Audience and Meeting with SCOBA Hierarchs in the Conference Room of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28 Private visit to the Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries for Byzantine and Medieval Europe Gallery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue, New York). Meeting with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, U.N. Headquarters, New York. Meeting with Jewish religious and lay leaders hosted by Rabbi Arthur Schneier, president of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation at the Park East Synagogue (164 East 68 th Street, New York). Private meeting with former President Bill Clinton at the Archdiocese. Archdiocesan Leadership Dinner in honor of His All Holiness hosted by Archbishop Demetrios with the Metropolitans, hierarchs, clergy, Leadership 100 Executive Committee, and other lay representatives of the Archdiocese. METROPOLIS OF ATLANTA THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29 Arrive Atlanta Fulton County Airport, and official welcome of His All Holiness by Metropolitan Alexios, clergy, Archons, Philoptochos, young people and civic leaders. 5:00 p.m. Patriarchal visit to Metropolis of Atlanta headquarters (2480 Clairmont Road, N.E., Atlanta). 5:30 p.m. Patriarchal Chorostasia Vespers Service at Annunciation Cathedral (2500 Clairmont Rd., N.E., Atlanta). Reception and dinner hosted by Muhtar Kent, President and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company, World of Coca-Cola. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30 Visit to headquarters of The Coca-Cola Company. DIRECT ARCHDIOCESAN DISTRICT 6:15 p.m. Pictorial tribute in honor of the Ecumenical Patriarch s prophetic and pioneering leadership for the environment hosted by the American Bible Society at MOBIA (Museum of Biblical Art) (1865 Broadway at 61 st Street, New York). 8:00 p.m. Tribute to Peacemakers Concert in honor of His All Holiness and Archbishop Demetrios on the occasion of his 10 th Anniversary as Archbishop of America and Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate at Alice Tully Hall Lincoln Center with Manhattan Philharmonic Orchestra, Peter Tiboris, conductor, and the Metropolitan Youth Choir of the Archdiocese directed by Maria Koleva (1941 Broadway 65 th between Broadway and Amsterdam). SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31 Patriarchal Exhortation to the Archdiocesan Council, Waldorf Astoria hotel (301 Park Avenue, New York). Private audience with National Philoptochos Executive Committee. Private Reception in honor of His All Holiness hosted by the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America in the West Foyer, Waldorf Astoria. Archons Banquet in honor of His All Holiness in the Grand Ballroom, Waldorf Astoria. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1 8:30 a.m. Orthros/Matins, Holy Trinity Archdiocesan Cathedral. 10:00 a.m. Patriarchal Divine Liturgy with Archbishop Demetrios and members of the Holy Synod of the Archdiocese participating, followed by the Investiture of the 2009 Archon Class of the Order of Saint Andrew. Depart for Washington Official welcome of His All Holiness by the U.S. Chief of Protocol, Orthodox hierarchs, ambassadors, ecumenical leaders, senators, congressmen, clergy, lay leaders and young people at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Luncheon in honor of His All Holiness hosted by Ambassador Vasilis Kaskarelis of Greece. METROPOLIS OF NEW JERSEY 6:00 p.m. Patriarchal Chorostasia General Reception and Dinner in celebration of the 18 th Anniversary of His All Holiness Enthronement as Ecumenical Patriarch hosted by Metropolitan Evangelos, the clergy and lay leaders of the Metropolis of New Jersey and the parish of Sts. Constantine and Helen in Annapolis at the Sts. Constantine and Helen Church Auditorium and Fellowship Hall, 2747 Riva Road, Annapolis, Md. DIRECT ARCHDIOCESAN DISTRICT TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Lecture co-sponsored by the Center for American Progress and Georgetown University at Gaston Hall, (37 th and O Streets, NW, Washington). Luncheon in honor of His All Holiness hosted by Turkish Ambassador Nabi Sensoy at his residence. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Lecture at the Brookings Institution (1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington). Joint Luncheon in honor of His All Holiness hosted by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, on Capitol Hill. Private meeting, reception and dinner in honor of His All Holiness hosted by Vice President Joseph Biden at the Vice Presidential residence at the U.S. Naval Observatory. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Private Luncheon with the Archbishop and Hierarchs of the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Archdiocese. Dinner in honor of His All Holiness hosted by the Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the State Department, 2201 C Street NW, Washington. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Afternoon departure.