EDITOR’S NOTE: Please correct me if I am wrong, but this Archbishop has written this type of message on Father’s Day, last year also… And the year before… Would it ever be possible for His Eminence to pronounce a spiritual, thankful, and didactic message on ANY occasion without passing around a donation tray?
Why are the parishioners called again to pay for the financial mismanagement of decades? Did you hear that Pat. Bartholomew and Karloutsos apologize for their multiple financial “trespasses”? Please allow me not to start with the litany of illegalities again…
But, as we hear, GOA plans to sell a big part of the property of HCHC in Brookline, Massachusetts, the most valuable area of Boston, valued at hundreds of millions… Possibly the whole property can sell for over $400 million!… Here is an excellent opportunity to replenish at least partially the priests’ pension fund! Many other excellent ideas are out there for this money, the most basic ones creating a fund for the theological education of future priests (possibly two years at Harvard Divinity School and another two years at Thessaloniki Theological School and Mt. Athos.) Part of this money can also help establish Hellenic Classical Charter Schools: A Committee of known experts, who have already succeeded in this field in Florida, New York, Chicago, and elsewhere can create a charter school “prototype” to be reproduced and applied everywhere it is feasible…
But I apologize… As I was writing, I started fantasizing that this Archdiocese is made of people who share the dreams of all of us in the community… I forgot that the vultures of Constantinople will grab most money from sold properties for their own personal use… Please excuse me…
BELOW IS THE FATHER’S DAY MESSAGE FROM THE ARCHBISHOP
Archbishop Elpidophoros of America issued an Archiepiscopal Encyclical for Father’s Day
Unto the Most Reverend and Right Reverend Hierarchs, Pious Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, Presidents and Members of Parish Councils, Honorable Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Members of Leadership 100, the Day and Afternoon Schools, Philoptochos Societies, the Youth, Greek Orthodox Organizations, and the entirety of the Christ-named Plenitude of the Holy Archdiocese of America:
Jesus said to them: “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. (Matthew 4:19-20)
My Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This Father’s Day, I once again request our entire Archdiocese to remember and celebrate the “fathers” of our parishes across the country. Our clergy give so much to their ministries, responding unhesitatingly to the call of our Lord Jesus Christ, leaving behind the advantages of secular life and serving as “fishers of men.”
We combine this day to remember our earthly fathers with an important consideration for our priestly “fathers in Christ.” We ask that each parish make a special collection to support the Clergy Pension Fund. Working with the Archdiocesan Presbyters Council, great strides have been made to secure the Fund, but there is always a need, so your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Our clergy are certainly deserving of their benefits, especially after long years of ministry. Let us join together to encourage them and to ensure that they have the resources to conduct their ministries and, at the same time, sustain their lives and families. Let us celebrate this Father’s Day by remembering all our fathers in Christ; for they are the ones charged with the command of the Gospel to fill nets of salvation with souls, destined for life everlasting.
With Thankfulness and Paternal Love in Christ,
Archbishop of America