New York—Supreme President Gus J. James, II, met with His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese on Friday, November 11, 2005 to discuss issues of mutual importance to the Greek American community.
“We were extremely well received by His Eminence and we are grateful for our close relationship,” James said. “We explored ways to involve Archbishop Demetrios at upcoming national events we will be hosting. Our membership always welcomes his inspirational and scholarly perspectives on Orthodoxy and Hellenism.”
According to the supreme president, AHEPA has invited His Eminence to participate during the 37th National Salute Weekend of events, March 10-12, 2006 in Washington and at the 84th Supreme Convention, July 26-30, 2006, in Hollywood, Fla.
In addition, James offered the AHEPA family’s commitment to participate at Epiphany celebrations in Tarpon Springs, Fla., for the historic visit of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
“Anywhere we can lend our support to the Archdiocese, and the Ecumenical Patriarchate, we will,” he said. James, an Archon of the Order of St. Andrew, offered AHEPA’s concern about recent protests staged outside the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
Over the weekend, James visited with Ahepans from District 6 (New York) and District 5 (New Jersey and Delaware) to promote membership initiatives and the “Voice of Hellenism” campaign.