In the name of Archbishop Demetrios who have designated May 18 as “AHEPA Sunday”
WASHINGTON—Archbishop Demetrios of America has issued an Encyclical designating May 18, 2003, as “AHEPA Sunday” in recognition of the organization’s ongoing contributions to the community, which benefit our Hellenic heritage and faith. The Encyclical was released today to all parishes.
“We are grateful to His Eminence for carrying on the annual tradition of designating one Sunday as AHEPA Day throughout the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America,” said Supreme President Dr. James F. Dimitriou. “It is representative of the close relationship the Archdiocese and AHEPA has had for over eight decades.”
In the Encyclical, Archbishop Demetrios asks the Orthodox faithful to offer prayers and support for the local AHEPA chapters and the national organization as we grow in our love for one another.
“It is in the joy of the Resurrection that we honor this year the significant work of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA),” wrote Archbishop Demetrios. “Today, the AHEPA enriches and benefits Greek Americans from all walks of life through promoting educational and philanthropic initiatives, and through encouraging excellence within families and individuals.”
In the spirit of promoting educational initiatives, Dr. Dimitriou has announced the creation of the “AHEPA-Archbishop Demetrios Scholarship Fund” and he has asked all chapters to create awareness and to begin fundraising for this encouraging project.
“Traditionally, the Church has honored AHEPA with AHEPA Sunday,” said Dr. Dimitriou. “This year, we are returning the favor, by asking AHEPA to honor the Church.”
Funds raised for the AHEPA-Archbishop Demetrios Scholarship Fund will directly benefit our youth in these two areas:
1) A new scholarship for Seminarians to accompany the already existing AHEPA Carlos Touris Scholarship for Seminarians, and
2) A new scholarship to benefit the children of our clergy.
The AHEPA-Archbishop Demetrios Scholarship Fund will be managed and administered by the AHEPA National Educational Foundation, an entity established for the perpetuation, study and advancement of Hellenic culture and traditions in the United States and throughout the world.
In addition, AHEPA chapters will hold memorial services for departed members and sponsor the coffee-hour following church services in their local parishes on AHEPA Sunday.