For Immediate Release
Monday, May 14, 2012
Contact: AHEPA Headquarters
Phone: (202) 232-6300
Archbishop Proclaims May 20 as AHEPA Sunday
Encyclical recognizes AHEPA's good works through
philanthropic, educational, civic programs
WASHINGTON - His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios has proclaimed May 20, 2012 as "AHEPA Sunday" in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
"On AHEPA Sunday we recognize and honor the members of our Greek Orthodox community in the United States who continue to offer this witness and service through their support for the work of the Church and through numerous philanthropic, educational and civic programs," the encyclical issued by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios states. "For ninety years, the members of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association and the organizations of the AHEPA family have created a legacy of service in their local parishes, in the ministries and organizations of our Holy Archdiocese, and on behalf of global issues that impact the witness and work of the Orthodox Church."
"We deeply appreciate, and we are honored, by the kind words Archbishop Demetrios uses to describe the community service our members provided on a consistent basis,” said Supreme President Dr. John Grossomanides. “We are also grateful for the blessings His Eminence bestowed to our organization and members."
The encyclical also cites AHEPA’s attention to the issues facing the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
For a copy of the encyclical please click here, or visit www.ahepa.org or www.goarch.org.
The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) is a leading membership-based association for the nation’s three million American citizens of Greek heritage, and Philhellenes
Its mission is to promote the ancient Greek ideals of education, philanthropy, civic responsibility and family and individual excellence through community service and volunteerism.
AHEPA is the largest Greek-American association in the world with chapters in the United States, Canada, Greece, Cyprus, and sister chapters in Australia and New Zealand. It was established in 1922 by visionary Greek Americans to protect Hellenes from prejudice originating from the KKK, and in its history, AHEPA joined with the NAACP and B'nai B'rith International to fight discrimination.
The mission of the AHEPA family is to promote the ancient Greek ideals of education, philanthropy, civic responsibility and family and individual excellence through community service and volunteerism.
For more information about the AHEPA family, or how to join, please contact AHEPA Headquarters, (202) 232-6300, or visit www.ahepa.org. To learn more about the AHEPA National Educational Foundation, please visit www.ahepa.org/education.