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Greek Orthodox regional leaders to visit Porter County Sunday

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The Metropolis of Chicago Regional Commanders of the Greek Orthodox Order of Saint Andrew (Archons) Gus Pablecas and John Manos will be visiting St. Iakovos Greek Orthodox Church, in Valparaiso, on Sunday, February 26. Following Sunday Services, beginning around 11:30 a.m, they will make a presentation concerning Indiana Senate Resolution 2, which is currently making its way through the Indiana State Senate. As part of this presentation, the Regional Commanders will also cover the Five Core Issues facing the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Several Indiana State Senators and Representatives have been invited to this special presentation.

Senate Resolution 2 is a resolution declaring support for the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and calling on the Turkish Government to ensure the religious freedom of this global religious leader, and is part of a larger initiative by the Archons to gain passage in each State of the Union to raise awareness of the issues facing this historical religious institution. To date, 45 states have seen passage by the State House of Representatives and Senate as well as gaining the support of the Governor.

Greek Orthodox parishioners in Indiana are under the jurisdictions of the Metropolis of Chicago (Northwest Indiana) and the Metropolis of Detroit. They announced in September of 2016 a joint initiative to gain passage in Indiana of this resolution calling for Religious Freedom for the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox worldwide. Similar resolutions have been passed by 45 states, including all states neighboring Indiana, as well as the United States Congress and European Union, and it has received the full support of Pope Benedict, Pope Francis, former President Bill Clinton, former President George W. Bush, and former President Barack Obama.

Indiana Senate Resolution 2 is the beginning of the process for Indiana to be the 46th state to pass this resolution during the 2017 Indiana Legislative Session.

Since accepting the post of Regional Commanders for the Metropolis of Chicago, both John G. Manos and Gus M. Pablecas have made it their mission, with help from fellow Archons within the Metropolis of Chicago, to spread the word of the Order of the Archons by establishing an initiative that teaches about religious freedom to lay people within Chicago. A primary method of spreading the word has been the establishment of Religious Freedom Symposiums that delve into how the Archons are defending and promoting the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

As part of this initiative, the Regional Commanders have developed a PowerPoint presentation on the Five Key Issues of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to coincide with their parish visits to speak with congregants. Their ultimate goal is to reach out to all parishes in the Chicago area.

Eastern Orthodox Christians are the second large St. Christian faith tradition worldwide. The Metropolis of Chicago oversees all Greek Orthodox parishes within Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, as well as eastern Missouri and northwest Indiana. Find more information on the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago at

More information on St. Iakovos Greek Orthodox Church in Valparaiso, Indiana, can be found at

Sunday Services at St. Iakovos Greek Orthodox Church at 36 West 700 North Street, Valparaiso, start at 9:30 a.m. The presentation by Archon Regional Commanders John Manos and Gus Pablecas will immediately follow the conclusion of Sunday Services, around 11:30 a.m.

The general public is always welcome.


Posted 2/24/2017









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