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Bishop Savas to Direct Office of the Church and Society

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  • Bill Samsonoff
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      Bishop Savas to Direct Office of the Church and Society
      Posted on Monday, March 02 @ 11:17:31 EST by greek_news

      New York.–Archbishop Demetrios of America has
      named Bishop Savas of Troas as Director of the
      Office of Church and Society, with a charge to
      develop programs and ministries that promote a
      creative Orthodox Christian engagement with
      contemporary societal and cultural realities.

      “This Office,” remarked Archbishop Demetrios,
      “will address matters of current relevance, such
      as the effects of online social networking, the
      popularity of so-called ‘reality’ television and
      video games, and the resurgence of atheism. It
      will also oversee the Archdiocesan Advisory
      Committee on Science and Technology (AACST) and
      will work closely with the Archdiocesan Youth
      Department. Bishop Savas, one of our younger
      hierarchs, is a person of genuine administrative
      and pastoral experience who has served for the
      past nine years as Chancellor of the Archdiocese
      and the past seven as a Bishop. His extensive
      education, mature grasp of current issues, deep
      appreciation of and engagement with contemporary
      culture, and above all great love for Christ and
      His Holy Church make him particularly well
      qualified to direct such an office. I am
      confident that his appointment will bear much
      fruit, especially for our young people, who look
      to us to assist them in meeting the challenge of
      living lives that are both fully and
      authentically Greek Orthodox and fully and
      authentically, twenty-first-century American.”

      Bishop Savas will be leaving the Office of the
      Chancellor and assuming his new responsibilities
      as of Monday, March 2, 2009. The Rev. Fr. Michael
      Kontogiorgis will continue as Assistant
      Chancellor and the Rev. Fr. Athanasios (Al) Demos
      as Archepiscopal Vicar of the Direct Archdiocesan District.

      Bishop Savas (Zembillas) of Troas is a graduate
      of Colby College (1979, BA in Philosophy and
      English Literature) and Holy Cross Greek
      Orthodoxy School of Theology (1985, with High
      Distinction). He pursued doctoral studies at
      Oxford University, under the supervision of His
      Excellency Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of
      Diokleia, from 1987 to 1994. He is an Adjunct
      Professor at St Vladimir’s Orthodox School of
      Theology, where he has taught a course on “Looking for God in Popular Culture.”
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