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Father Robert Stephanopoulos to retire after of 25 years as Dean of the Archdiocesan Cathedra

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    http://www.wfn.org/2007/10/msg00004.html [GOAA] Father Robert Stephanopoulos to retire after of 25 years as Dean of the Archdiocesan Cathedra From Worldwide
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      [GOAA] Father Robert Stephanopoulos to retire
      after of 25 years as Dean of the Archdiocesan Cathedra
      From Worldwide Faith News <wfn@...>
      Date Mon, 01 Oct 2007 08:18:22 -0700

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      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER 27, 2007 Contact: 212-288-3215


      Father Robert Stephanopoulos will retire this
      year following completion of 25 years as Dean of
      the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity.
      In announcing the retirement, His Eminence
      Archbishop Demetrios said:â?? Father Robert has
      been a faithful servant of the Lord, offering his
      many and creative priestly services for along
      period with dedication to God and commitment to
      the people, responding to spiritual needs within
      the community and on the Intra-Orthodox,
      Ecumenical and Interfaith level. The Church is
      thankful for such a dedicated ministry.â??

      John Stratakis, Cathedral Board president,
      said,â?? Our respected and beloved pastor will
      complete a quarter century of service as Dean of
      the Cathedral, and retire from active service. It
      is no small accomplishment to have served one
      community for so many years and Father Robertâ??s
      term as dean has been active and eventful. In
      fitting tribute the Board of Trustees will
      sponsor a testimonial dinner honoring Father
      Robert and Presvytera Nikki on Sunday,October 7, at Cipriani Wall Street.â ??

      The Rev. Robert George Stephanopoulos, PH.D. a
      priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of
      America for 48 years, has been Dean of the
      Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
      since1982. Prior to that time he served as pastor
      of St. Demetrios Church, Fall River, MA; the
      Church of Our Saviour, Rye, NY and as Dean of
      Sts. Constantine and Helen Cathedral, Cleveland,
      OH. He has been Adjunct Professor of Eastern
      Christian Thought at St. Johnâ??s University for
      over 20 years. On May 13th, the University
      conferred upon him the honorary degree of Doctor
      of Sacred Theology. In 1993, Father Robert was
      the recipient of the HOLY TRINITY AWARD, an
      expression of appreciation by the Cathedral to
      individuals dedicated to serving others.

      A renowned ecumenist, theologian, lecturer and
      pastor, Father Robert has developed innovative
      social outreach programs in the greater Cathedral
      community. Foremost among them has been the
      Cathedral Fellowship, a program that has involved
      hundreds of young professional in the church and
      community. Also, through his initiative, the
      Cathedral became a founding member of the
      Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter. His Thursday
      evening Bible Study for adults from their 20â??s
      to 70â??s is known for its interaction and spirited discussion.

      A graduate of Holy Cross School of Theology,
      Brookline, MA, he studied one year at the
      University of Athens School of Theology and
      received a Ph.D. in Ecumenics, Missions and World
      Religions at Boston University. Long active in
      interreligious outreach and dialogue, he has
      served as Ecumenical Officer of the Archdiocese,
      was the first Orthodox and youngest person ever
      elected recording secretary of the National
      Council of Churches. Author of "Guidelines for
      Orthodox Christians in Ecumenical Relationsâ??,
      he is a Founding Member of Orthodox Dialogues
      with Catholics, Anglicans, Evangelicals and Jews. .

      Father Robert is married to Nikki Stephanopoulos,
      Director of News and Information/Public Relations
      of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. They have four
      children and two granddaughters: MotherAgapia, an
      Orthodox nun; George, husband of Alexandra and
      father of Elliot Anastasia and Harper Andrea, is
      chief Washington correspondent for ABC News and
      host of This Week, Sunday mornings on ABC TV;
      Marguarite is Asst. Vice President for
      Conferences and Events for Deutsche Bank in New
      York City and Andrew is a psychotherapist and
      Director of Client Care for Moonview Sanctuary,Santa Monica, CA.

      For further information call: Father Vasili or Anisa at (212) 288-3215.
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