Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to Visit the USA Oct 20 - Nov 6. 2009
JOHNSTOWN, PA -- His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas has been invited and will take part
in liturgical celebrations and meetings with His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I during his upcoming Archpastoral Visit to the United States from October 20 - November 6, 2009.
His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
will arrive in New Orleans, on Oct. 20 to begin his Apostolic and Patriarchal
Visit to the United States. The purpose of this, his sixth visit to our nation,
is twofold: to convene and preside over the Eighth Religion, Science and the
Environment (RSE) Symposium, and to celebrate the 10 th
anniversary of the enthronement of Archbishop Demetrios of America as the
Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
His All Holiness, under whose high patronage the Religion, Science and the
Environment Symposia take place, will lead a large and diverse group of
theologians, scientists, policy makers, environmentalists, representatives of
business and NGOs, and media for a five day Environmental Symposium entitled;
" Restoring Balance: The Great Mississippi River ."
Since 1995, RSE has convened
seven symposia to study the fate of the world's waters, which cover seven-tenths
of our planet's surface. These assemblies of scientists, environmentalists,
policy-makers and representatives of the world's main religious faiths have
established a vibrant environmental ethics movement. Underlying RSE's strategies
is a core belief that the analytical tools of science and the spiritual messages
of religion must work in harmony if the earth's environment is to be
safeguarded. The symposia take place afloat, bringing participants -
international and regional religious leaders, scientists, environmentalists,
policy makers, media representatives and other prominent figures in politics and
business - directly to endangered bodies of water. Previous symposia have been
attended by heads of state, environmental ministers, ministers of economic
affairs and prominent intellectual figures. (More information on the Mississippi
symposium: www.rsesymposia.org )
Following the Symposium, His All Holiness will travel to New York City for a
week-long celebration of the 10 th Anniversary of the Enthronement of
Archbishop Demetrios. It will commence on Oct. 25, with the Feast day Great
Vespers of St. Demetrios the Myrrh-streamer at the Parish dedicated to the
Great-Martyr in Merrick, NY. The next day, the His All Holiness will preside
at the Feast day Divine Liturgy at St. Demetrios Cathedral in Astoria,
NY. On the evening of the 26th, His All Holiness will preside at the 9th
Annual Prayer service for the United Nations at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of
the Holy Trinity. The service is sponsored jointly by the Standing
Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) and the
Standing Conference of Oriental Orthodox Bishops in America (SCOOCH). On
Tuesday, October 27th, His All Holiness will meet with the Primates of
Later in the evening of the 27th, Fordham University will bestow an
honorary doctorate in law to His All Holiness. In recognition of the
Ecumenical Patriarch's leadership in the fields of environmental responsibility,
and interfaith and inter-cultural dialogue, Fordham is also presenting the
initial volume of a three-part series of the major speeches of His All Holiness.
Among all the festivities organized by Fordham, there will be a special
opportunity for the students of the local Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) to
meet with and receive the blessing of the Ecumenical Patriarch.
On Wednesday, Oct. 28th, His All Holiness will have meetings with U.N.
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations, as well as with Jewish
religious and lay leaders hosted by Rabbi Arthur Schneier, President of the
Appeal of Conscience Foundation.
His All Holiness will also travel briefly to Atlanta, and celebrate an
Ecumenical Doxology in the Annunciation Cathedral of the Metropolis.
Following his return to New York City on Friday, Oct. 30th, he will attend a
reception at the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA), which will be presenting a
month-long (mid-October to mid November) exhibition in honor of His All Holiness
and his environmental initiatives.
That evening, His All Holiness will attend a gala musical celebration
at the famed Alice Tully Hall in New York , both in honor of his presence
in the United States and in tribute to the decade of service of Archbishop
Demetrios. Maestro Peter Tiboris will lead the Manhattan Philharmonic in a
program and a special appearance by the Archdiocesan Metropolitan Youth
On Saturday, Oct. 31st , His All Holiness will address the
Archdiocesan Council and meet with the National Board of Philoptochos. In
the evening of the 31st, the Order of Saint Andrew, Archons of the Ecumenical
Patriarchate will present their annual banquet in honor of the Ecumenical
Patriarch. A special speaker for the evening will be the newly enthroned
Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York, His Excellency Timothy Dolan.
On Sunday, November 1st, His All Holiness will preside at a
Patriarchal Divine Liturgy with Archbishop Demetrios and all the Members
of the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America at the
Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York City. In a rarely
seen occasion, he will personally conduct the investiture of the new
Archons of the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle.
In the evening of November 1st, the Patriarchal Delegation leaves for
Washington DC. While in the DC Metro Area, His All Holiness will mark
his 18th year as Ecumenical Patriarch in a Doxology service at the Sts.
Constantine and Helen Church in Annapolis, MD .
Throughout the first week of November, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will
meet with the highest leaders of our Nation: the President, the Vice
President, the Speaker of the House, the Secretary of State, and the Majority
Leader of the Senate. Both Vice President Biden and Secretary of
State Clinton will host dinners in honor of His All Holiness.
Additionally, the Ecumenical
Patriarch is scheduled to speak at the Brookings Institution ( www.brookings.edu ) and at Georgetown
University in a joint event sponsored by Georgetown and the Center for American
Progress ( www.americanprogressaction.org
Our Diocesan Apostolate for Information Technology has been assisting the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Internet Ministry with the development of a special Patriarchal Visitation Website which provides up to date information, including live video feed and archived multi-media of the Environmental Symposium and other planned events. Upon the commencement of the patriarchal visitation, the Information Technology Apostolate will assist with the posting of media coverage, and a special multi-media project involving Orthodox youth.
His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s visit to the United States can be followed online at: www.usvisit2009.org