GOARCH - March 23, 1998

Archbishop Spyridon Keynotes Clergy-Laity Congress of Diocese of NJ

New York,NY - His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America and locum tenens of the Diocese of New Jersey, in his Archpastoral Exhortation to the Diocesan Clergy-Laity Congress held at Sts. Constantine and Helen Church at Annapolis, MD, March 22-23, emphasized the theme of this year's Clergy-Laity Congress to be held in Orlando, FL: "One Faith, One Family, One Future: Together to the New Millennium."

"Such a theme precludes division; on the contrary, it requires unity," said His Eminence to the 104 delegates representing 48 parishes and some 50 members of the host parish. "With this in mind, I give you the charge, as you go about your work here today, to do all you can to protect and promote this unity. In this way you will most clearly show your love for the Church."

In welcoming His Eminence, the Clergy and Laity of the Diocese of New Jersey said:

As you lead us at the Clergy Laity Congress of the Diocese of New Jersey, hosted by the Greek Orthodox Church of Annapolis, Maryland, we come to respectfully request your Archpastoral Blessings upon the representatives of the Parishes of New Jersey and all the faithful of our Diocese. Your Archpastoral leadership has been a source of inspiration for all of us. We share with you your great vision for the future of our Archdiocese of America and pledge our continued support.

  March 23, 1998 ]