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Members of the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chicago participated in the YAL Conference, held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Chicago from February 17-19, 2023. 

During a lunchtime session, with the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael of Chicago who was in attendance, Pilgrimage of Discovery Co-Chairs Archon Hon. Jeffery Chrones and Hellena Chrones informed the YAL of one of the latest National Archon pilot program endeavors, a pilgrimage to Constantinople for young adults ages 23-28 years old, noting that Archons are currently accepting applications online to participate in the all-expenses paid journey, which will include a meeting with His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew and tours of historic and religious sites.

Their presentation was followed by presentation from Archon National Secretary and Archon Regional Commander Gus M. Pablecas and Archon Regional Commander John G. Manos on “What is an Archon.” 

During the weekend, Archon Dr. John Fotopoulos also led a YAL workshop titled, “Living Scripture and Our Path to Wellness.”

In addition, the Archons had, once again, a vendor table where YAL participates could ask questions, obtain publications and learn more about the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle throughout the three-day weekend.