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The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, hosted its annual Archon Weekend on October 7-9 in New York. On Sunday, October 9, at the conclusion of Divine Liturgy at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, the Archon Class of 2022 was invested and presented with their Offikia and Cross of Saint Andrew.

During the event, four new Archons from the Metropolis of Chicago were invested. We would like to congratulate our newest Archons representing the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America: 

  • John H. Gountanis, Esq., Archon Dikaiophylax 
  • James G. Lakerdas, Esq., Archon Asingritis 
  • Yanni H. Sianis, Archon Skevophylax 
  • Thomas P. Williams, DDS, MD, FACS, Archon Orphanotrophos


Archons are honorees by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for their outstanding service to the Church, and are well-known, distinguished, and well-respected leaders of the Orthodox Christian community. Those selected to serve as Archons have demonstrated a commitment greater than average toward the stewardship of time, talent and treasure for the betterment of the Church, Parish, Diocese/Metropolis, Archdiocese and the community as a whole.