With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, and in consultation with His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco, Dr. Anthony J. Limberakis, National Commander of the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle, appointed Archon Isidoros Garifalakis Regional Commander for the Order in the Pacific Northwest.
His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros said: “This is an excellent meeting. Archon Isidoros Garifalakis is a true disciple of the best Master: our Lord Jesus Christ. He has demonstrated over the years that he practices our faith with sincerity of heart and honest intention. Through the holy intercessions of the Theotokos, may he receive grace for grace as he continues to love and serve our holy Mother Church in Constantinople. “
Dr Limberakis noted: “A few key anecdotes reveal the remarkable character of Archon Garifalakis. Some time ago he was asked to provide the steel for the reconstruction of the Cathedral of the Annunciation in San Francisco. He did so at his own expense and refused to be reimbursed. Archon Isidoros and his beloved wife Maria also traveled to Euboea, Greece, where Archon Isidoros was born, this summer and spent several weeks witnessing the catastrophic fires that ravaged Greece, and Euboea in particular. These were true acts of, and measures of Archon Isidoros’ dedication to our Holy Church. I am honored to appoint him regional commander. I am also very proud to note that Archon Isidoros and Maria are committed to become FOUNDERS of the Patriarch Eccumenical Bartholomew Foundation. “
“I have had the honor of serving the Order and our Mother Church for the past 17 years as an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate,” said Archon Garifalakis. “I accept this new responsibility as Regional Commander with gratitude and with a deep commitment to furthering the mission of the Order. My goal is to explore new opportunities for Archons in the Pacific Northwest while mobilizing and further sensitizing our efforts as Defenders of the Faith.
A parishioner of Holy Trinity Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, Archon Garifalakis was invested as archon on October 10, 2004 and conferred with the Depoutatos office.
Archon Garifalakis is the principal owner of Omega Industries, headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, where it operates the largest supplier of level crossings in the United States. His company also manufactures dredge parts and a variety of steel products manufactured at their four factories located across the United States. He is a member of the Metropolis Council for the Metropolis of San Francisco, where he chairs the Fundraising and Development Committee. He and his family are generous donors to their parish in Portland, Saint John the Forerunner Monastery in Goldendale, WA, and the Saint Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center in Dunlap, CA. Archon Garifalakis is currently a member of the Archdiocesan Council, a position he has held for several years. He and Maria are also accomplished members of Leadership 100.
According to the statutes of the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the National Commander of the Order, after the election of the officers of the National Council, must appoint Regional Commanders for a period of one year. Each regional commander serves as a representative of the National Council in the region in order to achieve the goals, objectives and principles of the Order.
An Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate is honored by His Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for outstanding service to the Church, and a well-known, distinguished and respected leader of the Orthodox Christian community.
The Patriarch Eccumenical Bartholomew Foundation: For the Sacred See of Saint Andrew, was created as an endowment by the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The FOUNDERS of the Patriarch Eccumenical Bartholomew Foundation have pledged to secure the financial foundation of the Holy Mother Church, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, by pledging $ 100,000 over 10 years.