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Press Release 08.06.2022

The new training program entitled: “ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF THE PARISH – CONTRIBUTION TO THE HUMAN BEINGS” (IPE) of the Holy Archdiocese of Athens in collaboration with the Holy Diocese of Corfu, Paxos and the Diapontian Islands, in the framework of the co-financed Act “Lifelong Learning Programs of the Human Resources of the Church – Development of Open Internet” ) of the operational program “Human Resources Development, Education and Lifelong Learning 2014-2020”.

On Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at the Spiritual Center of the Holy Metropolis, in the presence of His Eminence the Bishop of Corfu, Mr. Nektarios, the Deputy Director of  Archim. father Theologos Alexandrakis, the Coordinator of the program. Protopr. Themistoklis Mourtzanos, General Hierarchical Commissioner of the Holy Metropolis, and all the trainees were sanctified on the occasion of the work of the training program.

After the consecration, His Eminence, speaking paternally to the participants, stressed that the clergyman today needs to know the complexity of pastoral problems, to have comprehensive information from other sciences that help pastoral care, but must also be trained in matters of administration, for be able to meet the diverse needs of its mission. The administration of the parish is not a project of minor importance. It is related to the obligations of the parish towards the state, as well as towards the pastoral and ruling Church, while the competent and administratively qualified priest can manage the new technologies with distinction, but also use the gifts of the parishioners. This is the purpose of the seminar, which is done at his own request to the Pastoral Training Foundation.

At this point, Mr. Nektarios did not fail to mention the person of His Beatitude the Archbishop of Athens and all of Greece, Mr. Ieronymos BD, expressing his sincere and heartfelt thanks, as in the capacity of Chairman of the Board. of I.P.E., tirelessly cares and daily anguish for the continuous and substantial training of the executives (clergy and laity) of the Church. He also thanked Fr. Theologos Alexandrakis for his tireless effort, so that these programs are fruitful.

Afterwards, the floor was given to Fr. Theologos, who, after conveying the wishes of His Beatitude, thanked His Eminence, the Program Coordinator, the respected fathers and all those present for accepting the invitation and their substantial participation in it.

After the speeches and in the context of the good cooperation of I.P.E. with the Special Management Service of the operational program “Human Resources Development, Education and Lifelong Learning 2014-2020” were connected online the Head of the E.Y.D. Ms. Florentia Karavatas and the operator of the Act, Ms. Angeliki Daniolou. They addressed a greeting and thanked both the Most Reverend Metropolitan of Corfu Mr. Nektarios for his important contribution to the support of the programs, pointing out his pastoral interest in the training of his flock, as well as the Deputy Director of the I.P.E. for its excellent cooperation all these years with the Managing Authority. After the required administrative verification was carried out by the E.Y.D., the presentation of Fr.

The following meetings have taken place so far:

a) On Wednesday 25/05/2022, start of the program with a presentation of its content and objectives, under the Pan. Archim. Theologos Alexandrakis, Deputy Director of IPE, Preacher of I.A.A., Minister Dr. Of Theology of the Theological School of EKPA, with a postgraduate degree in Law. Speech on: “The Church as N.P.D.D. – Charter. Laws and Regulations concerning the Church “, Associate Professor of the Theological School of EKPA, Mr. Ioannis Panagiotopoulos.

b) On Monday 30/05/2022, speech on: “Parish Administration”, by Mr. Triantaphyllos Boltetsos, Dr. Theology, Head of the Department of Administration and Office of Personnel – Logistics of the Holy Metropolis of Fthiotida.

c) On Monday 06/06/2022 presentation of the topic: “Digital contribution”, under Ed. Prot. Eleftherios Charalambidis, Dr. Theology, Secondary Education Teacher, Vicar of the Holy Monastery of Edessa, Pella and Almopia.

The following meetings follow:

e) On Tuesday 14/06/2022 presentation of the topic: “Ecclesiastical Council”, under Mr. Panagiotis Frangakos, Theologian MA., Holy Diocese of Kifissia, Maroussi, Oropos and Marathon.

f) On Friday 17/06/2022 presentation of the topic: “Finance of the Holy Temple”, under the direction of Prot. Sotirios Manolopoulos, Theologian, Head of I.N. Agios Vassilios Vrachneikon of I.M. Patron.

g) On Tuesday 21/06/2022 presentation of the topic: “Archive of the Holy Temple”, under Archim. Ioannis Peristeridis, Chemical Engineer MSc, Theologian MA, Vicar of I.M. Neapoleos and Stavroupoleos and Employee of E.K.Y.O.

After the end of the above speech,  Protopr. Themistoklis Mourtzanos (Dr. of Theology and Professor of Secondary Education) will proceed with the evaluation of the trainees and the feedback of the objectives of the program.

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