Dear Archon Brothers and Friends of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle:
The February 15, 2022 edition of Kathimerini, one of Greece’s leading daily newspapers, contains a tribute to the beloved Spiritual Advisor of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate: Father Alexander Karloutsos, Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Father Alex’s decades of unwavering dedication and selfless service to our Holy Mother Church of Constantinople and to the Archdiocese of America have enriched countless souls and borne fruit in so many ways that it is hard to find an aspect of Greek Orthodox life in America that has not benefited from the labors of this remarkable and tireless servant of God. We are confident that the Archons of America and all the Orthodox faithful will appreciate this well-deserved tribute.
Sincerely yours in the service of our Holy Mother Church,
Anthony J. Limberakis, MD
Father Alex’s contribution
Father Alex Karloutsos (left) greets Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios (right) during a visit by the spiritual leader of the Greek Orthodox world to the Church of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary in Southampton, New York, in a photo by 2006 archive. [AMNA]
Andy Manatos and Mike Manatos
The stature of the Greek-American community and its influence over American leaders has, over time, benefited Greece, Cyprus and the Ecumenical Patriarchate quite significantly. One of the people who has made an extraordinary contribution to this stature and influence is Father Alex Karloutsos, who recently announced that he is “retiring but not backing down”. For decades, he was the right arm of the world renowned Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios and all the Greek Orthodox Archbishops of America, beginning with His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos. His close relationships with such prominent religious leaders provided Father Alex with a credible and powerful platform from which to work on behalf of the church community.
Father Alex’s contributions to our community come from two equally unparalleled parts. The first is his faith-driven genius that gives him insight into the hearts of others, the unique vision of opportunities, and the strategies and details of implementations that make those visions a reality. The second is best understood in his oft-heard observation of the wealthy: “I’m not impressed by their money but by what they do with it.”
During his early years he added many of our “best and brightest” to our Church. As one of them told me: “While I grew up Greek, I wasn’t for many years. Now Father Alex has made me Greek Orthodox again. Father Alex served this group he reintroduced into the Church and many others already committed to the Church through his pastoral care as a “true priest” and through hours each day helping them and their families, spiritually, professionally, educationally and in every other way. . He rewarded those most generous with the Church with an annual retreat with our Archbishop, as well as other national and international events with popes, prime ministers, presidents and princes. He is held in such high esteem that more than 1,300 people contributed at least $300 to attend an Order of St. Andrew dinner honoring Father Alex and Presbytera Xanthi. He raised a record amount.