Presence of HYFETHA Ioannis Kefalogiannis at the Ceremony of Announcing an Honorary Doctorate of His Beatitude the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, Mr. Hieronymus II

The Deputy Minister of National Defense Mr. Ioannis Kefalogiannisattended today, Monday, February 26, 2024, at the Ceremony of Awarding an Honorary Doctorate of the Evelpidon Military School of His Beatitude the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, Mr. Hieronymou Bwhich took place in the “Alexandros Xiros” Amphitheater of the School.

The ceremony was attended by the GES Chief Lieutenant General George Kostidisthe chief GEA Lieutenant Commander (I) Demosthenes Grigoriadis and the SSE Commander Major General Anastasios Polychronos. Also present were the Metropolitans of Glyfada, Hellinikon, Voula, Vouliagmeni and Vari etc. Anthony, the Metropolitan Fthiotidos, Mr. Simeon, the Metropolitan of Mesogaia and Lavreotiki, etc. Nicholasthe Mayor of Voula, Vari and Vouliagmeni, Mr. Grigorios Constantellosacting Ministers as well as Senior Officers.

In the context of his greeting, Mr. Kefalogiannis congratulated the Evelpidon Military School for this excellent initiative, which honors the personality of His Beatitude the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, Mr. Hieronymus II, who, according to common confession, is a spiritual leader, a worthy Hierarch with profound Theological, but also academic education. The Deputy Minister of National Defense referred to the invaluable contribution over time of our Orthodox Church, to the survival struggles of our Nation and to the material and spiritual anxieties of our people, while assuring that the Political Leadership of the Ministry and the Armed Forces will be helpful and in kind cooperation with the Church, for the promotion of every constructive effort and creative initiative, aiming at the progress of our society.

In his greeting, the Deputy Minister stated:

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“It is a special pleasure and honor for me to be invited to attend today’s awarding ceremony, to an honorary doctorate of the Evelpidon Military School, by the Most Blessed Archbishop of Athens and all Greece, etc. Hieronymus II.

The Evelpidon Military School, by taking this excellent initiative, first of all honors the personality of His Beatitude, who, according to common confession, is a spiritual leader, a worthy Hierarch with profound Theological, as well as academic education. The charismatic personality, the unique virtues, the High Priestly course, the spiritual, social and pastoral work of His Beatitude are known. A deep connoisseur of Hellenism and Orthodoxy and an accomplished scholar of these two elements. It is worth mentioning epigrammatically the diverse actions of the Beatitude, starting from his academic parchments, as in addition to being a graduate of the Faculty of Philosophy and Theology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, he was a scholarship holder of the Foundation of State Scholarships in Byzantine studies, while he also attended postgraduate studies abroad. They expand on his rich and award-winning writing work with many articles, studies and books of theological, social and historical content and continue in his undiminished interest and care for the Church, in its entirety. The Archbishop’s speech is characterized by mildness, meekness and is based on love, avoiding intolerance and fanaticism, putting Man at the center, thus constituting a tangible example of the transfiguration of the teaching of the God-Man.

However, in addition to the above, the Evelpidon Military School, with this initiative, honors the invaluable contribution of our Orthodox Church over time, to the survival struggles of our Nation and to the material and spiritual anxieties of our people. The Church which, grafting Christianity with Hellenism, contributed, throughout the centuries, the most to the spiritual armor of society, as well as to the perpetuation of our Nation. A Church that to this day tirelessly continues its successful efforts to offer, providing charitable institutions, nurseries, orphanages, care units for the elderly, promoting and supporting actions such as free distribution of food and clothes, creation of blood banks, supporting its work in any way it can State.

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Your Beatitude, with the deepest respect and love, I want to assure you that both I personally, as well as the Ministry of National Defense and the Armed Forces, will be helpful and cooperate with the Church, for the promotion of every constructive effort and creative initiative, with the aim of progress of our society. I am sure, that with the intellectual wealth, the mental kindness and the long experience you have, you will successfully continue your wonderful work.

Many years, Your Blessedness!”

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