UKRAINIAN AUTOCEPHALOUS ORTHODOX CHURCH
OF NORTH & SOUTH AMERICA
AND THE DIASPORA
Long time Greek Orthodox Archbishop of North & South America Dies on April 10
Yonkers Protodeacon Attends Funeral of Archbishop Iakovos in New York City
NEW YORK, NY: His Eminence, Archbishop Iakovos, who led the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North & South America for nearly 40 years, died on April 10, 2005 at his residence in New York City. The Archbishop was instrumental in many formative initiatives of the church in America and was well known and respected on both the Orthodox and ecumenical levels. In particular, he was a good friend to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the Diaspora.
Funeral services were held at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, E. 70th. St. in Manhattan on Wednesday and Thursday, April 13 & 14, attended by many Orthodox hierarchs, clergy and faithful.
Representing His Eminence, Metropolitan Michael was Protodeacon Samir Alejilat, of St. George Church, Yonkers, NY, who joined clergy from around the New York metropolitan area and across the United States in the hierarchical funeral services.
In commenting on the life of the Archbishop, Metropolitan Michael said,
"The untiring ministry of Archbishop Iakovos was a time of great hope and productivity for the Orthodox Church in the United States and throughout North & South America. His vision of unity and mutual cooperation placed the church on the path to a stronger Christian witness. During the exciting yet changing times in which he served, he responded accordingly to the needs of the church in the modern world. As in the case of the recently deceased Pope John Paul II, Archbishop Iakovos' tenure was a very unique and rare experience for the church. He will be missed greatly, not only by Orthodox but by Christians throughout the world."
May God grant to his high-priestly servant, Archbishop Iakovos, blessed repose and eternal memory. Vichnaya yomu pamyat'.
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