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Saint Photios Foundation Inaugurates Anniversary Celebration

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Jan 20, 2005

St. Augustine, FL - On behalf of the St. Photios Foundation Chairman, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, Executive Director, V. Rev. Nicholas Graff, has announced that the 23rd Annual St. Photios National Shrine Pilgrimage, January 29 and 30th, will also inaugurate the 25th anniversary celebration of the National Shrine in St. Augustine, FL. The National Ladies Philoptochos Society will be the 23rd Annual Pilgrimage Special Honoree and Trustee Dr. Manuel Tissura of Tucker, GA is Pilgrimage Chairman.

St. Photios National Shrine Day, Sunday, January 30, 2005 will be commemorated with a Hierarchal Liturgy followed by a Memorial Service for Shrine Founders and Benefactors. The Pilgrimage Luncheon will follow at the Casa Monica Hotel with Dr. John T. Chirban as the Keynote Speaker. Dr. Chirban is the founder of the Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion (O.C.A.M.P.R.), a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School and professor of psychology and Chairman of the Department of Human Development at Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology.

St. Photios National Shrine consists of exhibits depicting the life of early Greeks in America and the development of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, The St. Photios Chapel is a living memorial to those first Greek settlers, and to all the Greek Orthodox pioneers whose love of freedom and desire for a better life for themselves and their children brought them to this New World. The National Shrine is located on 41 St. George Street in historic downtown St. Augustine, Florida, the nation's oldest city.

February 6 is the Feastday of St. Photios the Great, patron saint of the St. Photios National Shrine. Saint Photios was Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople during the middle of the ninth century. Together with other great Fathers of the Church, Saint Photios demonstrates through his writing and his teaching that scholarship can be a valuable instrument in proclaiming and expressing the Faith of the Church. The Orthodox Church honors St. Photios as a theologian, a supporter of missionary activity, and a defender of the Faith. Not long after his death in 897, Photios was proclaimed a Saint by the Orthodox Church and as a defender of the Christian Faith and pillar of the Church.

The St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine, a self-supportive institution of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, is dedicated to the first colony of Greek people who came to America in 1768. As a service to churches and the general public, the Foundation operates the St. Photios Shrine Museum Store and the National Shrine Church Supplies (Tel 800-222-6727, or Email churchsupplies@stphotios.com). Information and sponsorship for the Annual St. Photios National Shrine Pilgrimage and the National St. Photios Day Luncheon is available at the St. Photios National Shrine, P.O. Box 1960 - St. Augustine, FL 32085, Tel 904-829-8205, or E-mail info@StPhotios.com.

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