Archbishop Demetrios of America Inaugurates Special Teacher Training Seminar
Nicosa, July 5 – His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, opened a special Teacher Training Seminar at the University of Cyprus at the invitation of the Republic’s President Tassos Papadopoulos. This, the second visit of the Archbishop to Cyprus, also included a number of noteworthy meetings with religious, political and educational leaders.
The significance of the educational program was expressed by “Archbishop Demetrios in his opening remarks who said that “It is a noble attempt between Cyprus and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese which I anticipate will enhance the instruction of the Greek language to 2nd and 3rd generation English speaking students in America.” Dr. Stavros Zenios, Rector of the University of Cyprus also stated that “this educational collaboration will provide a way for our school to extend itself beyond the limits of Cyprus.”
During Archbishop Demetrios’ four-day visit to Cyprus, his eminence met with Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus and Mr. Tassos Papadopoulos, President of Cyprus as well as the President of the Parliament of Cyprus Mr. Demetris Christofias, the Ambassador of Greece Mr. Dimitrios Rallis, and the U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus Mr. Ronald, L. Schlicher.
One of the highlights of the Archbishop’s visit to Cyprus was a concert by the Metropolitan Youth Choir of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, which took place in the Presidential Palace and was hosted by Mrs. Fotini Papadopoulos, the wife of the President of Cyprus. The choir, which comprised of forty children from parishes of the Direct Archdiocesan District of New York, had offered unforgettable Greek and Cypriot liturgical hymns and ethnic songs. The concert had a charitable nature and its proceeds were given to the Organization of Greek Ladies Mana, a childcare center for working mothers, established in 1935 in Nicosia, Cyprus.