WASHINGTON, DC —The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) hosted His Beatitude Theophilos III, Patriarch of Jerusalem and All Palestine to continue the important dialogue regarding the challenges and burdens facing the churches of the Holy Land.  The intimate discussion, held at Hellenic House, November 14, 2018, featured representatives of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem and the International Community of the Holy Sepulchre (ICoHS) and included AHI Board of Directors members and representatives from AHEPA and B’nai B’rith International.

“We appreciated the opportunity to host His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos at Hellenic House,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said. “The patriarch and representatives of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem provided a thorough and candid update regarding the threats to the Christian presence in Jerusalem, from extremist groups.  We commend Patriarch Theophilos for his outreach and engagement with key audiences in Washington and New York City.”

In addition to AHI President Larigakis, AHI Board Member Demitrios Halakos, and his wife, Georgia; AHI Board Member James L. Marketos, Esq., AHI Foundation Board Member John Alahouzos, and AHI Legislative Directors Peter Milios and Elias Gerasoulis, attended.

His Beatitude’s delegation included Ambassador Patrick N. Theros, the Patriarch’s US Representative; Mr. Nader Moghrabi, Counsel to the Patriarchate; Mr. Austin Tiffany from ICoHS; Ms. Anna Koulouris, Patriarchate External Communications Director; Mr. Russell Rook, an advisor to the Patriarchate, as well as Mr. Austin Tiffany, Executive Manager of ICoHS.