Release of the Late Archbishop Iakovos’ books: “Prosopon pros Prosopon” & “Ecumenical Dialogues”

The late Archbishop of North and South America Iakovos wrote two volumes of work which have just been published, to complete his twelve volume series of books.

Archbishop Iakovos was born in 1911 and passed in 2005.  He was The Former Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America.  Iakovos was ordained to the Priesthood in 1940, ordained as Bishop of Melita in 1954, enthroned as Archbishop on April 1, 1959 &
reposed on April 10, 2005.

The first volume written in Greek, titled: “Prosopon pros Prosopon” has been published by The Patriarchal Institute of Patristic Studies in Thessaloniki, Greece.  “Prospon pros Prosopon” includes correspondence between the Archbishop with a variety of global figures. Highlights of the book include  correspondence between his All Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew and various Metropolitans of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. It also includes correspondence with The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Amerca Church leaders, priests, widowed presbyteres, politcal figures, educational heads and more.

The second volume written in English, is titled: “Ecumenical Dialogues” and was published by The Holy Cross Orthodox Press. It supplements the fifth volume that concerns the Archbishop’s contributions to The Ecumenical Movement.  It further discusses The Ecumenical Patriarchate and The World Council of Churches.  “Ecumenical Dialogues” also includes correspondences between the Archbishop with various religious leaders of different faiths, i.e. Roman Catholic, Episcopalian, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Methodist, etc.

Editor of Iakovos’ twelves volume series, Father Demetrios J. Constantelos emphasized the importance of the Archbishop’s writings for The Greek Orthodox community in America, Greek Americans and Orthodox Christians. The different volumes deal with a variety of subjects regarding ecumenical interests. The twelve volume series compiles the late Archbishop’s visions and expectations for a dynamic and influential Church. Father Constantelos stated that all twelves volumes should be in every Greek Orthodox Church’s library. They can be used as material for sermons, seminars and discussions. All twelve volumes are available at The Holy Cross Bookstore in Brookline, MA.


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