His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America recently visited the local police station serving the area where the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Headquarters is located in New York City, known as the 19th Precinct, to meet with Greek-American police officers.
The visit at the station took place on Thursday, July 9, where the Archbishop held a dialogue with Captain Kathleen Walsh, and was able to meet members of her force including Officers Stephan Koustoubardis, Irene Prentzas and Panagiotis Koutsoudilakis.
Archbishop Elpidophoros had expressed his desire to visit the 19th Precinct for some time, wanting to show members of the law enforcement community his support during these difficult times.
His Eminence is known to be a committed member of the New York Police Department’s St. Paul’s Society, a fraternal organization composed of Greek American and Eastern Orthodox law enforcement officers from various state, federal and local police agencies.
Archbishop Elpidophoros had previously participated in a Black Lives Matter protest for Brianna Taylor, a twenty-six-year-old emergency medical technician, who was killed when the police raided her apartment in Louisville, Kentucky in March.
Despite receiving approval from both Orthodox Christians and activists alike, the Archbishop’s actions would also go on to alienate some laymen who have dedicated their lives to law enforcement.
In his remarks at the station today, His Eminence stated “I know that 2020 has been a particularly difficult year for us all, and especially for you essential public servants. I want you to know that you are in my prayers and in my heart, as you continue to strive to serve the public good and the good people of the City of New York with professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
“You are often put on the line and I want you to know that as your fellow-citizen and as a religious leader in our city, you are not forgotten.”