Iakovos, Archbishop

Led Greek Orthodox Church in the US 1959-96, marched in Selma, Alabama with Dr. King

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(B. Demetrios Coucouzis, 1911-2005) Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America (now the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America) 1959-96. Born on the island of Imbros in the Ottoman Empire, ordained deacon in 1934, taking ecclesiastical name Iakovos. In 1939, he was invited to serve as Archdeacon to the late Archbishop Athenagoras, Primate of North and South America, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople 1949-72. Ordained a priest in 1940 in Lowell, Mass., in 1941, he was named Preacher at Holy Trinity Cathedral in New York City and in the summer of 1942 served as temporary Dean of St. Nicholas Church in St. Louis. He was Dean of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Boston 1942-54. In 1954, he was ordained Bishop of Melita, by his spiritual father and mentor, Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras, for whom he served 4 years as personal representative of the Patriarchate to the World Council of Churches in Geneva. On Feb. 14, 1959, the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elected him successor to Archbishop Michael as primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. He was enthroned April 1, 1959 at Holy Trinity Cathedral, assuming responsibility for over 500 US parishes. Archbishop Iakovos was also Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople; president of the board of education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America; founder and chairman of the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA); chairman of the Orthodox-Roman Catholic Consultation in the USA, and of the Bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs; and, honorary board member of the Advisory Council on Religious Rights in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. A supporter of civil rights, Archbishop Iakovos was one of the few prominent non-African American clergymen who walked hand in hand with Martin Luther King Jr. during the march in Selma, Alabama, captured on the March 26, 1965 cover of Life Magazine. Iakovos was also the first Greek Orthodox archbishop to meet with a Roman Catholic Pope in 350 years when he met Pope John XXIII in 1959. He came into conflict with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I after he supported a move by 29 bishops towards the administrative unification of Eastern Orthodox churches in America, this clash likely forced him to resign in 1996. He was the last Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America that held the title of Archbishop of North and South America. After him the Archbishop's title was limited to "Archbishop of America" instead of "Archbishop of North and South America". Among his many awards were the Gold Medal for Courageous Leadership (1966) and Religious Leader Award (1969), both from the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and a 1980 Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded him by President Carter. In-person 3 x 4 signed piece cut from White House press release on June 9 1980 awarding of Presidential Medals of Freedom. Uncommon autograph! With typed unsigned statement from journalist Sally Steele describing her receiving this autograph at the White House Presidential Medal of Freedom award ceremony.

Condition: Very good
Type:Signature






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