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ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE

PASTORAL HEALTH CARE

Meeting of the Steering Committee of the


Patriarchal Network

Conclusions

The Steering Committee of the Patriarchal Network for Pastoral Health


Care met in Constantinople between the 9th and 13th of January 2019. The
Committee convened at the Fanar. Rev. Protopres. Stavros Kofinas,
Coordinator of the Patriarchal Network, chaired the committee meetings.

The Steering Committee is comprised of qualified professional co-


workers who serve in the various regions of the Ecumenical Throne and
in the area of Health. The members that make-up the Committee for the
period of 2018-2020 are: Very Rev. Dr. Archim. Chrysostomos Tympas,
Archdiocese of Theratera and Great Britain; Very Rev. Archim. Meletios
Flouris, Holy Metropolis of Arkalochori, Kastelli and Viannos; Rev.
Protopres. Peter Salmas, Metropolis of San Francisco; Rev. Protopres.
Emmanuel Sklivakis, Holy Metropolis of Rhodes; Rev. Protopres. Lambros
Kamberidis, Holy Metropolis of Canada; Rev. Protopres. Dr. Gianpaolo
Perletti, Metropolis of Belgium; Hon. Dr. Elias Thodis M.D., Holy
Metropolis of Alexandroupolis; Hon. Dr. Athanasia Gore, Holy
Metropolis of Detroit, Psychologist; Hon. Paraskevi Feleki, R.N.; The
Very Rev. Archim Chysanthos Papapostolou represented the Organizing
Committee of the Patriarchal Network.

During their deliberations, the Committee Members evaluated the


development of the Patriarchal Network from its founding (2008) to the
present day. All expressed the opinion that during this period the
Patriarchal Network has become a point of reference and a creditable
institution which brings together, under the protection of the
Ecumenical Throne and the Mother Church, clergy, laypeople,
professionals, various institutions and providers that minister to the
whole person. It is a living witness of the vigilant pastoral concern that
the Ecumenical Patriarchate has for each person that suffers.
The Committee examined ways whereby the Patriarchal Network,
beyond the triennial Conferences it organizes, can better support the
Metropolises and professionals in healthcare to improve the care that
they offer. In addition to this, its members underlined the strong need
to provide spiritual support to all caregivers and care providers,
creating a bond of fellowship by way of liturgical services and special
events.

The theme that was proposed for the 5th Conference of the Ecumenical
Patriarchate for Pastoral Health Care is: “Let the children” … for theirs is
the Kingdom of Heaven’: Ministering to the child in a challenging
world. The conference will be held between the 14th and 18th of October
2020. The theme will be submitted to the Holy and Sacred Synod of the
Ecumenical Patriarchate for approval.

At the end of the Steering Committee’s deliberations, His All-Holiness


Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew accepted its members with open arms.
He expressed his personal satisfaction regarding the progress of the
Patriarchal Network and the admiration and trust that the Ecumenical
Patriarchate holds regarding its work. The Patriarch listened carefully
and with great interest to the Coordinator of the Network and the
Committee Members who informed him regarding the conclusions of
their meeting and congratulated them for the theme they chose for the
upcoming Conference. In closing, His All-Holiness expressed his
paternal support and best wishes for success, not only in the
preparations of the upcoming Conference, but also in the future
activities of the Network.

Network of the Ecumenical Patriarchate


for Pastoral Health Care
January 27, 2019