top of page

Program Mission

The Pilgrimage of Discovery is a transformational program dedicated to sending Orthodox Christian young adults to Constantinople each year to learn about Orthodoxy, our Patriarchate, the history of the Church, the challenges facing the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the experience of the remaining Orthodox people living in Asia Minor and other important priorities.  This rewarding experience helps participants better connect to their religious tradition and understand the relevance of the Ecumenical Patriarchate as they prepare to lead the Orthodox Church in the future. This immersive journey creates a lasting impact on identity, faith, family, community and culture and helps secure the continuity of the Orthodox Church from a grassroots level.

Arrending services with His All-Holiness

POD Committees

General Chairs:

Archon Hon. Jeffery G. Chrones* & Hellena Chrones*


Preparation Committee:  

Metropolis of Chicago Regional Commander Archon John G. Manos (Chair)*
Archon Hon. Jeffery G. Chrones* & Hellena Chrones*
Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou
Archon Dr. John Fotopoulos* 
Archon Dr. Alexandros Kyrou

Selection Committee:    

Archon Dr. John Fotopoulos* (Chair) & Dr. Eleni Makris
Pres. Anna Kallis
Archon Dr. Alexandros Kyrou & Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou

Metropolis of Pittsburgh Regional Commander Archon Nick Terezis
Metropolis of San Francisco Regional Commander Archon Hon. Steve Counelis
Metropolis of Pittsburgh Regional Commander Archon Nick Tranto

Legal/Security Committee:  

Joan Berg, Esq.*


Marketing Committee:

Tina Manikas *(Chair)
Archon Perry Siatis, Esq.

Hellena Chrones

Logistics Committee:          

Archon Hon. Jeffery G. Chrones* & Hellena Chrones*

POD Alumni Leadership Network Committee:                  

Archon Perry Siatis, Esq.*

Development Committee:  

Metropolis of Pittsburgh Regional Commander Archon Nick Tranto (Chair)

* denotes Founding Member

2024 Recipients

Elyse Zappia

Archdiocesan District

Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Paul, Hempstead, NY

Eliana Davis

Metropolis of Atlanta

Saint Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church, Charlotte, NC

Angelique Soulakos

Metropolis of Atlanta

St. Christopher Hellenic Orthodox Church, Peachtree City, GA

Sophia Kyrou

Metropolis of Boston

St. Athanasius the Great Greek Orthodox Church, Arlington, MA

Marina Dimas

Metropolis of Chicago

Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church, Westchester, IL

Peter Kokkinias

Metropolis of Chicago

St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church, Palatine, IL

Ana Eveleigh

Metropolis of Detroit

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Rochester, NY

Christopher Coombs

Metropolis of Denver

Holy Trinity Cathedral, Salt Lake City, UT

Andrew Pavlides

Metropolis of Denver

St. Elias the Prophet Greek Orthodox Church, Santa Fe, NM

Alexandra Pirsos

Metropolis of New Jersey

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Wyckoff, NJ

Mariana Frangos     

Metropolis of San Francisco

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Seattle, WA

Eva-Marie Kailas              

Metropolis of San Francisco

Saint Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Cardiff-By-The-Sea, CA

Sophia Looney

Metropolis of San Francisco

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Seattle, WA

Gavrielia Constantine

Metropolis of Pittsburgh

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Pittsburgh, PA

Zachary Hartlep

Metropolis of Pittsburgh

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, Pittsburgh, PA

Katerina Vassil

Metropolis of Pittsburgh

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Lancaster, PA

A 7-Day Journey Awarded Annually

The Pilgrimage of Discover is a life-changing journey and curated experience to Constantinople (Istanbul) to visit the Ecumenical Patriarchate and religious sites, meet His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, as well as make local connections. 

A Program Made Possible by the Archons

The Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in the United States, the Order of Saint Andrew, is an organization of honorees committed to Protecting the Future of Faith. Their primary mission is to promote and defend the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. The spiritual, educational and philanthropic initiatives of the Archons in America are focused on the general well-being of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and its institutions, as well as on related religious, educational and philanthropic institutions in the United States. Those selected to serve as Archons by his All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, have demonstrated a commitment greater than average toward the stewardship of time, talent and treasure for the betterment of the Church, Parish, Diocese/Metropolis, Archdiocese and the community as a whole.

Pilgrimage of Discovery 2023 Recipients
bottom of page