Statement on the Falling Asleep of Archbishop Iakovos
April 11, 2005
His Eminence Archbishop IAKOVOS, 93, spiritual leader of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America from 1959 to 1996, fell asleep in the Lord on April 10, 2005 at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut.
All of the hierarchs, clergy, and faithful of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of
His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP worked very closely with Archbishop IAKOVOS for many years, and together they were instrumental in the establishment of such important organizations as SCOBA (The Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in America), and the IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities).
In 1995, Metropolitan PHILIP said the following in his commencement address at Holy Cross Seminary,
“I am indeed delighted to share this podium with my beloved Brother in Christ, Archbishop IAKOVOS, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and
Today, His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP said:
“The passing of Archbishop IAKOVOS marks the end of an era. He has left his footprints on the sands of time as he worked tirelessly to develop the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and her institutions. He was the much respected and loved dean of the Orthodox clergy, and he was not afraid to fight for the rights of the oppressed in
It is clear that the words of our Lord apply to His Eminence Archbishop IAKOVOS:
“Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord” (Matthew 25:23).
May our Lord grant rest to the soul of His servant Archbishop IAKOVOS, and may his memory be eternal!!