Orthodox Military Bible Presented

Jerry Dimitriou, far left, and Metropolitan Nicholas, second from left, with Dr. Lamar Vest, Archbishop Demetrios, and staffs of American Bible Society and Archdiocese

Leadership 100 has presented the American Bible Society with a gift of $25,000 toward the publication of the second edition of first-ever military edition of the New Testament and Psalms for Orthodox Christians.

The gift follows the precedent of a first-time gift of $30,000 presented in July 2009 by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios on behalf of the Holy Eparchial Synod to Dr. R. Lamar Vest, President of the American Society, upon his visit to the Archdiocese in gratitude for the new Orthodox Military Bible edition and other Orthodox-related projects undertaken by the society, which had underwritten all initial costs of the first edition. Both Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit and Jerry Dimitriou, Executive Director of Administration of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and a member of Leadership 100, who serve on the Board of Trustees of the American Bible Society, were at the presentation.

Chairman Constantine Caras learned of the project at the Clergy Laity Congress in Atlanta as well as the many successful projects that have come to fruition as a result of the strong cooperation between the American Bible Society and the Archdiocese.  Moreover, the Archbishop expressed his strong desire that this cooperation continue to strengthen and bear even more fruit.
Archbishop Demetrios made his first official visit to the American Bible Society on March 6, 2008.  During that visit, the Archbishop met with the Dr. Vest and was shown the Society’s rare Bible collection (the largest collection of print Bibles in America), and was given a tour of the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA).

The Bible, to be given to Orthodox Christian U.S. Military Personnel, will bear the inscription: “Given in recognition of your devotion to our faith and service to our country, The Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund, Inc.”

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