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Father Alexander Karloutsos

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Archon Spiritual Advisor

Father Alexander Karloutsos, recently retired, served as the Vicar General of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Special Assistant to His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros. He is the Spiritual Advisor to the Order of Saint Andrew, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America, and to Faith: An Endowment for Orthodoxy & Hellenism.  He also served for 46 years  as the representative of the Archdiocese to the White House, the Congress, state and local officials, Greek American organizations, political action, religious freedom and human rights groups.  Father Alexander is also the pastor of The Dormition of the Virgin Mary Church in the Hamptons and serves as the Orthodox Christian Chaplain for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. 

He was previously Executive Director of Leadership 100, serving from 1986 to 1992 and 1999 to 2004, and was appointed by Archbishop Iakovos as the first Vicar of Public Affairs of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in 1985, holding that position simultaneously until 1992 when he was appointed Special Assistant to His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. In 1994, The Ecumenical Patriarch personally elevated Fr. Karloutsos to the prestigious office of Protopresbyter of the Sacred See of Saint Andrew

 Fr. Alexander has been blessed to serve in leadership/fundraising capacities for three unique church building programs: The Saint Nicholas National Shrine at Ground Zero; The Dormition of the Virgin Mary Church in Southampton, NY; and the Interdenominational Chapel at Camp David, Maryland, the country retreat of Presidents.  Fr. Karloutsos also served as the principal fundraiser for the restoration of the Holy Sepulcher of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in the Holy City of Jerusalem

 Fr Karloutsos and his Presbytera Xanthi have been honored in the recent past for their 54 years ministry to the Archdiocese, the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Hellenic Republic and the United States of America.  In 2018, the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, bestowed upon Presbytera Karavellas-Karloutsos and Fr Alex, the most prestigious Patriarch Athenagoras Human Rights Award.  Fr Alex was extremely humbled in 2022, to receive the Apostolic Cross of Saint Mark the Evangelist from His Beatitude Patriarch Theodore II of Alexandria; the Gold Cross of the Phoenix from Prime Minister of Greece; and the Presidential Medal of Freedom on July 7, 2022, from Joe Biden, President of the United States.

Father Alexander is married to Xanthi Karavellas Karloutsos.  They have three children and nine grandchildren, Alexander, Konstantine, Xanthi, Luca, Konstantina, Demetrios, Steven, Leo and Michael Jr.

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