New York, NY: His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew,spiritualleader of over 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide, will arrive inDetroit, MI, on November 10th for a four-day visit to the United States.His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox ChurchinAmerica and Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America, announcedtoday that His All Holiness will be in Detroit from Nov. 10th to 12thandin New York City on Nov. 13th.

"It will be an immense honor to welcome His All Holiness on hisfirstvisit to Detroit," said Bishop Nicholas of the Diocese of Detroit, "it'sanexciting occasion. For one weekend, our city and our region will betransformed into the center of world Orthodoxy."

On Monday, November 13th, His All Holiness will visit theArchdioceseheadquarters. Recognized worldwide for his leadership in concern fortheenvironment, and earning the title of "the Green Patriarch," His AllHoliness will be honored by the Scenic Hudson at the Metropolitan Clubat12:30 p.m. From 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of theHoly Trinity (319 East 74th St.), the Patriarch will meet with theclergyand the presvyteres of the Archdiocesan District and the Diocese of NewJersey, after an introductory doxological service.

The one-day visit of His All Holiness to New York City willconclude with the official opening of the Mary and Michael JaharisGalleries for Byzantine Art at the Metropolitan Musuem of Art to befollowed by a reception and dinner.

Elected Ecumencial Patriarch in 1991, Bartholomew was bornDemetriosArchontonis on the Aegean Island of Imvros (Turkey) on February 29,1940.He studied at the renowned Orthodox Theological School of Halki,graduatingwith high honors in 1961. He holds a doctorate from the Institute ofEastern Studies of the Gregorian University in Rome, and completedfurtherstudies in Switzerland and Germany. He is fluent in seven languages,including Greek, English and Turkish. He is the 270th Successor to theApostle Andrew who brought the Christian faithful to the shores of theBosphoros, ancient Constantinople, now Istanbul. Constantinopleeventuallybecame the seat of the Church in the East.

"In a time when Orthodoxy attracts more and more people everywhere,and particularly in the United States," said Archbishop Demetrios, "thevisit of the Patriarch is a very important event and a truly heavenlyblessing of promising spiritual perspectives."