Archon-elect Nicholas J. Tranto appointed regional commander Archon of the Metropolis of Pittsburgh – Archon News Article
With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, and in consultation with His Eminence Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh, Dr. Anthony J. Limberakis, National Commander of the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle, appointed the Archon Nicholas J. Tranto Regional Commander for the Order in the Metropolis of Pittsburgh. Archon-elect Nicholas will join current Regional Commander Archon Peter Clyde Papadakos and newly appointed Archon Nicholas E. Terezis in serving as Regional Commander for the Metropolis of Pittsburgh.
“Archon-elect Nicholas,” noted His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, “is well aware that as Orthodox Christians we have received sacred trust. During his long years of service in his Greek Orthodox All Saints parish in Weirton, West Virginia, he demonstrated his keen awareness that we have received the treasure of the gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ, and with this saint trust comes the great responsibility of sharing it. With this appointment, this evangelical imperative is in excellent hands in the metropolis of Pittsburgh.
Dr Limberakis said: “Regional commanders are taking leadership roles in their communities regarding the Multifaceted Religious Freedom Initiative on behalf of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to prevent the asphyxiation of the religious center of global orthodoxy, and in this regard. which concerns many other initiatives of the Order. As such, I am happy that a man of the caliber of Archon-elect Nicholas is available to help with these responsibilities. Knowing that he is still technically an elected Archon of the Class of 2020, I have thoughtful intention to welcome new ideas and visions into the Order by including neophyte Archons such as Archon-Elect Nicholas who has already done so. its evidence in other places of the Church and could offer an important perspective. On behalf of the Order of St. Andrew, I extend my sincere congratulations to Archon-elect Nicholas, his beloved wife Pearl, his entire family, and the All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Weirton. Axios! “
Archon-elect Tranto said, “Regional Commanders are responsible for planning the annual gatherings of Archons in their region and for encouraging all Archons to participate in the various activities of the Order. I consider this a sacred work of Our Blessed Mother the Church, and I am deeply honored to accept this appointment. I especially look forward to the historic apostolic visit of His Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to our beloved All Saints Greek Orthodox Church here in Weirton, West Virginia! “
Archon-elect Tranto was named Archon in 2020 but his inauguration has been delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic. He will be invested as Archon and conferred with a dispensary on October 31, 2021, during the visit of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the United States.
Archon-elect Tranto had a distinguished 36-year career with the US Treasury Department of the Internal Revenue Service as Senior Director of Tax Policy in Washington DC and, upon retirement, founded a consulting firm specializing in national and international excise duties. He has served his parish and the Metropolis for many years in various capacities and has been president of its parish council for the past 4 years.
According to the statutes of the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the National Commander of the Order, after the election of the officers of the National Council, must appoint Regional Commanders for a period of one year. Each regional commander serves as a representative of the National Council in the region in order to achieve the goals, objectives and principles of the Order.
An Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate is honored by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for outstanding service to the Church, and a distinguished and respected leader of the Orthodox Christian community.