At the March 18, 2022 meeting of the National Council of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Archon John S. Koudounis was unanimously elected to the National Council.
Dr. Anthony J. Limberakis, National Commander of the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, said: “Archon John Koudounis has achieved national acclaim for his work as an investment banker. and global financial investor. The first priority in his life, however, is his truly exemplary commitment to his family and his holy Orthodox faith. The National Council will benefit immensely from his tireless work for the Holy Center of our Faith in Constantinople.
Archon Koudounis remarked, “Serving as Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate is a huge honor, but it is also a huge responsibility. It evokes a sense of devotion and a desire to remain deeply committed to the future of the Church. Aware of the gravity of this election, I accept with gratitude to God and humbly pray for the guidance and intercession of His Most Holy Mother.
Archon Koudounis is the CEO of Calamos Investments and the founder of the Chicago CEO COVID-19 Coalition. He sits on the board of the Hellenic Initiative and the Hellenic National Museum. He is an active member of Leadership 100 and a major donor to St. Nicholas National Shrine and the Panhellenic Scholarship Foundation.
At the same time, Archon Koudounis chairs the Investment Committee of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Foundation, an initiative of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle dedicated to the economic independence of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, so that it can fulfill his apostolic mission. mission in perpetuity.
John S. Koudounis was invested as Archon and conferred with the Eftaxias officion on October 10, 2016.
Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate are honored by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for outstanding service to the Church; they are well known, distinguished and highly respected leaders of the Orthodox Christian community.