The Lonely Path of Integrity
Stone Studio

ERA-5 - November 3, 2000

The Lonely Path of Integrity

Book on Spyridon, former Archbishop of America

By Katerina Thanasoula

Entitled The Lonely Path of Integrity, the biography of Spyridon, former Archbishop of America, will be put out by Exandas Publishers in early December.

Its author is journalist Justine Frangouli-Argyris, who attempts to shed light on the path followed by this church leader from his childhood to the day of his resignation from the archiepiscopal throne of America.

The new book is described as a critical account of the activities and life of a hierarch who rose to the high rank of Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of America after many struggles and a long ministry in the Church, only to be "ousted" after three years, as the author stresses, "when it became evident that he had no intention to serve the dubious interests of the Center of Orthodoxy in Constantinople."

The book reveals the thrilling details of Spyridon's ousting, hitherto unknown to Greek Americans and the world of journalism.

Archbishop Spyridon, who today has withdrawn from active Church service, in the pages of this book bears personal witness --through his diaries, personal notes and journal entries-- to the dramatic three years that marked the history of the Greek American community.

[Translated from Greek]