Greek Americans Father Alex and presbytera Xanthi were honored on October 27 as the 2018 recipients of the Athenagoras Human Rights Award in a ceremony held in New York.
The award is presented annually to a person or organization that has exemplified by actions a concern for the basic rights and religious freedom of all people.
US President Donald Trump acknowledged in a letter their extraordinary contribution to their Greek Orthodox community in the United States.
Former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden also delivered remarks on the two honorees.
The award was presented by the Order of Saint Andrew, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.