Greater Phoenix Tea Party Patriot Starts Petition to Save St. Anthony’s Monastery from being Rezoned

Seraphim Larsen has been a spiritual child of Geronda Paisios, abbot of St. Anthony’s Monastery, almost since the beginning of the monastery’s establishment in Florence; circa 1995. Geronda Paisios baptized him into the orthodox faith during a secret ceremony. Seraphim was the chairman of the Pinal County Republican party.1 Furthermore, he is also a member of the Greater Phoenix Tea Party Patriots.2 It is no secret that Geronda Paisios has openly supported Ron Paul and other right-wing candidates when asked by his spiritual children who they should vote for. Greek edition books concerning the New World Order and Globalism that are sold in St. Anthony’s bookstore contain photocopies from English pamphlets distributed by American neo-Nazi groups.

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http://phoenixteaparty.ning.com/main/search/search?q=donald+trump 

According to the PRAVSLAVIE:3

A developer is proposing drastic changes to the zoning and land usage for parcels of land IMMEDIATELY ADJACENT to Saint Anthony’s Monastery. These changes would have a dramatic and significant negative impact to Saint Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery. It would also be a dramatic negative impact to all the local residents and out-of-state visitors who attend services there, to all the families who have relatives buried in the cemetery, and to everyone who currently enjoys the tranquil and graceful nature of the Monastery.

The proposed development is truly a drastic change:
• Over 200 new houses are to be developed on land north of the Monastery, including the area immediately adjacent to the Monastery Cemetery
• A new road is to be built extending from Paisano Road, then running in between the two Monastery hills, immediately at the base of the Prophet Elias Chapel, then very close to the cemetery. As this would be the only access road to the 200+ houses, traffic and noise would be greatly increased.
• The noise, traffic, housing, music, animals, etc. would bring a dramatic change to the whole community, disturbing not only the Monastery but the neighbors as well.
• The natural habitat and wildlife would be impacted by a big new development as well, disturbing several rare plant and animal species in the area.

YOUR URGENT ACTION IS REQUESTED! Public meetings are already scheduled for the coming week!! Please sign the petition immediately!

The petition simply asks the local authorities to leave the zoning of these properties unchanged. The purpose of zoning laws is to provide long-term expectations for property owners on how the land in their neighborhood is intended to be used. This allows people to plan and build in a manner appropriate to the existing neighborhood. The proposed new development represents a drastic change to current zoning usage and would have a strongly negative impact on the local community.
The petition also asks the Bureau of Land Management and the Arizona State Land Department simply to leave the usage of these properties unchanged. These agencies must approve any changes to the land usage where the developer wants to build the new road, since it passes through lands controlled by those agencies.

There is a private hearing early next week with Planning & Zoning and the local property owners (including the monastery). The monastery is hoping to bring as many signatures as possible (both paper petitions and printouts of the online petition) to that meeting.

If they don’t make a decision following that initial meeting, it’s likely they will have a public hearing sometime over the next few weeks.

Readers wishing to sign the petition can do so here: https://www.change.org/p/preserve-the-sacred-grounds-of-saint-anthony-s-monastery

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Map showing the support from people all over the world.

Seraphim Larsen has also made a sample email for people to send:4

Send to: Pinal County Supervisors: Pete Rios <Pete.Rios@pinalcountyaz.gov>, Cheryl Chase <cheryl.chase@pinalcountyaz.gov>, Steve Miller <Steve.Miller@pinalcountyaz.gov>, Anthony Smith <Anthony.Smith@pinalcountyaz.gov>, Todd House <Todd.House@pinalcountyaz.gov>

Subject Line: Leave Zoning Unchanged near Saint Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery

Email Body:

Dear Pinal County Supervisors,

Thank you for all the great things you are doing for Pinal County!

I am writing to ask you to leave the zoning unchanged near Saint Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery at the end of Paisano Road in the Cactus Forest area immediately south of Florence.

Elmore/Brimhall LLC has submitted a rezoning application to the Pinal County Planning and Zoning Commission, asking that a large parcel immediately adjacent to the north border of the Monastery be rezoned from General Rural to a Residential classification for one-acre residential homes.

I am writing to you to express my strong opposition to this rezoning proposal. The Monastery is the spiritual home to thousands of Greek Orthodox faithful who regularly attend services and pray on the peaceful grounds of the Monastery. The Monastery is the actual residence to over fifty Greek Orthodox Monks who have devoted their lives to worship, prayer, and serving the community. The Monastery is world-renowned for its tranquil, beautiful, and holy grounds, a major tourist attraction where tens of thousands of people visit every year from Arizona and around the world. Many visitors have also expressed interest and concern about the natural habitat and wildlife, and the negative impact of significant development. Finally, the Cemetery at the Monastery is the resting place for many faithful people whose family and relatives would be greatly disturbed to have a busy new road and housing development immediately adjacent to the cemetery, with road noise, houses, animals, and music disturbing the peace of the holy grounds.

I strongly urge you to advise the Planning and Zoning Commission to deny this application for a zoning change.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

NAME and CITY, STATE

UPDATE FROM SERAPHIM LARSEN (JUNE 03, 2016)

More than 5,000 signatures!

SERAPHIM LARSEN
Seraphim Larsen

Florence, AZ

JUN 3, 2016 — We passed two significant milestones yesterday:

• We exceeded 5,000 signatures! The petition continues to build momentum!

• We had the meeting with the developer, with the Monastery and the other adjacent property owners.

The developer presented their plans and explained why they are asking for a change in zoning. They listened to the Monastery’s objections but gave no hint of conceding anything to the Monastery—they fully intend to go forward with their rezoning application. The one other neighbor who attended the meeting seemed sympathetic to the Monastery’s concerns, but their own concerns were more about how the development could impact access to their own property, which is at the far end of the development.

In other words, there weren’t any real surprises—this is the outcome we were expecting. The developer is not going to give up this project easily.

This meeting was required for the developer to complete the submission of their zoning application, which will all be turned over to the Planning and Zoning Commission in 1-2 weeks. A public hearing before the Planning & Zoning Commission will then be scheduled—we will be sure to let everyone know when that will happen and how you can speak at the hearing if you want.

It’s likely there will be more than one public hearing with Planning & Zoning, who will eventually make their recommendation to the County Board of Supervisors. The Supervisors will then address the question at another public meeting, at which they will approve or deny the rezoning application.

We will keep everyone informed every step of the way, and let you know what you can do to help. For now, please continue to email the Board of Supervisors—especially if you are local or in-state. See the link below for a sample message and all the contact information for the Board members.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/lj3j5gz0gw8w7oa/Sample%20Letter%20to%20BOS%20-%20with%20email%20addrs.docx?dl=0

Please also keep the Monastery in your prayers, and also the many people who are working to support the effort to block the rezoning.

THANK YOU!

NOTES

  1. http://sonoranalliance.com/pinal-county-republican-chairman-endorses-robert-graham-for-azgop-chairman/
  2. http://phoenixteaparty.ning.com/profile/SeraphimLarsen
  3. http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/93666.htm
  4. https://www.facebook.com/groups/PreserveSaintAnthonys/

Chrisanthos Arvanitakis: Hieromonk, Construction Worker, Corporate Agent

 

Hieromonk Nektarios (Chrisanthos) Arvanitakis is originally from Toronto, ON. He went to Arizona to become a monk in 1996, with the blessing of his mother, Antonia. His younger brother, Nikos, went down to Arizona in the 2000s to become a monk. Antonia was at one time a spiritual child of Geronda Joseph in Picton, ON, but afterwards switched to Geronda Paisios.

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Far left: Hieromonk Nektarios (Chrisanthos Arvanitakis), originally from Toronto, Canada.

 

Fr. Nektarios is listed at:

  • 1797 N. Cochise Stronghold Rd., Cochise, AZ 85606-8650 [Phone # 520-826-3128]
  • 110 N. Cholla, Coolidge, AZ 85128-9035 [No phone #]
  • 4784 N St. Joseph’s Way, Florence, AZ, 85132
  • He also has an unlisted address in Scottsdale, AZ.

2001

Fr. Nektarios is both president and director of the Dormition of the Theotokos Monastery.

Dormition of the Theotokos, 2006
Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Monastery in Cochise Stronghold, 2006

Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Monastery, Inc., is an Arizona Non-Profit filed on November 29, 2001. The company’s File # is 10102583

The Registered Agent on file for this company is Chrisanthos Arvanitakis and is located at 4784 N St. Joseph’s Way, Florence, AZ, 85132. The company’s principal address is Chrisanthos Arvanitakis 4784 N St. Joseph’s Way, Florence, AZ, 85132. (This was later changed to P.O. Box 7, Coolidge, AZ 85228. However, the actual address of the Monastery is 437 N. Cochise Stronghold Rd., Cochise, AZ 85606).

 

Chrisanthos Dormition 2a

The company has 4 principals on record:

  • Chrisanthos Arvanitakis from Florence, AZ.
  • Dr. Alex J. Trigonis, DDS, from Santa Barbara, CA.
  • Dr. Constantine Moschonas, MD, from Scottsdale, AZ.
  • Haralambos Giannaris from Regina, Sask (Canada) [Is currently not listed on the forms]
  • Nicholas Arvanitakis, Fr. Nektarios’ younger brother, became Vice-President on August 8th, 2012. His address is listed as 437 N. Cochise Stronghold, Cochise, AZ 85606.
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List of Directors for Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Monastery, Inc.

(Dr. Alex J. Trigonis is the brother of the monk Fr. Arsenios, also a dentist, at St. Anthony’s Monastery. Their father also became a monk at St. Anthony’s Monastery and later became a schema-monk before he died. He is buried in the cemetery at St. Anthony’s. From the beginning, the Trigonis family has been large benefactors for the monastery.

The Giannaris family owns the famous Greko’s Greek Restaurant in Regina, Saskatchewan: http://grekosrestaurant.com/people.html )

NOTE: On March 25th, 1999, St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Monastery registered the Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Monastery, Inc., as a Domestic Not-For-Profit Corporation in New York under # 2360652. The company’s address was listed as St. Nektarios Greek, Orthodox Monastery, Inc., 100 Lake Anawanda Road, Roscoe, New York, 12776.

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On March 25th, 1999, St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Monastery registered the Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Monastery, Inc., as a Domestic Not-For-Profit Corporation in New York under # 2360652.

2002

Fr. Nektarios is the manager of Fistiki Farms

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Fistiki Farms aerial shot (1797 N Cochise Stronghold Rd, Cochise, AZ 85606, USA)

Fistiki Farms, L.L.C., is an Arizona Domestic LLC filed on June 26, 2002. The company’s File # is L10358088.

The registered agent for this company is Steven L. Bosse and is located at 3507 N. Campbell Ave #111, Tucson, AZ 85719. The company’s principal address is P.O. Box 7, Coolidge, AZ 85228.

The company has 2 principals on record. The principals are Chrisanthos Arvanitakis from Coolidge, AZ and Theotokos Greek Orth Dormition from Coolidge AZ.

(Note: Steven L. Bosse is a Lwayer specializing in taxes at Gabroy Rollman & Bosse PC http://www.gabroylaw.com/Attorneys/Steven-L-Bosse.shtml )

2008

Fr. Nektarios is the manager of Ipara, L.L.C.

Ipara Contracting License (St Stephens Foundation)
Ipara LLC Contracting License (St Stephens Foundation)

Ipara, LLC is an Arizona Domestic LLC filed on August 19, 2008. The company’s File # is L14714195. The registered agent on file for the company is Chrisanthos Arvanitakis and is located at 104 S Sycamore Street, Florence, AZ 85232.

The company has 2 principals on record. The principals are Chrisanthos Arvanitakis from Florence, AZ and St. Stephens Foundation from Florence, AZ.

IPARA LLC [Cropped]

 

(Note: The St. Stephens Foundation is an Arizona Non-Profit filed on June 12, 1998; File # 08426902. George Koulouris is the registered agent. The company’s principal address is also 104 S Sycamore Street, Florence, AZ 85232. The company has 3 principals on record:

  • Dr. Constantine Moschonas, MD from Scottsdale, AZ is listed as President.
  • George Giannaris from Regina, Sask (Canada) is listed as Secretary.
  • George Koulouris from Florence, AZ is listed as Treasurer.

However, there is also an individual who goes by the name of St Foundation and is associated with Ipara, LLC in Florence, AZ) See: https://scottnevinssuicide.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/st-stephens-foundation-yearly-income-of-1-63-million/

 

IPARA LLC  2

2010

There are 2 companies that go by the name of Ocean View Farming LLC. These companies are located in Cochise Arizona and Modesto California. They are connected as the company contacts for the Cochise LLC are the members of the Modesto LLC

Ocean View Farming L.L.C. is an Arizona Foreign LLC filed on August 13, 2010. The company’s File # is listed as R16209422.

The registered agent on file for this company is Chrisanthos Arvanitakis and is located at 1797 N. Cochise Stronghold Rd, Cochise AZ 85606. The company’s principal address is the same.

The company has 2 Principals on record:

  • Benjamin Steele (Modesto, CA)
  • Jeffery D/Michele A. Curry (Modesto, CA)

(Note: Benjamin Steele also owns Steele Ventures, Inc.; a California Corporation filed on October 1, 2003, File # C2554018. Benjamin is the registered agent and is located at 427 Doherty Ave., Modesto, CA. The company’s principal address is PO Box 798, Modesto CA, 95353.)

Benjamin Steele of Modesto, CA.
Benjamin Steele of Modesto, CA.

Ocean View Farming LLC is a California Domestic Limited-Liability Company filed on May 18, 2010. The company’s filing status is listed as Active and its File Number is 201013910148.

The Registered Agent on file for this company is Benjamin Steele and is located at 427 Doherty Ave, Modesto CA 95354.

The company has 2 principals on record:

  • Benjamin Steele Trustee of the Benjamin J. Steele Revocable Trust dated March 10, 2005 from Modesto, CA.
  • Jeffery D. Curry and Michele A. Curry Trustees of the Curry Family Trust dated 11-21-08 from Modesto, CA.
104 S. Sycamore St Florence, Arizona
104 S. Sycamore St., Florence AZ.

Dormition of the Theotokos Monastery in Cochise Stronghold, AZ (Updated with New Information)

In 2001, Metropolitan Anthony of San Francisco gave Elder Ephraim the blessing to establish a female monastery in Arizona. A 481 acre property was acquired in Cochise, AZ and the property was incorporated and approved on November 29, 2001 as the Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Monastery, Inc. The address is 437 N. Cochise Rd, Cochise, AZ, 85606

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“The Indians had all of AZ at one time & it was spiritual to all of them, but it didn’t stop AZ from getting built.” – Fr. Nektarios [circled]
Hieromonk Nektarios Arvanitakis is both the President and Treasurer, his younger brother is the Vice-President, and Dr. Constantine G. Moschonas is the Secretary. All 3, including Alex Trigonis, are listed as directors.

http://www.companiesinarizona.net/dormition-of-the-theotokos-greek-orthodox-monastery (This link contains very detailed information, names and dates concerning the Monastery)

Alex Trigonis
Dr. Alex J. Trigonis, DDS, MS, brother of Fr. Arsenios (dentist monk at St. Anthony’s), is a director of the “secret” Monastery.

 

Fistaki Farms—where the delicious pistachios sold at St. Anthony’s in Florence are cultivated—is located at 1797 North Cochises Stronghold Rd. Cochise, Arizona 85606 http://www.pistachiosaz.com/

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Dr. Constantine G. Moschonas, MD, Treasurer of the “secret” Monastery.

In 2002, there was some opposition from the local Apache community and local residents concerning the building plans of the monastery which borders on land regarded as sacred by Native Americans. The following links are newspaper articles about the conflict:

Dormition of the Theotokos, 2006
Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Monastery in Cochise Stronghold, 2006

June 12, 2002:

July 04, 2002:

July 12, 2002:

July 18, 2002:

August 26, 2002;

The company has 4 principals on record. The principals are Alex Trigonis from Santa Barbara CA, Chrisanthos Arvanitakis from Florence AZ, Constatine Moschonas from Scottsdale AZ, and Haralambos Giannaris from Canada .

Elder Ephraim’s goal is to establish the same amount of monasteries in North America as there are on Mount Athos: 20. However, there has been a momentary hold put on building any new monasteries (officially, at least).

COMPANY CONTACTS:

CHRISANTHOS ARVANITAKIS (President)
4784 N St Joseph’s Way
Florence, AZ 85132
DR. ALEX J. TRIGONIS DDS, MS (Vice-President)
1225 Belair Dr
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
DR. CONSTATINE MOSCHONAS, MD (Secretary)
8113 E Del Cuarzo
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
HARALAMBOS GIANNARIS (Treasurer)
3803 Shera Bay Regina
Sask, Canada

Chrisanthos Dormition 1a
State of Arizona Public Access System 1
Chrisanthos Dormition 2a
State of Arizona Public Access System 2
Chrisanthos Dormition 3a
State of Arizona Public Access System 3
Chrisanthos Dormition 4a
State of Arizona Public Access System 4