Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Pioneering Priests - Early History of Greek Orthodox Church in America



PIONEERING PRIEST EXHIBIT

Pioneering Priests: Establishing the Greek Orthodox Faith in America, a special exhibition funded by The Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund, is now on display at the Shrine. The exhibition features some of the early priests and Hierarchs who helped establish the Greek Orthodox faith in America. . . . 

The exhibition was produced by guest curators Dr. William H. Samonides and Dr. Regine Johnson Samonides and is the product of more than a decade of research. Currently featured are 61 priests representing 49 of the earliest parishes in the Archdiocese. Their stories are illustrated with over 100 photographs of the priests, their parishes, and their times gathered from sources across America. . . . 


As the Greek-American “Plymouth Rock” dedicated to the first colony of Greek people who came to America in 1768, the Shrine honors all Greek immigrants. It is appropriate that it should host an exhibition that focuses on the contributions of the pioneering immigrant priests. In recent years the Shrine has become the launching pad for innovative exhibitions that have been displayed around the country. Several sites have already expressed interested in hosting “Pioneering Priests” after the exhibit closes at the Shrine.


READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT ST. PHOTIOS GREEK ORTHODOX NATIONAL SHRINE