Photos (c) 2003 by Areti Bratsis

Metropolis of Boston Confers Ministry Awards

Boston, MA—On Sunday, June 8, 2003, His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston personally conferred 57 awards to deserving parishioners throughout the metropolis. From all corners of New England, nearly 1000 Orthodox faithful traveled to attend and participate in the 17th Annual Metropolis of Boston Ministry Awards held at Lombardo’s in Randolph, Massachusetts. Among those attending were a number of distinguished guests: His Eminence Metropolitan Daniel of Athens, His Grace Bishop Elias of the Albanian Orthodox Church, The Honorable Konstantin and Mrs. Bikas, Consul General of Greece in Boston, Mrs. Katerina Economou Demeter—the Vice Consul General of Greece in Boston, and her husband, George Demeter, and Mr. and Mrs. George Behrakis.

Of the 57 honorees, 7 were recipients designed by His Eminence: Chrysanthe Dikos, Paraskeve Kantges, George Markakos, Christopher Pappas, Nicholas Philopoulos, George Toumpouras, and Arthur Triantafel. These persons received awards as “outstanding examples of what it means to be Greek Orthodox.”

Fifty other dedicated stewards were nominated by their own parishes for the awards. Stewardship of time and talents is the basis for these annual awards.


The parish of Saint Sophia in New London, Connecticut, selected Joyce Aretakis; Holy Trinity congregants of Norwich chose Joe & Helen Homski.


Representing St. George of Bangor, Maine was Maria
Muller. Antoinette Orestes of Holy Trinity of Lewiston, Maine stepped forward to receive her award. And Eugenia Lebares of Holy Trinity in Portland, Maine graciously accepted her certificate from His Eminence.


31 honorees from Massachusetts proudly received their awards: Costas Housianitis, from Saints Constantine and Helen in Andover; the daughters of Anastasia Rigakis from Saint Athanasius in Arlington stepped forward to accept the posthumous award for their
mother; Peter Salidas of Annunciation Cathedral of Boston; John and Effie Lagadinos of Saint John the Baptist in Boston; Stella Papakonstantinou of Saint Nectarios of Boston; Ioannis Petropoulos of Saints Constantine and Helen of Cambridge; Viola Bourakis of Saint Nicholas of Clinton; Elias (Jordan) Iordanopoulos of Nativity-Assumption of Cohasset; Judy Lelas of Saint Luke of East Longmeadow; George and Betty papas of Saint Demetrios of Fall River; Arthur Gastalos of Holy Trinity of Fitchburg; Evangelos K. Lazarakis of Holy Apostles Saints Peter and Paul of Haverhill; Maria Demetras of Saint George of Hyannis; William McKay of Assumption of Ipswich; Maria Neyland of Saint Nicholas of Lexington; Joan Metropolis of Holy Trinity of Lowell; Martha Sintros of Transfiguration of Lowell; Theodore Paragios of Saint George of Lynn; Andonia Guilbault of Saint Gregory of Mansfield; Jim and Julie Agoritsas of Saints Anargyroi of Marlborough; Vila Panagakos of Saint George of new Bedford; Anna and Leon Chetsas of Annunciation of Newburyport; Pota Heliotis of Saint George of Pittsfield; Efthimia Iorio of Saint Catherine; Frank Gianoukos of Dormition of the Virgin Mary of Somerville; Emilios Mavroudis of St. George Cathedral of Springfield; Tom (Theophanis) and Irene Pappadopoulos of Taxiarchae of Watertown; Chris Constantin of Saints Constantine and Helen of Webster; Gloria Moskos of Saint Demetrios of Weston; George and Angie Stamos of Annunciation of Watertown; Loukia Bitzas of Saint Spyridon of Newport.

New Hampshire

From New Hampshire there were 10 recipients: Theodo
ros Skafidas of Holy Trinity of Concord; George and Althea Coussoule of Annunciation of Dover; Bill and Elaine Ellis of Saint George of Keene; Presbytera Eleni Coulouras of Taxiarchae of Laconia; Costa Georgopoulos of Assumption of Manchester; Plato Canotas of Saint George Cathedral of Manchester; Nick Skarlos of Saint Nicholas of Manchester; Constantine and Marrietta Eftimiou of Saint Philip of Nashua; Bessie Juris of Saint Basil of Newport; Vasilios Pamboukes of Saint Nicholas of Portsmouth.

Rhode Island

From Rhode Island came three recipients: Charles Pournaras of Annunciation of Cranston; Michael Sisak of Saint Spyridon of Newport; Nicholas Georgitsis of Assumption of Pawtucket.


Vladimir N. Chernyshov of Dormition Greek Orthodox Church was selected to receive the ministry award from Burlington, Vermont.

Participants and guests enjoyed a fine meal in the spacious and luxurious ballroom of Lombardo’s. Following dinner, the program opened with brief remarks by the Master of Ceremonies, Mary Papoutsy, followed by formal greetings from Angelo Stamoulis, representing the Metropolis of Boston Council, Helen Sampsonis, the Second Vice President of the Metropolis Philoptochos Board, the Very Reverend Constantine S. Bebis, President of the New England Clergy Brotherhood, and the Honorable Konstantin Bikas, Consul General of Greece in Boston. Attendees viewed a brief, but outstanding video presentation about the Metropolitan Camp and Retreat Center in New Hampshire, prepared by Christopher Pappas. Mezzo-Soprano Joanne Katsoulis again graced the dais with her lovely voice for a short Musical Interlude, accompanied by pianist Steven Morris. Together they performed Somewhere from the hit Broadway play West Side Story and To Fengari by Hatzidakis. His Eminence delivered a brief archpastoral reflection before presenting the awards. Assisting His Eminence were Rev. Athanasios Demos, Chancellor of the Metropolis, and Mrs. Sophia Nibi, Administrative Assistant to His Eminence.

A number of sponsors contributed generously to the success of the event: George and Margo Behrakis, Christos and Mary Papoutsy, George and Pauline Toumpouras, The Demoulas Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur C. Anton, the Archons of New England, George and Margo Chryssis, Community Credit Union of Lynn, Massachusetts, Leo and Evanthea Condakes, Mr. and Mrs. George E. Danis, Katerina and George Demeter and Family, Metropolis of Boston Philoptochos Board, the Katsiroubas Family, Angelo and Barbara Stamoulis, Mr. and Mrs. George G. Kalambokis, Prof. and Mrs. Peter Karvaites, Mr. and Mrs. James P. Lemonias, Dean Limberakis, Portia Pantages, and Chris Tsaganis.

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