Rev. Anastasios Diakovasilis Presents Poetry Reading at Holy Cross Church

by Catherine Tsounis

“Greek blood is not shed aimlessly, it irrigates holy soil and remains glorious,” recited Rev. Anastasios Diakovasilis from his second book “Poietiki Anthologia” (Poetic Anthology). The poetry reading was held at Holy Cross Church in Whitestone. The Eastern Queens community attended with enthusiasm to listen poems depicting Greek-American life in Modern Greek.

Father Anastasios, who is retired priest emeritus from St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in flushing, has lived in America since the early 1960’s. Spiritually, he lives in Greece. The poet exists in a world of poetic imagination that draws its inspiration from his memories of his birthplace, Nisyros in the Dodecanese islands. He remains loyal to the Greek Orthodox faith, Hellenic culture and ethics. His first book “Poietika Stachiologimata” (Poetry Collections) and “Poietiki Anthologia” (Poetic Anthology) was derived from his joys, sorrows, struggles, hopes and love of God.

The “Poetic Anthology” is dedicated to his friends: Stefanos Cherpelis, dikaiophylax (guardian) of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople; John Tsolis; Renos Georgiou; George Toulaveras and Dimitris Tsoulos. The book is divided into seven sections: ecclesiastical personalities; religious patriotism; community leaders; community events; Cyprus and invasion; and those who are now deceased.

Father Anastasio Diakovasilis
Rev. Anastasias Diakovasilis and Presvitera Maria are one of the finest examples of the traditional Greek Orthodox family. He lives a humble, frugal life with a lack of interest in financial gain. He says the truth. Father Anastasios is unique and a role model to younger members of his ministry. He plans to donate his services to his local church in Nicea, Nysiros.

(Posting date 10 August 2007

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