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Centennial Celebration at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, PA – On October 16, St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Philadelphia celebrated the 100th anniversary of its foundation and the 200 years of the construction of its building, once the Episcopal Church of St. Andrew’s. The year-long celebrations culminated with a Hierarchal Divine Liturgy officiated by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America and honorable guest Archbishop Nelson Perez of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia in attendance. Also present were dignitaries from the Greek Consulate, representatives of the City of Philadelphia, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and the board of the Federation of American Hellenic Societies of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley, who swore their oath of office at the end of the liturgy.

On the previous evening, the honored guests celebrated in a Grant Banquet at the Ballroom at the Ben among 350 guests.

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, at right, and Archbishop Nelson Perez of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral. (Photo: Steve Lambrou)
Members of the Parish Council posed for a commemorative photo with Archbishop Elpidophoros and the community’s presiding priest Very Reverend Archimandrite Ambrose Bitziadis-Bowers at the centennial celebration at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Philadelphia. (Photo: Steve Lambrou)
The Archons also posed for a commemorative photo with Archbishop Elpidophoros and the community’s presiding priest Very Reverend Archimandrite Ambrose Bitziadis-Bowers at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Philadelphia. (Photo: Steve Lambrou)

St. George Cathedral is the oldest Greek Orthodox congregation in Center City and the mother church of many new congregations in the Delaware Valley located at the heart of what used to be Greektown. St. George was founded at the same time as the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America with which it always had special ties. The community celebrated its unique history with a year-long slate of events including a golf outing, lectures, youth events, a Christmas concert, and the publication of a history book.

The centennial celebration at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Philadelphia continued with cake. (Photo: Steve Lambrou)
Archon John Sarkioglu, Fr. Ambrose Bitziadis-Bowers, Archbishop Elpidophoros, Philoptochos President Jenny Kravaris, and Parish Council President Kostis Kourelis at the centennial celebration. (Photo: Steve Lambrou)
St. George Cathedral presiding priest Fr. Ambrose Bitziadis-Bowers, Archbishop Elpidophoros, Philoptochos President Jenny Kravaris, Parish Council President Kostis Kourelis, and Archon John Sarkioglu cutting the cake at the centennial celebration. (Photo: Steve Lambrou)
Left to right: Archon John Sarkioglu, Fr. Ambrose Bitziadis-Bowers, Philadelphia District 1 City Councilmember Mark Squilla, Archbishop Elpidophoros, and Parish Council President Kostis Kourelis during the presentation of the Proclamation from the City. (Photo: Steve Lambrou)
Left to right: St. George Cathedral Parish Council President Kostis Kourelis, Archbishop Elpidophoros, City Representative of Philadelphia Sheila Hess, Fr. Ambrpose Bitziadis-Bowers, and Metropolis of New Jersey Chancellor Fr. Christoforos Oikonomidis. (Photo: Steve Lambrou)
Archbishop Elpidophoros, Consul General of Greece in New York Konstantinos Konstantinou, Philadelphia Federation board members and President Georgia Chletcos as well as Archons at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Philadelphia. (Photo: Steve Lambrou)

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