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Consul General of Greece in NY Visits St. Thomas Community in Cherry Hill, NJ

CHERRY HILL, NJ – Consul General of Greece in New York Konstantinos Konstantinou visited the largest community in the Delaware Valley, Saint Thomas Greek Orthodox Church in Cherry Hill, NJ, on May 7. Also present were Consul of Greece Dimitris Papageorgiou and Panamanian Consul General in Philadelphia Georgia Athanasopulos. The Very Rev. Archmandrite Avgoustinos Psomas, presiding priest of the community, presided over the services.

Fr. Psomas introduced Consul General Konstantinou to share his greetings with the community. The packed congregation listened intently as he noted that it is his desire to do outreach in the area and congratulated the community on being a stalwart of Hellenism in America. Parish Council President George Horiates presented Konstantinou with gear from the NBA basketball team, the Philadelphia 76ers, and a replica jersey of the Consul General’s favorite NBA player from his youth, Julius “Dr. J” Irving. Konstantinou was very appreciative and told the story of how in his youth he always had Philadelphia in his heart.

Left to right: Presiding priest of the St. Thomas community in Cherry Hill, NJ, Fr. Avgoustinos Psomas, Consul General of Greece in New York Konstantinos Konstantinou, Parish Council President George G. Horiates, Panamanian Consul General in Philadelphia Georgia Athanasopulos, and Consul of Greece Dimitris Papageorgiou. (Photo: Courtesy of George Horiates)

Thereafter, and in honor of our most recent Earth Day, the congregation attended a tree planting service outside the complex. Citing Patriarch Bartholomew’s Green initiatives, the local committee of Diane Liakos and Denise Pappas Sosi had just planted a Weeping Cherry tree, the tree of choice in Cherry Hill Township, outside of the church. The Consul General joined the Saint Thomas GOYA in planting the tree and the GOYA made a special presentation on the event and its significance for future generations.

Consul of Greece Dimitris Papageorgiou, Panamanian Consul General Georgia Athanasopulos, Fr. Avgoustinos Psomas, Consul General of Greece in New York Konstantinos Konstantinou, and Parish Council President George G. Horiates joined community members for a tree planting at St. Thomas in Cherry Hill, NJ. (Photo: Courtesy of George Horiates)

The entire congregation then packed the Danielle Kousoulis Center where they were treated to a luncheon in honor of the Consul General’s visit and his efforts. During the luncheon, Konstantinou, along with Consul Papageorgiou, mingled with the attendees. They also made a presentation on the services provided by the Consulate General. The floor was opened to questions and concerns on all the services provided by the Consulate from appointments to land registry, citizenship, and passport issues.

During the luncheon at St. Thomas in Cherry Hill, NJ, Consul General of Greece in New York Konstantinos Konstantinou and Consul of Greece Dimitris Papageorgiou, at right, gave a presentation on the services provided by the Consulate General. (Photo: Courtesy of George Horiates)

Given the overwhelming attendance and positive response by the community, Konstantinou in his closing remarks thanked Fr. Psomas, the Parish Council members President Horiates, the Philoptochos Society, and all those present for the special luncheon in his honor and promised to come back to Cherry Hill on a more frequent basis, calling the community a home away from home.

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