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Former Pastor of Holy Cross of Whitestone, NY Arrested for DWI

February 12, 2024

NEW YORK – The former spiritual leader of the Church of the Holy Cross in Whitestone, NY, Father Georgios Anastasiou, was arrested early Saturday morning, February 10, on charges of driving while intoxicated (DWI). Father Anastasiou, 48, was arrested at 1:43 AM within the 109th precinct of New York City in Queens, as reported by the Shore News Network.

The National Herald left a message on the cell phone number of Father Georgios Anastasiou, as well as on the cell phone number of the chancellor of the Direct Archdiocesan District of New York, protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Throne Elias Villis, but neither had responded by the time of this publication.

Father Anastasiou’s last service as a priest at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross in Whitestone was on November 12, 2023, shortly before his departure from the position. He was promoted to the position of Deputy Chief Chaplain of the New York Police Department in December 2022. After his departure from Holy Cross, the parish welcomed Father Nikolaos Paros on November 16, 2023 as its new spiritual leader.

It is noted that Father Anastasiou had been involved in various controversial issues concerning the community of the Transfiguration of the Savior in Corona, NY, where he served, including the closure of the Greek Day School. It has not been disclosed whether he has been appointed to lead any other community.

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