United States

Memory Eternal: Rev. Archimandrite Mark Vinas

SALINAS, CA – It was with sadness yet with hope in the Resurrection that the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco announced the repose of V. Rev. Archimandrite Mark Vinas, who fell asleep in the Lord. Father Mark was a distinguished clergyman who served with faith and love for the Lord for nearly six decades.

“Father Mark was an unassuming priest, never desiring to draw attention to himself. Rather, he wanted the focus to be on the Lord and for people to deepen their faith and knowledge of the Holy Scripture,” stated His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco. “He lived a simple life, and preferred to spend time in prayer and contemplation, as well as share the love of the Lord through his ministry to several communities, all of whom were blessed with his presence, commitment and love.”

Father Mark was born December 18, 1930. Following high school, he enrolled in Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology. He continued his studies at Boston University, earning a Master of Arts in Philosophy.

He was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Olympos on January 19, 1962 at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles, CA. Just three weeks later, on February 10, 1962, Father Mark was ordained to the Holy Priesthood, again by Bishop Demetrios, at the Annunciation Church in Sacramento, CA. Father Mark was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite by His Grace Bishop Anthony of San Francisco, on behalf of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, on February 12, 1981.

During his long and distinguished ministry, Father Mark served the parishes of Annunciation – Sacramento, CA; Annunciation Cathedral – Denver, CO; Saint Andrew the Apostle Church – San Luis Obispo, CA; Prophet Elias Church – Santa Cruz, CA; and Saint John the Baptist – Salinas (Carmel by the Sea), CA.

In addition to his pastoral ministry, Father Mark was a dedicated and most beloved educator, having taught at Lincoln Elementary School in Salinas for several decades.

A Trisagion service held on July 7 at Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church of Salinas. His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos presided at the funeral, followed immediately by the Makaria. The interment will was held on Thursday afternoon at the Garden of Memories Memorial Park, 850 Abbott Street, Salinas, CA.

Father Mark is survived by his half-sister Alice Harkins and her husband Kent, and is predeceased by his parents and two half-brothers. During his advanced years, he was cared for with great compassion by friends Dr. Luciano and Norma del Toro. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of V. Rev. Archimandrite Mark Vinas can be offered to the parishes he so lovingly served: Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, P.O. Box 5808, Carmel by the Sea, CA 93921; or Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, 223 Church Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.


NEW YORK - Archon Dr Peter Michalos was chosen as person of the year for 2021 by the Southampton Village Police Department's Police Benevolent Association, where he has served as Southampton village police surgeon for the last 15 years.

Top Stories


BOSTON – The Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Alexandria in its recent meeting dealt with the ecclesiastical coup perpetrated by the Patriarchate of Moscow in its canonical jurisdiction, calling it an “immoral invasion and intrusion.


NEW YORK - Some 21 years after it was destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States that brought down the Twin Towers in New York City, the new St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church rising in its place is among the most eagerly awaited architectural openings of 2022.


STATEN ISLAND, NY – For yet another year, the community of Holy Trinity-St Nicholas in Staten Island honored couples celebrating 50+ years of marriage with a modest ceremony held at the church immediately following the Divine Liturgy on January 16.


1 NYPD Officer Killed, 1 Severely Injured in Harlem Shooting (Vid)

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police officer was killed and another critically wounded Friday night while answering a call about an argument between a woman and her adult son, officials said, making four officers shot in the city in as many days.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.