The St. Basil community of Troy enjoyed dancing to Greek music by the Aegean Duo at Franklin Plaza Ballroom. (Photo: Courtesy of St. Basil community)
TROY, NY – The Greek Orthodox community of St. Basil in Troy, New York, jubilantly celebrated its 90th anniversary October 22-23. Events began with a 90th Anniversary Gala dinner dance held at the Franklin Terrace Ballroom with music provided by the Aegean Duo.
Invited guests in attendance included Rev. Fr. Patric Legato of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Albany, Rev. Fr. Neofitos Sarigiannis of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Schenectady, and the Very Rev. Fr. Costas Sitaras, Protopresbyter and Executive Director of St. Basil Academy in Garrison. Current parishioners, as well as the legacy of past generations of parishioners from the St. Basil community, attended the sold-out Gala and enjoyed the celebration.
Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Mantzouris, Proistamenos of St. Basil, was recognized for his contributions to the parish, as well as the 40th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. The evening’s program perfectly combined remembrances of the past, joyful celebration of the present, and hope for the future. The love and exuberance in the room was palpable.
The festivities continued on Sunday, October 23 with the Divine Liturgy celebrated by Fr. Mantzouris and concelebrant Fr. Sitaras, who represented Archbishop Elpidophoros. A memorial service was held for members of the parish who had fallen asleep in the Lord. Fr. Mantzouris also recognized the milestone of 50 years in the priesthood for Fr. Sitaras. The weekend’s events concluded with an elegant luncheon for the entire community with generous thanks to the 90th Anniversary Committee for their efforts.
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