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St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church in Troy, NY, Celebrates Its 90th Anniversary

November 15, 2022

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.

A memorial service for departed members of St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church was held during the community’s 90th anniversary weekend in Troy, NY. (Photo: Courtesy of St. Basil community)
The St. Basil 90th Anniversary Gala Committee. (Photo: Courtesy of St. Basil community)
Fr. Emmanuel Mantzouris, presiding priest of the St. Basil community of Troy, NY, recognizing the milestone of 50 years in the priesthood for Fr. Costas Sitaras. (Photo: Courtesy of St. Basil community)
The place settings and commemorative journals for the St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church in Troy, NY’s 90th Anniversary Gala. (Photo: Courtesy of St. Basil community)

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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