The community of Saint Peter the Apostle in the Bronx, NY, celebrated their 20th anniversary, left to right: Olga Fotinis, George Kammos, Rika Fotinis, Maria Fotinis, George Sofillas, and Maria Vasilopoulos. (Photo: Sophia Gergatsoulis Sofillas)
THE BRONX, NY – On October 16, the community of Saint Peter the Apostle organized a meal for the 20th anniversary of its founding. Members and friends of the community attended the reception and enjoyed a delicious complimentary meal. Teacher and Principal of the Community School, Sophia Gergatsoulis Sofillas kindly shared photos of the event which followed the Divine Liturgy and was held in Steve Zervoudis Hall.
The Church of Saint Peter began as a chapel of Saint Anargyroi in Manhattan, but its growth was so rapid that it separated from the mother Church and became a self-sustaining Parish. Christos Xodris was elected the first Parish Council President. The Saint John’s Catholic School offered their cafeteria for Church services and Father Halkias, a retired Priest was assigned as the first Priest. Even though he was assigned as a part time priest, he was responsible for the early progress and success of the Community. An afternoon Greek School was immediately established under the direction of Eydozia Levesano who served for many years.
In 1995, the Church Fathers realized that a permanent home was necessary and they purchased our present property with a house. Soon the house was demolished, plans were prepared and construction began with the hope to build a Byzantine Church.
A fund raising campaign has been reactivated and plans have been submitted to the Building department for new building permits to correct the errors of the past and to proceed with the final construction of the Church.
The church opening took place in 2012. Recently a large scale iconography program has been initiated. The lower level named after the great benefactor Steve Zevoudis Hall includes the hall that serves as the Community Center, the kitchen, the service rooms, as well as two classrooms for the Greek afternoon school.
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