Saint Anna Greek Orthodox Church 2016 Parish Council
A Parish Council is the administrative body of a Church community elected by its stewards for the purpose of working together with the Parish Priest or Proistamenos in fulfilling the mission and goals of that particular community. This brief description of the local governing body of a Parish also explains a fundamental aspect of the structure of the Orthodox Church. Both clergy and laity are the “People of God,” who seek by the grace of the Holy Spirit to fulfill the mission entrusted to them to live and proclaim the Holy Gospel and the Holy Tradition of the Orthodox Church. Historically, clergy and laity have worked together in dealing with matters of the Church’s life. The Parish Council is an example of the synergy of clergy and laity; it is a vehicle for implementing the ongoing mission of the Church and planning the necessary strategies, policies, procedures, and activities that will enable the Parish to move forward in accomplishing God’s work.
Pictured Above, Left to right: John Kaldes (Parish Council President), Costas Tsatsos, Peter Zannikos (Parish Council Treasurer), Nikita Logothetis, John Giannouris, Dean Soteropoulos, Michele Bongiovanni (Corresponding Secretary), Father Anatasios Kousoulos, Cliff Gilman (Recording Secretary), Michael Kypridakes (2nd Vice President), George Staikos (First Vice President), Nick Athanasiou, and Jorge Ferreira (Assistant Treasurer.) Not pictured: Joanne Diver.
Polycarp the Holy Martyr & Bishop of Smyrna; Proterios, Archbishop of Alexandria; Gorgonia the Righteous, sister of Gregory the Theologian; Damian the New Martyr of Mount Athos; Boswell, Abbot of Melrose Abbey