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Fr. George Athanasiou is a native of Pittsburgh, PA. After graduating from Central Catholic High School in Oakland in 2004, he went on to begin his studies at Hellenic College where he received his BA in Religious Studies in 2008. Continuing on to Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, he graduated with his Master of Divinity in 2011.
After an additional year of studies at HCHC, George interned at the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh until he accepted a position as Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Cleveland Heights, OH. From August of 2013 through July of 2017 he served the Cathedral and as Pastoral Assistant at St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church in North Royalton, OH (11 months).
On January 1, 2019 George began his ministry as Pastoral Assistant here at All Saints. On February 18, 2019, with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, he was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by His Eminence Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Pittsburgh (his home parish) and was officially assigned to our All Saints Parish. On June 20, 2020 with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, Deacon George was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by His Grace Bishop Andrei of Cleveland (in the absence and representation of Metropolitan Savas). Fr. George serves as our second priest under the direction and mentorship of Fr. Livanos.
Fr. George is very involved on a local Metropolis and national Archdiocesan levels. He serves as secretary of the Clergy Syndesmos of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh. He also serves as secretary of the Alumni Association of Hellenic College & Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Fr. George is a member of the Metropolis of Pittsburgh Youth Commission and is the Co-Chair of the Metropolis GOYA Committee.
Fr. Konstantinos Manetas was born in Piraeus on December 26, 1949. His parents were the late Lieut. General Ioannis and Kalliopi Manetas. As a child he followed his father’s military assignments all over Greece, France and Turkey. He graduated from the University of Athens Dental School with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. He served in the Greek Army Special Forces for 2.5 years as 2nd Lieut., Medical Corps. He obtained his paratrooper’s wings in the summer of 1976 after fifteen airplane jumps.
Father Konstantinos is happily married to Anna Vasileia Zairis since 1978. Their daughter, Eleni, is an MD, Child Psychiatrist working at Children’s Hospital. After working in his private practice in Athens for nine years, he joined the Pediatric Dentistry Specialty Program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey where he stayed for 2.5 years. At the end of his studies he obtained his Specialty Degree and returned to Athens where he continued with private practice. He joined the University of Athens Department of Pediatric Dentistry for several years as a Clinical Instructor and Research Fellow. During this time he published important research papers. Through the years he continued expanding his scientific knowledge by attending numerous seminars and hands-on courses, both in Europe and the United States. He became member of several select scientific associations such as the Society of Odontostomatological Research, the European Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the European Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry and the International Team for Implantology.
In 2007, feeling a deep sense of obligation to the Lord for all He had given him, he decided to dedicate the rest of his life to serve Him and applied for ordination to the Archdiocese of Athens. He was ordained as Deacon in December, 2008, and as priest in January, 2009 by His Beatitude Archbishop of Athens Hieronymous B’. He was given the “offikion” of Protopresbyter in November, 2010.
In May, 2011 he was assigned by His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston as second priest in the Church of Saint Vasilios in Peabody, MA. For the next three years he was responsible for preaching the Orthodox Sunday Sermon on the Demetriadis Greek Radio. He served as the Proistamenos of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary in Somerville, MA from 2012 to January of 2019. In January of 2019 he was assigned by His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios as the Proistamenos of the Saint Nectarios Parish in Roslindale, MA.
In 2020 Fr. Konstantinos retired from active parish ministry. He & Presbytera now reside with their daughter in Mt. Lebanon, PA and he assists at our All Saints Parish with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh. Fr. Konstantinos plans to travel back and forth to Greece.