Showing posts with label Archbishop Demetrios. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Archbishop Demetrios. Show all posts

Friday, March 25, 2011

Greek Independence

President Obama just said "καλησπέρα" (good evening) to a White House gathering for Greek Independence Day. Archbishop Demetrios then called on Americans to honor 1821 by raising voices for the downtrodden.
In honor of the day, here's one devoted American with Greek heritage who you never heard of: John George Pappas, 90, of New York and Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
He died on March 4 and I happened to see his tiny obituary in the New York Times March 13: born in Manhattan to Greek Parents from Asia Minor (George and Lucy Papazoglou or "Pappas"), he earned a physics degree from Columbia University during World War II. By 1945, he was recognized by the U.S. War Department for his "essential work" on the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He later became chief chemist at Benjamin Moore, inventing the first commercial exterior latex paint. He married and had a daughter. His funeral was at St. Luke's Greek Orthodox Church in Pennsylvania.
In Athens, you will see photocopied death notices on neighborhood poles. In American newspapers, you're lucky if editors deem your loved one's death noteworthy. Good that George Pappas' heirs paid for three rich inches in the Times.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

St. Nick @ Ground Zero

The chilly St. Nicholas Feastday vespers at Ground Zero in Manhattan on December 5, 2010. I hid under my scarf, but the cameraman found me. Note the melted bell and waterlogged book and icon.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Sept. 11, 2009

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America held a memorial service today at Ground Zero in New York on the site of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which has not been rebuilt due to real estate politics, despite substantial donations. It was the only religious building destroyed in the 9/11 attacks; the archdiocese 9/11 Website has a budget and design plan.
Because our offices have moved to Midtown, this is the first year we didn't watch the memorial service live or wander past the flower-strewn aftermath.

These are photos I took on Sept. 11, 2008 on Liberty Street, near our former World Financial Center office and the firehouse that lost many men.