Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church and Shrine
George and Presbytera Hadjis
1973-1974 Father George Hajis from
Long Beach, CA held Liturgy every other Sunday for our community at Saint
John’s Episcopal Church located on Wheeler Avenue in La Verne, CA.
1975 – 1977 Archimandrites, the Very
Reverend Paul Koutoukas was the first priest
to the new community then known as the Covina-Pomona Greek Orthodox
Church. Father Paul said Saint Nectarios would do well in this new
community. While he was priest, community held a lottery and bought
votes for the available saint names for this parish. Saint Nectarios
won by an overwhelming majority. From that point on, this new community
would be known as Saint Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church. Property has
already been purchased in Covina, California for the community to build
their own church.
Spiro and Presbytera Pieratos
1977 – 1993 Father Spiro Pieratos and Presbytera Panagiota served the Saint Nectarios Parish for
sixteen years, until his retirement in 1993.
In 1977, the Covina Parish was
four years old. Services were conducted at St. John Episcopal Church.
The newly purchased two houses in Covina were renovated for rental
income. At that time the new name of Saint Nectarios had been chosen by
an overwhelming majority vote of the parishioners.
On September 3, 1979, Fr. Spiro
went to Aegina received a large relic of Saint Nectarios, a rib.
In 1980, services began in the
newly constructed temporary church on the Covina Boulevard, Covina,
which included Paraklesis (supplication services) on Wednesday
Brotherhood was soon established
who seeks spiritual and physical healing needs to have their names
offered in prayers.
Annual observance of the Saint
Nectarios Feast Day (November 8th and 9th).
Donations and offerings
eventually made it possible for the construction of the present church
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Theodore and Presbytera Pantels
– 2004 Father Ted was assigned to Saint Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church
and Shrine upon Father Spiro Pieratos’ retirement. Father Ted came to
continue building of the new church and shrine in Covina, California.
Father Ted led parish and complete the building project. Father Ted and
Presbytera Panagiota faithfully served Saint Nectarios parish for
eleven years and the church was consecrated on November 7, 2004 under
leadership of newly assigned priest Father Peter Stratos with the help
and collaboration of Father Ted Pantels.
Peter, Presbytera and their two sons
- 2006 In August of 2004, Metropolitan Anthony assigned Father Peter
Stratus as the pastor of Saint Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church and
Shrine beginning September 1, 2004. His first resposibility was to plan
and organize the upcoming Consecration of the Church on November 7,
two years at the Shrine and Parish of Saint Nectarios, Metropolitan
Gerasimos, assigned Fr. Peter Stratus to Saint Anthony in Pasadena. Fr.
Peter was to pastor his new community with the assistance and
companionship of his dear friend and brother in Christ, Fr. Efstathios
Mylonas, who hoped to enjoy a blessed retirement with his family and
community. However, Fr. Mylonas was called to meet his Lord shortly
before Fr. Peter’s first Sunday. And with this unexpected beginning,
Fr. Peter and his young family embark on a new and even more meaningful
chapter in their service to Christ’s Holy Church.
up to August 2021. After his faithful serving as a priest in his native land
Greece from 1982 to 1999, Father Konstantinos Douvikas migrated here in
the US to serve as a priest at the Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church
in Upland, California from 1999 to 2007. In 2007, Metropolitan Bishop
Greek Orthodox of San Francisco Gerasimos assigned Father Konstantinos
Douvikas to serve as a Proistamenos of Saint Nectarios Greek Orthodox
Church and Shrine until at the present time. He brought here the well-received
and maintained Greek Byzantine tradition especially in the liturgy,
chanting, festivity, etc.
Welcome Fr. Demosthenes Paraskevaides and Family!
On September 1, 2021, the parish of Saint Nectarios Shrine, Covina Ca. warmly welcomed Fr. Demosthenes
Paraskevaides, Presbytera Magdalene and their four children to the parish. Please join us for liturgy and
fellowship to welcome and meet Father Demosthenes and his family.
Father Demosthenes Paraskevaides served at Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church San Jose Ca. as Proistamenos since 2013.
Before joining Saint Nicholas, he served the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Portland, OR as an assistant priest,
and Prophet Elias, and Saint John Baptist Cathedral in Kavala, Greece.
Fr Demosthenes holds a BS degree in Pastoral and Social Theology from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
and a Diploma in Byzantine Music from the Macedonian Conservatory of Thessaloniki.
Fr Demosthenes was born and grew up in Greece. He was ordained to priesthood in Kavala, Greece in 2000.
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