Τρίτη, 1 Μαρτίου 2016

Annual Dinner at the Mother Church of Toronto

The Community of St. George, in the heart of Toronto, organized its annual Spiritual Dinner. The dinner is held at the hall of the Church and its purpose is, on the one hand, to promote the spiritual life of the parish, and on the other, to collect funds for the spiritual work of the Community.

Fr. T. Porfiris and Community President, Professor G. Karakoulas, together with the Board of Directors, the Philoptochos, volunteers and especially 15 young ladies and gentlemen, organized the dinner in an exemplary way.

Two hundred and forty (240) people participated – a full house – each paying sixty dollars for their ticket.

This year’s dinner was in honour of Mr. Chris Tzekas, (a lawyer) and Mr. Paul Chronis, (a city planner), for their many years of valuable service to the Church, which they offered completely free of charge.

The program began with the singing of the national anthems of Greece and Canada, followed by the blessing of the meal by Metropolitan Sotirios, assisted by Fr. T Porfiris. Masters of Ceremonies were Ms. Tina Margelli and Professor Karakoulas.

The program had a musical interlude directed by Mrs. Vassiliki Mexis, with Mrs. Mary Mexis-Lumsden on the piano, and Mr. N. Xanthopoulos (who is of Pontian descent) on the Pontian lyra. It was a very successful program with beautiful songs sung by the Sunday school students.

The main speaker of the evening was professor Spyridon Kotsovilis, who spoke on the theme “A wish for Greece of 2016: An end to the divisions.”

They presented Mr. Tzekas and Mr. Chronis with honourary plaques and other gifts. The evening was closed by Metropolitan Sotirios, who spoke about the unity of the Church and the need for everyone to obey the rules; “rulers of the administrators/governors must be the rules”, the Metropolitan said.

It was a wonderful evening. Everyone was very happy and joyful and the net income for the Community from this event was $27,700.

Please find below the speech of professor Spyridon Kotsovilis in both Greek andEnglish.

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