Father John K. Lardas
Father Michael Palamara
Father John K. Lardas
Fr. John Lardas was raised in the parish of St. Nicholas Cathedral in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Being tonsured a reader by Metropolitan Maximos while in high school, he was under the spiritual direction of the Dean of the Cathedral, Fr. Sarantos Serviou. He served as a Sunday School teacher, GOYA advisor and counselor at Camp Nazareth.
Educated at the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1987, Fr. John completed his Master of Divinity with honors at Holy Cross School of Theology in 1991.While a student at Holy Cross, Fr. John participated in the Ride for Life, which was a bike tour across the country to raise money for Cooley’s Anemia. He served on the Student Government, was the ecclesiarch for the academic year of 1989-90 and was the senior class president and lay-out editor for the yearbook.
Fr. John worked at St. Basil Academy from 1991-95 where he served as Dean of Students and Chaplain. During his time at St. Basil, he was ordained to the Deaconate by Metropolitan Maximos on September 11, 1993 and to the Priesthood by Bishop Philotheos on October 3, 1993. He also served as the Orthodox Chaplain to the Orthodox Cadets of West Point Academy, and as Co-Director of Camp St. Basil.
From 1995 through 1998, Fr. John served as an assistant at the parish of St. Nicholas in Flushing, New York under the guidance of the then Rev. Fr. George Passias and the Rev. Fr.Paul Palesty. His direct responsibilities were the GOYA, JOY
and YAL, teaching the 1st, 3rd through 5th grade classes at the William Spyropoulos Day School, Bible Study, Hospital Ministry, along with a very busy liturgical and sacramental life.
In the year 1998, Fr. John was transferred to the St. Nicholas Parish in Troy, MI as the pastor. After two years, he returned to the St. Nicholas Parish in Flushing, NY where he was active in helping to establish the JOY soccer program for the Church as well as the children’s involvement in the Archdiocese Olympics for JOY and GOYA.
In 2004, Fr. John was appointed by Archbishop Demetrios to be the spiritual father of the National Young Adult Conference.On August 15, 2005, Fr. Lardas was assigned as the Presiding Priest of the Cathedral of Sts. Constantine and Helen in Brooklyn. The presiding priest of the Cathedral has the overall spiritual responsibility for all aspects of the Cathedral community. Daily responsibilities include: maintaining the sacramental life of the church through the Divine Liturgy and all the other Mysteries of the church; teaching religion at the A. Fantis Parochial School; preparing sermons and lectures; doing administrative work for the proper functioning of the church; conducting Pastoral Care ministries such as catechism and visiting the sick; and of course in today’s technological society, trying to remain up to date with technology that helps expand the ministry of the church.
Since serving at the Cathedral, working with the lay leadership of the community, Fr. John has been instrumental in helping to revitalize the youth programs by reestablishing the Sunday School Program, encouraging the development of JOY and GOYA and also beginning OPA (Orthodox Professional Association) for the Young Adults.
For the Direct Archdiocesan District, Fr. John assisted in establishing the Emmaus Lecture Series sponsored by the Orthodox Priest of Brooklyn. He has served on the Camp St. Paul Committee and continues to serve by offering his service to the camp for a week. He is currently on the DAD Council and serves as the Vice-President of the St. John Chrysostom DAD Clergy Syndesmos.
In January of 2015, with his sister ill with leukemia, Fr. John was a donor of his stem cells to his sister. By God’s grace and the gifted doctors, nurses and caretakers, his sister Constantina is perfectly healthy today.
Fr. John is married to Eleni Paxos of St. Nicholas, Flushing, New York and they have three children, Vasilios, Maria and Kemon.
Father Michael Palamara
Fr Michael Palamara and his wife Presbytera Hannah are thrilled to have joined the Archangel Michael Church. Fr Michael was born and raised in Flushing, NY and grew up part of the St Nicholas Church. He was active in the youth programs and always served in the altar. Most of his life Fr Paul Palesty was his priest in Flushing, and he remembers Fr John from his time there when he ran the youth programs. Fr Michael is grateful for all the priests, hierarchs, family and friends who shaped his spiritual upbringing.
He went to the Bronx High School of Science and then continued to commute to the Bronx to attend Fordham University for college. He majored in Finance and enjoyed many of the fruits of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center there, one of which was a minor in Orthodox Christianity. He was deeply involved in the OCF, which he was president of for his junior and senior years, and he served on the board of the Greek club as well. Through college, he served every summer on staff at Camp Saint Paul and worked part time at the Youth Office of the Archdiocese his final year. After graduating in 2015, he worked in finance for just over a year before entering the seminary in Boston. He also ran several parish Goya’s before and after entering the seminary. He recently completed his studies with a Masters of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology this past December, 2019.
Fr Michael and Pres Hannah married on August 16th 2015. She grew up in several different states on the West Coast before her family settled in Washington State just outside of Portland, Oregon. Her primary parish homes were St Andrew’s in Riverside, CA and St George in Portland, OR Antiochian Orthodox Churches. She went to FIT in Manhattan, which is how she met Fr Michael through the Orthodox Christian Fellowship. They are blessed with three beautiful daughters born in 2016, 2017, and just this January. Their names are Genevieve Faith, Seraphima Hope, and Melania Love; you cannot miss them in Church. Both Father and Presbytera are from faithful Orthodox families and pray that they can raise their children in similar homes to which they grew up.
Fr Michael was ordained to the diaconate on October 19th 2019 through the hands of Bishop Andonios at St Nicholas Church in Flushing. He started serving at the Archangel Michael Church on weekends after his ordination, and became full time once he completed his studies this past December. He was ordained by Archbishop Elpidophoros to the holy office of the priesthood on Sunday, March 22, 2020.
Fr. Michael and his family are most grateful to the Archangel Michael community for their hospitality and warm welcome. Through God’s grace and the guidance of Fr John he hopes to continue to serve the AMC community for years to come. The Palamara family are prepared to offer themselves entirely to the needs of the Church.
Parish Council 2019
Following the oath of office administered to new and returning members of the Parish Council, a meeting was held to elect the 2020 Executive Board. Congratulations and best wishes to:
President: Nicholas Papain
1st Vice President: Harry Lascarides
2nd Vice President: Eleni Germanakos
Secretary: John Koumpourlis
Treasurer: Nicholas Tzoumas
1st Assistant Treasurer: Michael Cavounis
2nd Assistant Treasurer: Chris Neocleous
Parish Council members include: Michael Cavounis, Stelios Diakoumakis, Fiffy Eliades, Demetrios Frangiskatos, Eleni Germanakos, James Gianakis, Nick Kokinakis, John Koumpourlis, Harry Lascarides, Spiro Maliagros, Helen Maropakis, Barbara Mavro, Oscar Michelen, Chris Neocleous, Nicholas Papain, Mark Pappas, Gus Rogdakis, Peter Stavrinos, Andreas Tsalikis, Nicholas Tzoumas, and Demetrios Ziozis.
A Note From The Council Chairperson
The Parish Council is the elected governing body of the church whose purpose is to work with the priests and members of the community to fulfill the goals of the parish. Seven of the twenty-one members are elected annually to serve a three-year term. For more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Father Dennis Strouzas: ΠΑΝΤΑ ΑΞΙΟΣ
Fr. Dennis Strouzas celebrated the 40th anniversary of his ordination to the deaconate on July 1, 2013, and to the priesthood on July 29, 2013. We want to express our Congratulations and Best Wishes. “ΠΑΝΤΑ ΑΞΙΟΣ”
Fr. Dennis(Dionysios) was born in Chicago, Illinois to Peter and Mary Strouzas. He spent most of his early years in Chicago among family and friends. He graduated from Lane Tech, attended the University of Illinois and worked for Continental Airlines. He loved playing basketball and listening to music.
He served in the altar at St. George Greek Orthodox Church where his grandparents, parents, brother, aunts, uncles and cousins were active members. His true love for Christ and the Church was nurtured from a very young age by his family and Fr. Rexinis, his parish priest.
In some mystical way, he was drawn to Hellenic College and Holy Cross Theological School where he continued his education and received his Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Divinity degrees. While at Holy Cross Seminary he did field work with Fr. Kallistos Samaras (the late Bishop Kallistos of Blessed Memory) at St. Catherine’s Greek Orthodox Church in Quincy, Massachusetts. Fr. Kallistos became his spiritual father and mentor.
Fr. Dennis and Presvetera Paula met at St. Catherine’s Church and were married at Holy Cross Chapel. Fr. Dennis was ordained to the deaconate at St. Catherine’s Church on July 1, 1973, and to the priesthood at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Oaklawn, Illinois, on July 29, 1973.
He served St. Nicholas in Oaklawn for four and a half years and St. Nektarios in Palatine, Illinois for six years. He also served as Youth Director and Camp Fanari Co-director for the Chicago Diocese.
Fr. Dennis came to us at Archangel Michael Church on March 1, 1984 and has been our spiritual father for 29 years. His love, faith and compassion have touched all of us. We thank God for sending him to us.
Fr. Dennis was elevated to the rank of Protopresbyter on April 24, 2015. He celebrated his final Divine Liturgy as Proistamenos on June 30, 2016 and retired as of August 31, 2016. Fr. Dennis and his family will continue to be a part of the AMC Community and we are blessed to have him and his family with us.
We pray that the Lord will continue to bless Fr. Dennis and his family always.