Rev. Father Apostolos N. Georgiafentis, Protopresbyter
Father Apostolos N. Georgiafentis was born in Chicago to the Archon Protopsalti (Chief Chanter) Nicolaos and Katherine Georgiafentis. As a teenager, Fr. Apostolos spent most of histime persuing his love for Byzantine music, which he learned to love from his father. At the age of fifteen he received his first assignment as Chanter Of Holy Apostoles Church in Westchester, Illinois.
After graduating from high school, Fr. Apostolos attended the University Of Illinois for one year when, moved by the Holy Spirit, he began his studies for the priesthood at Hellenic College in Brookline, MA, from where he received his Bachelor Of Arts degree in 1986. During his studies at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, from where he graduated with a Masters Of Divinity degree in 1980. During his studies, Fr. Apostolos received advanced instruction in Byzantine Music from Professor Sava J. Sava & Fr. Nicholas Kastanas. He also tutored Byzantine Music classes for theological students.
On January 15, 1989, Fr. Apostolos was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago at the Assumption Church in Chicago, and assigned as the associate pastor to the Holy Apostoles Church in Westchester, Il. In June of 1994 he was assigned as pastor to the parish of Saint Barbara in Toms River, NJ. On October 7, 1996 Fr. Apostolos was assigned to the parish of Saint Demetrios in Chicago.
Father is also a recipient of "The 2008 Most Distinguished Greek American Award in the Field of Religion", recognized by the United Helenic Voters of America. Father Apostolos and Presbytera Sophia have three beautiful children, Presvytera Katerina who is married to Father Stamatios Sfikas of Annunciation Cathedral, Nicholas and Anastasios.
Rev. Father Panayiotis Hasiakos, Presbyter
Father Panayiotis Hasiakos was born in La Grange, IL to Dr. Peter and Mrs. Jorgie Hasiakos. Father was raised attending the parish of Ss. Constantine & Helen in Palos Hills, where he served in the altar, taught Sunday School, and later served as a chanter.
Father Panayiotis completed his undergraduate studies with a major in Physics and a minor in Modern Greek Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he also stayed for further studies in Secondary Education. Before entering the seminary, Father Panayiotis taught Physics and Science for four years at Oak Park River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois. In 2012, Father was married to Presvytera Nikolia, at which point they moved to Boston to pursue graduate studies. Father graduated in May of 2015 with a Master of Divinity Degree from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts and is currently in the final stages of completing his thesis project on Saint Maximos the Confessor for the ThM (Master of Theology) through Holy Cross. While at Holy Cross, Father Panayiotis received his certificate in Byzantine Music and served as the Lampadarios (left chanter), under the instruction of Rev. Dr. Romanos Karanos.
Father Panayiotis was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos on February 19, 2017 at the parish of Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Des Plaines, Illinois. His ordination to the Priesthood took place on the feast of the Holy Apostles, June 30, 2017, at the parish of Holy Apostles in Westchester, where he served as Associate Pastor. Father Panayiotis and Presvytera Nikolia have three children: Dionysia, John and Maximi.
5th Saturday of Lent: The Akathist Hymn; George the Righteous of Maleon; Righteous Plato the Studite; Nicetas the Hieromartyr, Struggler of Serrai (1808); Righteous Zosimas; Theonas, Archbishop of Thessaloniki, Founder and Renovator of the Sacred Monastery of Saint Anastasia of Pharmakolytria, Halkidiki; Theodoulos and Agathopous of Thessaloniki