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St. George in Danbury, CT Celebrates Twice

Bishop Nicholas with Fr. George and Kh. CarolBishop Nicholas with Fr. George and Kh. CarolBy Ann Diker

The St. George parish of Danbury, CT has celebrated two major events over the past few months.

A special Luncheon was held in August to honor The V. Rev. Fr. George Alberts on his 40th Anniversary as a priest. Father George and Kh. Carol have been a beloved part of our parish ever since they came to Danbury in 2002. Father is a noted scholar and teacher throughout our Diocese. We feel privileged to have him as our spiritual leader and to have Kh. Carol as our Church School director. God Grant Them Many Years!

On September 22nd, our own Bishop Nicholas graced us with his presence for the culmination of a year long celebration of 25 years at our present location. St. George Church has been an integral part of the community since 1924, with our new Church being consecrated in 1987 by His Eminence Metropolitan Philip.

The three day celebration included Friday and Saturday meetings with Bishop Nicholas and the Parish Council, families, teens and children of the parish. A festive Banquet/Hafli took place Saturday evening and a moving Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning brought this very special weekend to an end.L to R: Mark Massoud (Parish Council President), Anne Massoud, Joanne Hadad (Event Chair), John HadadL to R: Mark Massoud (Parish Council President), Anne Massoud, Joanne Hadad (Event Chair), John Hadad

Bishop Nicholas presented parishioner Jeanette Beylouni with a Certificate of Meritorious Service at the Banquet. The eldest member of the parish, she was lauded for her lifetime of service to the Church, working tirelessly with the Ladies Society to help raise funds for Church projects.

On Sunday, Maher Sarkis was blessed as a Reader of the Church by Bishop Nicholas, and Mark Griswold was inducted into the Order of St. Ignatius.

All in all, this was a memorable weekend for the parish of St. George Church that will long be remembered.