Groundbreaking ceremony of the new site of St. George Orthodox Church, Staten Island, NY
The groundbreaking ceremony of the new site of St. George Orthodox Church 75 Cedar Grove Avenue, Staten Island, New York is scheduled to take place at 28 Sunset Avenue (property) on Saturday January 21st at 11 A.M. The ceremony will be preceded by evening prayer on Friday at 6:30 P.M. and morning prayer followed by Holy Qurbana on Saturday at 7:30 A.M. in our current church at 75 Cedar Grove Avenue, Staten Island.
The ceremony will be officially performed by our beloved Diocesan Metropolitan, His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovos. Other dignitaries who will be present at the ceremony include elected political representatives of Staten Island: Hon. James P. Molinaro, Borough President, Hon. James S. Oddo, Council Member, and Hon. Michael Grimm, Congressman. Several priests, families, and well wishers will attend the ceremony.
St. George Orthodox Church of India, Staten Island has the history of being the first owned and consecrated church of Malankara Orthodox Church in the West. This church that started with only fifteen families has almost one hundred families at present. It has been the long cherished goal of the members to build a new church to accommodate the growing generation of the church. That dream is coming true with the upcoming building of the new church that costs around 3.5 million dollars at the already paid off new property bought by the church. It is the blessing from God and the prayer, hard work, and generosity of the members, vicars and well wishers that contribute to its success. It is estimated to take about fourteen months to finish the building of the church.
The main responsibility of the church building is undertaken by the Vicar and President, Rev. Fr. Alex K. Joy, Treasurer Eapen Thomas, Secretary John Cherian, Finance Coordinator Babu Philip, Construction Coordinator Nithish P. Joy, Committee members and Board of Trustee Members.
The Vicar and the members are requesting the prayer and presence of all the well wishers at the ground breaking ceremony and also continued prayers for the success of the church building.
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