Friday, 31 July 2009

Mr. Pantelis Demosthenous

Mr. Pantelis Demosthenous has been a member of our Community Council, as well as a Trustee of the Community, for many years. Since 2005 he is the President of St. Panteleimon Greek Orthodox Community. He has always been instrumental in the organising of this project, namely the building of the new Church.

On St. Panteleimon’s Day (27th July 2009) he said about the project:

The Greek Orthodox Community in Harrow was established 34 years ago. We have been taking Services in the Church here over 21 years. And all of us we like to express our sincere gratitude to our fellow Christians from St. Mary’s Church at Kenton, for all the help we had since we met 21 years ago.

Today the Greek Orthodox Community of St. Panteleimon, with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain, commence work to create an Ecclesiastical Centre for the reinforcement of Greek Orthodox identity, to built our new Byzantine Church and I like to thank firstly our fellow Christians at St. Mary’s for giving this Church to our Community and the Harrow Council for granting us a planning permission. We are very grateful to the local community for all the support.

Today it is a historic day. 34 years ago, 27h July 1975, the first Service had taken place in Harrow and in exactly 34 years we celebrate the last Divine Liturgy at the present Church. From tomorrow the builders will start demolishing it and then they will construct the new Byzantine Greek Orthodox Church, the first in Harrow and only the second one in London. The first one, namely the Cathedral of St. Sophia’s, was built in Bayswater 130 years ago by the Greek Community.

History has shown us that anything of real value will always endure the test of time. This wonderful monument will forever remind our young members of their roots and their claim to a rich tradition that goes back nearly 2000 years.

It is our cherished hope that the erection of this fine building will gather the hearts and minds of the entire Greek Community, and that all will find a place to make their valued contribution, and take a vital role in making this project a reality, to the Glory of God.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


we must all thank him for his hard work and sacrifices along the way.