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Fr. PeterHonoring Others
From, Fr. Peter

Throughout time and throughout our lives, individuals receive various honors. Every year we honor our parents on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Showing appreciation and acknowledging the efforts of those around us are not only a good thing, but they are integral to being a good Christian and Steward of the mission and ministry of the Church.

Many times in life we overlook the good works of people, either out of jealousy, out of ignorance or out of an unappreciative spirit. These past couple months have been filled with honor for our church.

On April 18 George Pullos was presented the Medal of Saint Paul. The honor was bestowed on him for his laborious efforts and diligence during the restoration of the church in 2003. George’s exemplary efforts were not only recognized by this community, but were worthy of my communication with His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and Metropolitan Iakovos. The medal of Saint Paul is the highest achievement and honor in the Archdiocese of America, and the recipients are selected by the Archbishop. We again congratulate George and pray that he continues to serve the church with such vigor and zeal.

Another very noteworthy honor was given to Penny Deligiannis. The ceremony took place on the evening of April 26, 2004 in Minneapolis, Minnesota where 2,500 + key college educators (college presidents and executive members) from all over America gathered. President George Bush was also in attendance for The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) award. Penny was selected for this annual award with six other individuals from 1,175 community colleges representing 11,000,000 students in the United States of America. Because of Penny’s missionary work throughout the years, she was honored along with several prominent Americans for this award. A full article can be found on page 10 and 11 of this Champion.

Yet another honor for our church can be found within our youth. Every year our church has participants in the Oratorical Festival. This year we had three participants who not only presented in church, but went to the Diocese level and received acknowledgement there. Anthony Kosar won 1st place in the iconography division for the third straight year. It is the efforts of these youth within our parish that we recognize and thank God for. It is my personal dream to have Anthony’s hand write some , if not all the iconography in our future church that will house the rapidly growing family at Saint Athanasios.

The occasions for honoring individuals in the church are far and few between, and it is such a joy to see the efforts of Godly love seeing open recognition. Honoring individuals is not only for what they give, but what they have given. On May 2nd I marched with the Illinois State Police in the Annual Saint Jude Parade and Memorial. This ceremony and parade of honor recalled those who have paid the ultimate price. We honored those law enforcement officers that lost their lives serving others. As a Chaplain for I.S.P. my districts suffered two losses this past year. Any loss of life is a tragedy, and yet their line of duty death, just like our troops serving in the military, is a martyrdom for the welfare and freedom of people everywhere.

Sunday Vitamin:
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St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church
1855 E. Fifth Avenue • Aurora, IL • 60504
Phone: (630) 851-6106 • FAX: (630) 851-6186

Father Peter J. Spiro