NEW YORK – Father Andreas Vithulkas has been appointed as pastor of the Church of the Resurrection in Brookville, NY. Bishop Andonios of Phasiane recently made the announcement at a clergy Syndesmos meeting in the presence of Archbishop Demetrios.
Fr. Vithulkas will celebrate his first liturgy in Brookville on July 1 on the feast day of the Agioi Anaryroi, the anniversary of the his ordination by Metropolitan Savas Pittsburgh when the late Father Emmanuel Gratsias, the parish’s founding pastor, co-celebrated.
The first Sunday liturgy for the new pastor, who replaces Fr. John Vlahos – he served from May 2008 through June, 2014 and is now the Dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral – will be on July 5.
Fr. Vihulkas will celebrate his last liturgy at the Church of the Holy Trinity of Bridgeport, CT June 28. He had he replaced Fr. Demetrios Recachinas, who was removed due to a sexual scandal. Fr. Vihulkas is credited with helping to heal the parish and put it back on a good path.
The Church of the Resurrection consists of 375 families and was established in 1976. Until 1981 the parish held services in the facilities of the Methodist Church of Glen Cove. In 1981 the community moved to a new sanctuary in Glen Cove. It 2005 its current home opened in Brookville.