Fr. George Papadeas

Born:  June 5, 1918, Altoona, Pennsylvania.

Parents: The late Louis & Bessie Papadeas.

Graduated: Altoona High School, June 1937.

University: Enrolled in the Charter Class of the newly founded Greek Theological Seminary, Pomfret Center, Conn, in September, 1937. Graduated June 1942, Valedictorian.

Married: Bess Matthews, February 8, 1942. Parents of 5 Children, 9 Grandchildren, and 3 Great Grandchildren.

Ancillary Studies: The General Theological Seminary at New York University and Hofstra University, Long Island.


ACCOMPLISHMENTS (partial list)

  • First Greek American graduate of our Seminary to be ordained into the Holy Priesthood, March 25, 1942, and assigned as the Deacon, Sunday school Director and Greek School Teacher at the Cathedral in New York City.

  • Served as the Deacon to Archbishop Athenagoras of Blessed Memory until 1945, while still fulfilling his duties at the Cathedral.

  • Ordained a Priest on March 18, 1945, and served as an Assistant Priest under the late Fr. Basil Efthimiou, a luminary of our Church, until September 1, 1950.

  • Assigned by the late Archbishop Michael on September 1, 1950 to organize the first Greek Orthodox Church on Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk Counties).  Hempstead, L.I. was chosen as the geographical location to serve these two vast Counties. Truly a monument to Orthodoxy in America, St Paul's became one of the leading 5 Parishes in America.

  • As Pastor of The St Paul's Parish, Fr. George presided over the  blessed Manifestations of three Weeping Icons of our Holy Mother, the first of which was on March 16, 1960.
  • Appointed by His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos as the Dean of the Archdiocesan Cathedral in New York City on September 1, 1963, directed to spearhead the major task of its reorganization.

  • Managed of all aspects of the development and construction of The Ionian Village Camp in Bartholomiou, Greece, and Chief Liaison and representative of His Eminence to the Church of  Greece and the Greek Government.

  • In 1970, sent by His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos on a Nationwide Tour to promote the opening of The Ionian Village.

  • Organizer and Director of The Ionian Village during its first two years of operation.

  • Remaining in Greece, until 1975, identified and filled a crying need by organizing and serving the first systematic Eastern Orthodox Parish at the USAF Base Hellenicon Athens, in order to serve the spiritual needs of the Military and the U.S. Embassy Orthodox Personnel stationed there.
  • With a specific request for a Florida assignment, was appointed Pastor of the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Daytona Beach in April, 1975.

  • Technically Retired in June 1983, at age 65, due to a severe bronchial asthmatic condition.
  • President of the National Clergy Benevolent Association for many years, the forerunner of the present Archdiocese Pension Fund.
  • President for many years of the Clergy Fellowship of the First Archdiocesan District.

  • Secretary of the Executive Board, Metropolitan Council of Churches.

  • Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Hellenic College.

  • Member of Orthodox-Anglican consultations.

  • Secretary of the Board of Trustees of St. Basil's Academy.
  • Secretary of the Mixed Council of our Archdiocese.
  • Vice President and Founding Member of St. Michael’s Greek Orthodox Home for the Aged in Yonkers.
  • Co-Founder of the Cathedral Day School in New York City in 1949.
  • Leader of The Summer Cultural Tour to Greece in 1961, Escorting, supervising and entertaining 37 Teenagers from all over America. This was the Archdiocese Pilot Program prior to establishing The Ionian Village as the permanent Camp in Greece.
  • Founder and First Orthodox Chaplain (1958-1971) of "St. Paul's Society" a Brotherhood for Orthodox members of The New York City Police Dept.
  • First Orthodox Chaplain of the Honor Legion of The New York City Police Department.

  • First Orthodox Chaplain of the New York Metropolitan Newspaper Reporters Association.

  • Founder and First President of the Holy Cross Alumni Association.
  • Founder and implementer of the very first "Mr. & Mrs. Club".

  • Together with Fr. Leonidas Contos, Fr. George was the first Greek American Priest to receive the Gold Cross of the Phoenix from King Constantine of Greece in 1964.
  • Commissioned by His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos in 1968 to organize the First Clergy-Laity Congress of The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese to take place in Athens, Greece. The event took place in July of that same year.
  • In cooperation with the late Nicholas Andromidas, who wrote an "Easter Miracle Play", Fr. George participated in presenting the first Orthodox Easter program on CBS-TV over a national hook-up in 1957. The starring role was played by William Shatner of “Star Trek” fame. This program introduced our Church to Miss Pamela Llott, then Director who would later become VP of Religious Programming of CBS-TV.

  • Together with Fr. Constantine Volaitis, Fr. George was chosen by His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos to visit the Orthodox Patriarchates of Constantinople, Antioch, Jerusalem, Alexandria, and the Church of Greece to procure Icons and other Religious historical items to exhibit at the New York World's Fair of 1966.
  • Organized the Eastern Orthodox Clergy Fellowship of Central and East Florida in 1982, and was elected as its first President.
  • Since assuming his duties as Pastor of St. Demetrios in Daytona Beach, Fr. George initiated the Annual Memorial Service in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, the site where 500 Greeks landed in 1768, with the promise of a land grant after three years from Dr. Turnbull.

  • Fr. George retires as Pastor of st. Demetrios in Daytona Beach in 1983.
    Click here to read full article from Daytona Beach News Journal, May 28, 1983
  • Organized the Epiphany Day Services in DeLeon Springs, attended by Orthodox Clergy and Faithful of East-Central Florida.
  • Organized the First Greek Festival in Florida to be held at The St. Demetrios Parish Center in Daytona Beach.
  • Co-Founder, President and Secretary of The Greek Orthodox Retired Clergy Association.
  • Founding Pastor of St. Michael The Archangel Parish in Inverness, Florida, now located in Lecanto, Florida.
  • At age 90, presently Founding Pastor of The Greek Orthodox Mission of Ocala, Florida, still driving weekly from Daytona Beach.

  • Fr. George opens Greek Orthodox Church in Ocala at age 92
    Click here to read full article from Daytona Beach News Journal, June 6, 2010

  • Volusia County Council proclaims June5, 2010, "Rev. George Papadeas Day"
    Click here to view Proclamation certificate


  • In 1963, compiled, translated into English, and published The Complete Services of Holy Week-Easter. For close to forty years, it was the only Book of its kind in the Orthodox world, and is still today hailed as the “Gold Standard”.

  • In 1968, compiled, translated into English, and published The Greek-English edition of The Divine Liturgy of St. John The Chrysostom widely used in the pews of Orthodox Churches worldwide.

  • Compiled, translated into English, and published The Akathist Hymn, with The Brief Compline. (used during the first 5 Fridays in Lent)

  • In 2000, on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of The Weeping Madonna at St. Paul’s, penned and published “Why Did She Cry”, the in depth, first hand accounting of The Miraculous Manifestations.

  • On the 50th Anniversary of St. Paul's Cathedral in Hempstead, New York, wrote a concise History of the origins of the Parish.

  • While serving at St Paul's, the Sunday School had swelled to 1200 students, with a staff of 125. With the cooperation of Teachers at the school, Father George published a complete series of Sunday School Books from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Until the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese published their own books, these school books were requested by Communities throughout America.