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SLC Greek Orthodox Parish Will Stay Together

Dan Bammes
Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church

A national newspaper serving the Greek community says the Greek Orthodox parish in Salt Lake City will not be divided. 

The National Herald reports the decision to keep the parish together was made at a meeting of church leaders in Denver last week.  The parish includes Holy Trinity Cathedral in Salt Lake City and Prophet Elias church in Holladay.

While the parish remains together, the Herald reports one of its three priests, Father Michael Kouremetis, will be reassigned.  Members of the congregation have been at odds over whether they could afford to support three priests or only two.

The meeting included Archbishop Demetrios, the head of the Greek Orthodox Church in the United States, Metropolitan Isaiah, who presides over congregations in the Mountain West and leaders of the parish council. 

Several other members and two of the priests also traveled to Denver for the meeting and met with the hierarchs afterward.

Parish council president DemetriosTsagaris wouldn’t confirm details of the Herald report, but he expects a formal letter from the archbishop soon.

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