St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, welcomed a new spiritual leader on June 17, Fr. Alexandros Kaitidis. The arrival of Fr. Kaitidis and his family was celebrated on Father’s Day, June 18, marking the beginning of a new chapter for the church and its community. The President of the parish, Michael Economou, expressed his excitement and shared some details about the special day and the priest’s arrival.

Fr. Alexandros Kaitidis, hailing from Thessaloniki, Greece, arrived in Upper Darby with his entire family, including his wife, Presvytera Eleni, their son, Ioannis, and daughters, Sophia and Marina. The community, including the Philoptochos Ladies, PTA, Parish Council Members, and parishioners, diligently worked over the past few weeks to renovate and prepare the new home for the Kaitidis family.

Fr. Alexandros Kaitidis with his son

Fr. Alexandros Kaitidis with his son

The significance of this event extends beyond the arrival of a new priest; it represents the continued growth and unity of the St. Demetrios Family. The Greek Orthodox Church has a long and storied history in Upper Darby, dating back to the middle of the 20th century when it became one of the largest Greek immigrant communities in America. The movement from Philadelphia to Upper Darby led to the establishment of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, which has since served as a spiritual and cultural center for the Greek community in the area.

Fr. Alexandros Kaitidis brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and a deep-rooted commitment to his faith. Having previously visited the church during Greek Orthodox Easter, where he performed the week-long services associated with the holiday, he has already established a connection with the congregation.

The arrival of Fr. Kaitidis marks a significant milestone for the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, as the community looks forward to his guidance and leadership. The role of a priest extends beyond conducting religious services; they are also spiritual mentors, counselors, and leaders within the community. Fr. Kaitidis will foster spiritual growth, provide pastoral care, and promote unity among the parishioners.

Fr. Alexandros Kaitidis - Easter Celebration at St. Demetrios, 2023

Fr. Alexandros Kaitidis – Easter Celebration at St. Demetrios, 2023

As the St. Demetrios Family embarks on this new chapter, it is evident that their dedication and enthusiasm are unwavering. The hard work put into renovating the priest’s home reflects the strong community within the parish. With Fr. Alexandros Kaitidis at the helm, the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church is poised to continue its mission of preserving and promoting the rich traditions, values, and teachings of the Greek Orthodox faith.

The Greek immigrant community in Upper Darby has come a long way since its humble beginnings, and the arrival of Fr. Kaitidis symbolizes the growth, vitality, and resilience of the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. Under his guidance, the parishioners will flourish spiritually and continue contributing to the broader community.

As the new spiritual father of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Fr. Alexandros Kaitidis will serve as a pillar of support, inspiration, and guidance for the congregation. Together, the St. Demetrios Family will embrace the future with open hearts and united spirits, navigating this new chapter with faith, love, and unwavering devotion.