“Serving Faithfully for 75 Years, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church,” is a documentary on the history of the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox church community. The video features the story of this unique church from its start in 1942 at 59th and Larchwood Avenues in the City of Philadelphia to its present location at Powell Lane, in Upper Darby Township.
Through the films narrator, Past Parish Council President, Demosthenes Vasiliou, and the historical research of Mary Seis, a member of the original congregation, the documentary takes the viewer through the different phases of the church community, including its earlier time as a satellite church of Evangelismos of the Theotokos at 12th and Fitzwater Streets in Philadelphia. It was a unique arrangement that had two churches as one.
It also features a look at the many ministries and other happenings at the church, including GOYA, the Church Choir, St. Barbara Philoptochos Society, Boy Scout Troop 302, the PGBL, and many others, that have gone through the doors of the church. Today, St. Demetrios, one of the oldest Greek Orthodox parishes in the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley area, is the gateway of many Greek immigrant families that have become successful and have moved onto other Greek Orthodox communities in the tri-state area. This year, St. Demetrios, including its parish priest, parish council, the ministries, parishioners, and friends of this energetic community, is celebrating the 75th Anniversary as a church and community.
This film was created by Cosmos Philly in partnership with St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church.