Cherry Hill, NJ – On Sunday, March 3, after the divine liturgy, the faithful of the Greek Orthodox community of St. Thomas gathered at the site of the future campanile for the groundbreaking ceremony, blessed by the Rev. Christoforos, supported by the members of the Parish Council, led by its President, Mr. Tasos Efstratiades, who is also acting as the volunteer Project Manager of the work.

The traditional turning the first spade was performed by many of the youngsters in attendance, as well by several of the original founders of the St. Thomas church, including Mr. & Mrs. George Kousoulis, and Mr. George Burlotos.

The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Thomas has embarked on this ambitious program to bring the 1967 edifice up to the traditional, Byzantine Orthodox architectural style. The changes are significant and include adding a cupola (Greek: τρούλο) to the octagonal roof and a campanile (Greek: καμπαναριό) on the side of the Church building.

In addition, the external periphery of the building’s wall will be cased with stone pavers, to match the already finished portico. An architectural rendering depicts the final appearance of the building, upon completion of the project. The project is expected to be completed by this fall, in time for the Agora (Greek Food Festival.)