Rev. Emmanuel Mantzouris, Economos
Fr. Emmanuel came to our church community in November 1983. Prior to his assignment here, Father Emmanuel attended Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, MA, after spending one year as a biological science major at the University of Maryland. After finishing his studies and receiving his Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Religion from Hellenic College, he attended Holy Cross School of Theology. During his last year in the Masters program, he was ordained a Deacon through the hand of the late Bishop Gerasimos of Abydos, on November 29, 1981. After receiving his Masters degree in Theology, he went to Greece for five months as part of the Ionian Village Camp Program and as a pilgrimage to Mount Athos and other holy places. Returning from Greece, he was ordained a priest through the hand of the late Archbishop Iakovos, on November 21, 1982, and took his first assignment to Rochester, NY, where he served as second priest at Annunciation Greek Orthodox church alongside Fr. Basil Kissal.
In addition to his sacramental and pastoral duties to our parish, Father Emmanuel has served since January 1990 as the Greek Orthodox Chaplain for the New York State Department of Correctional Services. He travels extensively to the state correctional facilities located throughout New York State in order to monitor the presence and movement of Orthodox Christians throughout the system. He engages other Orthodox Christian priests from all jurisdictions in this sacred ministry. Presently, he is also active with other representatives of the Orthodox Christian jurisdictions in a national prison ministry for the greater Orthodox Christian community under the omoforion of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in America (SCOBA).
In November of 2017, Fr. Emmanuel was elevated to the title of Economos by His Emminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America. Άξιος!