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Fr. Demetrios Kavadas

Born: May 3, 1932
Died: February 26, 2007

Place of Birth and Background

  • Born on the Island of Chios, Greece, May 3, 1932.
  • Came to the United States March 1, 1950, and naturalized in 1960.

Family

Married to Rodothea A. Palaiologou of Boston, Mass.

He was the son of Stefanos and Vasilia.  Stefanos was a high school principal, director of one of the largest libraries of Greece, author of over 100 books, recipient of the medal of Phoenix by the King of Greece.  His paternal great-grandfather was an Orthodox Priest.  The City of Chios named a street after Stefanos Kavadas in September of 2001.

His brother, Constantine, is the manager of a shipping company in London, England.

Children: Iphigenia, Stephen, John and Basil (sons Stephen and Basil deceased)

Grandchildren: George and Rodothea Pappas the children of Iphigenia; Demetrios-Stefanos and Vasilia are the children of John.

Academic Degrees and Education

  • Bachelor of Art in Theology – Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Theological Seminary
  • Bachelor of Divinity – Holy Cross 1956
  • Master of Sacred Theology – Boston University 1960
  • Ph.D. Candidate – Harvard University 1970
  • Also attended Athens University, Tufts University, College of the City of New York, Harvard University, High School of Chios, Greece
  • Fulbright Scholar, Scholar of Taylor Foundation, Scholar of the Pan-Chian Society of America

Pastoral Services

  • Ordained July 7, 1957 (Bishop Athenagoras Kokinakis)
  • First Parish:  St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Manchester, New Hampshire (Pastor at age 25), 1957-1962.
  • Second Parish:  Assumption of Detroit (moved to St. Clair Shores, MI in 1977), 2000 families.  March 1st, 1962-2001 (almost 40 years). Acclaimed as one of the top 20 parishes of the 600 in the U.S.A. during his pastorate.
  • Third Parish:  Upon the request of Metropolitan Sotirios, appointed Pastor of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church of Windsor, Ontario, Canada 2002-07.

Honors and Titles

  • Great Protopresbyter “Stavroforos” of the Ecumenical Throne of Constantinople (1977)
  • Knight of the Holy Sepulcher, Patriarchate of Jerusalem (1982)
  • Recipient of Special Tributes from the State of Michigan, House of Representatives (1982)
  • Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Throne of Constantinople (1981)
  • Protopresbyter of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese (1980)
  • March of Dimes “Man of the Year” 2003
  • M.I.R.A. “Golden Award” in 2004 (Mental Illness Research Association)

Positions of Active Leadership Beyond Parish Ministry

  • Director of Religious Education of the Diocese of Detroit (1979 to 2000)
  • President of the Greek Orthodox Clergy Association of Diocese of Detroit (1962-72)
  • Member of Diocesan Council, Diocese of Detroit (1962-2000)
  • Member of Diocesan Spiritual Court (1962-2000)
  • Secretary of the Council of Eastern Orthodox Churches of Detroit (1963-1973)
  • Member of the Religious Education Commission of the Standing Conference of Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (1960-1976)

Archdiocese Positions

  • Member of the Archdiocesan Council, appointed by the Archbishop for the years 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1992. Re-appointed for 1994-1998
  • Member of the Archdiocesan Presbyters Council, representing the Diocese of Detroit (1989 to 1994)
  • Department of Religious Education of the Archdiocese.  Appointed by Archbishop Iakovos; as chairman of a special committee (a first of its kind), to create a new Sunday School Curriculum (1985-2000)
  • Vice President of the national Presbyters Conference of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese (1982-1988)
  • Member of the Board of Trustees, Hellenic College (1982-2004)
  • President of Holy Cross Theological School Alumni Association (1982-1986)

Public Media

  • Director, Voice of Orthodoxy Radio Hour of the Assumption (1962-1989)
  • Director, Voice of Orthodoxy Radio Hour, Manchester, New Hampshire (1957-62)
  • Producer, Annual Specials on Television (1957-1982)
  • President, Interfaith Broadcasting Commission of Detroit (1964-1979)
  • Director, Holy Cross Seminary Radio Hour (1952-1957)
  • Writer of many pamphlets and books relative to the Greek Orthodox Faith
  • Regular columnist of the Orthodox Observer, national newspaper of the Greek Archdiocese, and writer of many articles in other publications during the past 40 years.  Producer of 24 video tapes, with series from Adult Education Classes.

Civil Services

  • Member of the Human Relations Commission of the City of St. Clair Shores (1966- to date) Member of St. Clair Shores Cultural Committee, 2001-2005.
  • Orthodox Chaplain of the Veterans’ Hospital in Dearborn, Michigan (1962-1964)
  • Honorary Chaplain of St. Clair Shores Police Department (1977 to date)
  • Honored by City of St. Clair Shores upon retirement as Citizen of the Year (2002)
  • Mental Illness Research Association (MIRA) Founding Member, established 1990

Others

  • Recognized Lecturer- On the official lists of the Roman Catholic, Jewish, Protestant and Orthodox Judicatories in the United States and Canada(1960 to date)
  • President, St. Clair Shores Clergy Association (1976-1979)  (This Association includes Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox Clergy)
  • Member, Christian Education Commission of the National Council of Churches (1962-72)
  • Member, Christian Education Commission of S.C.O.B.A. (1962-79)
  • Secretary, Hellenic Education Committee of Detroit (1962-79)
  • Only American Orthodox Religious Educator to take part in Cyprus for the first International Conclave of religious educators – 1994