Fr. William George Gaines
Celebrating sixty (60) years in the Ministry of the Lord and Archdiocese. Ordained October 1948.
1948 * Assigned to Oklahoma City, OK., St. George Church
1952 * Assigned to Mongomery, AL., Annunciation Church
1953 * Elected President of the Mongomery Clergy Association.
1954 * Honored "Member of the Year" by the International Kiwanis Club for the State of Louisiana.
1955 * Assigned to New Orleans, Louisiana Organized the Mission Churches of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Gulfport and Biloxi Mississippi
1956 * Appointed Chaplain for the only Leper Colony in America in Carville, LA serving 17 Orthodox Lepers. Buried all and married two. Later the colony was relocated to the Caribbean.
1957 * Honored by the National Boy's Scout of America for organizing the Bienville Trail Merit Badge for Scouts in tribute to the founder of the City of New Orleans (Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sier DeBienville Trail 3 mile walking Tour).
1959 * Served as an Orthodox Chaplain/staff member and Faculty member at Loyola University in New Orleans
1960 * Served as an Orthodox Chaplain.Staff and Faculty member at Tulane University Appointed Chaplain of the Propeller Club of New Orleans Appointed Chancellor of the Eighth Diocese by Bishop Silas
1961 * Requested by His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos to fund raise funds for the Hellenic College and Holy Cross Theological School
Knighted by His Holiness Patriarch Benedictos I of Jerusalem for securing a substantial gift from the William Helis Foundation to restore the Holy Sepulcher
Honorary Citizen of Texas
Appointed Chaplain for the New Orleans City Council
1962 * Nominated to receive the "Loving Cup" for special services from the news media of New Orleans
1964 * Organized the YAL Conference for the Archdiocese in New Orleans
1965 * Elected Chairman to raise funds for the United Way
Appointed Curator of the 8th Diocese in the absence of the Bishop
1966 * Taught Eastern Orthodox at Loyola University in New Orleans
1967 * Organized Campus Ministry LSU in Baton Rouge, LA
Taught Homeric Greek at the Roman Catholic Jesuit High School in New Orleans
1968 * Invited with Fr. Sam Gouvellis to attend the Ecumenical Breakfast honoring Martin Luther King in New Orleans 3 days before his assassination.
Offered the opening prayer at the US Congress, House of Representatives
Elected to serve on the Archdiocese Mix Council and also on the Diocesan Council
1969 * Assisted Fr. Poulos to raise funds for the Ionian Village Camp Chapel
1970 * Appointed to the task force to bring an NFL Football Team to the City of New Orleans, the SAINTS.
Elected President of Greater New Orleans Federation of Churches (327 Churches)
Organized the Interchurch visitation Program "Meet Your Neighbor". The Cathedral had over 1,200 visitors a year.
1972 * Assigned to North Miami, FL.
1973 * TV Evangelist (5 years) New Orleans, Channel 49 - public station
1973 * Organized the Mission Church of Melbourne, FL
1974 * Organized the Mission Church of Hollywood, FL
1975 * Returned to New Orleans
Organized the Mission Church of Panama City, FL, Saint John the Theologion
1976 * Organized the only Greek Seafarers Center in America, Saint Nicholas
Invited to preach at the Historical Cathedral of Saint Louis in New Orleans
Appointed Navy Chaplain for the Eighth Naval District in New Orleans
Received the National Council of Christians and Jews Award for outstanding service towards the unity of Faith
1977 * Appointed Director of Campus Ministry by His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos
Organized and Edited the National Campus Review for College Students
Elected to the New Orleans Port Authority representing Greek Ships in Port
Offered the opening prayer at the Sugar Bowl
1978 * Elected President of the Tulane University Chaplain Corp.
1979 * Elected President of Loyola University Interfaith League for Minority Groups
1980 * Elected President of the New Orleans, LA Capital Punishment Committee
Intergrated the membership of the Greater Federation in New Orleans by inviting the Afro/American Ministers to hold office
1982 * Organized the "Papouli Scholarship Fund" for the Ladies of Philoptochos Society granting Scholarships to Students of Holy Cross School of Theological in Brookline, MA
1992 * Elected President of the Retired Clergy Association and served for 10 years
2004 * Reelected President of the Retired Clergy Association
Donated $50,000.00 to the Mission Church of Panama City, FL.
- Early History of the Holy Trinity Church in New Orleans
- A.B.C.of Orthodoxy for College Students
- Bread in my Basket, "Meditation"
- The Theotokos, "Mother of God"
- He Touched Me, "Faith Within"
- Prayer Is The Answer, "Inner Faith"
- "The Miracle of the Century"