Father Andrew G. George
Father Andrew G. George was born and raised in Monessen, PA. His greek ancestry is from the island of Rhodes. He is a graduate of Hellenic College and Holy Cross Seminary with a Master's Degree in Theology.
During his seminary years, he served as president of his class for two different years, as secretary of the student body and as president of the student body. He served as head chapel sacristan for 5 years, religious editor of the student newspaper and was on the staff of the Hellenic College yearbook. He also produced and directed radio programs for the seminary's "Contemplate Radio Show" aired at that time on Boston's WROR FM.
Upon graduation from Holy Cross, he served at various positions of church work in the USA and was with the Ionian Village staff in Greece. During this time, he served as a lay-assistant to the parish in Toledo, Ohio, administrated the parish of St. Spyridon, Monessen, PA in a 6 month interim of the assignment of a priest for the parish, served on the staff of St. Basil's Academy in Garrison, NY and served as priest's assistant at the parish in Rochester, NY.
He was married to the former Maria Voulgarakis of Wierton, WV, ordained to the diaconate on Sept. 18, 1977 in Monessen, PA and ordained a priest on Nov. 5, 1977 in Rochester, NY.
His first parish assignment was to the St. George Church of Bangor, ME, which he served for 5 1/2 years. He has been pastor of the Church of the Annunciation since March 1, 1983.
Fr. Andrew & Presvytera Maria have 2 children, Anthony Nektarios (1978) and Kassiane Elene (1982) and now two grandchildren from their daughter and son-in-law Michael Campopiano (Giulian Andrew & Lucia Maria.) On August 20, 2012 Presvytera Maria passed on unexpectedly from complications from a bathroom accident. She is greatly missed by family and parishioners and regularly remembered.
Rev. Dr. Emanuel S. Chris, M.D., M. Div
Rev. Dr. Emanuel S. Chris, M.D., M. Div. is a Priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and a Psychiatrist in full time private practice. He is a graduate of Columbia College in 1980 with a B.A. in History with Honors, of the Albany Medical College in 1986 with an M.D., and of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in 2005 with an M. Div. with High Distinction.
Dr. Chris completed his post doctorate Residency Training in Adult Psychiatry at the Tufts New England Medical Center Hospital and at the Department of Veteran's Affairs Medical Center in Boston, MA in 1990. Dr. Chris has practiced as a Psychiatrist and Administrator in both the public and private sectors of the Mental Health System, initially as an Attending Physician and Associate Medical Director at Pembroke Hospital in Pembroke, MA, then as Chief of Psychiatry at the Worcester State Psychiatric Hospital in Worcester, MA, and then as Medical Director of the Bournewood Hospital and Health Systems in Brookline, MA. Dr. Chris was also a Psychiatric Consultant to the Hellenic Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Canton, MA. In addition to his clinical and administrative positions, Dr. Chris has also had academic appointments as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and at the Boston University School of Medicine. He was also an Instructor in Pastoral Theology and Hospital Ministry at the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.
Fr. Emanuel was ordained to the Holy Diaconate on 26 September 2004 by Metropolitan Methodios of Boston, and was then assigned to and served as a Deacon at the Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Worcester, MA. Following his graduation from Seminary, Metropolitan Methodios ordained Fr. Emanuel to the Holy Priesthood on 17 July 2005, and since then he has been assigned to and has been serving as a Presbyter at the Church of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Parish of Greater Providence in Cranston, RI along with Protopresbyter Rev. Fr. Andrew G. George.
In addition to his ministry here at the Annunciation Church, Dr. Chris is also in full time private practice as a Psychiatrist at Boston Health Care in Walpole, MA since 2003 where he is also the Medical Director. Dr. Chris specializes in Adult Psychiatry, Psychopharmacology, and Addiction Medicine, in the treatment of Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Alcohol and Opioid Dependence, and in the Dual Diagnosis treatment of co-existing psychiatric disorders and chemical dependencies and addictions.
Fr. Emanuel is married to Presbytera Evangelia Chris, LICSW, who is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vassar College in 1982 with a B.A. in Psychology with General and Departmental honors, and of the School of Social Work at the State University of New York at Albany in 1985 with an M.S.W. She is a Clinical Social Worker who has worked previously at the Hellenic Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Canton, MA, and has been on staff at the Worcester Recovery and Treatment Center (the former Worcester State Psychiatric Hospital) in Worcester, MA since 1999.
Fr. Emanuel and Presbytera Evangelia reside in Mansfield, MA. They have two adult children, Elina Scavelli married to her husband Michael with one daughter, Elizabeth Grace, and Nicholas Chris along with his girlfriend Amanda Fuller, all of whom reside in New York.