Rev. Peter J. Orfanakos, Proistamenos
Fr. Peter has served as Proistamenos of the Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church since September 1996.
Rev. Steven M. Sarigianis
Fr. Steven was born on September 6, 1931 in Brooklyn, New York graduating from Abraham Lincoln High School. At 18, he entered Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He graduated from the Seminary in 1954 with a B.D. Degree. He and Electra Limberakis were married at the Church of the Assumption in Somerville, Massachusetts on October 10, 1954.
He was ordained to the Holy Deaconate at the Saint Paul Chapel of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese by Archbishop Michael of North and South America on November 8, 1954 and to the Holy Priesthood by Bishop Makris at the Church of the Archangels (Taxiarchae) on November 14, 1954. He was assigned to the Saints Constantine and Helen parish in Middletown, Ohio, where he served for six years and was instrumental in building and completing a new church building.
In 1960, he was assigned to the Saint Nicholas parish in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where he served ten years. During his ministry the parish was able to build and complete a new church facility. It was during this time that Fr. Steven was elevated to the office of Sakelarios and Economos.
In 1970, he was assigned to the Kimisis Tis Theotokou parish in Poughkeepsie, New York where he assisted the community in paying off the mortgage of their new church facility.
Fr. Steven faithfully served the parish for twenty-eight years during which time he was elevated to the office of Protopresbyter. He was known for his thoughtful benevolent nature and the faithful manner in which he ministered to those in his care. He also served on the Archdiocese Spiritual Court for two years and was very active in the Hudson Valley Clergy Fellowship.
He “retired” from active ministry in January 1999 and on February 14th he was “temporarily” assigned to the Saint George parish in Kingston, New York where he served the community for twelve years. Fr. Steven officially retired in 2012 after 58 years of active ministry. In 2012 he relocated to Hamden, Connecticut and is currently assisting Fr. Peter at the Saint Barbara parish in Orange, Connecticut. Fr. Steven has been a wonderful addition to the Saint Barbara family. In 2014, Fr. Steven and Presbytera Electra were honored by the Saint Barbara Parish with a gracious luncheon highlighting their 60 years of incomparable service to Christ and His Church as Fr. Steven celebrated the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the Holy Priesthood. In 2019, along with the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Saint Barbara Parish, Fr. Steven was gifted a beautiful cross signifying his sacrificial work as a priest for 65 years faithfully serving our Archdiocese with Presbytera by his side.
Fr. Steven and Presbytera Electra have three sons Michael, James and Anthony, five grandchildren Eleni, Steven, Anna, Michael and Nicole and three great-grandchildren Isaac, Clara Joy and Maria.
To view a video tribute honoring Rev. Steven M. and Presbytera Elektra Sarigianis on the 60th Anniversary of his ordination to the Holy Priesthood click on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JT0GOLGhslg
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