2018-01-10 / Features

St. Nicholas To Host Dinner Dance Honoring Fr. Paul Palesty

The Greek Orthodox Shrine Church of St. Nicholas family will come together on January 27 to honor Father Paul Palesty and Presbytera Anastasia Palesty on the 40th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood and their 20th year anniversary at St. Nicholas. The Gala will be held at The Inn At New Hyde Park (214 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park).

Fr. Paul Palesty was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, was raised on Long Island and for a short period of time, Fr. Paul attended St. Nicholas as a child, where he served as an altar boy before his family moved to Huntington. He graduated in 1973 from Hellenic College and received his Master of Divinity degree with high honors (1976) from the Holy Cross School of Theology. He continued his studies at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, where he was awarded a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Christology and also served as a representative to the World Council of Churches.

Fr. Paul married in 1978 and he and Presbytera Anastasia have two children, Christos and Maria.

Fr. Paul was ordained a deacon on March 24, 1978 in Manhattan at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity by Archbishop Iakovos and then on May 28, 1978, he was ordained to the priesthood. His first assignment was as Assistant Pastor of St. Nicholas in San Jose, California and he subsequently became the Pastor in 1980. In 1987 he was assigned Pastor of St. Nicholas in Lexington, Massachusetts. While serving the parish in Lexington, Fr. Paul was the Director of Campus Ministries for Tufts, Harvard and Brown Universities. In 1990, Fr. Paul, Presbytera Anastasia and family returned to New York when he was assigned to be Pastor of St. Demetrios in Merrick, Long Island. From 1990-1993 Fr. Paul was the President of the St. John Chrysostom Clergy Association for the Archdiocesan District. Archbishop Iakovos chose Fr. Paul to be the co-chair of the 1996 Clergy Laity Congress which took place in New York City. On September 1, 1997, Fr. Paul was appointed as the fourth pastor of St. Nicholas. He served as a member of the Archdiocesan Council and Spiritual Court under Archbishop Spyridon.

Fr. Paul completed the last portion of the iconography over the solea in 1998. With the acquisition of the final piece of property in March 1997, the George and Evlavia Doulaveris Nursery School opened in 1999. Under his leadership the educational institutions of the church found their housing in the new Mechelis Hellenic Cultural and Educational Center, a $10 million project completed in 2006. The project also yielded for the parish the new Niarchos and Kartsonis wings of classrooms, Yarian Gymnasium, Veneta Lorras Library, Petros Sarantokos Cultural and Social Hall and the Stratakis Youth Loft. Fr. Paul directed the beautification of the main sanctuary by installing a new marble floor and new pews. Presently he is overseeing the completion of iconography for the Saints Cosmas and Damianos Chapel of the Church.

For more information on this gala event please contact the church office at 718-357-4200 (196-10 Northern Blvd., Flushing). Father Paul Palesty

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