Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church Celebrates Grand Opening New Church Building
Anchorage – Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church will celebrate the official opening of the doors of its new church facility on Saturday evening October 4th at 4 p.m. Metropolitan Gerasimos of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco, which oversees over 70 parishes across seven Western states, will officiate the Thyranoixia “Opening of the Doors” service and bless the new church. He will be joined by Bishop David Mahaffey, the OCA Bishop of Sitka and Alaska, as well as other visiting and local Orthodox Christian clergy members, as they celebrate the fulfillment of a 30-year dream of this Parish to build a Byzantine style Greek Orthodox Church in Alaska.
The Parish of Holy Transfiguration is well known for its Alaska Greek Festival, held annually each August. The proceeds from this festival have gone towards the building of the new church. The congregation, originally founded in 1953, had been worshiping in the bottom story of a converted living room in a large house in South Anchorage that it obtained in a property swap with the bank in 1987.
The groundbreaking for the new church took place August 30, 2009, and construction began the following year. Fr Vasili Hillhouse, the Parish Priest, stated, “We have been blessed by the generous giving of many of our own parishioners, and by the excellent support that we have received over the years from the community of Anchorage. We are so grateful to all of them, and to those who have supported this effort even from outside of Alaska. This is an exciting moment for our parishioners, and for the Anchorage Community at large, who have been watching our progress and supporting us through the Alaska Greek Festival each year.”
Holy Transfiguration is an ethnically diverse community, and kindly welcomes all visitors. To learn more about the Greek Orthodox Church visit: http://www.goarch.org. For more information on the Parish of Holy Transfiguration visit: http://www.transfiguration.ak.goarch.org.