Orthodoxy Reaches the Island Kingdom of Tonga

Orthodoxy Reaches the Island Kingdom of Tonga

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Under the spiritual leadership of His Eminence Archbishop Amfilochios the Orthodox Church has now been planted in the Island Kingdom of Tonga. This past Sunday, October 16, 9 persons were baptized in the newly constructed font situated directly behind the altar of the small chapel. The chapel also newly constructed is dedicated to the Holy Foremost Apostles Peter and Paul. The church was established at the direction of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

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Fr. Pavlos Patitsas

Father Pavlos Patitsas is a priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of New Zealand which is under the spiritual omophorion of the Œcumenical Patriarchate. He is originally from the United States of America. He grew up in the lovely parish of the Annunciation in Akron, Ohio and was one of the many priests who came from that vibrant and godly parish. He has served the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in many capacities since his youth, and was ordained to the priesthood by His Eminence Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh in 1992. He served three parishes in the US (Ypapanti, East Pittsburgh, PA, St. Demetrios, Rocky River, OH, and St. George, Albuquerque, NM) and now serves the Holy Trinity Church in Auckland, New Zealand. He and his Presvytera Katerina have three children whom they love to distraction…