Youngstown Community Celebrates 100 Years

Youngstown Community Celebrates 100 Years


On December 5, 1915, a group of Greek immigrants in Youngstown, Ohio met to plan the first Greek Orthodox Church in their community. They founded  St. John the Forerunner Greek Orthodox Church.

In 1919 they established themselves on Woodland Ave and as the faithful sprawled into the suburbs, they relocated to Boardman, Ohio in 1967.

On October 17, 2015, the community celebrated their past and their future with Metropolitan SAVAS of Pittsburgh, Metropolitan ISAIAH of Denver, local clergy, and parishioners.


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Still a legendary figure, His Eminence, Metropolitan ISAIAH, a former US Marine who served during the Korean conflict, rode a Harley and wore cowboy boots, was assigned to the Youngstown community for 7 years, (’64-’71).


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Fr. Thomas Constantine, now assigned to the parish for the past 12 years, is the twenty-seventh priest to serve this community.

The community celebrated with evening Vespers, Divine Liturgy and a Banquet.

We wish them another hundred years of fruitful and faithful ministry.


(Photos Courtesy of JMT Photography)

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Presvytera Vassi Makris Haros is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture & Planning and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. She is the owner, designer and photographer of V’s Cardbox, In Service and Love. a greeting card company featuring cards with an Orthodox voice. She strongly feels that experiencing the Orthodox Faith through the church’s cyclical calendar of feasts and fasts is a gift that is too often overlooked.