On Saturday, September 26, 2015, following the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at our Holy Metropolis for the Feast of St. John the Theologian, His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios, accompanied by the V. Rev. Fr. Theologos Douvalis – the Chancellor of the Holy Metropolis in Arta, Greece – embarked on a nine-day visit to Alberta.
His Eminence and Fr. Theologos visited Greek Orthodox parishioners throughout the province including in Banff, Edson, Hinton, Grand Cache, Jasper, Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta’s capital city. They were joined by Rev. Frs. John Kaoukakis (St. George, Edmonton); Peter Rougas (St. Demetrios, Calgary); Dimitrios Rougas (Calgary, retired); Dorotheos Tryfonopoulos (Vancouver, retired); and, Theodore Gove (British Columbia).
Metropolitan Sotirios, who presided over four Divine Liturgies during the trip, also visited with faithful in communities, hospitals and nursing homes (see photo with Ms. Maria Vangelakou in Edson), giving all of them support, courage and providing them with spiritual nourishment. His Eminence also presided over the holy sacrament of marriage for Mr. Lars Benson and Mrs. Vicky Hamplas in Hinton — God bless them!