Four years after the devastating fire, the Greek Orthodox Parish of St. George in Knoxville, Tennessee, opens its doors again to welcome the people of God.
The inauguration of the church, the restoration of which has cost $ 5.2 million, will take place tomorrow, Saturday, June 8, 2019.
The head of the church, Rev. Fr. Anthony Stratis, said on Saturday that the parishioners “are returning to their home.”
The inauguration will be held by Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta, in the presence of ministers, local officials and representatives of the Knoxville Fire Brigade, who in 2015 carried out superhuman efforts to save the church.
It is worth mentioning that new techniques, special heating and air conditioning systems were used to restore the church, which has been enriched with beautiful mosaics.
Finally, Father Antonios thanked the local community for their love and support during all these years, stressing that “St. George never stopped helping the homeless and our wretched brothers.”