Bishop Maximos of Melitene ordained Georgios Athanasopoulos as a Deacon on Sunday, September 3, 2023, at the Church of the Holy Trinity and Apostle Luke in Birmingham.
The new Deacon is a teacher and teaches at the Greek School of the Transfiguration Community of Coventry. His wife is also a teacher and headmistress of the aforementioned school.
The Bishop of Melitene addressed a speech related to the priesthood to the new Deacon and in connection with the evangelical pericope of the day. When the world abandons you, you will have Jesus beside you to console you and light your way. Do not forget that first they denied Him, slandered Him, and crucified Him. But after the Crucifixion follows the Resurrection,” the Bishop stressed, among other things.
At the end of the Divine Liturgy, the people wished the new Deacon well and a treat followed in the Community Hall.