GOARCH - May 12, 1999

Former Chancellor Father George J. Bacopulos Falls Asleep in the Lord

New York, NY - With great sadness His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, announced that today, the Reverend Protopresbyter George J. Bacopulos fell asleep in the Lord. Father Bacopulos was the Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America from 1962 to his retirement in 1986. He is survived by his Presvytera of nearly 53 years, Evanthia, and four children. The Trisagion will take place at the St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Keene, NH on Friday May 14th, and the Funeral Service will be chanted at St. George on Saturday May 15th at 10:00 a.m.

Father Bacopulos was born in Decatur, Illinois in 1921 and was ordained to both the Diaconate and the Holy Priesthood in 1952. He served as an Assistant Priest at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Boston, when His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos was the Proistamenos of the Cathedral. In 1956, Father Bacopulos was awarded his degree from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.

Subsequent to his service at the Cathedral in Boston, Father Bacopulos served the Sts. Constantine and Helen Church in Detroit and the Archdiocesan Cathedral in New York City. In 1962, Father Bacopulos became the Acting Chancellor of the Archdiocese, serving as Chancellor from 1964 to his retirement. Upon learning of the passing of Father Bacopulos, Archbishop Spyridon said: @

"The entire Archdiocese feels the impact of this loss. My heart goes out to Presvytera, and to all Father George's family. Our thoughts are also with our beloved brother Archbishop Iakovos, at whose side Father Bacopulos served with love and loyalty. Many of the faithful priests feel this loss as though they were his family, for he served this Holy Archdiocese as Chancellor for a quarter of a century. His devotion and faithfulness will stand for generations to come as a legacy of his service to Christ and as an example to all who come after. I know that I speak on behalf of the hundreds of priests whose lives were touched by his ministry when I say that he shall be deeply missed. May his memory be eternal."

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