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St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral Prepares for its 100th anniversary celebration throughout 2022

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On September 9, 1822, the cornerstone was laid for an Episcopal Church in Philadelphia which led America’s fundraising support for the Greek War of Independence from the Ottomans. Exactly a hundred years later, this extraordinary Greek Revival monument was bought by a burgeoning Greek community and became the Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Established in 1907 at a colonial rowhouse, the Greek community has flourished in Philadelphia with eight parishes serving the greater Philadelphia area today. Saint George is the oldest surviving Greek Orthodox edifice in the mid-Atlantic region. Its foundation coincides with the establishment of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America with which it always had a strong connection. It is here that, in 1942, King George II of Greece commenced a campaign for Greece’s liberation from the Axis Powers during World War II. We ask you to join us as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Saint George and commemorate those landmarks of our community whether in 1822, 1922, 1942 or in 2022.

King George II and Prime Minister Emmanuel Tsouderos of Greece received by Archbishop Athenagoras of America at the 8th Clergy-Laity Congress held at St. George Cathedral, 1942.

A historic album is being prepared to celebrate the families that created the Cathedral’s legacy including families that are no longer amongst us and have been relocated to other parishes throughout the country. If your family was a member of Saint George at any point in the last hundred years, we ask you to submit a few paragraphs and photos that ascribe their contribution. The material will be published in a commemorative book and exhibited during the Grand Banquet on Saturday, October 15, 2022.

Chairman of Greek Committee, Crusade for Children receiving donations from youngsters at a special service at St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church. Photo source: Philadelphia Inquirer

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