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Rev. Fr. Nicholas Nikokavouras

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Rev. Fr. Nicholas Nikokavouras

Fr. Nicholas Nikokavouras was born to Fr. Iraklis and Erasmia Nikokavouras (née Kapodistrias) in 1937 in Sfakera, of the Corfu island of Greece.

His father Iraklis Nikokavouras was ordained priest in 1936 by His Eminence, Metropolitan Alexander of Corfu and a former Archbishop of America. On his ordination, his eminence changed his name from Iraklis to Sebastianos in honor of his uncle Sebastianos Nikokavouras, who served as Metropolitan of Corfu between the years of 1899 and 1920.

In 1943 during the Second World War Fr. Sebastianos was executed by the German occupation forces in Greece because of his active support of the underground Greek resistance movement fighting to liberate Greece from the axis military occupation.

Fr. Nicholas began his primary school education in his home village school of Sfakera, and in 1951 continued his studies at the Ecclesiastical School of Corinth finishing it in 1958.

In 1960, he was admitted to the Theological school of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Four years later in 1964 he received his degree in Theology. During his studies at the University of Thessaloniki he had the chance to meet His Eminence, Archbishop Iakovos of America, who was visiting Thessaloniki and at that time. His Eminence asked him to consider serving as a priest in the United States. Fr. Nicholas joyfully accepted His Eminence’s request.

In Thessaloniki, Fr. Nicholas met his wife, Kalliopi Frantzeskaki, they were married in 1962 and they had two children, Erasmia and Iraklis.

On December 25, 1964, On Christmas Day Fr. Nicholas was ordained a Deacon in the Cathedral church of Corfu. On January 1, 1965, a week later, he was ordained a priest by His Eminence, Metropolitan Methodios of Corfu, and he was assigned to the church of St. Eleftherios. In addition to his pastoral duties, of that time Fr. Nicholas initiated a Catechism program for the children and youth of Corfu. Furthermore he was appointed to serve the spiritual needs of the service men of the military units stationed in Corfu.

In 1970, Archbishop Iakovos officially invited Fr. Nicholas to come and serve as a priest in the United States of America. Fr. Nicholas accepted the invitation and on March 22 1973 arrived to the United States. His eminence appointed him as Proistamenos at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Metropolis of Chicago where he served under His Grace, the late Bishop Timotheos of Rodostolou.

In 1974, the Greek government appointed Fr. Nicholas a Teacher of the Greek Language and Culture at the Greek Schools of Chicago. He dutifully served the Greek schools of Chicago as a Teacher for over 25 years. For many years during this time, Fr. Nicholas presented a regular weekly religious radio program at Hellenic Radio of Chicago.

In 1979, he was admitted to Northeastern Illinois University and in 1984, Fr. Nicholas graduated with a Masters Degree of Arts in Sociology.

In 1979 and with the help, generosity and love of the Cathedral stewards and Hellenic community of Chicago, Fr. Nicholas started an extensive renovation and iconography program of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral which he brought to fruition soon after.

In 1992, with the blessings of His Eminence, Metropolitan IAKOVOS of Chicago, the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral celebrated the 100th anniversary of continuous operation and service in the City of Chicago.

On March 22, 2013, Fr. Nicholas celebrated 40 years of continuous ministry as Proistamenos of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 34 of them under the enlightened paternal guidance of the spiritual Shepherd of His Eminence, Metropolitan IAKOVOS of Chicago.

Our heartfelt gratitude and sincere thanks to Fr. Nicholas Nikokavouras for his long and committed service to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Metropolis of Chicago and all he has done to promote the Greek Orthodox Faith and Hellenism.

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Sunday School Begins immediately after Holy Communion
Sunday, October 2 – 8:15 AM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Sunday School Begins immediately after Holy Communion
Sunday, October 9 – 8:15 AM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Sunday School Begins immediately after Holy Communion
Sunday, October 16 – 8:15 AM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Sunday School Begins immediately after Holy Communion
Sunday, October 23 – 8:15 AM

Great Vespers
St. Demetrios Chicago
Tuesday, October 25 – 7:00 PM

Orthros and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy
St. Demetrios Chicago
Wednesday, October 26 – 8:30 AM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Cathedral
+ Protection of the Theotokos
Friday, October 28 – 8:30 AM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Sunday School Begins immediately after Holy Communion
Sunday, October 30 – 8:15 AM

IOCC walkathon
Saint Andrew Greek Orthodox Church 5649 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660, United States
Saturday, October 1 – 8:00 AM

Greek School
Saturday, October 1 – 10:30 AM

Catechism Class
Thursday, October 6 – 5:30 PM

Greek School
Saturday, October 8 – 10:30 AM

Feed The Hungry
Tuesday, October 11 – 11:30 AM

Parish Council Meeting
Tuesday, October 11 – 7:00 PM

Nursing Home Visit
Greek American Rehabilitation & Care Centre 220 1st St, Wheeling, IL 60090, United States
Wednesday, October 12 – 1:30 PM

Greek School
Saturday, October 15 – 10:30 AM

Philoptochos General Meeting
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 1017 N La Salle Blvd, Chicago, IL 60610, United States
Sunday, October 16 – 11:30 AM

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 1017 N La Salle Blvd, Chicago, IL 60610, United States
Thursday, October 20 – 6:30 PM

Greek School
Saturday, October 22 – 10:30 AM

Philoptochos Fall Luncheon
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 1017 N La Salle Blvd, Chicago, IL 60610, United States
Sunday, October 23 – 11:30 AM

Feed The Hungry
Tuesday, October 25 – 11:30 AM

Metropolitan Nameday Dinner
Georgios Banquets Comfort Inn & Conference Center 8800 W 159th St, Orland Park, IL 60462, United States
Thursday, October 27 – 6:00 PM

Greek School
Saturday, October 29 – 10:30 AM