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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.