Northwest and Pacific Notes – June 2017


Fr. Theodore Dorrance
(Courtesy Photo)

PRIEST TRANSFERS: Fr. Theodore Dorrance and his wife, Presvytera Stacey Dorrance are moving to Colorado to serve the Metropolis of Denver after 20 years in the Northwest. Fr. Theodore established a second Greek Orthodox Church in the Portland area in Beaverton, OR—St. John the Baptist—a vibrant parish that has witnessed the Truth of Apostolic Christianity. In Fr. Theodore’s own words, “Instead of serving God to grow the Orthodox Church through the ministry of one parish, I will now be trying to help accomplish this growth through serving 50 parishes. Each local Eucharistic Community is the fullness of the Body of Christ. The healthier each community is the more the Orthodox Church will grow and the more potential there will be to be able to plant new parishes like we planted St. John almost 20 years ago. On June 4, following Orthros and a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, the St. John Community will host a farewell luncheon for the Dorrance family.

On June 18, the Orthros, Divine Liturgy and a Welcome Potluck Luncheon will be held for the new priest, Fr. Matthew Swehla, and his wife Presvytera Annie Swehla, and their family. On June 25, Fr. Matthew will be installed by His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos with a luncheon following.



PAPER ICON DRIVE: Do you have unused paper icons at home? If so, a drive is underway to donate them to fellow Orthodox Christians in Kenya who have a great need for more icons. The deadline is June 30. Please send the icons and any additional monetary donations for the church in Kenya to: Saint Nicolas Cathedral, c/o Liza Kotar, 1714 – 13th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122. Miss Kotar has gone to Kenya on an OCMC mission team.

GRADS HONORED: On June 2, a Graduation Glendi will honor the high school and college graduates of Portland’s Holy Trinity Cathedral. The evening will include dinner and program followed by music and dancing.

BENEFIT: St. Demetrios Church in Seattle will hold a Casino Night Dinner and FUNdraiser on June 3 at the church Community Center. Tickets are $75, or $90 at the door. Call 206-631-2504 or visit

PAST PRESIDENTS LUNCHEON: Holy Trinity Cathedral of Portland will hold its Philoptochos Past Presidents Luncheon in honor this year of Mari Lou P. Diamond on June 17th at the Bethany Vineyard and Winery in Ridgefield, WA. RSVP to

Campers at Holy Trinity Portland’s Camp Angelos singing with the clergy by the Sandy River .
(Courtesy Photo)

CAMP REGISTRATIONS OPEN: Holy Trinity Portland’s Camp Angelos in Sandy River, OR will hold camp July 9 to 14 for all ages. Visit All Saints Camp on Raft Island, WA has camp for grades 3 to 5 and for grades 10 to 12 from July 9 to 15 and for grades 6 to 9 on July 16 to 22. Visit



Antigoni Goni, classic quitarist, in her native Greece
(Courtesy Photo)

CLASSICAL GUITARIST: Antigoni Goni, a multi-award winning classical guitarist from Greece, performed a concert at Benaroya Hall in Seattle on May 6 as part of the Seattle Classic Guitar Society’s International Series. She also offered a public master class on May 7 at the University of Washington. Her program featured contemporary Greek composers’ music. Universally praised for her profound artistic sensitivity, her exquisite sound and for her unmatched palette of colors and dynamics, in 1995 Antigoni Goni became the only Greek to ever have won the first prize of the enormously prestigious “Guitar Foundation of America Competition.

WEEKEND OUTING: Families from Seattle’s Assumption Church went to Pt. Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma on May 6, stayed overnight at All Saints Camp with Liturgy and brunch the next morning, before visiting the Monastery of Our Merciful Savior on Vashon Island, WA on Sunday afternoon.

FOLK DANCE DINNER: The St. Demetrios Greek Folk Dancers Annual Dinner Dance Recital 2017 was held on May 13 in the parish Community Center.


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