Northwest and Pacific Notes – March 2018

Cynthia Kostas

LENTEN RETREAT: The St. Demetrios Philoptochos is sponsoring a retreat entitled, “Forgiveness: Transforming Wounds into Wisdom,on Saturday, March 3, for women from all the parishes in the Pacific Northwest. This full-day retreat and workshop (with lunch provided), from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the St. Demetrios Community Center in Seattle, WA, will be led by Cynthia Kostas who leads retreats and workshops for audiences of varied beliefs on a wide range of topics pertaining to nurturing one’s spirit and enhancing one’s character. Her non-profit, Photophoros, is a ministry of the Metropolis of Denver committed to training and encouraging individuals to deepen their genuine connection to God by developing their spirit and integrating their soul and body according to Orthodox Christian principles. Cynthia has an MBA from the University of Texas, a Master of Theological Studies degree from Holy Cross School of Theology and has served on the Board of the Foundation for HC/HC. She has lectured and led lay seminars across the country. Subjects to be explored are the meaning of forgiveness, what it is and what it is not, release from resentment, turning negativity into compassion, true forgiveness of others and for ourselves. For reservations, please contact Pam Plumis at or 206-349-834. Donation is $10.

The Very Rev. Archimandrite Cherubim

BLESSINGS FROM A VISITORThe Very Rev. Archimandrite Cherubim (Apostolou), Abbot of the Skete of St. Anna, part of the Great Lavra Monastery on Mount Athos in Greece, spent several weeks in Washington’s Puget Sound area in January and February. Fr. Cherubim who grew up in Seattle spent time with family and also brought with him from his monastery holy oil and a precious relic of St. Anna, the mother of the Theotokos, which he took to various Orthodox churches for the faithful to be anointed and to venerate. Fr. Cherubim is a graduate of Holy Cross Seminary in Brookline, MA, and received a Doctorate from the University of Thessaloniki. His thesis on the life of St. Herman of Alaska has been published in Greek in book form.

Nana Mouskouri

MOUSKOURI TOUR: Nana Mouskouri has an ambitious Spring tour coming up, all of which follow her European tour to Belgium, six cities in France, and to Lucerne, Switzerland. As reported in The Hellenic Journal in February, she will perform in San Francisco on April 27 and then in Beverly Hills on Aril 29. On May 1, Mouskouri undoubtedly also will wow audiences at the Moore Theatre in Seattle. Tickets are $45 to $75. After that, she goes to the Royal Theatre in Victoria, B.C., and to Richmond, B.C., proceeds across Canada: Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, and Brunswick Moncton, all in a matter of several days. Ioanna Mouschouri known professionally as Nana Mouskouri was born in 1934 in Chania and is celebrating her 6oth year in show business. One of the most prolific singing artists in the world, she has made 200 albums and singles in over ten languages: French, English, German, Greek, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Hebrew, Welsh, Mandarin Chinese and Corsican. More than 300 million albums of hers have sold.

GENEALOGIST IN TOWN: Save April 21 for a Hellenic Genealogy Workshop in Portland, OR, sponsored by the Hellenic American Cultural Center and Museum and led by Carol Kostakos-Petranek, a Hellenic Genealogist from the DC area. Contact or call 503.858.8567 for more information. More details next month.

GREEK INDEPENDENCE: Seattle’s AHEPA family is sponsoring a Greek Independence Day Celebration on March 24 at St. Demetrios Community Center from 5 to 11 p.m. for an evening of dinner and dancing for all. The St. Demetrios Greek School will present a program and The St. Demetrios Dance Group will perform. Admission is free. For reservations and for parties of 8 to 10 per table, email Chris Economou at or call him at 206-940-9455.



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