Rev. Fr. George Economou
Retired - Metropolis of Boston
, Brookline, MA
Fr. George Economou was born in Corinth, Greece, the first of four children to Fr. Elias and Prevytera Maria Economou. He attended elementary school in Corinth and migrated to Wellington, New Zealand in 1950 following his father's assignment to the Greek Orthodox parish in Wellington. After attending Wellington College he enrolled in Halki Theological School for 2 years.
In 1958 Archbishop Ezekiel made a Arch pastoral visit to Wellington, and directed Fr. George to Holy Cross Theological School. Fr. George heeded this advice and arrived at Holy Cross in 1960. He graduated in 1965 and married Elaine Hagiperos later that same year on May 16. On October 23, 1966 their daughter Anastasia was born.
On September 14 Fr. George was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by His Eminence Archbishop Ezekiel at the Holy Cross Chapel. He was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on October 8th by His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos at St. Catherine's in Wollaston, Massachusetts. Following his ordination he was assigned to St. Demetrios in Chicago, Illinois.
For a while, Fr. George worked at a private psychiatric hospital, Brookline, MA while studying for the degree in Pastoral and Clinical Psychology. In 1979 he received D.Min. in Pastoral and Clinical Studies, from Andover Theological School. In January 1980 he moved to Athens, where he was assigned as chaplain at Evangelismos Hospital. Focusing on crisis intervention in suicide patients and counseling cancer and transplant patients.
Fr. George returned to Boston in late 1980 and was assigned to St. Catherine, Wollaston, MA. He helped establish a new parish, now St. Gregory in Mansfield, MA. He served briefly at St. Demetrios in Fall River, Massachusetts and St. Sophia in Miami, Florida.
He returned to the Metropolis of Boston and His Eminence Methodios assigned him to the Assumption parish in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He served at Saint Spyridon in Newport, Rhode Island for seven years before retiring in 2016.