Metropolis of Boston
Awards Dinner
Metropolitan Methodios Hosts the
33rd Annual Metropolis Awards Dinner
Honoring 56 Stewards from our Local Parishes
with Special Guest of Honor,
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios
Former of America
The evening of the June 9, 2019 the Thirty-Third Annual Metropolis of Boston Ministry Awards Banquet was a magnificent tribute to the faithful women and men of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston who were recognized for their dedication and distinctive services to their communities. Over 800 participated in this yearly banquet at which over 1,700 brethren received the Ministry Award over the past 35 years.The evening's Guest of Honor was His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios Former of America who has served as our Spiritual Leader for 20 years. His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios was recognized for his 35th Anniversary as the dynamic Spiritual Leader of the Boston Metropolis.
Metropolitan Methodios along with all the faithful present, congratulated the recipients of the 2019 Ministry Award. The evening's Masters of Ceremonies were Nicholas and Jane Kourtis. The Musical Interlude by the students of Berklee College of Music was sensational. An excellent video was presented to His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios by Metropolitan Methodios as a special gift which featured key moments in His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios' life and ministry.
"We are not asked merely to call ourselves Christians; we are asked to be Christian through our deeds." St. Ignatius of Antioch
The Boston Metropolis Honored H.E. Archbishop Demetrios Former of America at Lombardo's in Boston
Video Presentation of
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and
the Clergy of the Metropolis of Boston
Over 60 clergy from throughout the Metropolis of Boston gathered to honor
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and the Parish Award Recipients.
The Remarks Addressed By Metropolitan Methodios
Fellow citizens with the Saints and members of the household of God. (Eph. 2:19)
For 33 years now, our Metropolis gathers every second Sunday of June to honor the Clergy and Laity for the faithful, loving and dedicated ministry they offer out parishes throughout New England. For me personally, this festive celebration attended by 800 or so brethren, is one of the most enjoyable evenings of the entire year as we convene as a Metropolis family to recognize our award recipients. Our Ministries Award Dinner is a joyous celebration of fellowship, warmth, and love. Over those 33 years 1,750 brethren have received the Metropolis Ministry Award.
That celebration is enhanced even more this year because, in addition to recognizing and thanking the faithful stewards of our parishes, we are truly honored by the presence of Archbishop Demetrios among us. We have the opportunity to express our love and admiration, our respect and gratitude to him for his lifetime of service to Orthodoxy throughout the world, but especially to our Archdiocese as a professor at our Seminary and for the last 20 years as our Archbishop.
I have the pleasure of introducing tonight’s Masters of Ceremonies, Nicholas and Jane Kourtis, both of whom are well known in our Metropolis.
Nick is the son of Fotios and Tasia Kourtis of West Roxbury. Nick is a lawyer --- a graduate of Boston Latin School, U Mass Amherst, and Harvard Law School. He is an active steward of the St. Demetrios Parish in Weston, the Alpha Omega Council and the Boston Marathon Committee. He currently serves on the Metropolis Council and the Archdiocesan Council.
Jane is also an attorney. She is an Associate General Counsel at Bright Horizons, a childcare and education solutions company. Honored by her peers for her leadership in the community, Jane received the 2019 IN House Council Leader in the Law Award. A graduate of Boston College and Boston College Law School, she currently serves on the Boston College Alumni Advisory Council.
Nick and Jane are the parents of two daughters, Stacey and her husband, Alex Kurkuvelos and Susan Athanasia. Please refer to page 5 in your program to learn more about Nick and Jane.
See Videos and Pictures from the Awards Dinner Here
2019 MOB Awards Dinner - Introductions and General Remarks
Opening Remarks
2019 MOB Awards Dinner - Rev. Dr. Alkiviades Calivas ABD Introduction
Rev. Dr. Alkiviades Calivas Introduces
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios
2019 MOB Awards Dinner - Awards, Presentation to ABD, Closing
Awards Presentations
2019 MOB Awards Dinner - Archbishop Demetrios' Address
Archbishop Demetrios' Address
The Metropolis of Boston Philoptochos Board
Photos by: Areti Bratsis and Dimitrios Panagos