father nektarios serfes - greek orthodox church
biography on the very reverend archimandrite nektarios serfes (formerly known as father demetrios serfes)
by raymon david

last updated on august 13th, 2003

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very rev. archimandrite nektarios (serfes)

very rev. archimandrite nektarios (serfes)
father nektarios serfes, (originally known as father demetrios) the son of mrs. bettie (rebecca) serfes and the late mr. james serfes, was born in lowell, massachusetts. his four siblings, connie, peter, katherine, and john continue to reside there. he was baptized at the holy transfiguration greek orthodox church in lowell where he was inspired to become a priest by rev. protopresbyter john p. sarantos and his presbytera niki.

after attending lowell high school, lowell technological institute, and holy cross greek orthodox theological seminary, father graduated from st. tikhon's theological semninary in south canaan, pa., and king's college in wilkes-barre, pa. father nektarios was ordained a deacon by archbishop laurus in 1974, and later ordained to the holy priesthood by his eminence, metropolitan philaret of blessed memory on 3 october 1976.

before father nektarios was ordained to the holy priesthood he held the position of a social director of a nursing home, later when father got ordained as a priest, he was a volunteer fireman for more then five years, and held this position as a secretary and was a 2nd lt.

his first parishes included greek orthodox parishes in gary, ind. mt. holly springs, pa., and danbury, ct., later he served the russian orthodox parishes in moundsville, w.va., bridgeport, ct., and old forge, pa. after serving under and serving and assisting rev. protopresbyter peter karloustos of the assumption greek orthodox church in danbury, ct., father moved to boise, id. to serve at ss. constantine & helen greek orthodox church in 1992.

father nektarios is the founder of the st. nicholas missionary society and the st. tikhon of zadonsk society both of which promote missionary publications about the holy orthodox christian church. he has published several missionary books and pamphlets and developed websites devoted to the holy orthodox faith, as well as founded several orthodox churches in america, and is currently a contributing orthodox religious writer for several greek newspapers in america and canada. father is also the president of the decani monastery relief fund to assist refugees in kosovo and metohija. he is extremely involved in marches and fundraisers for the homeless and battered women program in boise.

father nektarios celebrated his 10th anniversary with ss. constantine & helen greek orthodox in july 2001, and his 25th anniversary to the holy priesthood in october 2001. on november 2nd, father was tonsured a monk and named father nektarios after st. nektarios of aegina, (who is commemorated on november 9th) by his eminence, metropolitan isaiah, the presiding hierarch of the greek orthodox diocese of denver and on 2 november 2001, and also elevated to the very reverend archimandrite nektarios serfes on november 3rd 2001. father nektarios assures you of his prayers, and humbly begs yours!

peace be to your soul!

father nektarios can be reached at father@serfes.org

raymon
rdavid@serfes.org

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