But a Church, no matter how beautiful and holy, becomes alive only when the Holy Services take place in it, first and foremost the Divine Liturgy. And this in turn is only possible in the presence of a spiritual father, a priest. Without him, our pretty little Church is like jasmine abandoned in the desert. Its inevitable death is a matter of time.
For more than ten years our parish has been served by a lovely Irishman, Fr Thomas Carroll. Rain or shine, with dedication and devotion, he has been driving every Sunday 140km to come to Dublin and fulfil his ministry. And although priesthood never ends, time came for him to officially retire. Fortunately, the thoughts and prayers of our kind Archbishop Nikitas of Thyateira, Great Britain and Ireland have brought to our community a new priest in charge from Greece.
Some of you may already know him - his voice is a little miracle on its own, softening the hearts of the most hardened souls. Beloved Fr Ioannis Pantelidis has only been here for six months and has already transformed our Church into a little gem and strengthened ties with other Orthodox communities. He is full of energy and has so many plans for our parish, but …. he does not have a home here and his family is still in Greece. We must therefore provide a home for him and his family, which will ultimately shelter all the priests who may serve our community in the future.
This is why we appeal to you for help. Buying a house in the Dublin area is a difficult and expensive task and our funds are limited, especially during the pandemic crisis. We can ascertain that all the funds gathered will be handled with utmost transparency, as we always do in our fundraising, and as we are a registered charity (CHY 8287 ) the money will be declared to the Irish Revenue when we fill our tax return forms at the end of every year.
Our community is tiny in numbers, but it has a big and warm heart to welcome all of you! Come to our Church, meet us and our new priest and rest assured that you will be in our prayers.
Don’t worry if you feel uncomfortable to visit us amid the pandemic, we will be more than happy to receive your message!
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If you can help us, please contribute through this page or in cash at our Church or via bank deposit to the account:
Any contribution, no matter how small, makes sense and will go a long way!
But if you cannot help us in a material way - do not feel discouraged! Your prayers can prove even more powerful, so please, please, please … remember us in your prayers!