By Catherine Tsounis
“The Greek communities in America hold on and maintain their roots fro the 1900’s in the era prior to the Balkan Wars to 2003,” said Greek Consul General Demetrios Platis. “We come here today to honor the Nameday of Father Dionisios Marketos, a dynamic, dedicated clergyman.” Mr. Platis traveled over two hours with his father-in-law on Dec. 21st, Sunday to honor Father Dionisios at the Transfiguration of Christ Church in Mattituck, L.I. A luncheon followed in the church hall. An old fashioned Christmas program was performed by the Greek-Afternoon School under the direction of instructor Father Dionisios.
“I find a strong community in Mattituck of Greek immigrants from the Mainland, Aegean and Ionian islands and Cyprus. The parishioners hold on to their Hellenism after two to three generations. The Greek language is maintained at the Transfiguration Church,” said Greek Consul General Platis. “I have been here for over four years. I am convinced the Greek-Americans are resilient in persisting in their heritage.”
Rev. Marketos thanked Consul General Platis for honoring the Transfiguration Church in attending his Nameday celebration. “Consul General Platis you honor our children by showing enthusiasm in their Christmas Program at our rural church in the farm fields of the North Fork of Long Island. We wish you health and prosperity in your diplomacy that reaches out to all persons,” stated the priest. “We must teach our Greek-American children the Greek language so they will understand the language of their parents and grandparents. The Greek language is the father of the languages that are the basis of Western Civilization,” Father Dionisios added “my office is open to all seven days a week. Come. E-mail. I am here to serve the community of the North Fork.” For more information, contact Father Dionisios at (631) 298-9652, cell (917) 295-3004 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.