San Fransisco.- His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos has announced the appointed of Rev. Fr. Aris P. Metrakos as the new Proistamenos of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in San Francisco, California. Father Arisʼ first Divine Liturgy in San Francisco will be on Sunday, June 8. “I have known Father Aris since his days at Holy Cross, and he is a devout and faithful priest who will be a tremendous asset to the Metropolis of San Francisco, and to the faithful at Holy Trinity,” says Metropolitan Gerasimos.
Since December 1994, Father Aris has been serving the community of Holy Trinity in Columbia, South Carolina. He is also an Orthodox Christian chaplain to the University of South Carolina, where he serves an active Orthodox Christian Fellowship chapter which he founded. Father Aris was ordained to the Diaconate in January 1988, and to the Holy Priesthood in January 1989. Following ordination, he also served parishes in the Metropolises of Boston and Atlanta, prior to his assignment in Columbia, South Carolina.
“After being ordained for 20 years, Presvytera Valerie and I recognized that it was time to take on a bigger challenge and try to use some of the lessons I have learned through my years as a priest and apply them in a more dynamic setting”, Fr. Aris stated. “This is a move that the entire family is excited about, and Presvytera and I have great respect and personal affection for Metropolitan Gerasimos.”
Father Aris and Presvytera Valerie, a student at the University of South Carolina School of Law, are blessed with two sons, Nicholas (1990) and Stefan (1994).