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άνθρωπος o Πατήρ Φιλήμων Παγιάτης.
Εκοιμήθει στις 14/3/2009.
Την ευχή του σε όλους μας. Συλλυπητήριο χαιρετισμό στην οικογένεια του.
(Για την ιστορία της λίστας
μπορείτε να δείτε Ιστορία
)Curculum VittaeBorn in Corfu
, Greece, October 18, 1927
Father Philemon came to America in 1947
to study at the Holy Cross Seminary in Pomfret under Bishop Athenagoras Cavadas who personally sponsored his invitation.
Father Payiatis graduated in 1950, married his Presvytera Efrosine nee Kyriazos in June of that year and was ordained Deacon by Bishop Germanos Polizoides in July of 1950 and as a priest at the clergy conference in St. Louis, on November 30, 1950
, by Archbishop Michael and Bishop Polizoides with Fathers Ezekiel Tsoukalas and Demetrios Makris participating.
His first assignment was in Dayton, Ohio,
first as a Deacon and soon as the Proistamenos. In serving the Annunciation Church in Dayton for twenty-five years, Father Payiatis gained the love, respect and admiration of not only his parishioners but also the general Dayton Community.
When Father Payiatis retired in Dayton a grand banquet was held where parishioners and friends outside the Annunciation Community gathered to express their gratitude and to wish him and his family well.
Father Payiatis was asked by the Archdiocese to serve a parish in North Miami
, and it was there - in another Annunciation Church - that he manifested the same leadership qualities he had before, serving not only the parishioners but also the greater North Miami Community, as Chaplain of the Grand Jury and other civic endeavors.Father Payiatis was one of the original members of the Presbyters Council and represented the Metropolis on various occasions.
He served the North Miami parish with the same vitality and enthusiasm until his early 1992 retirement. When the time came for Father Payiatis to retire, in his simplicity and humility, he requested that no banquet or testimonial be held in his honor, not wanting to tax the people with additional expenses. He rather chose to mark the end of his priestly service in the North Miami community by celebrating Divine Liturgy on Sunday, October 25, 1992. However, even after his retirement, he continued to serve the Church in various ways
. Together with the late Fr Demosthenes Mekras, they served congregations which had no full-time priest. Both served on the Board of the Retired Greek Orthodox Clergy
Father Payiatis served as Treasurer of the RCA Board for eight consecutive years. In 2004
he was recognized by His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios for the honor of the Metropolitan's Choice Clergy Award
, at the Metropolis of Atlanta Archangel Michael Feast Day and Honors.
Father Philemon Payiatis is survived by his wife, Presvytera Efrosine, his son, Paul, wife Patricia and three grandchildren - Nicholas, Nina and Peter.
Greek Orthodox Church, 12250 NW 2nd Ave., North Miami
Tel (305) 681-1061
Fax: (305) 687-0600