St. George Greek Orthodox pastor heads west
Mahalares said he has mixed feelings about leaving. He has enjoyed his time here and feels he has had success in terms of membership and his career goal: “to effect change.” His 42-year career has taken him from the East Coast to out near the West Coast and back again.
Geoge Copadis, who was president of the cathedral board in 2005 when Mahalares was chosen as pastor, recalled that “he was a standout candidate.”
Copadis said Mahalares has led a strong Bible study, increased parish membership and has great interpersonal skills.
A Utah man posted on his blog an incident involving Mahalares that has had a lasting impact. He said in his 2010 post, that Malahares’ pragmatism resonated with him even as a college student.
Mahalares is proud of the Bible study and religious discussion group he has led since he arrived. The group, which sometimes totaled 19 men and women, met Wednesday mornings, unless there was a funeral.
Both daughters are married. One is married to a priest and has nine children. The other has no children.
Why Seattle? “I have friends there,” he said. He won’t be completely retired. He expects he will be called upon to fill in at various churches because the area doesn’t have extra priests. Another advantage to Seattle is that he will be closer to his grandchildren, but not too close. They will be about a three-hour drive apart.
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