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October 23, 2007
Mr. Nick Varanakis President
Greek Orthodox Community of Salt Lake City
279 South 300 West
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
I have read the directive dated October 9, 2007 from Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver. He has made the announcement that Fr. Michael Kouremetis as the Proistamenos only of Prophet Elias Parish and Fr. Mathew Gilbert as the Proistamenos of Holy Trinity Cathedral.
I and the rest of the community need some clarification.
1- What is a Proistamenos? When I was President of the community and also on many additional boards, the community had a HEAD PRIEST. When did it change from a HEAD PRIEST to a Proistamenos and what if any are the differences?Therefore you as President along with the signatures of all the board members should send a letter to the Metropolitan rejecting his directive appointing two proistamenoi and abiding with directive of the archdiocese previously given to the community. We are a single community with two churches and we only need one head priest to administer to members of both churches.
2- Fr. Michael is Proistamenos of Prophet Elias Parish and Fr. Mathew of Holy Trinity Cathedral. What is the difference between a Parish and a Cathedral?
3- Based on the blessings of the archdiocese, The Greater Community of Salt Lake City was given the authority to have ONE COMMUNITY with TWO CHURCHES. Until this directive is rescinded in writing to the Salt Lake Community it is valid.