Mar. 1

Holy Week 2018 Schedule

St. Paul’s is pleased to announce the 2018 Holy Week schedule for our parishioners and to any guests.

Holy Week 2018 Schedule

Feb. 9

St. Barbara’s Philoptochos Society’s 15th Annual Savannah Food & Wine Tasting

Our St. Barbara’s Philoptochos Society will be hosting their 15th Annual Savannah Food & Wine Tasting on February 24th from 3-6:00 p.m., at the St. Paul’s Hellenic Center (14 West Anderson St., Corner of Bull and Anderson). This popular annual event will feature more than 50 wines and signature dishes from some of Savannah’s best restaurants, all for a great price and cause.

All residents, visitors and tourists 21 years of age and older are welcomed to come and sample wines from around the world and small plates from Savannah’s best restaurants and food outlets.

Tickets for this charitable event  are available from the Philoptochos members for $40.00 per person in advance at  (912) 236-8256, or $45.00 at the door. Tickets are also available on E-tix.

The entrance fee, donations and sponsorships will all help to raise the money for local charitable organizations who rely on donation for their charitable work.

“As a group, we believe it is important to contribute, support and participate in philanthropic activities that will help our local community,” said President of Savannah’s Philoptochos, Bonnie Danos. “We look forward to continuing this important work by inviting everyone to join us in making this year’s event an unprecedented success that will raise thousands of dollars for our local charities.”

“I am proud of the commitment and generosity of our women’s group who give of their time to host charitable activities and work in the community to help those who are in need,” said Father Vaile Mihai, Priest at St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church of Savannah. “I also appreciate the support of our local restaurateurs and wine distributors who graciously donate food and beverages for this important event to support our local charities, organizations and people in need.”

Wines served at the Savannah Food and Wine Tasting will be selected under the guidance of Diane Rousakis, a renowned wine connoisseur and distributor. The sponsors and donors for the 2018 Food and Wine Tasting include: United Distributors and Savannah Distributing Company as well as Olympia Café, Crystal Beer Parlor, Papa’s Barbeque and Seafood,  Yia Yia’s Café, Chromatic Dragon, Asian River,  Catering Creations by LaVon, and other great restaurants.

The Philoptochos is the largest organization of Greek Orthodox women supporting many charities while spiritually enriching its members through their participation in its philanthropic work. Established in 1931, Philoptochos is the second largest women’s philanthropic organization in the United States to give to charitable causes; second only to the Sisterhood of Hadassah, the Jewish women’s charitable group.

For more information on this event, or for questions,  please contact:

Lynn Blenkhorn-Koukoulas,, 508-851-0930 (cell)


Alexia Pitta,, 843-343-2378

Jan. 30

Scholarships available for 2018-19 Academic Year

The AHEPA Scholarship Foundation in Atlanta offers several scholarships for which students might be eligible.  There are three scholarships designated for students from the Metropolis of Atlanta who attend Holy Cross School of Theology, one scholarship for a student from the state of Georgia pursuing a graduate degree in Nursing, and The Johnny N. Economy Scholarship which has no residency restrictions.   The application for 2018-19 scholarships is now available on-line at  The application deadline is March 1, 2018. Delays in the development of the on-line process were unavoidable.


Nov. 28

Christmas Reminders

Now is the time for Christmas Poinsettas as well as the Christmas Cards. If you would like to donate in memory or for the health of your loved ones, please see the Poinsetta form.


If you would like to spread some Christmas Cheer via the Parish Christmas Card, hosted by the GOYAns, please see the Christmas card form.

2017 Christmas Card Bulletin Insert PDF

Sep. 20

Discussion Group and the Catechism Classes

Dear Friends,

We announced in the Monthly Newsletter (The Voice of St. Paul, September 2017) that besides the Bible class, we will start in this Fall two new classes: the Discussion Group and the Catechism.

The Discussion Group is geared to religious, ethical and moral subjects and open to any interested person (Orthodox or non-Orthodox). The format is free and the subjects of discussion are proposed by the participants in the previous meeting. I will be just a moderator, to keep the decorum and to channel the discussions to the subject matter. The first meeting will be on Monday, September 25th at 6:00pm, the Hellenic Center, the Conference Room upstairs. This first meeting will be dedicated to the organization of the Group and may take a bite of the subject, “The issue of gender in contemporary America.”

The Catechism class will strive to offer an introduction to Orthodoxy to those people who would like to convert to the Orthodox faith. Other people, Orthodox or not, interested in enlarging their knowledge about Orthodoxy are warmly welcomed. There are six lessons (1 1/2 to 2 hours each) with materials provided and which will intend to cover the main areas of historical, liturgical, sacramental and moral aspects of Orthodoxy. The first class (Lesson 1) is scheduled for Thursday, September 28th, 6:00pm, in the Hellenic Center, Conference Room upstairs. The first class is dedicated to the “History of the Christian Church and of the Orthodox Church.”

If you know other people interested to attend any of the classes, please invite them to attend.

Looking forward to see you,

Fr. Vasile

Sep. 8

Services Sunday, September 10th

As per the Parish Council, in accordance with the evacuation order for Chatham County, Services for Sunday September 10th have been cancelled.  Please stay safe and continue to pray for those affected by Hurricane Irma.



Jul. 25

2017 Greek Festival Advertising

Opportunities to advertise in the 2017 Greek Festival program guide are now here.  Valuable exposure opportunities exist for your business! Advertising packages start at $1,500 for sponsorship level to $25 for patron level placement.  Any donation levels are appreciated! Premium space is limited and based on a first come-first placed basis. Advertising packages with more information can be found here, as well as at The Hellenic Center during normal working hours, Monday-Friday 9 am-4 pm or after Services on Sunday.


Jun. 2

Fr. Vasile Mihai announces the release of his book, ‘Orthodox Canon Law Reference Book’

Fr. Vasile Mihai announces the release of his book,

Orthodox Canon Law Reference Book’

Savannah, GA – Fr. Vasile Mihai, priest at St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, Savannah, GA, announces the publication of his book, ORTHODOX CANON LAW REFERENCE BOOK. The book deals with the Canon Law of the Orthodox Church and is addressed both to the clergy and the laity.

The Orthodox Church and its theologians produced famous and authoritative canonical collections, but unfortunately only a few of them were translated in English; moreover, in the great majority of those collections, the canons are grouped by the year of issuing rather by subject matter. In the understanding of the author, this is the first attempt to publish a compilation of canons in English organized by subject matter.

Inspired by two great canonical collections of the middle XIV century, those of Matthew Blastares (Syntagma kata stoicheion – Alphabetical collection of canons – 1335) and Constantine Harmenopoulos (Epitome canonum – Summary of Canon Law – 1359), the author offers to the clergy and laity a sort of canonical encyclopedia, alphabetically and thematically organized. Additionally, a must-read Introduction explains the principles of Orthodox Canon Law, as well as the interpretation and application of the canons; about 400 footnotes bring necessary clarifications of the terms, mores, and personalities.


The ‘Orthodox Canon Law Reference Book’ was published by Holy Cross Press on May, 2014 and can be acquired for $21.95 from:

Holy Cross Bookstore,

50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA 02445,

Toll-free: 800 245-0599
Fax: 617 850-1430

The book can also be found online at




One of the most misunderstood and overlooked principles in the Christian Orthodox Church is the theological importance of “Canon Law.” It is by “Canon Law” that the Church traverses the sea of life to find rest in the harbor of Paradise.

Established in the love that our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ gives to the world, “Canon Law” provides the necessary order and discipline for the faithful people of God to follow on the way to salvation. It is the visible means by which the Clergy and Laity faithfully and harmoniously comprise the Church.

The “Orthodox Canon Law Reference Book”, compiled by the Rev. Father Vasile Mihai, will provide necessary incite to a better understanding of the canonical order in which the Church is reconciled to the salvific message of Jesus Christ. I give thanks to God for Fr. Mihai’s efforts that I am confident will encourage greater study and understanding of “Canon Law” by all the people of God: Clergy and Laity.

Protopresbyter Jon Magoulias, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Modesto, CA and author of theological books.

Compiled from a significant number of canons and the commentaries of Byzantine canonists, this volume is an invaluable practical reference guide for those interested in Orthodox Canon Law. It is more user-friendly than The Rudder (Pedalion) by being organized alphabetically, according to the authority of the issuing body, and chronologically. This volume is also original in its exceptionally helpful introduction and appendices, which present the author’s contribution to the discipline of Canon Law and relevant contemporary issues. While waiting for the codification of Orthodox Canon Law, readers will be deeply grateful to Fr. Vasile Mihai for his tireless work to make the canons more accessible and to present the proper, holistic method of canonical interpretation, according to the mind of the Church.

Fr. Radu Bordeianu, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Duquesne University


Father Vasile Mihai’s reference book is an important contribution to the knowledge of and pastoral approach to the canon law of the Eastern Orthodox Church in the English-speaking world. It stands in a long tradition of Eastern Orthodox canon law encyclopedias which dates back to the famous fourteenth century canon law encyclopedia of Matthew Blastares.

David Heith-Stade, Lund University, Vice Secretary of the Society for the Law of the Eastern Churches.


I commend you for keeping to your task so faithfully. This final product brings honor to your name as well as to those of us who claim you as our student! You have indeed provided our Church – especially here in America – with a valuable resource.

Dr. Lewis J. Patsavos, Th.D., Professor Emeritus of Canon Law, Holy Cross School of Theology, Brookline, MA 02445


Thank you for writing such a useful text for clergy, students, scholars, and others. I know that the process of getting a book just right can sometimes take a very long time, but as I like to say, you really just get one chance to “get it right” so all the time is worth it. We are very pleased with the final product and look forward to seeing it in use in the field.
Anton C. Vrame, Ph.D., Director Department of Religious Education, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, 50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA 02445