| RECTOR’S WELCOMEDear Friends,
To be a Christian means to be part of the church which enables us to practice cur active commitment to our belief In God and to acknowledge Christ In our way of life.
The Church Is the Body of Christ on earth, the fellowship of the faithful. Its members worship together and help one another to learn and practice the faith. With the help of God and each other, we seek to become better Christians.
Since the very beginning, the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Thomas has worked together, diligently and unselfishly, to become the ‘ecclesia’, an expanded family that receives its blessings from almighty God.
While striving for this goal we offer a full program of activities for our parishioners of all ages, and encourage all members to participate as actively as they can. We invite you to join us In His work.
With love for our Lord,
Fr. Emmanuel Pratsinakis
The seeds of our parish were sown over 50 years ago by a small group of Greek Orthodox from the South Jersey area who perceived a need for a church to serve the Philadelphia metropolitan area in its New Jersey suburbs.
As more and more Greek-Americans moved into the area, spirit and enthusiasm for this idea grew.
Efforts began as a charter was assigned, property purchased, a parish council chosen and funds raised in order to build a church. On May 7, 1966 ground breaking ceremonies for the build of the new church were held and the construction the St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church began in earnest
- culminating with the opening of the church doors on October 1, 1967.
The next several years saw the people of St. Thomas church working feverishly for their parish and the installation of the stained glass windows, the Iconostasias, the beautiful iconography and other appointments that currently
adorn the church. Moreover, on November 13, 1973 the General Assembly decided to build a cultural center to enhance religious and cultural programs.
On February 22, 1977 the General Assembly authorized the commencement of fund raising for the construction of the cultural center. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on April 17, 1977. Construction was soon completed and the official of the St. Thomas Hellenic Cultural Center was held on October 8, 1978. Further beautification of the church continued and was realized with the installation of the iconography portraying
the history of salvation that graces the upper walls of the church on May 18, 1982.
Most recently, our parish celebrated its consecration on April 14, 1991, fulfilling the hopes and dreams of our parishioners. Our story continues……