In 2004, the family of Kathy Kendrat moved from Syracuse, New York to Leesburg, Virginia, approximately 45 miles west of Washington DC. At that time, Loudoun County Virginia was considered the fastest growing county in the United States. After spending more than a year commuting to Maryland to attend Divine Liturgy and catechetical school, the family wondered if there were other families in Loudoun County who also felt the need to establish a local parish, making it possible for all to participate in a Greek Orthodox community on a regular basis. In 2006, with the Loudoun County phone book as the main resource, a campaign of "cold-calling" families with Greek appearing surnames began in order to determine the level of interest in establishing a local parish. By the end of June 2006, approximately 50 families had expressed interest.
With Father Patrick Viscuso offering to perform the Divine Liturgy on Sunday mornings, and the list of about 50 interested families, a meeting with Metropolitan Evangelos of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey was held on June 20, 2006 to request permission to proceed with worship. His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos, while encouraging and supportive of the effort that had begun, was skeptical that a new parish could be self-sustaining, and required more proof and a well-developed plan prior to proceeding. His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos agreed to hold the first Organizational Meeting on Friday, September 22, 2006 in order to determine the level of commitment in Loudoun County toward the establishment of a new Parish.
The first Organizational Meeting in September 2006 was nothing short of a success. Under Father Patrick's guidance, His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos was greeted with enthusiasm at the Lansdown Potomac Club in Lansdown, Virginia. This show of support, along with the presentation of the proposed Parish's short and long term goals convinced His Eminence to give His ultimate show of support by establishing The Greek Orthodox Parish of Loudoun County as the fifty-sixth Parish in the Metropolis of New Jersey.
Although at the time, the idea seemed far-fetched, the dedicated and faithful parishioners of Loudoun County knew in their hearts that "what is impossible with men is possible with God". (Luke 18:27). Thus they commenced to build a Parish of faith knowing that success depended on the Church and the Alpha and Omega of all Life, our Savior Jesus Christ. On Sunday, October 1, 2006, The Greek Orthodox Parish of Loudoun County began worshipping on Sunday mornings at the Holiday Inn Executive Conference and Training Center in Dulles, Virginia. The Parish moved into their full-time facility in Dulles, Virginia in April 2007, where they celebrated Pascha for the first time. In February 2011, the Greek Orthodox Parish of Loudoun County was proud to announce that Father George Alexson had become our full time presiding Priest. Father George was appointed Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Patriarchate by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
With God's grace, on October 2016, our Parish celebrated its 10th anniversary! His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos, after the Hierarchical Liturgy of October 30th, blessed us with an incredible gift by bestowing on all of us the name of our beloved Parish: The Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church! The Parish and the whole community received the news with profound gratitude and elated hearts! Presently, we are deeply committed in pursuing a 6.3 acre piece of land only a few miles away from our current establishment.
On January 1, 2021 we welcomed Father Cosmas Halekakis who was appointed as our presiding Priest. Father Cosmas not only had extensive pastoral experience to include building a new church and developing religious education, but also a young family that engaged with and strengthened our ministries and parish, both at church and online. In August 2022 he accepted a new position to be closer to his family in his home Metropolis of San Francisco.
In February of 2023 Fr. Thomas was assigned to Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church in Dulles, Virginia where he continues to serve as the presiding priest. Fr. Thomas and Presbytera Elizabeth have two young boys, Vasilios and Athanasios. We pray that our Lord and Savior will continue to bless our community.
Please contact Fr Thomas to schedule any of the following:
Baptisms, Weddings, Confessions, 40-Day Blessings, Memorial Services, Hospital Visits, as well as for all other Pastoral Needs/Concerns - firstname.lastname@example.org