Heroes of Saint Nicholas

On the morning of September 11, 2001, heroes emerged at Ground Zero – many of whom gave their lives. Since that fateful day, there have been contributions of enormous significance to the rebuilding of the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine. These are the Heroes of Saint Nicholas.

Every month, we will highlight a person who played a special role in making the National Shrine a reality. The gratitude of the Greek Orthodox Church toward these people is truly incalculable. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts for what they have done to bring about the miraculous reconstruction of Saint Nicholas.

This month's Hero of Saint Nicholas is Anthoula Katsimatides - Read full announcement

Anthoula Katsimatides is a remarkable human being. And that’s just the start. Her life, and the life of her family was forever changed on September 11, 2001, when her brother, John Katsimatides, was one of the lives lost on that fateful and tragic day.

Anthoula, who is a successful actress and on both stage and screen, was working for then Governor Pataki on the day of 9/11, as an assistant for community affairs to the Governor. During this time, she worked as a liaison to various ethnic communities in New York City. When the catastrophe of 9/11 happened, Anthoula, whose own family was deeply bereaved and in tremendous pain, proved to be an extraordinary ally to the little Saint Nicholas Church on Cedar Street and the Greek community that had been there. And this was just the beginning. Continue reading this announcement. 

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