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 Heroes of Saint Nicholas is Michael Karloutsos, Nick Spanos and Andrew Veniopoulos - Read full announcement
In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, some members of our community showed themselves and their character in their quick and compassionate response. One of the stories that we have yet to tell is how the other parishes in New York stood by Saint Nicholas: Saint Barbara at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge on the Lower East Side, where IOCC set up its headquarters in the aftermath; Saints Constantine and Helen in Brooklyn, where the community worshipped; Saint George Tropeoforos in Midtown, where the first St. Nicholas Parish Sacrament post 9/11 took place in November of 2001.
But today’s stories are about individuals who distinguished themselves in that painful aftermath. In highlighting these three, we in no way overlook the many hundreds and indeed thousands who mobilized in the wake of the destruction and unspeakable loss. But these three had a direct impact on the recovery efforts that were engaged for the sake of the little Church of Saint Nicholas, which had spent so many generations on Cedar street and which was lost on that terrible day. Three names that come to mind: Michael Karloutsos, Nick Spanos and Andrew Veniopoulos. Continue reading this announcement.
Heroes of Saint Nicholas Recipients
- June 2022: Michael Karloutsos, Nick Spanos and Andrew Veniopoulos
- May 2022: Nicholas P. Koutsomitis
- April 2022: Michael Jaharis (1928 - 2016)
- March 2022: Peter Pappas Sr. and the Pappas Family
- February 2022: Pat Foye
- January 2022: Louis Katsos
- December 2021: The Builders of our National Shrine
- November 2021: Richard Browne
- October 2021: The Friends of Saint Nicholas
- September 2021: The Reverend Father Alexander Karloutsos
- August 2021: The Parish Council of the Saint Nicholas Church
- May 2021: Anthoula Katsimatides
- April 2021: John V. Kassimatis
- March 2021: His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios
- January-February 2021: Peter, John, and Jimmy Costalas and their Families
- November 2020: Mr. Steven "Steve" Plate