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Fr. Anastasios Taso Gounaris

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Phone: (212) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Indianapolis , Indiana , United States
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
New York , New York 10021
United States

Company Description: The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, headquartered in New York City, is composed of over 500 parishes throughout the United States, comprising 1.5 million...   more

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  • BS
    University of Massachusetts
  • Masters , Divinity
    Holy Cross School of Theology
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The Greek Orthodox Community of Tarpon Springs, USA was shocked to discover an e-mail, written by Father Anastasios Gounaris, the top religious leader at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. The email explained how the man decided to leave his post but also his priest hood.
"It just came out of the blue. We were not expecting anything," said the parish council president Nikitas Manias, adding that not even Gounaris' wife was aware of his decision. "He just resigned."
Anastasios Gounaris, also known as Father Tasos expressed his hope to one day be forgiven by the Greek Orthodox church members.
Gounaris was assigned to the post in Tarpon Springs in June 2014. Previously, he had served at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York as the dean, and at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Indianapolis as a pastor. While he served in Tarpon Springs he participated in the Epiphany liturgy, noting that it was a dream come true for him.
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Meridian-Kessler Neighborhood Association - Church directory, 24 Jan 2010 [cached]
Fr. Anastasios Gounaris, Pastor 4011 North Pennsylvania Street Indianapolis, IN 46205 283-3816 Fax: 920-0726
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Rev. Anastasios Gounaris is pastor at Holy Trinity, Central Indiana's only Greek Orthodox church.
Rev. Anastasios Gounaris is pastor at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox.
Rev. Anastasios Gounaris is pastor at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox. / Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
And now, with a suburban home minutes from his parish office, two grown daughters and a shiny, golden-domed church nearly complete, what more could the 54-year-old Rev. Anastasios "Taso" Gounaris have left to do?
Awaiting retirement in the comfort of Carmel was sounding very good to him.
But God had other plans, Gounaris said.
On June 1, the popular priest and pastor at Holy Trinity -- Central Indiana's only Greek Orthodox church, with about 2,000 members -- will move to New York City and take over one of the most high-profile jobs within the faith. He will become the dean, or presiding priest, of the historic Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Manhattan.
And because this church is the spiritual center of the nation's archdiocese -- think of it as an American version of Constantinople -- Gounaris will be playing host to heads of state and world religious leaders.
Founded in 1891, the cathedral is the second-oldest Greek Orthodox parish in America. (The oldest is in New Orleans.) Gounaris is about to become the new face of Greek Orthodoxy in New York, if not the United States.
Gounaris was appointed by Archbishop Demetrios of America, the leader of the faith in the United States.
Although in some ways Gounaris will be "second in command" for the archbishop, he will not be able to ascend into that position because he is married. Only celibate clergy within the Greek Orthodox faith can become an archbishop.
Not that Gounaris has any desire to do that.
In fact, he wasn't sure he wanted the job at all.
Unlike Roman Catholic priests, who have little choice but to be obedient to their bishop when asked to relocate, Greek Orthodox priests have options. Married clergy (and about 90 percent of the priests in America are married) have the right to consider the impact of a move on the family.
"It was not mandatory, and I could have said no," Gounaris said.
Gounaris will take the place of Father Frank Marangos, who stepped down from that role about nine months ago.
In many ways, the move to New York City will be a return to Gounaris' early years.
He was born just up the Eastern coast in New Bedford, Mass. His first assignment as a priest was in Manhattan. He will be working for Archbishop Demetrios, who was his professor at the Holy Cross School of Theology in the early 1980s.
"It's for me a dream come true in the sense that I have the opportunity to work directly underneath a man I've admired for many years," Gounaris said. "It will be truly an honor."
It's possible the connection with Demetrios helped get Gounaris noticed among other priests in the nation.
But it's just as likely that Demetrios was impressed when he visited Carmel a few years ago for the dedication of the new church, which lights up the corner of 106th Street and Shelborne Road.
"He has actually come here twice: once for the official door-opening ceremony for the new temple and once for our centennial celebration held at Lucas Oil Stadium," Gounaris said. "Maybe that renewed his notice of the ministry I have had here."
Gounaris' career as a priest has taken him from New York to Michigan to Indiana, where he has been for more than two decades.
He arrived in 1991 from a parish in Saginaw, Mich., to take over as pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Indianapolis, spending 17 years at the old church at 40th and Pennsylvania streets before building the church in Carmel, which opened on Christmas Eve of 2008.
Gounaris took a year off after college -- working as a bank teller and trying to clear his head -- before entering the seminary.
It took him only three years to finish. He tested out of Greek instruction because he was fluent in the language.
"The opposite," Gounaris said.
Reflecting on his departure from Carmel, Gounaris said he is certain the time is right for a change here.
After 21 years, he said, he was starting to baptize the children of parents he also baptized.
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Father Anastasios Gounaris, pastor of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Indianapolis, will present an illustrated lecture about his trip to Mount Athos this past summer. The lecture will be 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 24 in Pittenger Student Center Ballroom, 2000 University Ave.
Mount Athos is a peninsula in northwest Greece, home for Orthodox monks in some 20 monasteries from several Orthodox countries. The peninsula is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and has a rich history dating back to the 11th century AD.
Gounaris will talk about his experience using slides to show the monasteries, the mountainous geography and the spiritual way of life of the monks.
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