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Rev. Fr. Demosthenes Paraskevaidis – Presiding Priest

The Saint Nectarios Parish of Covina, California was established on October 12, 1973. On September 2, 1979, Relics were given to our parish by Metropolitan Hierotheos of Hydra, Spetsae and Aigina, with co-approval by the nuns of the Convent of the Holy Trinity (or as it is commonly called today – of St. Nectarios), which Saint Nectarios had established and where now his remains repose. Since that time our parish has become a shrine with which thousands have made contact for prayer and healing. The brief but beautiful ceremony took place in the Sanctuary of the tiny chapel in which all the Relics are now kept in two reliquaries for veneration. Bringing part of the relics to the United States was a cherished privilege – “One which I long remember with fond memories” said Father Spiro Pieratos. The Relic of this humble Saint now rests in Covina, California, in a temporary Church built in 1980.

In June of 1984, Archbishop Iakovos visited the Shrine and suggested that a Byzantine church should be built as soon as possible, in order to more properly enshrine the Relics. With the help of thousands who have love and respect for the Wonder-Worker, this dream has become a reality - a refuge where the sick, who cannot go to Aegina, can come or write in order to receive blessings and prayer for their illnesses. Won’t you join us every Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM for the Paraklisis Services to offer prayers for those hurting people? Your spirit will certainly be uplifted.