Father Stephen Kyriacou
- Published on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 16:42
- Written by Jim Lucas
Father Stephen Kyriacou is Annunciation's current presiding priest (and longest serving) and the 11th presiding priest to serve at Annunciation.
Father Stephen is from Hartford, Connecticut. His family is of Cypriot descent. He attended Hellenic College in Brookline, MA and graduated in 1968 majoring in History. He later attended Princeton Theological Seminary where he received is Masters in Divinity (1972) in Church History and Patristic Studies. After attending Princeton, he attended Trinity College in Hartford where he received a Masters Degree (1974) in Latin and Classical Civilization and History.
He was ordained Deacon by Metropolitan Silas on Oct. 29, 1972 and was ordained Priest by Archbishop Iakovos on Dec. 3, 1972. Both ordinations occurred at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, New York, NY. On Nov. 6, 1997 Father Stephen was elevated to the rank of Protopresbyter by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Nov. 6, 1997 in San Francisco, CA.
Father Stephen has served at the following parishes:
Sept. 1973 - Feb. 1976: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, New York, NY. Assistant to the Dean and Assistant Principal. In addition, Father served as an Instructor at St. Basil's Academy in Garrison, NY (1974-1975), and Chaplain for Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, New York, NY (1975-1976).
Feb. 1976 - Feb. 1983: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Cranston, RI. Pastor.
Nov. 1982 - Dec. 1983: Greek Orthodox Diocese of Boston. Chancellor.
Jan. 1984 - Feb. 1987: St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, Newport, RI. Pastor.
Mar. 1987 - Present: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, San Francisco, CA. Dean.
Father Stephen married Vasiliki Balikas in 1968. Father and Presbytera were blessed with three chiildren, Erika Maria (1972), Stephen Christopher (1974), and Justin Constantine (1978) and 7 grandchildren.
Presvytera Aliki has been working for the San Francisco Metropolis for over 25 years. She currently serves as an assistant to Metropolitan Gerasimos. Prior to Metropolitan Gerasimos, Presytera served as an assistant to Metropolitan Anthony.
Father Stephen has taken leadership roles with many church organizations and committees. He founded the Council of Orthodox Churches of Rhode Island and served as a member of the Governing Board of RI State Council of Churches. Since 2002, Father has chaired the Archdiocesan Benefits Committee. Since 2008, Father has served as the San Francisco Metropolis Clergy Syndesmos representative on Hellenic College Alumni Board. Father was also a founding member of the Archdiocesan Youth Commission.
After a few years on the west coast, Father Stephen said that "On the west coast there is still a pioneering spirit, a belief that anything can be accomplished with hard work and effort." That is certainly true when you look the challenges Annunciation faced during the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. The cathedral was damaged to the point where it had to be demolished. With hard work and leadership, Father Stephen led fundraising efforts to rebuild the cathedral. A lot has been accomplished but there is still more to do. One of Father Stephen's goals is to restore the cathedral and through Father's fundraising efforts the community will realize that goal.
On the occasion of Father Stephen's 40th anniversary in the priesthood, the Annunciation community wanted to honor him in some way. He refused. He said that all he wanted was to spend the day with Presvytera, his children, and grandchildren. If you were to ask him about his ministry at Annunciation and what matters most he will tell you "the health and well-being of the church and the community."
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, San Francisco