St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Queens


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St. Demetrios Cathedral is located on the intersection of 31st street and 30th Drive in Astoria Queens. Erected in 1927, the church serves the Hellenic-American population of the neighborhood. The church is actually one of Astoria's two largest Greek Orthodox churches, the other being St. Irene of Chrysovalantou (located on 23rd Avenue).

In terms of architectural style, the building itself is reminiscent of older Byzantine churches. Its high arching stained glass windows are also reflective of a distinctly American style. Greek characters adorn each wall, and flags of Greece stand tall throughout.

The church offers a variety of different services, ranging from blessing a new office or home to holding services for those about to go to war. Funeral services are also provided, as well as exorcisms.

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George Matsis was assigned to St. Demetrios on April 15, 2005. Born on the island of Rhodes in Greece, Matsis arrived in America in 1961. His early schooling took place in Astoria Queens, where he would spend his Sundays in St. Demetrios Cathedral. He has been appointed numerous titles in his illustrious career, including Secretary of the Archdiocese Benefits Committee and president of various other clergies.

Greek Orthodox members of the church congregate every Sunday in order to have mass. Attendance, according to Mr. Matsis, is usually very good. The first major wave of Greek immigration to the United States occurred in the early 20th century, when 70,000 Greeks arrived at Ellis Island between 1918 and 1924. To accommodate this massive influx, the church was erected and still stands tall today.

Contact info:
30-11 30th Drive
Astoria NY 11102