Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church

Winchester, Virginia


According to the Uniform Parish Regulations of the Holy Archdiocese of America: “the Presiding Priest by virtue of his canonical ordination and assignment heads and administers the Parish and exercises on its behalf the priestly duties, which consist in shepherding the Parish entrusted to his care, directing its orderly life, preserving its unity and keeping it faithful to its divine purpose. He shall sanctify his parishioners through the administration of the sacraments and the performance of all other prescribed services of worship. He shall also proclaim the Gospel and impart knowledge of the doctrines, traditions, canons and disciplines of the Church. Further, he shall guide the growth and progress of the Parish in the Christian life through the performance of his pastoral duties.

Our Presiding Priest is Rev. Protopresbyter Panagiotis Papanikolaou. Father was born in the Bronx, New York in 1951. After graduating from Hellenic College, he completed his theological studies at Saint Tikhon’s Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania. Father’s wife, Presvytera Tina, was born in Karpenissi, Greece in 1953. She completed her studies in art education at Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York. They were married on July 1, 1979, at the Zoodochos Peghe Greek Orthodox Church in the Bronx, New York. They have a daughter, son, son-in-law, daughter-in-law and 2 grandsons.

Fr. Panagiotis was ordained a Deacon in 1992 and ordained a Priest in 1995. Both ordinations took place at Saint Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church in Falls Church, Virginia by Metropolitan Silas of blessed memory. In 1998, Archbishop Spyridon bestowed the office of Economos upon him. In 2005, His Eminence, Metropolitan Evangelos, bestowed the office of Protopresbyter upon him.