The Rev. Archimandrite George Nikas, new senior priest for the Salt Lake Valley's Greek Orthodox community, has promised parishioners that he comes with "an open heart and mind."
Nikas, who will be welcomed formally at downtown Salt Lake City's Holy Trinity Cathedral on Pentecost Sunday, June 4, wrote his new flock that he is "hoping to learn from all of you, to share your vision for an even brighter tomorrow for our community and to help in ensuring that this parish continues to be a shining gem of our Holy Metropolis of Denver."
Nikas, 47, was born in Athens, Greece, but grew up in the northeastern United States, himself the son of a Greek Orthodox priest. He succeeds the Rev. Matthew Gilbert, 58, who died in September after being diagnosed with an aggressive bone cancer.