Our parish was formally organized in 1895 and personally supported by the last czar of Imperial Russia, St. Czar Nicholas II, who declared: "Let there be an Orthodox Church in Galveston." To this day, our parish houses the same beautiful icons and gospel book donated by the czar himself.
Our parish is also the resting place of the great Rev. Archimandrite Theoclitos (Triantafilides), the czar's childhood tutor who is buried beneath the altar and considered by some to be a saint.
From our inception, we have been a diverse and multi-ethnic parish welcoming Orthodox faithful and interested visitors from all backgrounds.
Bishop: His Grace, Bishop Longin of New Gračanica-Midwestern America.
His Grace resides in Libertyville, Illinois, and maintains an official diocesan office at the Protection of the Theotokos/New Gračanica Monastery.
Following decades of accomplishment as a scholar, priest, and bishop serving across three continents, His Grace was enthroned in New Gračanica Monastery on October 14, 1999.
Rev. Fr. Thomas Colyandro
Direct: (832) 205-6959
Father Thomas is a priest, confessor, spiritual director, and writer. He has led retreats; facilitated prayer and spirituality seminars; taught graduate courses in theology and spirituality; written and/or edited numerous articles and books; and given radio interviews on these same subjects.
His special area of research is on the confluence of silence and sacrifice in spiritual fatherhood and motherhood in the Orthodox Church.
Fr. Thomas is available for confessions most Sundays at 9 AM, and for spiritual direction by appointment. He is also available to answer questions from inquirers.
Parish President: Michael Powell
Please contact Michael for questions about board membership, planned giving, buying a brick on our processional path, or events at the parish.
Volunteer & Education Coordinator: Bethany Powell
Direct: (832) 589-9908
Please contact Bethany to volunteer for any of the activities of the church, or with questions about our Sunday School programs.
Cemetery Manager: Joanne Valencia
Direct: (409) 692-1457
Please contact Joanne if you are interested in buying a cemetery plot or brick on our processional path.
Audit Board: Gordon Heckner
Direct: (281) 705-2685
Please call Gordon for questions about the published audit statements of the parish.
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