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#188356 - 07/18/01 04:36 AM Italo-Greek GREEKs
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The most recent "Orthodox Observer", the publication of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, has a wonderful article on the Patriarch's visit to the Greek community of southern Italy. There are pictures of the churches, the communities, etc.

Are there any real Italo-Greek Greeks around here in North America?

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#188357 - 07/18/01 11:45 AM Re: Italo-Greek GREEKs
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There is a mission in Las Vegas, NV.

Joe

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#188358 - 07/18/01 02:29 PM Re: Italo-Greek GREEKs
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Dear Dr. John, I saw the article in the Observer. The newspaper of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Pittsburgh, The Illuminator, (Jan.-May,2001, Vol. XXII,No.123) has even more extensive coverage. Metropolitan Maximos accompagnied the Patriarch on that visit. As far as "true" Italo-Greeks--my understanding would be that most in the U.S. are descendants of immigrants from the Italo-Albanian towns of Southern Italy and Sicily. Even though there are Greek dialect speaking villages Calabria and Apulia, those Italo-Greeks were absorbed long ago into Latin-rite Catholicism. So, Our Lady of Grace Byzantine Catholic Mission of Staten Island and the group in Vegas are of Italo-Albanian origin. I believe, the Monastery of Grottaferrata outside of Rome, founded by the Italo-Greek saint, Neilos, is primarily Italo-Albanian.

Saint Nilo of Calabria, pray for us.
Vito

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#188359 - 07/18/01 02:31 PM Re: Italo-Greek GREEKs
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There may be a mission in Staten Island too. byzantines.net might host their site.

Serge

<A HREF="http://oldworldrus.com">Old World Rusí</A>

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#188360 - 07/18/01 02:33 PM Re: Italo-Greek GREEKs
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Youíre right, Vito, they are Albanians. Thanks.

Serge

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#188361 - 07/18/01 03:31 PM Re: Italo-Greek GREEKs
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"Are there any real Italo-Greek Greeks around here in North America?"

Yes!
Our Lady of Wisdom Byzantine Catholic church in Las Vegas, Nv. has several real Italo-Greek GREEKS in the parish. Our sign in front of our church even used to say 'Our Lady of Wisdom Italo-Greek Church' but too many people thought you had to speek Italian or Greek in order to attend the Divine Liturgies....so our priest, Fr. Francis Vivona, had to changed to say Byzantine Catholic.

And Dr. John, I did not get a chance to respond to you before due to the hectic schedule of our Mt. Carmel celebration but you had mentioned that you may be in Las Vegas in August...if you are and if you have a chance to come to Our Lady, please ask after me. It would be an honor to meet you.

Thanks and God Bless,
Miryam

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#188362 - 07/18/01 03:49 PM Re: Italo-Greek GREEKs
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Dear Miryam, Even though I am not (as far as I know) of Italo-Greek or Italo-Albanian heritage, I am a member of Our Lady of Grace Society of Staten Island, N.Y. I am Roman Catholic, but also am a member of a Byzantine Catholic parish where I pray the Sunday Divine Liturgy. My interest is preserving the religious and cultural treasures of Calabria and Southern Italy. I am aware of Our Lady of Wisdom in Vegas. I pray that your church grows under the mantle of Our Lady. Can you be more specific about parishoners of Italo-Greek back ground versus Italo-Albanian? Also, would love to hear about your personal background if you care to share. We just celebrated for the 106th time in my little hometown the festa of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Glory be to Jesus Christ!
Vito

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#188363 - 07/18/01 05:58 PM Re: Italo-Greek GREEKs
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Shalom, Vito!

"I pray that your church grows under the mantle of Our Lady."
Thank you and God Bless you for your prayers.

And you asked:
"Can you be more specific about parishoners of Italo-Greek back ground versus Italo-Albanian?"
Well, I must admit I really don't know much about Italo-Albanians to really give any specifics of any differences or similarities, the only thing I really do know is that these people are very, very proud of their Italo-Greek heritage and are struggling to keep the traditions alive in this country. I would like to learn more though about Italo-Albanians...please e-mail me. I think my address is in my profile.

" Also, would love to hear about your personal background if you care to share."
Yikes!!
No, I don't mind sharing. Not very interesting, sorry to say. I am a mix of all sorts...really! My heritage is Irish, Welsh, Scottish and a bit of French.
I was raised in Ohio as a 'proud' protestant-
Disciples of Christ and my grandfather was a Presbyterian minister and now I live in Las Vegas and have recently converted to be a very, very happy Byzantine Catholic! I am still new in the faith and am a willing student! (hint hint)

God Bless,
Miryam

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#188364 - 07/18/01 09:39 PM Re: Italo-Greek GREEKs
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Dr. John,

Archimandrite Francis Vivona is an Italo-Greek, not an Italo-Albanian, as he is quick to point out. So yes, there are at least a few authentic Italo-Greeks in the US.

The history of this Church is interesting. Sicily and Southern Italy were part of Greater Greece and had a flourishing Byzantine/Greek culture. It switched hands from the Patriarchate of Rome to Constantinople in the 8th century and back to Rome in the 11th century when the Normans conquered the region. They replaced the Byzantine bishops with Latin ones and the Church was being slowly Latinized and absorbed until a migration of Albanians in the 15th century reinforced the Byzantine heritage of the remaining Greeks. This was supported by the Pope. In the 16th century the Pontifical Greek College was founded and they were given an ordaining bishop. In the 18th century they were given two seminaries. Finally, in 1919, the Eparchy of Lungro was erected. In 1937 the Eparchy of Piana was erected and the Monastery of Grottaferrata, founded in 1004, was given the status of an Exarchy.

It is also important to remember that the Albanian Church was dominated by the Greek Church, a situation that still exists. Greek was the liturgical language. Albanian wasn't used until recently, so when they immigrated to Italy it was no big deal that Greek continued to be the liturgical language. The two ethinc groups seem to have merged fairly well and become a truly Italo-Byzantine Church whose members spoke Italian and Greek and/or Albanian, used Greek as their liturgical language, and proudly remembered their heritage as evidenced by last names like Albano and Greco.

In Christ,
Lance, deacon candidate
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#188365 - 07/19/01 02:08 AM Re: Italo-Greek GREEKs
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Dear Friends, Here is the website for those wanting to know more about the Italo-Greeks and Italo-Albanians: www.Byzantines.net/OurLadyofGrace/

Vito

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#188366 - 07/19/01 03:19 AM Re: Italo-Greek GREEKs
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Thanks for the info, folks. I'm kind of overwhelmed that in this Byzcath Slavic enclave that there would be a closet-ghetto of Italo-Greek-Albanian progeny.

I would love to visit the parish in Las Vegas. My schedule at work has been changed from Las Vegas. For August I get to go to lovely San Antonio, Texas. In August. Heat. Humidity. But at least the food will be great. (Hey, I'm Greek. I LOVE food, drink and a whole mess of friends around a table.) And my potential visit to the mission in Austin will be moved to early September. (I hope I can get there for liturgy.)

Could I ask how the mission/parish(?) in Staten Island is going? When are liturgies there? (It's only a 5 hour drive from here in Washington.)

Blessings! (Next Italo-Greek-Albanian frame: Recipes!!!)

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#188367 - 07/19/01 11:36 AM Re: Italo-Greek GREEKs
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Dr John,

You and this food thing!

Ever have any eats and treats made by Coptic Christians? Most excellent!

Miryam,

Got to meet your pastor, Fr Francis Vivona. A wonderful man and spiritually energetic. I hope he shares some Italo-Greek recipes with you folks.


Joe



[This message has been edited by Joe Thur (edited 07-19-2001).]

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#188368 - 07/19/01 11:51 AM Re: Italo-Greek GREEKs
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Dear Dr. John, If you go to the website on my previous post there is information as to when and where the Divine Liturgy is celebrated. There is a phone number and email address. I'm sure that Archdeacon John DeMeis would be glad to send you a copy of the newsletter.
Vito

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#188369 - 07/19/01 12:19 PM Re: Italo-Greek GREEKs
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Dear Dr. John, May I recommend two books: "Monasticism and Spirituality of the Italo-Greeks" by David Paul Hester. Published by the Patriarchal Institute for Patristic Studies Thessaloniki, Greece. 1991. Archdeacon John may be able to get you a copy. The other is, "Nilus of Rossano-Beseiged by the Divine" by Gaetano Passarelli. (2001) Eastern Christian Publications, PO Box 146, Fairfax, VA 22030-0146 Email: jackfigel@compuserve.com
This is a narrative recreation of the life of St. Nilus, the most famous monk of the Italo-Greek church.
Vito

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#188370 - 07/21/01 03:33 AM Re: Italo-Greek GREEKs
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Mille grazie, care Vito! I did go to the website, and if I ever get the time to get to NY, I'll be sure to visit the parish.

I am also hoping to get to Las Vegas, but my business trip got canned (until next June).

I wonder if the parishes in NY and Las Vegas have any relationships with the local Greek Orthodox parishes? There are obviously Greek Orthodox parishes in those cities.

(Right now, I'm in Green Bay, Upper Wisconsin. According to the Yellow Pages, in this German/French enclave, there is an OCA parish and -- of course -- a Greek Orthodox one. Greeks go EVERYWHERE and open restaurants or take over the wholesale food distribution. And people wonder how the Greeks raise tons of money from their food festivals. Ever heard of 'wholesale' and 'special deals'? Hint: when having a parish festival, go to the local Greek wholesaler, tell 'em you're an ethnic Eastern parish, and I'll wager you get a deal. Just promise to advertise the business in the festival program, or a thanks in the bulletin.)

Blessings! And discounts for the church!

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#188371 - 07/25/01 03:41 PM Re: Italo-Greek GREEKs
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My Dear Dr John,

"I wonder if the parishes in NY and Las Vegas have any relationships with the local Greek Orthodox parishes? There are obviously Greek Orthodox parishes in those cities."

In Las Vegas, yes.
There is a Greek Orthodox: St. John the Baptist is the the only Greek one that I am aware of. There are also Serbian Orthodox and Antiochian Orthodox churches too.
Personally, I really don't have much of a relationship with the Greek Orthodox except of course for their Food Fesitval!
But I have to admit I am pretty new to this parish however from what I have heard-our parish is on friendly terms with theirs.

And you said "Hint: when having a parish festival, go to the local Greek wholesaler, tell 'em you're an ethnic Eastern parish, and I'll wager you get a deal. Just promise to advertise the business in the festival program, or a thanks in the bulletin."
Really?? Great!! Thanks for the advice!!

God Bless,
Miryam

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#188372 - 07/26/01 01:05 AM Re: Italo-Greek GREEKs
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Dear Friends, Bishop Ercole Lupinacci of the Italo-Albanian Eparchy of Lungro in Calabria was with the Pope in Ukraine at the invitation of Cardinal Husar. Before going to Ukraine the bishop was the guest of the Greek-Catholic Metropolitan of Romania where he visited various eparchies. At the end of his trip the bishop expressed hope for a renewal of ties with the Greek-Catholic bishops of Ukraine, Romania, and the diaspora in the Americas. Pax, Vito

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#188373 - 07/26/01 01:16 AM Re: Italo-Greek GREEKs
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Dear Dr. John, If you get to St. Paul stop at "Buon Giorno" downtown. It's an Italian food and deli. etc. Let's face it--when it comes to food (and as I think about it, almost everything else they(the Italians) are NO.1)
Ciao, Vito
P.S. They are relatives!

[This message has been edited by Vito (edited 07-25-2001).]

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#188374 - 07/26/01 09:22 PM Re: Italo-Greek GREEKs
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To Lance,
deacon candidate,

Steve Casmus, fellow deacon candidate, says
'hello'.

God Bless,
Miryam

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#188375 - 07/30/01 04:29 AM Re: Italo-Greek GREEKs
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Hey, Vito. Thanks for the advice. Since I travel a lot for the union doing training sessions on health and safety, I am constantly on the look-out for decent food. I'll look up "Buon Giorno" in St. Paul. Of course, I'll apply the typical litmus test: Italian Cold-Cut sub = mortadella, provolone, cappicol', prosciutto, with lettuce, tomatoes, onions (Lord, I love onions!), and hot peppers, with oil/vinegar and basil/oregano dressing. BUT -- if they ask if I want mayonaisse on it, I'll go postal. Silly 'meriganas!

Thanks for the info! Any brother who guides me to good food is a blessing! Love ya!

JB

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#188376 - 07/30/01 05:30 PM Re: Italo-Greek GREEKs
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The GREEK Greek-Catholic Church of Cargese, Corsica.
www.corsica.net/corsica/uk/regajac/cargese/carg_egg.htm

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#188377 - 07/30/01 06:04 PM Re: Italo-Greek GREEKs
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Miryam: I think I have this figured outsorry I did not get a chance to visit after Liturgy Sunday.
Quote:
Originally posted by Miryam:
To Lance,
deacon candidate,

Steve Casmus, fellow deacon candidate, says
'hello'.

God Bless,
Miryam

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#188378 - 07/31/01 04:09 AM Re: Italo-Greek GREEKs
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Dear Friends, You may be interested in the Greek Catholic Church of Malta-Our Lady of Damascus (beautiful icon)
site: www.geocities.com/Heartland/Plains/7780/index.html

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#188379 - 08/25/01 01:56 PM Re: Italo-Greek GREEKs
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In addition to Archimandrite Francis Vivona, the Eparchy of Van Nuys is home to another Italo-Greek priest. Archimandrite Januarius (Genaro)Izzo,OFM, the administrator of Saint Phillip Byzantine Catholic Church, Sacramento, CA. He also has published a book on the antimension, I believe I have seen it in the Light and Life catalogue.

John Montalvo

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#188380 - 08/25/01 02:30 PM Re: Italo-Greek GREEKs
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Yes, And Archimandrite Jan is the chaplain of Our Lady of Grace Society in Staten Island.

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#188381 - 12/17/01 02:15 AM Re: Italo-Greek GREEKs
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I am an Italo-Greek, a Byzantine and a Catholic but a Roman Catholic and I live in Upstate NY. I am part Albanian as someone noted in this thread but through marriage into our family. We are from Constantinople the New Rome in the East and are Romiosini but returned to Italy about 500 years ago. We came to the US from Tolve' in Lucania and there we saw ourselves as Lucani and are now American's. We have never changed our name nor converted from our Catholic Faith.

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#188382 - 12/17/01 02:28 AM Re: Italo-Greek GREEKs
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The Albanians came to Southern Italy when the Spanish ruled the land. There were empty villages and the Christian Albanian soldiers of Scanderberg and thier families could not return to Albania.

Scanderberg had been a Janissari Officer in the Elite of the Turkish Sultan's Army. He had been one of the youths paid in tax to the Sultan and raised as an elite Janissari soldier of the Turks. He returned to Albania as an adult and lead a revolt against the Turks and used guerilla warfare to fight the greater power of the Turkish Forces. He entered the service of Spain as a Mercanary Captain with his men. They could not return to Albania as they faced death. The Spanish settled them in all of Southern Italy. They established new villages and empty villages were occupied by them. The people became Italianized with time. Albanian was still spoken until WWII but has fellen into disuse.

I read an article on the subject so give you the gist.

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