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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 15 November 2014
SATURDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2014 13 Manhattan will reopen by 2016 Ground Zero St Nicholas involvement a 'very high honour' Saved artefacts from the previously standing St Nicholas, at Ground Zero in New York. PHOTO: GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA. Father Evagoras Constantinides is the son and grandson of priests. He says he followed in the "family business", following "some soul searching", after graduating from university with a degree in communications. He followed "in seminary" in Boston and is now involved in a number of projects within the Archdiocese in the United States. His main focus, he says, is a yearly summer camp run in Greece, 'Ionian Village' - off the west coast of the Peloponnese. It is a 40-year-old tradition for American teens and young adults to base themselves in (and travel across) Greece, visiting significant historical and cultural sites, paying homage to important ecclesiastical saints and Apostles. Fr. Constantinides says he was approached to serve as a spokesperson for the St Nicholas rebuild, describing it as a "very very high honour" to be involved in such a momentous development in the Greek American narrative - having spent his whole life in the church through his forefathers, and now as a priest. "This is history in the making, this is American history in the making, and I think for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese to be at the epicentre of that is a very, very special moment for me and it's something that I am humbled and honoured to be a part of."
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