Rev. Fr. Perikles (Perry), Priest/Pastor
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Rev. Deacon W. Demetri Belsito, PhD, MSW, LMSW
Rev. Deacon W. Demetri Belsito is an ordained deacon in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese America assigned to our parish. He graduated from the diaconate program at the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts in 2009. Deacon Demetri obtained his master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work in 1995 and obtained a PhD in 2016, also from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. He is an LMSW (Licensed Master Social Worker) and is a Social Work Supervisor for the State of Connecticut. He was a substance abuse counselor for six years and has worked in the field of child welfare since 1991. Deacon Demetri teaches at St Joseph’s University in West Hartford and the School of Social Work at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work in Hartford. He is active in pastoral ministry and is Co-Director of Sunday School at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Waterbury. Deacon Demetri has taught many classes, workshops, and retreats for people of all ages. He also gives talks on Orthodox Spirituality, Contemplative Prayer, Iconography, the Lives of the Saints, Desert Fathers, and the Fathers of The Church.