Our Clergy

Father Nikolaos Mataragas


 

 

Fr. Nikolaos Mataragas was born and raised in Chicago, IL as the second of three children to Stefanos and Dionysia Mataragas. He grew up in the Metropolis of Chicago in the Southwest Suburbs of the city. Fr. Niko participated in the life of the Church ever since he was a young boy. His parents wasted little time to incorporate him into parish activities (i.e. altar boys, Sunday School, Greek School, etc.).

Since childhood, a serious, dignified and disciplined understanding of what it meant to both be an acolyte and an Orthodox Christian was instilled into Father. He then realized his vocation of becoming a clergyman when he visited Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA in 2001. However, it took him almost 14 years to see his vocation through, as he took a different path than what God laid out for him. Finally, in 2015, after confiding in his spiritual father about his vocation and obtaining the blessing from Metropolitan Iakovos (of blessed memory), he applied and was accepted to the seminary.

The miracle of God’s economy is truly great because within his first three years of the seminary, he met and married his wife, Presvytera Arete, and she gave birth to their first child, Stefanos Pavlos. On August 3rd 2019, he was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael of Chicago at his home parish, St. Spyridon in Palos Heights, IL. Then on August 24th, 2019, in front of the blessed faithful of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Waterbury, CT, Fr. Nikolaos was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America. Since then, Fr. Nikolaos was assigned to serve the faithful of Holy Trinity in Waterbury.

 


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 teaches at Sacred Heart University. Deacon Demetri has taught many classes and conducts silent retreats and Bereavement workshops at Enders Island in Mystic, Connecticut. He also gives talks on Orthodox Spirituality, Contemplative Prayer, Iconography, the Lives of the Saints, Desert Fathers, and the Fathers of The Church.