MOBILE, ALABAMA USA- Pearl Patronas, 97, Sophia Pappas, 93, and Mary Pafudakis, 94, remember cooking late into the night for Greek Fest, sharing stories and friendship, looking back on decades of involvement at Annunciation Greek Orthodox church.
Nick Lukes, 85, recalls saints days, both festive and spiritual, when people visited house to house.
Callieroy Andreades, 84, and her little sister, Virginia Andreades, 67, who grew up in downtown Mobile, remember walking to the church when it was closeby.
As Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church turns 100 this weekend, these parishioners and others celebrate faith, community, and heritage.
“It’s a blessed time,” says Father Elias Stevens, who arrived at Annunciation church in 2009, becoming its eighth priest over the course of a century. “I feel humbled.”