Saint Demetrios Greek Festival
Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
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Father Gary serves St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Camarillo, California. Camarillo is in Ventura County, which is just outside of Los Angeles. He has been married to Christina since July 6, 1997. After their honeymoon they moved to Brookline, MA for Gary to pursue his Masters of Divinity. There Christie gave birth to the couple’s two boys Haralambos (Feb. 2000) and Iakovos (March 2001). Fr. Gary Kyriacou was ordained to the Deaconate on May 27, 2001 and then to the Priesthood on September 9, 2001.

Fr. Gary was the assistant to Fr. Tom Paris at the Ascension Cathedral in Oakland, Ca from June 2001- July 2004. On August 1, 2004 he was assigned to serve the faithful of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Camarillo, Ca. In 2004 the devoted community purchased 4.1 acres in the center of Camarillo and began to raise money to build a new structure. In 2013 the Ground-Breaking Ceremony took place for the St. Demetrios Agape Building. The Agape Building, a two story edifice with a chapel, reception hall, conference room, offices and classrooms was completed in 2015. St. Demetrios celebrated the Thyranoixia (Door Opening Ceremony) on May 31, 2015 and the new building was permanently occupied in July 2015.

Fr. Gary also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Metropolis of San Francisco Greek Orthodox Greek Dance and Choral Festival. Here he enjoys gathering the Youth of the Metropolis and sharing with the them importance of our Faith and Culture.

In 2008 Pres. Christina gave birth to their little girl, Eleni Kay Kyriacou. The family of five loves living in Ventura County. They like going to the beach, Dodger games, and the movies. They enjoy In-n-Out Cheeseburgers and playing Apples to Apples.

Fr. Gary studied Film Production at California State University, Northridge with an emphasis in Screenwriting. Prior to answering his calling to ministry he wanted to be a film producer and screenwriter. He worked on a few films and television shows before earning his Masters of Divinity in May of 2001.


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Sanctify Sundays


We need to sanctify Sunday mornings. We have allowed other entities to sneak in and snatch the sacredness of Sunday mornings from us. When Divine Liturgy is not the priority on Sunday morning, and we allow sporting events, science projects, and undone chores from earlier in the week keep us from worshipping, we are sending the wrong message to our youth.


The Church community and the weekly practice of liturgy is to strengthen and encourage us to face the challenges that lay ahead. It would be great if no one endured pain or suffering in life. If only we could wrap ourselves in bubble wrap to never scrap a knee, twist an ankle, or suffer other tragedies. Truth be told, none of us sit and wait for the storm to hit, it just comes. How prepared will we be?


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