St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Christian Church is set to begin construction of their new facility on the corner of Woodcreek and Santa Rosa Roads in Camarillo, CA. His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco will lead the community in the GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY scheduled for Saturday, September 29 at 4:00 PM. General site construction will begin in mid-October. The community of St. Demetrios has hired HMH Contractors to run the project.
The Parish, celebrating its 35th Anniversary, is currently located at the Camarillo Airport near Pleasant Valley Road and is home to approximately 200 families in Ventura County. Rev. Father Gary Kyriacou was assigned to St. Demetrios on August 1, 2004. He and the community have been working together, tirelessly, through Capital Campaign projects, Festivals, Golf Tournaments and other fundraisers to build a new facility ever since.
In April 2004 St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Christian Church purchased a beautiful parcel of land in the Mission Oaks area of Camarillo. Fundraising efforts to pay for the land began immediately. The land debt was retired in March 2007. Heathcote and Associates architecture firm immediately began to design the campus of the Byzantine style complex.
Fr. Gary and the faithful of St. Demetrios are celebrating this milestone, and, at the same time, preparing to raise the next several million to erect the new structures. The church was established in 1977 at the Camarillo Airport. Since its inception St. Demetrios has become the spiritual home to many desiring a closer relationship with Christ. Both Greek and non-Greek parishioners make up the diverse group of worshippers. “You don’t have to be Greek to be an Orthodox Christian,” says Fr. Gary.
St Demetrios is under the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Fransisco, which extends over 7 States. There are 67 parishes under the spiritual guidance of His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco. The next closest Greek Orthodox Churches in Southern California are St. Barbara’s in Santa Barbara and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Christian Church in Northridge, California. Services are conducted in English and sprinkled with Greek. The Church celebrates services on Sunday mornings begin at 9:00 AM. Visitors are welcome. Call 805-482-1273or visit the parish website www.saintdem.org for further information.