Deacon, ArchdioceSan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
Philo4Thought Hellenic Professional Mentoring Initiative is pleased to present this month's featured Hellenic Young Professional! The goal of our publications is to provide positive, successful role models who will inspire the next generation of young professionals. Preliminary criteria for YPM candidates is that they are actively engaged in an entrepreneurial initiative or have made a successful career for themselves, thereby serving as strong role models to the next generation of young professionals. Candidates are typically of Hellenic origin and part of a humanitarian (educational, sociological, scientific, etc.) or environmentally-conscious field. Given the gradual expansion of our readership, we currently interview candidates who embrace a specific Hellenic philosophy best described in a word: Philotimo (φιλότιμο). The most important qualifications all our candidates share are the spirit and compassion to persevere, and the heart to share their knowledge and experience with others.
Deacon Sotiri Michalatos grew up in Westchester, NY. His days in GOYA were instrumental in forming his love for Christ and he participated in various Archdiocesan programs throughout high school and college, including Homeless Ministries, Project Mexico, Camp Saint Paul, and Ionian Village. After graduating from the University at Buffalo with a degree in Economics, Deacon Sotiri attended Holy Cross Seminary in Boston.
Our team had the privilege of befriending Deacon Sotiri shortly after his graduation, when he joined the community at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of Holy Trinity and quickly became one of it's most creative and energetic young professionals, worked part time as a Pastoral Assistant and part time as a religious instructor and technological support specialist at the Cathedral School. His tireless effort was most notably recognized in December 2019, after two years of working with the Cathedral community, and he was ordained by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros. He, along with his wife Kathy, are valuable members of the greater NYC Hellenic and Orthodox community!
CREDIT & RECOGNITION: Many thanks to Deacon Sotiri for sharing this story with us and to all those from Westchester through the five boroughs who took the time to nominate him as a recipient of our 2020 Hellenic Young Professionals Certificate of Excellence!