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To know and experience the love of GOD –Father, Son and Holy Spirit; to worship Him in spirit and in truth as taught by the Lord through His Apostles; and to welcome and encourage others to know and love Him!


  Jim Balamaci, President and CEO of Special Olympics Alaska, an extraordinary leader who lived to inspire goodness in people and communities, passed away during the morning of Feb. 1, 2018.
Born in Bridgeport, Conn., on Nov. 9, 1954, James Dennis Balamaci, 63, was the son of the late Dennis Balamaci, and Frusina Balamaci, who visited him often in Kodiak and Anchorage during his 40 years in Alaska. Growing up, he was a paper boy, considered his first entrepreneurial venture; he played a variety of sports for church and local leagues in Bridgeport; and he had a number of leadership roles in a St. Dimitrie Church youth organization, MAC-AROY (Macedonian Romanian Orthodox Youth Organization), becoming president for two years. These were the activities that shaped his young life.

A graduate of Central High School in 1972, he graduated from Iona College in 1976.
A year later, he followed his dream to go to Alaska, settling in Kodiak, where, always curious and ready to explore, he took on a number of different jobs, including commercial fishing, carpentry and teaching.
Jim started out as a Special Olympics Alaska volunteer in 1979, and later coached in the 1980s. In 1996, he became the President/CEO of Special Olympics Alaska. Under his leadership, Alaska hosted the 2001 World Winter Games in Alaska, which raised the visibility of the Healthy Athletes Program and School Program, increasing their funding sources. Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of Special Olympics, once told Jim it was the best world winter games in Special Olympics history. 

In Alaska, Jim was recognized as a leader in his field and received many awards for his work for people with intellectual disabilities. He advocated that through sports training and competition, people with intellectual disabilities gain confidence, friendships, acceptance, inclusion and a healthier lifestyle that exceeds the communities they live in.

In 2014, he achieved one of his most important goals - completing the Special Olympics Alaska Athlete Training Center and Campus with the help of his community, a 28,000-square-foot facility that includes a fitness center, indoor track, multipurpose sports court and classrooms for both athletes and volunteers. Most recently, Jim and his team had been developing an Aging Unified Athlete Program for Alaska athletes and their families.
Jim was beloved by his family, and is survived by his mother, Frusina Balamaci; his sister, Marilyn Balamaci in Rye, N.Y.; his sister, Caryn and her husband, Nicholas and their children, Julie and Andrew Balamaci in Scarsdale, N.Y.; his brother, Dean and his wife, JoAnna and their children, Kathryn and Matthew Balamaci in Fairfax, Va.; and a large extended family.

Details on memorial services will be announced at a later time. For those wishing to honor Jim's life and his legacy, donations may be made to

Arrangements entrusted to Legacy Funeral Homes. To share words of comfort with the family please visit

Keeping the Faith-Christian Living In Turbulent Times

Featuring Dr Albert S. Rossi of St. Vladimir Seminary 

 Divine Liturgy      10:00 a.m.

Diptychs /Caraga (Commemoration of Departed)  11:00- 11:30 a.m.

Memorial luncheon          11:30- 12:30

Presentation and Questions – Dr. Rossi     12:30- 2:30 P.M.

Public is invited!


Our Preseter is Dr. Albert S. Rossi   Dr. Rossi is Director of Counseling and Psychological Services and teaches courses in pastoral theology at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary. He was a member of the SCOBA Commission on Contemporary Social and Moral Issues. He has written numerous articles on psychology and religion and published a book through Paulist Press entitled, Can I Make a Difference: Christian Family Life Today. After teaching at Pace University for 24 years, he retired as Associate Professor of Psychology. He is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of New York. Dr. Rossi has a brief, bi–weekly podcast on Ancient Faith Radio titled Becoming a Healing Presence.




Our annual General Assembly meeting will take place on Sunday, February 11th after coffee hour in the Tonna Hall.

Please join us 



This year, St Dimitrie is hosting Orthodoxy Sunday Vespers followed by a fellowship in the hall. The Ladies Auxiliary is seeking donations of Lenten food (either sweet or savory for the coffee hour. With many hands, its makes light work, so please consider purchasing or making something for this important day.

Even  if you are unable to  attend this special service, we'll happily arrange to accept your donation of food, money or gift cards. Please contact Linda Kolton to help:



May God Grant Him Many Years

Prayers of gratitude flowed on Sunday, September 17 as we surprised Fr George and Psa Marian with a coffee hour on the fourteenth anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood. Parish Council president Bob Nicola commented that "we wouldn't be here if it wasn't for Fr George and we wouldn't be the community we are if he wasn't here to lead us."

After a chorus of " God Grant You Many Years, " Ladies President Betsy Cipu presented Psa Marian with a bouquet of flowers.   Fr. George  reminded us "it takes a village and we have to remember to love each other, love the Lord and love this community."  

"The people present are the main support of this parish and don't ever give that up. Bring your children, grandchildren and godchildren. Let this parish countinue when we are gone from here and our decendants take over for us."
La Multi Ani and Good Health to Fr George and Psa Marian from a grateful parish.

Click here for the full You Tube Clip:


Please join us for the
Arrival of the Holy Theotokos Icon from Hawaii - the Myrrh-Streaming Iveron Icon

The Most Holy Theotokos Icon of Hawaii - the Myrrh-Streaming Iveron Icon
will be visiting our parish on

Friday, October 20, 2017

We will await her arrival at 4:00 pm followed by
an Akathist service at 6:30 pm with annointing of the Myrrh by local clergy


For additional information - Google "Hawaii icon
or click
History of Holy Iveron Icon featuring an explanation by Subdeacon Nectarios - the guardian of The Holy Theotokos icon

 or click Holy Theotokos of Iveron Church



Thank you for visiting the website of St. Dimitrie Romanian Orthodox Church in Easton, Connecticut. This site provides a glimpse into our parish, our Faith and our community.  We hope these announcements, updates, photographs and history will be interesting and enjoyable.
Our family invites you to come participate in the life of our parish and worship with us. 
Our doors and arms are open to you and we pray you find a home with us.

We are an Orthodox Christian Church under the auspices and ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America, Orthodox Church of America. The Presiding Hierarch of our Diocese is His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel (Popp).

We invite you to learn about our Orthodox Christian faith, find out what's happening in our community and join us in worship!

We seek to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ by maintaining the faith delivered to the apostles and handed down throughout the ages, worshiping together as a community of love, fellowship, and shared spiritual growth, and reaching out through ministry to serve the needs of those around us.
Schedule of Sunday Services (September - June):
Matins at 9:15 am
Sunday Liturgy at 10:00 a.m.
  English with Romanian prayers and hymns (which will also be repeated in English) - and our choir
Feast Days:
Vespers on Eve of Feast Days at 6:00 pm
Feast Day Liturgy at 10:00am 
  Services will be in English and Romanian
Confessions will be available during Matins (9:15am until 10:00am), or, by appointment - Contact Fr George
at the Church Office at (203) 268-8237 or his cell (203) 895-5464.
Religious Education and Bible Study
These classes are open to everyone who is eager to learn more about the Orthodox faith. We welcome both Orthodox and non-Orthodox. 
  • Religious Education classes will meet Wednesday morning at 11:00am in the library - Everyone is welcome
  • Bible Study meets on Tuesday evening at 6:30. 
    For additional information contact Fr. George at the Church Office (203)268-8237 or  his cell (203) 895-5464. 
Further Information:  Any questions about our services, schedule or community? See Administration tab at left.

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Immediately following Communion, teachers will meet in the back of the church and bring children downstairs for class. Parents are invited to enjoy the remainder of the service and meet children after coffee hour. Class ends at 12:00 p.m.
See Linda Kolton or Audriana Ocrain with questions. You can reach Linda at,  or call her at 203-696-0807 or Audriana at
See a slide show of some of our Sunday School children in class 
Click here to download  and print a Sunday School Registration form and bring it with you to class.
Go to our the Sunday School section on our Organizations page for more information.


Are you looking for meatless and dairy-free meal suggestions during Lent?

Our Sunday School teacher, and vegan chef, Linda Vanna Soper-Kolton offers her "Compassionate Cuisine" recipe blog to our community.  All her recipes are meat- and dairy-free. 

You can even search for recipies by meal or specific ingredient.

Thank you Vanna for your sharing your gift with us



St. Dimitrie 's new icons are in the Pulse Section of Saturday's (8/31/13) CT Post!  See the article "Creative Gifts, Spirituality Shine in Icon Painter's Art"

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