Father Philemon Patitsas is the Presiding Presbyter of the Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church (Naples, FL). Father was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh in May of 2008. He was ordained by His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta in October of 2010 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Charlotte, NC after completing degrees with highest distinction at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Master of Divinity), and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (Master of Public Administration). email@example.com
Fr. Philemon entered the Holy Priesthood after a distinguished 20-year career as an MBA degreed Petroleum Engineer and business executive with Fortune 50 Chemical and Petroleum companies, most recently as Global Marketing Manager with Praxair Semiconductor Materials. He was installed by Metropolitan Alexios as the Presiding Priest of St. Katherine in July of 2012, and elevated to Pneumaticos (Spiritual Father and Confessor) in February of 2014.
In addition to spearheading the founding of the Christian Rights and Freedom Institute, Growth Ministries, and Agape Charities at St. Katherine, Fr. Philemon is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (St. Augustine, FL), serves on the Atlanta Metropolis’ Strategic Planning Committee, and Chairs the Village Planning Committee, an effort to establish an active living community at the Atlanta Metropolis’ Diakonia Center (220 acres in Salem, SC).
Since becoming the Priest of St. Katherine, Fr. Philemon has been a strong advocate for healthy relations among faith communities. In addition to his leadership of the Christian Rights and Freedom Institute, he participates in the Pastors’ Roundtable, Salt and Light Advisory Council and the Catholic-Jewish Dialogue of Naples, FL.
Fr. Philemon and Presvytera Maria are blessed with a son, two daughters, and a granddaughter.
“But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore He says:
“When He ascended on high,
He led captivity captive,
And gave gifts to men.”
Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”
Ephesians 4:7-16 (NKJV)