The Greeks of Montreal are grieving for the loss of Father George Saitanis who passed away on Tuesday, September 2. The beloved priest will always be remembered due to his important contribution to the Greek community of Montreal.
Father Saitanis turned the church of Virgin Mary’s Assumption into an orthodox church in 1968, while in 1975, he contributed to the purchase of Evangelismos church where he served as archpriest until his retirement. Both temples are located in the heart of Parc Extension and belong to the Hellenic Community of Greater Montreal.
He was born in Messenia, southern Greece, in 1925 and had ten siblings. He showed his interest in church and chanting since childhood. After the war, in 1946, he moved to Athens and worked as a state social security fund employee. In Athens, he met his wife Stavroula whom he got married in 1965 and had one daughter, Iro.
He studied at Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky, USA. In 1966, he was invited by Bishop Timotheos in Toronto, where he worked for two years as assistant to Father Theophilos.
Father Saitanis was an emblematic figure in Montreal’s Greek community and was considered its spiritual leader.
The funeral service was held in Evangelismos church on Friday.