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Leonidas and His Three Hundred

three hundred
King Leonidas

Leonidas (c. 530-480 B.C.) was a king of the city-state of Sparta from about 490 B.C. until his death at the Battle of Thermopylae against the Persian army in 480 B.C. Although Leonidas lost the battle he was immortalized with his death and that of his three hundred personal bodyguards at Thermopylae.

Like all male Spartan citizens, Leonidas had been trained mentally and physically since he was big enough to walk. In addition, Spartan children were taken away from their mothers at an early so to start their training to become Hoplites.

Hoplites were armed with a round shield, spear, and iron short sword. Equally important, in battle, they used a formation called a phalanx, in which rows of hoplites stood directly next to each other.  So that their shields overlapped with one another. During a frontal attack, this wall of shields provided significant protection to the warriors behind it. The Roman used a similar tactic. Except they used a rectangular shield to form a wall when the shields overlapped.

The problem with the phalanx is if the enemies attacked either from the side or behind they were unprotected and vulnerable. It was this fatal weakness of the formidable phalanx formation.  These proved to be Leonidas’  and his three hundred undoing against an invading Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C.

FAMILY

Leonidas was the third son of Anaxandridas II of Sparta. He was the half-brother of the late King Cleomenes I of Sparta. Leonidas was crowned King after the death of his half-brother. Cleomenes’ died of a suspected suicide. Leonidas was also married to Cleomenes’ only child, the wise Gorgo, Queen of Sparta.

Battle of Thermopylae,

 The battle of Thermopylae took place in northern Greece (480 BC) during the Persian Wars. Not to mention, this was basically a revenge reprisal by the Persians (now Iran) after they were defeated at Marathon ten years earlier. This time the Persian invasion was led by King Xerxes in 480 bce. Leonidas King of Sparta and his new alliance with Athens had decided what must be done to save Greece. Leonidas knew that the army of Xerxes was going to invade Greece from the north via the very narrow Thermopylae passage and by sea. Athens would be responsible for the taken care of the Persian fleet.

Leonidas realized that the only way his small force with his three hundred personal bodyguards was to stop Xerxes army would be at Thermopylae. There the Persian King Xerxes had led a vast army overland from the Dardanelles. The army accompanied by a substantial fleet that was moving along the coast. His forces quickly seized northern Greece after he defeated King Leonidas and his forces at the narrow pass of Thermopylae.  Next to the sea nearby in the straits of Artemisium.

The End of the King and the Three Hundred

King Leonidas succeeded with his plan to hold back the Persians. Leonidas efforts gave Greece the opportunity to organize to fight Xerxes. King Leonidas armored Greek infantry held a line only a few dozen yards long between a steep hillside and the sea. This battlefield was very narrow and was personally picked by Leonidas. It prevented the Persians from bringing their superior numbers to bear. The Greeks were able to hold back two days the fierce Persian attacks. They succeeded to impose heavy casualties on the Persians while suffering relatively light losses themselves.

Unfortunately, King Leonidas and his 300-man who refused to leave their King and retreat. Mainly, because it was contrary to Spartan law and custom. This led to their demise and their infamy.

 

The Spartan motto was “come back carrying your shield or upon it”. They never left their men behind.

This thought is also followed by the United States Marines.

 

“Leonidas I” June 2017 <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonidas_I>

History.com Staff “LEONIDAS” June 2017 <http://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/leonidas>

N.S. Gill “King Leonidas of Sparta and the Battle at Thermopylae” June 2017 <https://www.thoughtco.com/king-leonidas-of-sparta-battle-thermopylae-112481>

Donald Sommerville “Battle of Thermopylae GREEK HISTORY” [480 BC] June 2917 <https://www.britannica.com/event/Battle-of-Thermopylae-Greek-history-480-BC>

 

 

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Doyle was born on 22 May 1859 at 11 Picardy Place, Edinburgh, Scotland. Doyle was a physician and also a British writer. Best known for his detective fiction. Featuring the character Sherlock Holmes.

Originally a physician, in 1887 Doyle published A Study in Scarlet. This is his first of four novels about Holmes and Dr. Watson. In addition, Doyle wrote over fifty short stories. Featuring the famous detective.

The Sherlock Holmes stories are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction. Additional writing that Doyle is also known for is The Adventure of Professor Challenger. In addition, Mystery of Mary Celeste.  He was a prolific writer whose other works include fantasy and science fiction stories, plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction and historical novels.

As a matter of fact, everyone has heard about the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Their popularity scans throughout all the ages. In addition, they have been vastly read throughout the generations.

Holly wood has on numerous occasions depicted their version of Sherlock holmes and Dr. Watson.

In my mind, in old movies that I love is Sherlock Holmes is Basil Rathbone with Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson. Here are some of the most popular chronological order:

Doyle – Dr. Watson

The most famous actor duo playing Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, joined forces against different villains from 1939 until 1946.

The American actor Robert Duvall intervened on behalf of his friend.
He duped Holmes and got him to Vienna to consult with Sigmund Freud in “The Seven-Per-Cent Solution”.

James Mason’s Watson challenged Jack the Ripper together with Christopher Plummer.

John Mills’ older version of Watson supported Peter Cushing’s aging detective in “The Masks of Death”

Jude Law plays one of the latest incarnations of Dr. Watson in the action movies from director Guy Ritchie with Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes.

Lucy Liu is the only female companion to the Great Detective. She assists Jonny Lee Miller in New York in the CBS TV show “Elementary”.

Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock_Holmes_Portrait
Sherlock_Holmes_Portrait
Before that other oddly named Englishman came around, Rathbone was regarded as the quintessential.

Nicholas Rowe, Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

Michael Caine, Without a Clue (1988)
Technically, Caine’s just playing a rather bumbling actor pretending to be Holmes.

Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock (2010-present)
Ah, there he is. Only the Cumberbatch could turn an arrogant, socially awkward, modern-day Holmes into a total heartthrob.

Jonny Lee Miller, Elementary (2012-present)

Building on the popularity of Sherlock, Elementary sees Miller as a disgraced Holmes who flees to New York after rehab. This time around, his sidekick Watson is not only American, but a woman, and played by the lovely Lucy Liu.

 The great talent of these actors has been able to play the characters of one of the great British Author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
 Credits

Arthur Conan Doyle May 2017 <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Conan_Doyle>

Erin-Donnelly From Benedict To Ian, 7 Actors Who’ve Played Sherlock Holmes” May 2017 <http://www.refinery29.com/2015/07/90589/sherlock-holmes-actor>

Andrea Plunket “Doctor Watson -The “Underestimated” Friend”May 2017 <http://www.sherlock-holmes-movie-and-tv-guide.com/doctor-watson.html>

 

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Lawrence Of Arabia The beginning of the Arabs As We Know Them

Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia found fame in World War One for the work he did in the Middle East. He gained an almost mythical status amongst the Arabs and was titled ‘Al Auruns’ by them.Thomas Edward (T.E.) Lawrence was born at Tremadoc in Wales in 1888. He was the son of Thomas Chapman He later changed his surname to Lawrence. T E Lawrence was born out of marriage.

He was a very able pupil and could read at the age of four. He was also reading Latin at the age of six. Lawrence won a scholarship to Oxford University and developed a passion for reading, especially military history books.

At the beginning of World War I Lawrence tried time and time again to enlist into the British Military, being rejected every time. He just did not make the minimum height of 5 feet 5inches.

Lawrence and Arabia

In the light of these drawbacks. He continued to pester the military till they decided to give him a chance and he was given a commission. Lawrence joined the intelligence branch of the general staff. His knowledge of Arabic led to a posting to Egypt where he served in the ‘Arab Bureau’ at GHQ.

When he got there the British military campaign in the Middle East had not started well. The British were able to fight back a Turkish attack on the Suez Canal. Unfortunately, the British advances against the Turks across Sinai ground came to a standstill near Gaza. The Turks were successful in other areas, such as  Aden.

The Ottoman Empire stretched from Bosnia, Moldavia, Albania, Macedonia, Greece, Armenia, Iraq, Egypt, and Cyrenaica. On June 5th, 1916, the Arab Revolt started in the Hejaz.

The Revolt

The revolt had some initial successes capturing Mecca, Jidda, and Taif but was stalemated by the Tuks. In October 1916, the British sent Ronald Storrs KCMG CBE who was an official in the British Foreign and Colonial Office. He served as Oriental Secretary in Cairo and was accompanied by Lawrence.

Lawrence was sent to meet the Amir Feisal whose tribesmen had been attempting to besiege Medina. As a matter of fact, Feisal and Lawrence developed an immediate rapport. Feisal’s small army of men didn’t have the discipline of the elite forces of the British. In the light of this Lawrence saw the potential of harnessing their commitment to the cause.

Road to Medina

He quickly realized that Feisal’s men had no chance of capturing Medina. Lawrence believed that while the Turks controlled the rail line they would always have the opportunity to supply Medina. He, therefore, believed that Feisal’s best chance lay in a form of guerilla warfare against the Turk.

He realizes that their weakness was their rail line to Medina. The rail line was a single track affair that linked Medina to Damascus. Lawrence did not want to destroy the line as it would be needed after the Turks had been defeated. Lawrence wanted to move their campaign north.

He also realized that he could bottleneck them through their rail line to Medina. The rail line was a single track affair that linked Medina to Damascus. Lawrence did not want to destroy the line as it would be needed after the Turks had been defeated. In addition, Lawrence wanted to move their campaign north.

So Lawrence advanced with his strategy. He wanted to harass the Turks along the route of the rail line so that they would have to use more and more troops to guard it along its length.

Equally important he wanted to harass the Turks so much that they would be forced to commit more soldiers to protect the rail line which would remove the forces from the front line.

Accomplishments

Some of the main accomplishment Lawrence was able to do in a short time.

  1.  Get the Hejaz Arabs to move further and further north where they linked up with Trans-Jordan tribes. Trans-Jordan tribes joined his campaign.
  2. July 6th, 1917, Lawrence and his Arab forces captured Aqaba from the rear after defeating a whole Turkish battalion.
  3. This allowed  Feisal to move his headquarters to Aqaba. Where he placed himself and his men under the command of General Allenby, a British commander in Palestine.
  4. He was able to get the Arab forces more guns, more ammunition, and more gold.
  5. On December 9th, 1917, Allenby’s forces entered Jerusalem.
  6. In January 1918, Lawrence led an attack on the Turks at Tafila in which a whole battalion was destroyed.
  7. Lawrence with his Arab forces launched a diversionary attack on the Turks at an important rail junction at Deraa on September 17th.
  8. At Deraa, he had a force of 3,000 Arabs but they tied down 50,000 Turks who could not help their comrades against Allenby.
  9. The Turkish High Command also spread their forces (150,000 men in total) thinly across the region making the British campaign that much easier.
  10. Feisal entered Damascus in triumph and Lawrence took charge of civil and military order for several weeks.
  11. On October 31st, 1918, an armistice was concluded with the Turks. The war was over.
After The War

Though the war had come to end Lawrence continued living with the Arabs. Living a Bedouin life. Coupled with the diet that he was forced to have as a Bedouin he developed a number of debilitating stomach ailments. Furthermore, he realized that he had no choice to change his life.

Lawrence accompanied the Arab delegation to the Versailles Peace Conference where they fully expected their reward for helping the Allies in the war – full independence. Conversely, it was not going to happen. Behind Lawrence and Feisal back Britain and France has already decided to carve up the Middle East to their liking. The French even ejected Feisal from Damascus.

After Versailles had finished, Lawrence resigned from the army.It was time for him to go back home, England. There he spent his time writing “Seven Pillars of Wisdom”. Here joined the RAF in 1925.  Lawrence served in India from 1927 to 1929 before returning to Britain. He stayed in the RAF until 1935.

Retired enjoying his favorite pastime which was driving his Lawrence’s last Brough Superior SS100 motorcycle at high speeds he lost control of his bike avoiding some young boys crossing a county backroad and crashed. He was only 45 years old.

 

Appendix
Lawrence of Arabia
lieutenant colonel T.E Lawrence

 

 

 

 

 

The movie Lawrence of Arabia was released in 1962

 

Lawrence- Actor Peter O'Toole
Actor Peter O’Toole

 

 

 

 

 

 

C N Trueman “Lawrence of Arabia” April 2017 <http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/world-war-one/lawrence-of-arabia/>

“T. E. Lawrence”  April 2017 <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T._E._Lawrence>

Scott Anderson”True Story Of Lawrence of Arabia”<http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-lawrence-arabia-180951857/>

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Winston Churchill, The Rock of England

Winston Churchill
1939, London, England

Winston Churchill, the beginning

Winston Churchill was born into the family of the Dukes of Marlborough, a branch of the Spencer family. His father, Lord Randolph Churchill, was a charismatic politician who served as Chancellor of the Exchequer and his mother, Jennie Jerome, was an American socialite.

Winston Churchill as a Child
Winston Churchill as a Child

As a young child, Churchill grew up in Dublin, Ireland, where his father was employed by his grandfather, the 7th Duke of Marlborough, John Spencer-Churchill. There he entered a formal school and Churchill proved to be an independent, uncooperative and rebellious student. He did poorly at his first two schools and in April 1888, he was sent to Harrow School. This was a boarding school near the city of London. Within weeks of his enrollment, he joined the Harrow Rifle Corp and this put him on a path to a military career.

A Military Career?

 

Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill lThe Fourth Hussars

Churchill enjoyed a brief but eventful career in the British Army. He joined the Fourth Hussars in 1895 and served in the Indian northwest frontier. Also served in the Sudan, where he saw some action in the Battle of Omdurman in 1898. In addition, while in the Army, he did some work for some newspapers. He wrote some military reports for newspapers The Pioneer and the Daily Telegraph. In addition, Churchill also wrote two books on his experiences, The Story of the Malakand Field Force (1898) and The River War (1899).

Churchill left the army in 1899 and went to work as a war correspondent for the newspaper the  Morning Post. Then he was sent to South Africa to report on the Boer War. There he receives vast recognition for his courage when he was captured by the Boers and was imprisoned.  Only to escaped and started the long trip to the Portuguese territory in Mozambique. Not to mention that it was a three hundred mile trip. 
Politics
In 1900, Churchill became a member of Parliament in the Conservative Party. This move helped him follow his father’s career in politics. Churchill was a strong supporter of social reform. But he quickly felt that the Conservative party wasn’t working hard enough to change some of the social reforms that needed to be changed.
So In 1904 Churchill switch political parties to the Liberal Party. He also followed his father’s sense of independence, becoming a supporter of social reform. Unconvinced that the Conservative Party was committed to social justice, Churchill switched to the Liberal Party in 1904. He was elected a member of Parliament in 1908 where he was appointed to the Prime Ministers cabinet as president of the Board of Trade.  That same year, he married Clementine Ogilvy Hozier, after a short courtship.
Modernizing The Military
He quickly moved his way through the political maze. Churchill helped to modernize the British navy when he served as the First Lord of the Admiralty. He was a strong supporter to promote air crafts for the Navy starting up the Royal Navy Air Service. Churchill resigned his position after Battle of Gallipoli ended as a disaster. Even though he was not personally involved he felt responsible for the mess.
He then joined the British army where he commanded a battalion of the Royal Scots  Fusiliers on the Western front. There he saw a little action in the famous no-man land that was infamous of the First World War.  In 1917, he was appointed the minister of munitions for the final year of the war. He oversaw the production of tanks, airplanes, and munitions. From 1919 to 1922, Churchill served as minister of war and air and colonial secretary under Prime Minister David Lloyd George.
Rebellion
Britain got itself into another skirmish with its empire when the Kurdish tribesmen became rebellious in Iraq. Churchill ordered his new airforce to squash the rebellion. He even suggested that they use poisonous gas to crush the rebellion. The idea was under consideration by the British government but was rejected.
Churchill rejoined the Conservative Party as fractures in the Liberal party caused the defeat of Churchill. Only to see the Conservative party lose in 1929 which left Churchill out of work and out of the government.He was branded a right-wing extremist and totally out of touch with the people of Britain. He spent the next couple years writing and publishing
 A History Of English Speaking Peoples.

World War II

Though at the beginning Winston Churchill like the rest of the world did not believe in the threat of Adolf Hitler.

Winston Churchill
1939 Winston Churchill First Lord of the Admiralty

His beliefs changed by 1938 of the little German corporal (Adolf Hitler) that he had no intentions of stopping his aggressions against the rest of the world. Germany started to invade and swallow its neighbors. The Prime Minister at that time was Neville Chamberland who strongly believe the strength of diplomacy. Churchill became a strong critic of the Prime Minister because he felt that Hitler’s hunger for power was never-ending.

(Sounds familiar, our ex-president Barack Obama was a strong believer in the strength of diplomacy with Iran, Russia, and North Korea. How is that working for us? Not very good is it. I believe very strongly with President Theodore Roosevelt philosophy of ”speak softly and carry a big stick”)

Churchill had suggested that England occupies not only the vital Norwegian iron mines but also sea ports. Not to mention that Chamberlain refused only to see Norway invaded by the Germans later that month.

On September 3, 1939, the day that Britain declared war on Germany. With this in mind, Churchill became First Lord of the Admiralty and a member of the war cabinet. In addition by April 1940, he became chairman of the Military Coordinating Committee.

Prime Minister Chamberlain was replaced by Churchill on May 10, 1939, by King George VI. After Chamberlain had a vote of no confidence in the Parliament he steps aside.  Within hours, the German Army began its Western Offensive, invading the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. As a matter of fact two days later, German forces entered France. Britain again stood alone against the onslaught of the German invasion.

Working as Prime Minister

Winston Churchill moved quickly to a coalition of labor leaders from the both the Conservative and Liberal parties. He also organized and placed competent, intelligent, and talented men in key positions to help Winston Churchill. Under those circumstances, on June 18, 1940, Churchill made one of his iconic speeches to the House of Commons, warning that “the Battle of Britain” was about to begin.

With Winston Churchill leadership he led a non-ending fight against Germany. He spoke to the British people every day via radio.  Winston Churchill succeeded to keep the moral of the people high. He also organized a relationship with the USA and with a strong friendship with President Franklin D Roosevelt during the 30’s. Winston Churchill gets vital United State aid through the Lend-Lease Act. Now Winston Churchill is able to get war goods from the United States that is badly needed for the war.

After the United States entered World War II, in December 1941, Churchill was confident that the Allies would eventually win the war. In the months that followed, Churchill worked closely with U.S. President Roosevelt and Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin to forge an Allied war strategy and post-war world. In meetings in Teheran (1943), Yalta (February 1945) and Potsdam (July 1945).

Churchill collaborated with the two leaders to develop a united strategy against the Axis. He helped craft the post-war world with the United Nations as its centerpiece. As the war wound down, Churchill proposed plans for social reforms in Britain but was unable to convince the public.

Winston Churchill

The Last Mile

Churchill lost the general election July 1945. During the next six years, Churchill became the leader of the opposition party and continued to have an impact on world affairs. In March 1946, while on a visit to the United States, he made his famous “Iron Curtain” speech, warning of Soviet domination in Eastern Europe.

Sir Winston Churchill died on January 24, 1965, England.  Queen Elizabeth II granted him the honor of a state funeral, not to mention they saw one of the largest assemblies of world statesmen in history.

History is a fascinating subject. I’ve given links to some books that will give you a broader understanding of the different events in Sir Winston Churchill’s life. Enjoy!

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Reverend Theophilos Theophilopoulos

Father TheophilosReverend Theophilos Theophilopoulos

Born: January 19, 1922
Died: December 16, 2011

Reverend Theophilos Theophilopoulos was born in Montreal Canada on January 19, 1922. He was the first born son of Panayiotis and Panayiota Theophilos, from the village of Longaniko, Greece, near Sparta. Father Theophilos Theophilopoulos graduated from Baron Byng High School in 1938 at the age of 16. He had three brothers Paul, Steve, and Christo who was my father.

Schoolmates of his still remember his early calling to the priesthood from an early age when he would stage liturgies and play at giving communion during recess.

He entered brand new Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology then located in Pomfret Ct.  At 17 he was the youngest student to enroll and graduate from there.  Conditions at the Theological school at that time were quite primitive. Father Theophilopoulos was in charge of the infirmary due to his background in first aid with the Boy Scouts of Canada.
At the school, they not only learned theology, but also had classes on social graces, and humility.  Father Theophilopoulos graduated with a Bachelor of Divinity in 1943.

His first assignment after he graduated was as a lay assistant and youth coordinator at Saint Spyridon Church in the Washington Heights district of New York City. There he met the love of his life and soul mate Zoe Geotas. His future wife who was at that time very involved in the youth activities of the parish.

 

They later married in a ceremony involving the entire parish and over 20 clergymen, on Septemeber 24th 1944. Father is ordained a Deacon at Holy Trinity Church. Father Theophilopoulos home parish in Montreal, Quebec. By the late Patriarch, Athenagoras, who at that time was the Archbishop of North and South America. My father Father Theophilopoulos younger brother was the Archbishop Athenagoras favorite altar-boy. Father Theophilopoulos served at St. Spyridon Church in NY for the next five years. Their first two children, Panagiota (Peggy) and Panagioti (Peter) were born in New York City during that time.

In 1949 Father transferred to Saint Haralambos in Canton, Ohio. He was the parish priest that served there for 8 years. His last 2 children, Ioanna and Constantine were born in this community. While living in Canton Ohio Father Theophilopoulos took post-graduate studies in history, at Kent State University. In 1951 he was elevated to the rank of Father Confessor, and in 1954 became an Economos.

Father Theophilos Heading Home

Eventually, In 1957 he returned to his home parish of Holy Trinity, in Montreal, Quebec.  I remember when I was very young my cousin and I on a family Easter get together at my grandparent’s home. Which was located on top of my father’s restaurant we decided to find out who could throw our painted red Easter eggs over the roof. We both were pleased by our great ability to accomplish this feat.

A short time later, my Uncle, this compassionate man came to ask us. If we knew anything about red easter eggs that were thrown over the roof. The eggs had barely miss hitting walking pedestrians that had been passing by on Jean Talon Street in front of my father’s restaurant. He looked at my cousin, his son and me with a questioning glance as we both stated that we had no idea of the situation.

My dear uncle just looked down at us with a smile and asked us to please let him know if we found out if anyone did it. We both agreed eagerly as my uncle turn and headed to the police officer at the front door to assure him that it would not happen again.

My cousin and I surprised at how easily we got away with our stupid stunt. If we had only realized how close it really was that we might have felt the wrath of God.

Reverend Theophilos became the organizer and the president of the Eastern Orthodox Clergymen’s Association in the Greater Montreal area. Reverend Theophilos Theophilopoulos also served as a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Bible Society of Montreal. He also was a National Chairman and Commissioner of the Eastern Orthodox Catholic Boy Scouts Association of Canada. He made monthly trips to serve the parishes of Burlington, VT, and Plattsburgh, NY, where he would be accompanied by his own personal choir of Father Theophilopoulos consisting of his wife and their three older children.

California, Here I Come

In 1966 Father Theophilopoulos appointed to Dean of Saint Sophia Cathedral in Los Angeles, California. Father Theophilos was for the next five years. While there he organized the Southern California Council of Orthodox Clergy, which brought together all Orthodox clergymen in the area. He was Vicar General for the Southern California parishes. Father Theophilos worked with the Guadalupe Homes for Children (now called Trinity Homes) and was one of the first directors.
He also served several years as the Secretary of the Board.
In 1971 Father Theophilos became  Dean of Annunciation Cathedral in San Francisco. He established the first Greek Orthodox Youth Camp in Yosemite National Park. In 1973 he established the first Greek Orthodox Boy Scout Troop at the Cathedral. He was Archdiocesan Vicar of the Diocese of San Francisco until his retirement in 1987. He also served the community via his weekly radio broadcasts.

Final Home

Reverend Father moved to Palm Desert in 1987 and while there helped establish the parish of Saint George Orthodox Church, where he served until 1990.
In 1993 Father was called to fill a temporary vacancy at the Sts. Constantine and Helen Orthodox Church in Vallejo California. Staying there for 3 years.
Reverend Father  Theophilopoulos had his home in Palm Desert and assisted at Saint George. He also served at neighboring parishes whenever the need arouses. In addition, Father Theophilopouls devoted his life to the church and had always tried to focus on encouraging the youth and led by example.

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