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October 01. 2006 12:24PM

Telegram & Gazette article

Love, laughter for parish priest

By Rich Nangle TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF

WORCESTER— And what a surprise it was. Rev. Dean Paleologos was the man of the hour last night when 500 admirers gathered at the DCU Center, honoring his 25 years as a parish priest at Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral.

They talked of a counselor, mentor and friend known for his generous visits to the hospitalized, of his mentorship and his simple friendship.

His daughter-in-law, Zoe Paleologos, called him a shining example of what the priesthood is all about.

Mayor Timothy P. Murray, Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, said “Father Dean,” as he is known, has been a permanent presence, one that is affirming and positive, in a time when life is rapidly changing and becoming busier.

At-Large City Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes said she has attended many of his services and found that his spiritual leadership goes beyond the very limited circle of his family and his church.

A multimedia presentation detailing his life was a hit, showing him looking like very much the young man of the 1970s with long hair and the clothing of the time.

The 60-year-old Rev. Paleologos attended schools in several locations during his youth, and holds the offbeat distinction of having caught for the Lehman High School baseball team in Canton, Ohio, just prior to Thurman Munson, who went on to become a star for the New York Yankees.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies from Hellenic College in Brookline, and a Masters of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline in 1974. He was both married and ordained that year and began his ministry in Illinois. Wanting to be closer to family, he ended up coming to Worcester on Dec. 1, 1981.

Rev. Paleologos serves on the Council of Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston; the Hellenic College Holy Cross Board of Trustees Executive Committee; the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese National Missions Committee and the Archdiocesan Council. He is a member of Wulsten’s Society, which includes ministries of all faiths and meets monthly to discuss issues facing churches in Central Massachusetts. He is also a lover of theatre and music and likes to attend Broadway shows.

Rev. Nicholas Krommydas, of the Saint Demetrios Church in Weston, remembered the fun side of Father Dean. He noted that the two go back as far as college, a time when Rev. Paleologos had a license to drive but he did not. They pooled their resources and bought a car. Rev. Krommydas said that rather than depend too much on Rev. Paleologos to drive, he took it upon himself to drive without a license.

Rev. Paleologos’s brother, Philip, recalled that on his own radio show some years back the listeners liked it best when he entertained a certain special guest — Father Dean, of course.

Contact Richard Nangle by e-mail at rnangle@telegram.com.



 

 


 


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