Born November 13, 1925 in New Orleans, LA enrolled in 1942 at age 16 at Holy Cross in Pomfret, he was ordained October 26, 1948. He served for one year in Louisville, KY, and five in Huntington, WV. In 1955 he was assigned to the Memphis Annunciation Church where he served until 1991.
During his retirement years he served almost every week-end in small parishes which did not have a full-time priest. He served as first editor of the Retired Clergy Association publication, the RCA Epistle, for 17 years and designed the official emblem of the RCA. He has served as Chaplain of the Memphis Touchdown Club the last 22 years. In January 2012 he will begin his 40th year of an Adult Greek Class which draws people from outside the Greek speaking community. One cannot forget his role in the struggle for human rights during the turbulent 60s when he and a small group of white ministers, together with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to heal a suffering Memphis community.
In addition to his Holy Cross diploma, he has earned a MA in History from Marshall University and a Jurisprudence Degree from the Memphis University School of Law. Until last year he enjoyed playing racquetball three days a week. Married to Bess Vieron, a graduate of St. Basil’s Academy, she taught afternoon Greek classes for 44 years as her "gift" to the church before obtaining a nursing degree and working as an RN the last 42 years. The Vierons are blessed with two sons, Leonidas, a local physician and Paul, a graduate of Holy Cross Seminary, and are blessed with four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, Sophia Kali.
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