Father John, a.k.a. Artemakis, was born on the island of Crete in Greece. She came to the United States with his family in 1947 and they settled in Chicago.
After finishing high school, Father John studied at our Holy Cross Seminary in Brookline, MA for one year. He then returned to Greece in 1959 and studied at the Rizarios Seminary in Athens. Then he continued studies at the School of Theology of Athens University. He graduated with a Master's Degree in Sacred Theology (M.S.T.) in 1964.
In 1960, while continuing his studies, Father John married Nikie Sampsakis, the priest's daughter from his home village in Crete. In 1963 he was ordained a Deacon by Metropolitan Irineos of Crete. He served as a deacon at the church of Saint Glykeria in Athens on until he completed his studies. He returned to the U.S. in February, 1965 and was ordained a Presbyter by the late Bishop Meletios of the Chicago Diocese.
Father John's first assignment was in Great Falls, MT (and the whole state of Montana). During the last fifty-one years, he has served at a number of parishes in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. He retired on July 31, 2016, from his last parish, Saint George Church, in De Kalb, IL and moved to the Detroit area to be closer to family.
Father John received the honor of Economos from the late Archbishop Iakovos, In 1982, while serving in Buffalo, NY and the honor of Protopresbyter from the late Bishop Timothy of Detroit, while serving in Cincinnati, OH in 1992.
Father John and Presbytera Nikie have been blessed with four children (two boys and two girls) and six grandchildren. One of their two sons is also a priest: father Angelo. Glory be to God!
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