Deacon George Fekaris was born in Dunedin, Florida, in 1965 and was baptized that year in the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church parish in Detroit, Michigan. As a youth, Dcn. George and his family attended Saints Constantine and Helen parish until moving from Detroit. Upon moving to Farmington Hills, Michigan, Dcn. George’s family attended, and was active in, the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church parish. He married Cleo Fekaris in September 2000 and they have three children together, Andreanna, Vasiliki, and Stavros. He completed the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology Diaconate Program in 2020. Dcn. George was Ordained to the Holy Diaconate in the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Detroit through His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas, on December 17, 2022. He currently serves in the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church parish in Farmington Hills, Michigan and assists other parishes of the Metropolis of Detroit as needed.
Dcn. George’s other education includes: Juris Doctor, awarded by the University of Detroit School of Law (Class of 1990); Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, awarded by the Michigan State University College of Business (Class of 1987); and graduate of North Farmington High School (Class of 1983). He was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 1990. Dcn. George is a founding shareholder of the Morello Law Group, P.C. and has been in the private practice of law since 1990. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan sections on Probate, Elder Law and Disability Rights, Real Estate, Business Law, and Family Law. He is admitted to practice in Michigan's State Courts and the Eastern Federal District Court. Dcn. George is a past President of the Hellenic Bar Association of Michigan. He served for twenty years as a Wayne County Mediation Tribunal Case Evaluator. Dcn. George’s primary areas of law practice include: Estate and Business Planning; Business Succession Planning; Trusteeship; Trust Administration; Probate; Contested Estates; Long Term Care and Medicaid planning; Corporate Counsel; Commercial Litigation; Commercial Real Estate; and Residential Real Estate. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Northville Chamber of Commerce.
Dcn. George is a five-term past President of the Northville Educational Foundation and a member of its Board of Directors. He has served as an Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church Parish Council officer and member, a Greek Orthodox Youth of America (GOYA) advisor, a teacher of young adult Catechesis in his parish, Mentor, Emcee and Judge for the Metropolis of Detroit Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival, Reader, and adult Altar Server. Dcn. George was, also, a Den Leader for the Boy Scouts of America.
Diakonissa Cleo was baptized, attended, and was active in, the St. George Greek Orthodox Church parish located in Southgate, Michigan. Diakonissa Cleo was awarded a Juris Doctor by the Michigan State University College of Law (Class of 2000), was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy by the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (Class of 1995), and is a graduate of Gabriel Richard High School in Riverview, Michigan (Class of 1991). Diakonissa Cleo is the Michigan partner of the firm Forman Watkins & Krutz, LLP. She practices law in Livonia, Michigan.