Being a part of the Metropolis of Detroit is a homecoming of sorts for Fr. Jim. He was born in (East) Grand Rapids, Michigan just days before Christmas of 1956, the son of a Baptist minister. Within a year of being born, the Detroit Lions would win their last NFL Championship. At the age of six, his family moved to Battle Creek (the site of Sts. Constantine & Helen Chapel was once home to Calvary Baptist Church, formerly pastored by his father). He graduated "laudi how cum" from Wheaton College (outside of Chicago) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 1979.
Fr. Bistolarides was born to Konstantinos and Eleni Bistolarides on Feb 10, 1956 in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, and grew up in Scarborough (Toronto) Ontario. He attended the University of Toronto where he obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1980 and MBA in 1991.
Fr. James Bogdan was born on December 17, 1932 in Grand Rapids, MI and married Presbytera Joan in 1958. They have been blessed with 4 children and 6 grandchildren. He received his BA in 1952 and his Master of Arts degree in 1956 from the University of Michigan. While working on his Masters degree in Byzantine Studies, he attended Holy Cross School of Theology doing research for his thesis. In 1958 Fr. Jim continued work on his doctorate in Byzantine Studies at Michigan State University.
Fr. Jon was born to Steve and Vaso Boukis on November 29, 1969 in Parma, Ohio. He graduated Cum Laude with his Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Akron in 1995. Shortly after receiving his degree, on October 14, 1995, Fr. Jon and Presbytera Doreece (Spencer) were united in marriage. He then worked for 7 years in the fields of accounting, personal finance and sales, before attending seminary.
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