Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral 1923-2023
Celebrating 100 Years of Spiritual and Community Commitment
For the past one hundred years, our beloved Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral has been the center and a bright beacon of Greek Orthodoxy and culture throughout the Charlotte area and the Carolinas. In honor of this Centennial celebration and our rich, historic legacy, we plan to commemorate our community through a yearlong celebration.
We have kicked off our Centennial celebration during our 2022 YiaSou Greek Festival, with the unveiling of a Historical Marker that has been posted in the front lawn of our Cathedral. Monthly events will continue throughout the year to highlight all the vibrant and beautiful aspects of our community’s history.
The installation of a Centennial Icon that highlights Holy Trinity Cathedral throughout the years was also completed recently and we are also planning the publication of a Commemorative Album to celebrate our 100 years of spiritual and community commitment. The final event being the Centennial Grand Banquet scheduled on the 100th year anniversary, Saturday, September 23rd, 2023.
We are deeply excited and honored to be preparing for the celebration of our community’s Centennial and invite you to frequent our website for ways you can help support, sponsor, commemorate, volunteer and participate in this momentous celebration.
Centennial Weekend Celebration September 22-24, 2023
In celebration of our community’s Centennial Anniversary, Holy Trinity has commissioned an icon to commemorate this momentous event.
The icon can now be found in the hallway of the Cathedral’s courtyard entrance. It depicts the three Angels (symbolizing the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), which visited Abraham and Sarah (Genesis 18:1-15), holding the present-day Cathedral. Below the Cathedral someone can see the images of all of our past houses of worship: The Chamber of Commerce on East Trade Street (1920s), the former Westminster Presbyterian Church on South Boulevard (1930s), and the 1954 Cathedral on East Boulevard with Jones Mansion in the background.
Portable icons of this unique image will be available for sale later this year.
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Community
The first Greeks settled in Charlotte circa 1910. 1910
In 1923 the Greek Orthodox Parish of Charlotte was organized. The first services were held at a building at the corner of 5th and North Tryon, on the 2nd floor, in the Chamber of Commerce auditorium on W. 4th St., and in a building on East Trade Street. 1923
In 1929 Westminster Presbyterian Located on South Blvd was purchased, renovated, and renamed Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.
In 1951, the current location of the Cathedral at 600 East Boulevard - occupying an entire city block - was purchased from the J. A. Jones Estate with the down payment made by the Marathon Chapter #2 Order of AHEPA. The Jones Mansion was used as the community center. 1951
After many months of construction following the groundbreaking in 1953, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral opened its doors in the Spring of 1954. 1954
The Hellenic Center was built in the place of the Jones Mansion. 1967
The Yiasou Greek Festival began in 1978 and since then has become one of Charlotte’s largest cultural events. 1978
The Cathedral gets renovated, and the parish that was once founded with -30 families, has now grown to more than a 1,000 families. 2017
Become a Sponsor
Sponsorship for the Centennial celebration will provide the means to properly honor the past one hundred years of blood, sweat, tears and joy that our forefathers established for us.
In that respect, the Centennial is more than just a yearlong celebration, it is a yearlong commemoration of every single person that has devoted their time, energy and resources to the community we know and cherish today.
Your sponsorship will give us the opportunity to cherish those memories and ensure they are memorialized forever. To that end, there are multiple ways to sponsor this momentous celebration:
Help us celebrate the Centennial events!
More information on how to contribute to our Centennial’s commemorative album, which will include a timeline and history of our beloved parish and a recap of the planned monthly events and Grand Banquet Centennial events is coming soon.
Calendar of Events
- Jan 8 / Hellenic Dance Festival Luncheon
- Feb 18 / Philoptochos Luncheon
- Mar 26 / Greek School Independence Day Program
- Apr 2 / Sunday School Art Show
- May 18 / Forever Young Event at Elatos
- May 14 / AHEPA Memorial & Scholarship
- June 4 / Holy Trinity Panegyri
- Jun 17 / Arahoviton Assoc. 100th Celebration at Karyae Park
- Jul 4 / Independence Day at Hellenic Park
- Sep 22-24 / Centennial Weekend
- Sep 23 / Centennial Gala Dinner Dance
AHEPA Marathon Chapter 2 Foundation
Holy Trinity Cathedral Foundation
George and Georgia Andrews
Cavalaris Realty Company
Jimmy & Vickie Holevas
Christina Kokenes Skiouris and Family
Tom & Laura Nixon
Mr. and Mrs. Peter A. Pappas
Philip and Tsoulos Properties LLC
Jimmie and Aphroula Anderson Family
Nickolas and Kiki Ballas
Pamela & Rocky Bostian and Christina Besseas
John & Aphroula Couchell
Michael & Marilyn Dean
Andre & Georgia Harakas
Spero & Rodanthe Koufaliotis
Evan Miller / The Miller Family
Philip and Celia Thevaos
John & Amber Tsumas
The Zaharakis Family
Agia Elpis Philoptochos
John & Ismini Fragakis
Nick & Rea Goanos
John & Eugenia (Noula) Hondros
Nikolaos (Nick), Beth & Maria Élise Hondros
Matthew James Karres
The Grandchildren of Matthew D. Karres and Marie Petroulias Karres
Dianne A. & George P. Leventis
George & Maria Liapis
Peter & Bessie Marinakos
Costas and Nicole Melissaris
Nick X. Nixon
Arthur & Chris Pappas
Nick Pistolis and Vasiliki Pistolis
Kenneth W Poe Funeral & Cremation Service
Louie & Irene Politis
Ronnie Pourlos and FamilY
John and JoAnne Radu
Rev. Dr. Jonathan Resmini
The George Retsios Family
Steven & Constance Ross
James & Gina Spencer
Jim and Helen Tasios
Peter & Sophia Thomopoulos
Maria Wheatley and Family