Tuesday, June 9, 2015

History of our Church

Although our community today is made up from people of many backgrounds, our parish was founded by mostly Syrian Orthodox families in the 1930's. The first Syrian Orthodox people came to Portland in the 1880's, but they attended a small Russian Orthodox chapel before starting their own parish.

The current parish started officially in the 1930's . The first building owned by St. George was on SE 62nd ave between Powell and Foster Rd. After that, the community was able to purchase a building off 115th and Holgate. The church was in that building until 2004, and the Syrian-Lebanese club still meets in the building next to the old church.

Our current building was built on land that the community bought in 1992, but the current building wasn't finished and consecrated until 2004.

This picture shows our Sunday School kids and clergy when Metropolitan Philip and then Bishop Joseph visited Portland for the consecration.

If you'd like to learn more about the history of our church and see more pictures from when our building was consecrated visit the Antiochian Archdiocese page I've linked to here!

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