Dear Faithful Community of St. Demetrios,
Warm Greetings in our Lord!
My name is Fr. Constantine Trumpower. As you are likely aware, I have been assigned to your parish as your new pastor, effective February 1. I cannot tell you how joyful I am to receive this assignment from His Eminence, Metropolitan Gerasimos. Your parish’s reputation precedes it, as a community of believers desiring to spread the Word of Christ’s Truth, to grow in His love, and to be transformed through worship, fellowship, and ministry to God, one another, and our neighbors of Ventura County. This, of course, being the fulfillment of the Great Commandment:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22: 37b-40 ESV)
Certainly, the successes of your labors of over a decade and a half are due, by God’s Grace, to your own efforts, under the guidance, support and visionary leadership of Fr. Gary Kyriacou. Being Father Gary’s junior, it is a humbling task coming to serve you all, even while Fr. Gary will remain in Camarillo, to continue loving and serving in a different capacity. He has already assured me of his intent to assist me, to make sure our transition goes smoothly, and that I have every resource at my disposal, so that I might get up to speed quickly. You have been truly blessed with Fr. Gary!
As we move forward, I pray that we will meet together, face to face, very soon. I also pray that we will, all together, build on what has already been established here at St. Demetrios, and, by the prayers of the Saint, continue the life-long work or increasing our spiritual knowledge, purity, and heartfelt love and service to God and neighbor. I look forward to meeting you all soon! Please know that I will be making efforts to contact everyone individually, through the contact information in the parish directory. If you are not sure the office has the most up-to-date information, please call and confirm.
In Christ’s Service,
Fr. Constantine Trumpower