ALBANY, N.Y. – A solemn service of celebration marked the 90th anniversary of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Albany Sunday.
The special service of the diving liturgy was led by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, the head of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
St. Sophia's was started in 1922 by 12 Greek immigrants who wanted a place to worship. Church officials say the families wanted to purchase a Greek church to maintain their heritage.
Since then, the church has grown to more than 450 families and has reached beyond the Greek community.
"What is incredible about our church is that as it has been growing to see different ethnic elements coming in. It's no longer a purely Greek Orthodox Church because in our congregation, we have folks from Bulgaria, on occasion we see folks from Serbia, Albania. So it's become more, from Africa, so it's becoming more multi cultural in that sense, which is incredible," said Anthony Rodolakis, President of the Parish Council.
A community luncheon followed the service.
St. Sophia is best known for sharing their culture with the Capital Region through 42 years of Greek festivals.