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Posted on: January 11, 2019

Churches of Weirton: All Saints Greek Orthodox Church

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Churches of Weirton: All Saints Greek Orthodox Church

 Churches are the history of our city.

 They serve as cultural centers, gathering places, historical landmarks and reminders of who we are and where we came from.

 To learn the history of Weirton's churches is to study the history of the city itself.

 Let's examine the churches of Weirton, their evolution, and their place in the community.

 When many Greek men found their way to Weirton in the early 20th Century, they quickly set to work bringing their families over and building a life in the busy steel town. They learned English, worked hard, and soon more than 500 families were ready to build a place to practice their faith.

 They worked together with J.C. Williams of Weirton Steel to construct the first Greek Orthodox Church in 1917 and the first Divine Liturgy was held on March 25, 1918. Located at Avenue A, this church served the city of Weirton through the Great Depression and World War II.

 During World War II, many young men from the parish fought for their country. Five of them were killed in action. They are still remembered as heroes by their friends and relatives.

 Not long after the war concluded, work began on a new church, the current location on West Street, which was finished in 1951. The Weirton Daily Times called it a “Fulfillment of a Dream” and generations since have grown up and raised their families in this Byzantine style building.

 But the building is only the beginning of the church for members of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, or A.H.E.P.A. For them, the people themselves are what make the church strong.

 “Your life was centered around here,” members of the A.H.E.P.A. said during a conversation earlier this week. “When you go to church, this is THE church.”

 They explained how the church also has close ties with the Weirton Christian Center, the Greek Parochial School, the Philoptochos Society, Boy Scouts, Daughters of Penelope Pallas Athene, and more. It has served not only as a place of worship, but also the cultural center of a vital part of Weirton’s community.

 One of Weirton’s treasured annual events, the Weirton Greek Festival has roots going back 50 years and remains one of the highlights of every summer. Starting with a small picnic in Pennsylvania, the festival has overcome huge challenges and undergone massive changes to become the major event that it is today. As evidence of how cherished this event is to Weirton, it set a record gross receipt of over $176,000 in 2016.

 Some of Weirton’s oldest and most active families call All Saints Greek Orthodox Church their home, and they are proud to share their story with the community they love.

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