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Christ Kamages is to receive an Award of Excellence from the Elios Charitable Foundation this coming February at the Folk Dance & Choral Festival (FDF) in Anaheim. The award is in recognition for Christ’s distinguished professional record, service to Elios and promotion of Greek Faith and Heritage. With the award comes a donation to FDF in his honor. Christ’s wife Pat, son Peter, and daughter Keri have all danced for the Nativity of Christ Minoan Dancers in the international FDF competition. This year, their grandchildren Alexis, Eleni & Katia will also participate. Christ is excited that this award money will go to support such a valuable cultural resource that many families, including his family, connects to and enjoys; one augmented and magnified by Metropolitan Anthony of Blessed Memory, unmatched in the International Greek Cultural Arena!
For more information about the Greek Orthodox Folk Dance & Choral Festival and this year’s event click here.
Giving the award, the Elios Charitable Foundation is a non-profit founded in 1997 to preserve and promote the spirit, values and ideals of Hellenic culture and heritage for the benefit of our youth and the Greek American community through a process of mutual enlightenment and fellowship. They have organized a number of charitable events including the annual Hellenic Charity Ball which honors Greeks in the Arts industry who make a difference in the culture and recognition of Hellenic contributions to society. All gifts to this organization are tax deductible.This year the foundation is making a generous grant to the FDF.
All of their honorees are dedicated and successful in their own endeavors and have a demonstrated track record of being committed to preserving and passing on the values and ideals of the Greek heritage to the next generation.
For more information about the Elios Charitable Foundation click Here.
Christ Kamages has had overwhelming success in working with hundreds of Orthodox communities to inspire them with his passion for a rebirth of the true Eastern Byzantine spirit where traditional church sacred space is essential and vital to community life. He has gone on to develop unique church temple designs such as the Axios, an expandable prototype for growing mission parishes, and the copyrighted Triad, which uses Byzantine architectural principles while optimizing the seating capacity, sight lines, and programmatic functions of the an Orthodox Church.
In addition to his Professional life, Christ has served as Chairman of the Board of the Patriarchal Athenagoras Institute (PAOI) for 12 years, the Councils of the Metropolis and Diocese of San Francisco as well as the Archdiocese Council. He is a founding member of the ELIOS Society and the Pan Cretan Chapter of Polirinia of Marin California. In a moving ceremony in Constantinople in 2000, Patriarch Bartholomew inducted Kamages as an Archon Architekton (the first in history to bear this title) as recognition of his efforts in Ecclesiastical architecture, a befitting title for a person who has been designing churches for almost 40 years. His National Church projects have become national landmarks and have consistently garnered awards and have stimulated communication, spirit and awareness.
Christ and his wife, Patricia, reside in Lucas Valley, Marin, California and are active members of the Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church in Ignacio, California. They are proud parents to Keri and Peter and beaming grandparents of Nikolas and Alexis Kamages, and Eleni and Katia Antonis. For full biography of Christ J. Kamages click here.
Please stay tuned, just before New Years, for our CJK DESIGN GROUP & SACRED SPACE “Year in Review” Process BLOG.
Below are some recent Orthodox projects across the USA
St George AOC in Fishers, IN – Recently Occupied – Iconography by Dr Kordis
Ss Constantine and Helen Silver Spring, MD in Design and Permitting and Soon to Start
Holy Trinity in Carmel, IN with recent iconography by Dr Kordis
St. Catherine in Braintree, MA with new marble Templon by CJK Sacred Space and Iconography by Dr. Kordis
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Pittsburgh is still under construction, but this faithful parish is already installing the first round of transformative iconography in the new Temple! Their effort is being led by Dr George Kordis who has completed three installations in the United States with Pittsburgh being his fourth.
The stunningly beautiful and moving iconography in the dome of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.
We have been blessed to be able to work with the Holy Trinity team on the creation of their new home and are excited to see the completion of this iconography and the Thyranoixia or “door opening” on June 22nd.
Please take a look at the link for an article and slideshow of the work so far:
Below a deep and cloudy sky on a blustery day, the gold stainless steel domes reflected both the wonderful light and the great joy of the Parishioners as they were lifted into place. Friends and well-wishers in attendance at the dome raising at St. George Orthodox Christian Church in Fishers Indiana. The day long event drew many to watch as cranes hoisted the 40′ diameter dome to its resting place 54′ above the ground.
It caps the Byzantine style church inspired by many ancient churches including the Orthodox Baptistery in Ravenna. The bell tower also got its own golden dome which will soon ring with the peals of bells. You will notice the white foam of the building. The whole structure is ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms), an innovative building method that will create a thermally efficient structure and one that will last for a long time! The building is slated to be finished this fall.
The quiet suburb of Indianapolis is also about 20 minutes away from the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church that we designed which is currently undergoing a major iconographic program by Dr. George Kordis of Athens Greece …the results are in process and are magnificent.
Dr. Kordis will also be moving forward in late spring – early summer with a unique Iconographic program for St. George Church in Fishers. You will soon be able to see two masterpieces of iconography in one area and be transformed twice over.
Bravo to the team at St George and the expert construction management of David Mouck!
May God continue to Bless Dr. George Kordis and his team who are working on an iconography program at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Carmel, IN. Dr. Kordis is working on the first of probably 4 phases of the iconographic plan. Also note that this church is:
Take a look at some of the progress being made.