Fr. Yanni Verginis
Fr. Yanni was born in Canton, OH, in 1970. His parents are Eleftherios and Maria. He was 3 years old when his family moved to Manchester, NH, where his two brothers, Dimitrios and Theologos, were born. In 1976 the family moved to Greece and lived in Thessaloniki for 9 years. They returned to the USA in 1985, first to Quincy, MA, near Boston, and then to Ohio. Fr. Yanni went to school in Greece where he completed 1st through 9th grade.
He received his undergraduate degree from Kent State University in Aerospace Engineering Technology in 1993. He met his wife in March of 1995 and the couple married in August of 1997. In 2001, Fr. Yanni enrolled in the MDiv program of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. He completed the program and received his MDiv in 2005 and was ordained as a deacon on Pentecost of 2005. On the day of Transfiguration, August 6th of 2005 he was ordained a priest.
His first assignment was as an assistant priest at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Camp Hill, PA. He served there for 5 years. He came back to Ohio and served the community where he grew up, St. George of Massillon, for 3 ½ years. Then he served at St. Nicholas in Youngstown before he and his family moved to California, to serve as an assistant at the very large church of St. Nicholas in San Jose. They remained in San Jose for 3 years, before returning to Ohio to be reunited with family. Now he is happy to serve the community of Kimisis tis Theotokou in Aliquippa.
Fr. Yanni and Presvytera Kassiani (Mindy) have 5 children: Maria, Gabriela, Alexia, Katerina and Lefteri. They love doing activities as a family, such as hiking, visiting new places, getting involved in sports, etc. Their favorite sports are soccer and basketball. They also love to read books.
Fr. Yanni’s hobbies are soccer, studying history and Byzantine chant.
The Holy Apostles of the Seventy Herodion, Agabus, Rufus, Asyncritus, Phlegon, and Hermes; Rufus the Obedient of the Kiev Caves; Celestine, Pope of Rome; The Holy New Martyr John the Ship-Builder who was martyred in Kos