The oldest Orthodox priest who served in the South of the African continent has sadly passed away
On the 12th March 2013, the burial service of the Archpriest Konstantin Minas transpired. On the 7th of March the archpriest passed away and was arisen to God, at that time before his passing he was the oldest cleric in the Johannesburg Diocese of the Alexandria Orthodox Church. Many members of the Diocese came to show their admiration to this respectable shepherd of God. The current priest of the Russian Orthodox Church of St. Sergius of Radonezh in Johannesburg, Danil Lugovoy was also present to pay his deepest respects to the Archpriest.
Father Minas lived a long and prosperous life, filled with many fulfilling events. He was born in 1930, in Alexandria. There he obtained his education. He had a gift for languages and was able to speak five languages fluently. When a war was going on in his hometown, the parents of Father Minas lost him for a prolonged period of time and found him later in a Greek church – he was helping the priest in preparation for his divine services. He was ordained to the services of the Deacon in South Africa in the year 1971. That same year Father Minas started to conduct services at his church, and these sermons and liturgies carried on right up until his passing. In 2009, he was asked to retire and go on pension, but Father Minas carried on performing his divine liturgies and was always assisting the congregation of the Greek Orthodox community of South Africa with his wisdom and advice. Father Minas set an example of pastoral services and of Christian Faith, to the younger members of the clergy.
May his memory be eternal!