Rev. Fr. Peter Sarolas was ordained to the Diaconate by His Eminence Metropolitan IAKOVOS of Chicago on January 1, 2007, the Feast Day of St. Basil. Fr. Peter was born in Chicago to John and Vasiliki Sarolas and grew up at St. Basil’s Greek Orthodox Church. Fr. Peter was an active altar boy, joining Fr. Chris Kerhulas on two altar boy trips in the 1980’s to the east coast to visit St. Basil's Academy in Garrison, NY and to Holy Cross Seminary in Brookline; foreshadowing his later calling. Fr. Peter attended Chicago Public School (K-8), he matriculated at St. Rita Catholic High School.
With the Blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan IAKOVOS, he entered Hellenic College in Brookline, MA in the fall of 1987 where he graduated with Bachelor of Arts degree in 1991. He then directly entered Holy Cross Seminary and graduated in 1994 with a Masters Degree in Divinity. Following his graduation, he was taken into service by St. Basil’s Academy as the Religious Education Instructor for the 6th to 8th graders and the Student Life Coordinator.
The Metropolis of Chicago offered him the position of Registrar in 1998 and served the Holy Metropolis until his ordination to the priesthood in May of 2007. Concurrently, he has held positions at Holy Trinity in Chicago as Youth Director, St. Nicholas in Oak Lawn as Pastoral Assistant and at St. Andrews in Chicago, also as Pastoral Assistant.
Fr. Peter married Maria Karantonis, also of Chicago, in November 2005. They currently have three sons, Yanni who was born in 2007, Vasili who was born in 2009, and Stefanos who was born in 2015. He was the associate pastor of St. Demetrios from May of 2007 to January of 2014.
Fr. Peter is now serving the community of Ss. Constantine and Helen, in Rockford, IL (from February 2014 to present)
Fr. Peter Sarolas, Presiding Priest