Re: Hawaii Greek Orthodox priest removed for immoral activities.
- Article posted by Yuri Nelson:
Greek Orthodox priest in Hawaii removed for Adultery
A Greek Orthodox priest from the SS. Constantine and
Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Pacific was
recently removed for sexual indiscretions unbecoming
an Orthodox priest.
The priest, Fr. Nicholas Gamvas, was recently removed
from his post at the Honolulu Greek church for immoral
activities with a married staff member. According to
sources close to the parish, Fr. "Nick" became a
tyrant, he physically threatened several members of
the Greek church council and demanded several pay
raises. Fr. Nick, a divorcee, eventually was paid by
the parish a salary amounting to $120,000 a year. Fr.
Nick cut down on his liturgical service schedule while
at the same time increasing his vacation holidays.
The new bishop, +Gerasimos of the Greek Archdiocese
traveled to Hawaii after hundreds of complaints were
filed against the priest. When cornered on these
issues, Fr. Nick sarcastically retorted, "I am not a
monk, I can sleep with whomever I want!" A call to
the diocese was not returned.
An unnamed member of the parish council was quoted as
saying, "he's a martial artist, we were very afraid of
him, what kind of priest threatens people." Fr.
Gamvas reportedly has a black belt in a Japanese
The church has reported that they have been hit hard
by the scandal, people have left the church and they
have not received the expected contributions they were
awaiting. A reduction of 55% in donations and
contributions to the church have hurt the parish in
ways, they say, will take years to recover from. "We
are down over 50 percent because of this man, we may
not be able to pay the bills because of him!"
Fr. Nick Gamvas was transferred to Canton Ohio, where
he serves at the St. Haralambos' Greek Orthodox
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