HCHC Mourns the Death of 1944 Alumnus Rev. Manousos E. Lionikis
HCHC is deeply saddened to announce the passing of distinguished alumnus Rev. Manousos E. Lionikis, who fell asleep in the Lord at his home outside of Chicago on June 24. He was 96 years old and a 1944 graduate of the Greek Theological School in Pomfret, Connecticut, the original home of what is now Hellenic College Holy Cross.
“We extend our sincerest condolences to the friends and family of Rev. Lionikis, his parishioners, and the entire Metropolis of Chicago,” said HCHC President Rev. Christopher T. Metropulos. “His memory and legacy of more than 65 years of service to the Orthodox Church will continue for generations to come.”
While a student in Pomfret, Rev. Lionikis managed the seminary print shop where many Greek language materials were printed for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. For more than 40 years, he created and printed religious materials including The Wedding Book and a bi-lingual version of the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, now in its fourth edition.
Rev. Lionikis was ordained in 1945 and received his master's degree in Sacred Theology from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in 1956. He retired in 1996 and until recently served his parish, St. John the Baptist in Des Plaines, Illinois, as Priest Emeritus.
In addition to his spiritual duties, Rev. Lionikis served on several Diocese Councils and Committees. He was an early advocate for medical insurance for the clergy, and for several years he headed the Diocese Medical and Hospitalization Program before it was incorporated into the National Archdiocese Plan. A survivor of many cancer surgeries, Rev. Lionikis regularly ministered to and counseled cancer patients throughout the Chicago area.
Born in Brunswick, New Jersey, Rev. Lionikis married Katherine Spiropoulos in March 1945. His wife and Presvytera for 70 years, she passed away two years ago.
Rev. Lionikis is survived by four sons, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is also also survived by a brother, George Lionikis, and numerous nieces and nephews.
May the memory of Rev. Lionikis be eternal!