Parish Clergy

Rev. Fr. John Routos, Presiding Priest

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Fr. John Routos was born, raised and has lived in Manchester, NH his whole life.  He is the only child of Constantinos and Christine (Siomos) Routos.  He attended St. George Cathedral and served as an altar boy for many years.  After graduating from Manchester Central High School, he attended Hellenic College.  He married his wife, Presbytera Ann (Brisson) Routos in February 1979 at St. George Cathedral.  He was ordained to the deaconate in the Russian Church Abroad in 1983 and served at the Dormition of the Theotokos Orthodox Church in Concord, NH.  He was ordained priest in 1994 and remained in Concord until 2010.  Fr. John has worked at Cummings Printing Company in Hooksett, NH for 29 years, because the parish he served could not support a full time priest.  For 5 years he has served at St. Peter and Paul Russian Patriachate Church as assistant priest.  Fr. John began serving at Taxiarchai church as a substitute priest in June 2015 and was assigned permanently to the parish in September 2015. He provides additional services to the community as requested, visits the sick, brings communion to shut-ins in the community and blesses houses.

Fr. John and Presbytera Ann have raised 4 wonderful children, Rebekah, Maria, Martha and Constantine.  They also have two sons-in-law, Fr. Thomas Moses, Michael O'Leary and a daughter in law Erica Routos and four grandchildren. They have been blessed with strong family ties and feel fortunate that the majority of their children live and work in the Manchester area.

Fr. John is a traditional priest who has a beard and wears a rassa.  He is passionate about the liturgical services of the Orthodox Church. He is a man of prayer, most fulfilled serving Liturgy in the church with his brothers and sisters in Christ, sharing the lives of the Saints, or spending time with his family, visiting members of his church family or reading! He won't complain if you put on a vintage movie, play some rock and roll music or share your love of fountain pens!