Nicholas C. Trivelas

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Service Information
J. Henry Stuhr Downtown Chapel
232 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC

TRIVELAS, Nicholas The Reverend Father Nicholas Christ Trivelas, 87, fell asleep in the Lord on Saturday, October 4, 2008, in Charleston, SC. Father Trivelas served as priest at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church from 1948 to 1993. He retired in 1993 and continued to serve Holy Trinity as Priest Emeritus. From 1994 to 2005, he also served as Itinerant Priest of Holy Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church in Hilton Head, SC. Son of the late Christ and Kalliopi Trivelas, Father Trivelas was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania on February 19, 1921. He graduated from the Holy Cross Theological Seminary in Pomfret, CT, in 1944 and was ordained into the priesthood in 1945. For the next three years, he served as pastor of the Greek Orthodox Church of Sts. Constantine and Helen in Webster, MA and, at the same time, he taught Byzantine music at Holy Cross in Brookline, MA. Father Trivelas arrived in Charleston on Mother's Day 1948 and he remained in Charleston to serve his beloved Holy Trinity for the rest of his life. Father Trivelas served the spiritual and educational needs of the Greek Orthodox community with love and dedication. Led by his magnificent tenor voice, generations of choir members learned to chant the beautiful Byzantine hymns of the Orthodox Church in mixed-voice choirs, male choirs, and children's choirs that he organized over the years. In addition, generations of parishioners remember going to Afternoon Greek School where Pater (Greek word for Father) was always a presence, teaching them Greek, instructing them about their faith, practicing hymns with them, or just playing sports with them at recess. Pater was a born teacher, and his love for his faith and his heritage was contagious. Now as adults, parishioners remember their Greek School days with fond memories. And, Pater's greatest pleasure over the years was watching the children of his parish become dedicated adults who practice their faith with love and who preserve the traditions of Orthodoxy for future generations. During his 47 year ministry, Father Trivelas was instrumental in ensuring that the sanctuary of Holy Trinity included authentic Byzantine iconography. He helped commission iconographer Photis Kontoglou who is recognized as the greatest master of Byzantine Art in the modern world. As a result, Holy Trinity has the largest collection of Kontoglou icons outside of Greece. Father Trivelas is survived by his beloved wife, Despina Ross Trivelas; daughter, Kalliopi and her husband George Michale of Kansas City, MO; daughter, Faye and her husband Larry Zoeller of Darnestown, MD; son, Chris Trivelas and his wife Diane of River Forest, IL; son, Nick Trivelas and his wife Peggy of Aiken, SC; sisters, Lula Hondras of Clearwater, FL; Mia Pappas of Raleigh, NC; and Sia (Andrew) Callas of Chicago, IL; grandchildren, Justin Zoeller, Megan Trivelas, Mark Trivelas, Nicholas Trivelas, and Alexandra Trivelas. He was preceded in death by his brother, Angelo Trivelas of Bellevue, WA. Visitation will be held on Tuesday at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church from 3:00-8:00 p.m. The Trisagion memorial prayer service will be at 7:00 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted by Father George Tsahakis, Chancellor of the Atlanta Diocese, and Father John Johns, Priest of Holy Trinity, at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Internment will follow at Live Oak Memorial Gardens.. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Iconography Fund at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Race Street, Charleston, SC 29401. Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR, INC., DOWNTOWN CHAPEL. Visit our guestbook at
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