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Greek chapel to open at UConn (Released: 9/27/95)

by Thomas Becher, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- After more than three years of construction, a new Greek Orthodox chapel and education building will open Sunday at the University of Connecticut on four acres of land donated by the University.

The church and adjoining Hellenic Studies Center, built with private donations, will support the Modern Greek and Hellenic Studies programs at UConn and provide library and research facilities for students and professors and archival resources for the Greek-American communities and organizations in Connecticut.

"It will be a tremendous resource, not only for Connecticut's Greek community, but for the University," said Tom Suits, professor of classical Greek language. "It is a gem that contributes to the University's recognition of diverse religious and cultural groups."

The new buildings also will house art, historical and cultural exhibits, classrooms and offices of the Hellenic Society Paideia, a Greek cultural organization.

Former UConn President John T. Casteen III, now president of the University of Virginia, will be among academic and local leaders scheduled to attend the church's opening ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Dog Lane and Route 195.

The Byzantine-style Chapel of The Three Hierarchs has seating for 120 people. It will be part of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America. The education building, also built in Byzantine style, offers 20,000 square feet of space on two stories.

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