The history of our parish dates back to the earliest Greek immigrants to Rhode Island. To read more about our parish history, as well as that of other Greek Orthodox communities in the area, click the link below.
The Greek People in Rhode Island - 1993 by Rev. Stephen Kyriakou and Venetia Georas, M.D.
To access an interactive timeline which compiles information from the above source, our 75th and Centennial books, as well as information gathered via parishioner submissions, click this link: Annunciation Cranston History.
Our parish has had a very vibrant past, as can be seen in the images below. Keep an eye out for new history posts on our Facebook page and Instagram page on Thursdays. Also, feel free to submit your own stories or photographs to be added to the parish collection by clicking HERE.
If you are interested in assisting in the continuing project of archiving and documenting the historical photograph collection, please contact Nicholas Lambros.
Parishioner Nicholas Lambros was interviewed on August 5, 2022 by Meleti Pouliopoulos of Grecian Echoes radio in Boston about this project. To listen, click the video below:
Historical List of Clergy
Fr. Thomas Papageorgiou (Papageorge) 1908-1910
Fr. Polycarpos Marinakis 1910-1912
Fr. Germaos Papaioannou (Papajohn) (Archimandrite) 1912-1915
Fr. Polycarpos Marinakis 1915-1919
Fr. Agathangelos Georgakopoulos (Archimandrite) 1919-1920
Fr. Nikephoros Pavlou 1920
Fr. Panteleimon (Peter) Mihailides 1921-1956
Fr. Demetrios Papalambros 1955
Fr. James Limberakis 1955-1971
Fr. Constantine Xanthakis 1971-1975
Fr. Stephen Kyriacou 1976-1982
Fr. Andrew George 1983-Present
Fr. Constantine Cambas 2004-2005
Fr. Emanuel Chris 2005-2018
Fr. Nicholas Lanzourakis 2018-Present
Historical Locations of Parish
Inn on Pine Street, Providence 1905
Meeting Room at Exchange Place, Providence 1906-1911
Old Swedish Church, 333 Smith Street, Providence 1911-1921
264 Pine Street, Providence 1921-1968
175 Oaklawn Avenue, Cranston 1968-Present