Father Edmund Voutsinos, son of a large family, was born in 1911 in Syra. His first knowledge came at Fathers Lazarists’ school in Santorini. He studied theology in Paris and in DAX town of Southwest France. He was ordained in 1977 in DAX and returned to Santorini where he became a teacher and principal at a school and taught religion and French. He was appointed in Kavala on September 27th, 1947 and practiced tasks of a Parson, from 1961 to 1967 while practicing tasks of a Parson in Thessaloniki, too. Inexhaustible source of the Catholic Mission, he acquired good literary and historical knowledge to worthily serve for three decades under the title of honorary consul in Kavala. For 35 years, he was a good shepherd not only to the believers of Kavala, but also of every corner of Macedonia and Thrace. Fr. Voutsinos, for those who knew him closely, was a simple man, who gathered the spirituality of a priest and the policy of a diplomat and that was perhaps the reason why he was loved by the people of the region. In a way, he assimilated Catholicism to the city’s social life, without causing rupture or disaggrement, without extremities, without religious bouts. He maintained excellent relations with the Orthodox clergy and this is clearly seen from dozens of letters exchanged with the Patriarch of Constantinople Athenagoras and Demetrios, which are published in the parish bulletin. With unflagging zeal, until the end, he continued his mission that Fathers Lazarists continue from 1783 to this day. He served the city he loved until the day of his death on February 25th, 1981.

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