- Our Parish
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We are men and women of Kythirian descent striving to promote the commercial interests and general reputation of the Island of Kythira, Greece, working together to perpetuate the history and memories of our ancestors and helping to support the needs of the young and old on the Island.
A BRIEF HISTORY
The Kythirian Brotherhood of St. Louis, Missouri was organized on July 31, 1918 with 77 members. You had to be 15 years of age to become a member and dues were $3.00 per year.
The first officers were:
In 1984 Gus Coukoulis was instrumental in reactivating the organization and the dues were raised to $5.00. In 1993 due to renewed interest in the island by the younger generation the club was reactivated by Andrew Cassimatis, the only remaining officer of the Kythirian Brotherhood. The name changed to Kythirian Society so as to allow women to be members. The current dues are $15.00.
On the last Sunday of September we hold an annual Luncheon, Artoclasia and Memorial Service(for our departed members) in honor of the Feast Day of the Mertithiotisa (September 25). EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
The money raised from that luncheon and our bake sales is used for selected needs of Kythira. We have given to the nursing home (Cassimateon Gerokomio), Trifilion Hospital, as well as churches, etc. We currently have added our focus on the children of the island helping them obtain an athletic field, sports equipment for same, a computer and printer located in the Kythirian library for their use and various other projects.