Rev. Fr. Manuel J. Burdusi - a full time Parish Priest of 29 years assigned to serve the spiritual and sacramental needs of the Parish of St. Theodore, as well as giving guidance and direction to each member personally.
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Father Manuel J. Burdusi was born in Baltimore MD on March 9, 1962, the feast of the forty martyrs of Sebaste. He grew up in the parish of St. Nicholas Baltimore, MD where he heard the calling to the priesthood through his service to the altar and to Fr. George E. Kalpaxis, his parish priest.
Father graduated Bel Air High School in the top 5% of his class in 1980 and matriculated that September of 1980 to Hellenic College. He graduated with high distinction in May of 1984 and continued his studies at Holy Cross School of Theology where he graduated with distinction in May of 1987.
Upon graduation, Father returned to Baltimore where he became engaged to Malama Braimos in December of 1987 and they were married by Metropolitan Silas on June 26, 1988 at St. Nicholas in Baltimore. Father first worked at the Annunciation Cathedral for a year in the office and then began in September of 1988 at St. Nicholas Church as the youth director/pastoral assistant. He was ordained a Deacon on March 12, 1989 at St. Nicholas by Metropolitan Silas and a priest on April 16, 1989 at St. Thomas Church in Cherry Hill, NJ by Metropolitan Silas.
Father served St. Nicholas Church for a total of 20 years – 2 years as a pastoral assistant, 2 years as an assistant priest to Fr. Kalpaxis and 16 years as the proistamenos. Many programs were enhanced and started during Father’s tenure as well as many properties around the church were purchased for the future of the community. Metropolitan Silas bestowed the office of “Economos” in March of 1993 and Metropolitan Evangelos bestowed the title of “Protopresbyter” on December 6, 2003 at the 50th Anniversary of St. Nicholas Church. Father continued to serve until August 15, 2007.
Because of health reasons, Fr. Manuel asked for a transfer to a smaller parish, whereby Metropolitan Evangelos assigned Father to Sts. Mary Magdalene and Markella Greek Orthodox Church beginning September 1, 2007. Father faithfully served the parish until September 14, 2014, growing the parish from a mere 50 families to almost 200 families in the seven years that he was there.
On August 15, 2014, Father received a certified letter that he was transferred to St. Theodore Church in Lanham, Maryland effective September 15, 2014. Father has been working diligently to grow the parish of St. Theodore’s which is the smallest parish of the Washington metropolitan area. Over the past four years, the parish has grown from 50 stewards/families to approximately 120 families. An exterior renovation was conducted this year to beautify the church as well as stained glass windows were installed in the remaining window areas. Many programs have been enhanced over the four years as well as youth programs restarted after a period of dormancy. There is a great vision for the future of St. Theodore’s with an educational multipurpose building to be constructed sometime in the future. September 15, 2018 marked the fourth anniversary of Father’s ministry at St. Theodore. In March and April of 2019 Father will be reaching the milestone of 30 years of ministry in the Holy Priesthood.
We wish much health to him and his Presbytera of 30 years, Malama. They have two children – Nicholas who is 28 and is married to Julie Burdusi. Nicholas is a chef at McFaul’s Iron Horse in Parkville, MD. Their second child is Aristea Ereni who is 21 and is a senior at Towson University. Her major is Psychology and is looking forward to entering the work field upon graduation or pursuing a master’s degree.