To celebrate the modern homeland’s 200th birthday, the Rev. Dimitrios Alex Pappas is showing off his great-grandmother’s amalia and great-grandfather’s foustanella. He estimates his heirloom Greek holiday attire is a century old.
The priest at St. Elias the Prophet Church has carved a bit of Greece into a hillside in Eldorado as a center for many second- and third-generation diaspora in Northern New Mexico who rely on the Greek Orthodox community as a cultural connection.
The white church, with its blue doors that match the New Mexico sky, is shaped like a Byzantine cross. Pomegranates hang on the door for the new year in January, and Pappas offers Mass in Greek, Spanish and English to a congregation that commutes from all over New Mexico.