Rev. Fr. Milton Gianulis, Presiding Priest


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Fr. Gianulis is an ordained priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, ordained a deacon in Lancaster, PA, on Oct. 7, 1979; and a priest in Denver, CO, on July 13, 1980. His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey assigned him as the Presiding Priest of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Chuch on April 1, 2015.

He completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Hellenic College in 1976, completed course work for a Masters of Arts degree in Religious Studies from the University of Denver in 1977, and was awarded a Masters of Divinity degree from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Theological School in 1980. He completed advanced studies for a Doctor of Education (ABD) at Loyola University of Chicago. 

On 6 January 1989, Fr. Gianulis was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Chaplain Corps, United States Naval Reserve.  LT Gianulis acceded to active duty in September 1994 and received orders to Marine Corps Base Quantico.  He was assigned as Chaplain of Headquarters and Service Battalion and later Chaplain of The Basic School.  While there, he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander.  He reported to the pre-commission Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) on 15 October 1997 as Staff Chaplain.  He is a Truman “plank owner.”  Chaplain Gianulis reported to Naval Training Center Great Lakes in June 2000 as Recruit Training Command Chaplain. After attending the Senior Leadership Training Course in Newport, RI, he reported to Carrier Air Wing THREE in June 2003, embarked in the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  During that tour, he was promoted to Commander. On 1 July 2005, CDR Gianulis reported as Command Chaplain of the USS IWO JIMA (LHD-7).  USS IWO JIMA was the command center of operations for Joint Task Force Katrina/Rita, deployed in 2006 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and was the command ship in Joint Task Force Lebanon evacuation of U.S. citizens. CDR Gianulis served as Command Chaplain of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing from August 2007 to August 2009 in Okinawa, Japan.  He was selected in May 2009 for promotion to the rank of Captain in FY10 and assigned as Command Chaplain for Marine Corps Installations-EAST and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune from September 2009 through June 2012.  He completed his Navy career as the Command Chaplain for the Marine Corps Training and Education Command, supervising the Religious Ministry Teams for all Marine Corps boot camps, secondary schools, combat training centers and the Marine Corps University.

His personal awards include a Legion of Merit, three Meritorious Service Medals, a Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Fleet Marine Force Service Medal and two Humanitarian Service Medals.

Father Gianulis is 60 years old, married to the former Constance M. Manuel of Lancaster, PA.  They have four daughters, Stephania Charalambides, Dr. Elena Bruno, Marianthi Gianulis and Jamie Gianulis; and four grandchildren.