1878 to 1941
Greek Orthodox Church - Patriarchate
Nikodemos Sarikas was born in Turkey, and became a monk at the
age of 17. He stayed with Patriarch Damaios in Jerusalem, and was ordained in
Smyrna in 1907 (Mantzaris sa).
In 1907 he went to Johannesburg, and was the first Greek Orthodox priest in
the Transvaal. He was unhappy there because the parishioners wanted to confine
his ministry to members of the Greek community, and not undertake mission work.
In 1911 he moved as a farmer to the Moshi distict of German East Africa
He visited Uganda in 1933 at the invitation of Reuben Spartas, who had just
been ordained in the African Orthodox Church by Daniel William Alexander. He
also made contact with the leaders of the African Orthodox Church in Kikuyu,
Kenya. He wrote to the Patriarch of Alexandria asking him to take the AOC under
his wing. He took two Baganda back to Moshi to live with him, and teach them
about Orthodoxy, and established friendly relations between Spartas's Church and
the Greek community in Kampala (Welbourn 1961:89).
Mantzaris, E. Unpublished MS.
Welbourn, F.B. 1961.
East African rebels: a study of some independent churches. London:
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