AOS has been my home for as long as I can remember. Although my Pappou and Yiayia were not living in Houston during my time at AOS, their love lived in the hearts of the people and the school they built. Growing up I could always depend on an AOS community member, like Mrs. Nikkie or a church parishioner, to tell me a story of Pappou’s humor and wisdom, or Yiayia’s hard work and care for others. While I loved them, to me they were just my sweet grandparents, and I didn’t understand why everyone was so crazy about them. Being the youngest of all my siblings and cousins I have had the least amount of Pappou and Yiayia time.
As a priest, my Pappou has touched the hearts of many I know, but I really saw his love when my brother, Lucas, was in his early twenties. He started having weekly Bible and book study calls and conversations with our Pappou. They were always close, but watching them interact is when I understood why people still talked about my Yiayia and Pappou. Although being their granddaughter did not make me special, the agape surrounding my youth at AOS was definitely a product of their work. My grandparents always include everyone and bring out the best in those that they meet, and those qualities led to the accomplishment of our wonderful school. Their hard work and efforts to bring together an educational community motivated my siblings and me to strive to be leaders at AOS.
The foundation of our school still inspires our community and remains strong because of the loving and enormous group of people from the Cathedral who joined my grandparents as founders. Their legacy has been kept alive by those who have followed, who continue to love and support AOS.
This article was originally published in the Fall 2021 issue of The Delphian.