The 100-year history of the Annunciation community shows a dedication and vision to expand our ministries as a Christian community; and renovate, restore, and help preserve our church, buildings and cemetery while adding more space for parish activities. The Cathedral of the Annunciation Development Committee is responsible for guiding and coordinating the efforts of the Cathedral committees that are responsible for meeting the stewardship, financial, and long-term project objectives of the community, namely the Stewardship Committee, Long-Range Planning Committee, Capital Campaign Committee and the Finance Committee.Inspired and encouraged by the faithful visionaries who have come before us, the Clergy, Parish Council and Development/Long Range Planning Committee have identified several projects to improve the long-term viability of our community and to revitalize our infrastructure up to the standards of the 21st century during a recent Needs Assessment Study. The Long Range Planning Committee recently completed a Conceptual Plan that consists of three components – (1) renovation of the Father George Gallos Education Building, Father Constantine Monios Social Hall and lower level, (2) renovation and expansion of the Annunciation Orthodox Center (AOC) with the inclusion of the adjacent Preston Street properties, and (3) expansion of the Greek Orthodox cemetery and construction of new mausoleum space. All Cathedral organizations were interviewed in this preparation of the plan.

The Conceptual Plan was presented for informational purposes at the June 2007 Parish Assembly meeting and is part of the preparation process needed before a complete proposal, which will include a fundraising plan, can be brought to the Parish Council and Parish Assembly for discussion and approval. Though we are in the early stages of defining our proposed projects, we feel it is extremely important to confer at an early date with parishioners concerning the needs as stated above and our fundraising potential and thus will conduct a Campaign Planning Study in the Fall of 2007. The Parish Council has engaged Stewardship Advocates to conduct the Campaign Planning Study for the purpose of providing direct parishioner input concerning, for example, a reasonable fundraising goal, prospective campaign leadership, community support for the proposed project, possible challenges and opportunities before the community and other relevant factors. When the Planning Study is paired with the parish’s Need Assessment Study, a plan will emerge to guide our community on the basis of factual and professional fundraising information.

The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation is a parish of the Metropolis of New Jersey of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, located in Baltimore, Maryland.

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