St. Demetrius MissionAccessible

Naples, Florida

St. Demetrius Mission

Founded 1982

Diocese: Diocese of the South

Deanery: South Florida Deanery


140 Price St
Naples, Florida 34113


Office: 239-775-8998

Parish Contacts

3150 Safe Harbor Dr
Naples, FL 34117
Home: 239-352-2216
Office: 239-248-9638

Lay Leadership

Mr. John Plakson
Parish Council President
Mrs. Mary Kay Barsdate
Church School Coordinator


General Location
St Demetrius Orthodox Church is situated in Naples, Florida, the Captial of Collier County.

From downtown Naples
Travel south on US 41 for approximately 7 miles and look for WAVV radio tower on the righthand side of US 41.  Proceed for 1 mile to traffic lights at Price St.  Turn right at the lights.  Follow Price St around and over the canal.  The Church is the second building on the left after the canal.  We will welcome you!

From I-75
At exit 101 (old 15), take CR 951 west to junction with US 41.  Turn right and travel in the left lane.  Turn left at traffic light (Price St).  Follow Price St to Church.  The Church is the second building on the left after the canal.  We will welcome you!

Schedule of Services

All services are in English.

5:00 PM Vespers (October through May), followed by Confessions.
Saturday Evening

9:30 AM Hours, 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy, followed by Church School.
Sunday Morning

6:00 PM Vespers, followed by Confessions.
Eves of Great Feasts

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
Mornings of Great Feasts

Parish Background

St Demetrius Mission was started in 1982 by a group of Orthodox Christians under the guidance of Subdeacon Michael Karasevich.  These were families who had retired to Naples or who were regular winter visitors.  Services were held with the blessing of Bishop (now Archbishop) Dmitri in the chapel of Pittman’s Funeral Home in the Tamiami Trail.  The priest at the time was Fr George Gerov who came over from Miami on a regular basis for the Liturgy and other services as required.

By 1988 the group had grown in strength and felt the need for a permanent spiritual home and a property was acquired on Price St which was used as a church while an adition was added to form the present St Demetrius Orthodox Church.  The Church has a seating capacity of approximately 100 and proudly boasts a gold cupola on its roof.  The icons were written by the late Tatiana-Romanova Grant, well known iconographer from San Francisco/Santa Cruz, CA.  The new Church was consecrated by Bishop Dmitri in July 1988.

In 1991 Fr Ian P Hammett was appointed to be the first permanent Priest of St Demetrius.  Fr Ian came from the Russian Orthodox Cathedral in London, England and had been ordained by Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh.

In 1992, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Mission, a new Altar which had been made by parishioner Alexander Leon was consecrated by Archbishop Dmitri and relics of St Herman of Alaska were placed in it.  Assisting Archbishop Dmitri were past Rectors—Fr George Gerov and Fr Ian Hammett.

In 2005, Fr Gleb McFatter, a graduate of the Late Vocations Program of the Orthodox Church in America, was installed as Rector.

The Mission has now grown to a regular membership of 44 which is supplemented by a further 60/70 during the “season” which runs from October to May each year.  The current membership consists of Carpatho-Rusyn, Georgian, Ukrainian, Russian, Romanian, Macedonians and Americans of various ethnic backgrounds.  St Demetrius and its pastor always have a warm welcome for any visitors and there is plenty of time to get to know each other over coffee and cakes at the coffee hour following the Sunday Liturgy.