GOYA Introduction

Boys and girls between the ages of 12-18 are welcome to join the G.O.Y.A. Various athletic, social and religious activities are held as well as other programs. The G.O.Y.A. meets once a month on Thursdays.


Dear Parishioners,

Our GOYA year is officially in full swing! We welcomed our new and returning GOYA members with an ice cream social and continued with our first meeting. Our GOYA now has a total of 69 registered members!

On September 15, 4 of our GOYAns braved the chilly waters of Asbury Park and dove for the Holy Cross.  It was an honor to be part of this annual tradition.  We also attended the Harvest Dance in September at St. George’s Church in Clifton. This was a great way to kick start the year and the beginning of many more fun events. Our GOYA kicked off our fundraising with something new and exciting to our community.  We laughed the night away when we hosted, Basile the Greek American Comedian on Friday, September 27th.  He provided our community with laughter and joy as he made hilariously relatable jokes. This night was a huge success for our GOYA! Thank you to everyone who helped and supported us in making this fundraiser such a success!

Our sports season has officially begun. We played our first games against Clifton Church on October 6. Both boys basketball and girls volleyball senior teams won with a great fight! We are also very proud of our junior teams for playing such exciting games!

Another exciting event our GOYA participated in was the Mr. and Mrs. GOYA Pageant! Anna Makris and I had the honor of representing St. Athanasios for the 2019 competition. This Pageant was a great way for us to reach deeper into our faiths. The interview process and preparing our resumes was an extremely rewarding process to see how much we have accomplished over the years, have given back, and what we will be accomplishing for the years to come. We have taken what we have learned over the years from Father, our Sunday school classes, going to church/alter and participating in liturgy. We would like to thank Father Anargyros and our Sunday School teachers for the support we have been given in this spiritual journey.

We are anticipating the next few months to be filled with joyous events that we will share as one GOYA family.  On behalf of me and the entire GOYA, we wish everyone a blessed Christmas Season and a Happy New Year!

With Love in Christ,

Teddy Kesoglou

GOYA President

GOYA Board

This year’s G.O.Y.A. Board:

Teddy Kesoglou, President

Teddy Psarianos, Vice President

Christos Papamichael, Treasurer

Jennie Koutsouras, Recording Secretary

Mikey Kesoglou, Corresponding Secretary

GOYA Advisors

Anthi Kesoglou   Head Advisor
Tonia Yiangou   Activities Advisor
Reina Phillips  Sports Advisor
Dee Hunter     Sights and Sounds Advisor
Lucy Papamichael    Treasurer
Joanne Glavas    Fundraising
Debbie Leakkas    Fundraising

for more information email: goya@stathanasiosnj.org