Rev. Teodor Bita, Proistamenos
Church Phone: (316) 681-1165
Voice: (316) 300-3055
Father Teodor Bita was born in Romania during the Second World War. In 1945 Romania fell under communist rule and students were discouraged from seeking theological training. Nevertheless, in spite of persecution and with the support, blessings and encouragement of his faithful parents, the young Teodor attended the Theological Seminary of Neamt Monastery, graduating in 1960.
After teaching a few years in his home town, he auditioned for the National Opera Choir in Iassy and was hired. After completing his required military service he was admitted to the Conservatory of Music in Bucharest and graduated in 1970 majoring in both Academic Choral Conducting and Music Theory and Composition. He then taught and conducted at the Music School in Botosani for 16 years, serving as Principal there for five of those years.
In the fall of 1986 he went to Italy for an International Piano competition with his son Gabriel (then 13 years old) and after spending six months in Rome, they were granted asylum in the United States. They arrived in Oberlin, Ohio in March 1987. His wife and daughter were able to finally join them in the US and be reunited in March 1989.
In 1988 Teodor began teaching in the public schools in Columbus, Ohio and in 1989 was admitted and began studying for his Doctoral Degree in Choral Conducting at the Ohio State University.
In 1991 Fr. Bita was ordained to the priesthood and began serving St. Mary’s Romanian Orthodox Church in Colleyville, Texas. In 1992 he was transferred to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and has served in the Archdiocese since that time. He has served St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Fort Worth, Texas, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Wichita Falls, Texas, Holy Trinity Church in Jackson, Mississippi, the Greek Orthodox Church in Montgomery, Alabama, and the Greek Orthodox Church in Nassau, Bahamas. Father Bita retired as a full time Priest in 2010, but since then has served as interim Priest for St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Fort Worth, Texas and Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in San Angelo, Texas. Since October 2012, he is serving the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Wichita, Kansas.
Father Bita is married to Presbytera Aspasia and they have two children. Roxanne lives and works in Austin, Texas, while their son Gabriel lives and works in Denton, Texas with his wife Masako Maria and their granddaughter Maia Georgina.
7th Sunday of Matthew; Phocas the Holy Martyr, Bishop of Sinope; Ezekiel the Prophet; Pelagia the Righteous of Tinos; Trophimos & Theophilios and the 13 others martyred in Lycia; St. Anna of Levkadio; The Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos of Pochaev; Icon of the Mother of God