Saints Constantine and Helen Cathedral

Founded in 1913, St. Constantine Church was the first Greek Orthodox Church on Long Island before becoming Brooklyn’s Cathedral in 1966.

The Cathedral is a center of the Greek Orthodox Faith and Hellenism in Brooklyn, and is visited by many dignitaries from Greece, Cyprus and the United States.

Christians of the Eastern Churches call themselves Orthodox. This fifth century description means “true praise.” In other words, to bless, praise, and glorify God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is the fundamental purpose of the Orthodox Church.

While the Orthodox Church contains individuals from numerous ethnic and cultural backgrounds, a large percentage of her membership is composed of persons who were born in America. In recognition of this, Orthodoxy has been formally acknowledged as one of the Four Major Faiths in the United States.

Following the practice of the Early Church, Orthodoxy treasures the various cultures of its people, but it is not bound to any particular culture or people. The Orthodox Church welcomes all.

There are about five million Orthodox Christians in the United States. The largest Orthodox Christian community is the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, which has about 500 parishes throughout the United States.

Father Evagoras Constantinides

Father Evagoras is a canonically ordained Orthodox cleric and has served the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America since 2009.

Father Evagoras began his ministry at the Archdiocesan Headquarters in New York City and has served the Archdiocese and her national ministries in a variety of capacities. He has served as the Director of Ionian Village, the Spokesman for Saint Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center, the Director of the Office of Camping Ministries, the Archdiocesan Registrar, the Chairman of the Spiritual Court, the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Direct Archdiocesan District, Chairman of the Youth Protection Committee, as well as the personal representative of the Chairman, (former) Archbishop Demetrios, to the Youth Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops.

Father concurrently served the needs of various parishes, including long-term interim assignments in the New York area at Saint Peter’s Greek Orthodox Church in the Bronx (2012-2014), Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Washington Heights(2016-2017), and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn (2018).

In late 2018, Father Evagoras accepted the assignment as Dean of the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Brooklyn. In addition to overseeing all ministry at the Cathedral, he serves as Spiritual Leader and Religion Department Chair and Instructor at the Cathedral’s A. Fantis School, a Pre-K through 8th grade day school.

In March of 2020, days before the onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Father Evagoras was asked by Archbishop Elpidophoros to serve the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America as the Spokesman of the Archdiocese. In his capacity as Spokesman, he oversees the Archdiocesan Press Office, as well as the Editor-in-Chief of the Orthodox Observer. Father continues to serve as the Dean of the Cathedral in Brooklyn, as well as the Spokesman for Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center.

In 2021, Father Evagoras was elevated to the rank of Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Throne by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew during the Apostolic Visit. The highest rank of the married clergy, it is only given by or with the blessing of the Ecumenical Patriarch.

Father Evagoras holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois and a Master of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. His wife Maria (Calender), of Bethesda, Maryland, is an active part of his ministry and together, they have two sons, Christopher and Yianni, who are both are students at A. Fantis School.

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