Rev.Christopher Constantinides, Presiding Priest
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Fr. Christopher was born in Washington, DC, and spent most of his youth growing up in Chicago. After high school, Fr. Christopher attended Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Religion in 1976, and then received his Master of Divinity in 1979. In the summer of 1978, Fr. Christopher and Angie (Johnson) were married. Fr. Christopher was ordained to the Holy Diaconate at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Merrillville, Indiana, his father’s church, on April 8, 1979. Following graduation from Holy Cross Theological School, Fr. Christopher was assigned as the Assistant Priest of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Dallas, Texas, where he was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on November 4, 1979.
In June of 1983, Fr. Christopher and Angie moved to the Chicagoland area, serving St. Iakovos Greek Orthodox Church in Valparaiso, Indiana until 1987. Fr. Christopher then was assigned to St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church in Aurora, Illinois. During their time in Chicago, Presvytera Angie joined the National Sisterhood of Presvyteres board, where she served for 12 years. She was elected to the office of President in 2000 and held the office for 4 years. She is still actively involved in the National and local Sisterhood, and calls Presvyteres from across the country her friends.
In August of 2002, Fr. Christopher and Angie moved to St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Bethesda, Maryland where he served until 2006. In August 2006 Fr. Christopher and Angie returned to Holy Trinity in Dallas, Texas, where he served as the Proistamenos until 2017.
For over 35 years of ministry, Fr. Christopher has cultivated a strong ministry rooted in the youth, and has participated in Ionian Village, the Archdiocesan Summer Camp in Greece several times, as well as his local metropolis camps and programs. Fr. Christopher has spearheaded expansion and fundraising projects at several of his assignments and believes that a ministry of true stewardship is the basis for any meaningful service in the church.
In 2017, Fr. Christopher and Angie moved to the Cathedral of St. Paul in Hempstead, New York to begin a new and exciting ministry. Fr. Christopher and Angie are the proud parents of Fr. Evagoras (Maria) and Phillip (Alexis) and the proud grandparents of Christopher Andonios, Yianni Andrew, Christopher Harold, Vincent Phillip and Alexander Stavros
Rev.Constantin Ursache, Assistant Priest
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Fr. Constantin is originally from Romania and came to the United States in 2002 to study Theology. He graduated from Hellenic College with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies in 2006. He continued his studies at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and earned his Masters of Divinity in 2009.
After moving to New York City in the fall of 2009, Fr. Constantin began working at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. There, he worked for the Office of the Secretariat of the Holy Eparchial Synod, for the Ecumenical Office, and the Department of Philanthropy.
Fr. Constantin was ordained to the Diaconate on June 14, 2014 by His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela, and to the Priesthood on January 25th by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, both at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Hempstead, New York.
Fr. Constantin married his wife, Presvytera Alexandra (Pac-Urar) in 2008. Presvytera Alexandra is an Assistant Professor at NYU School of Medicine. Fr. Constantin and Presv. Alexandra have three daughters, Ileana (born July 2013), Natalia (born October, 2015) and Sofia (born August 2017), and Luca (born September 2020)
The Ursache family feels very blessed to be part of the beautiful family of the Cathedral of St. Paul.
Deacon Mathew Kakis
Deacon Mathew is the first-born child of Vasilios and Mersina Kakis. He grew up in Jamaica, New York, attending St. Demetrios Church on 139th St. He completed 6 years of Greek School under Despinis Rita Anagnostopoulou. In September 1959 entered Holy Cross Theological Seminary. That year was his favorite academic year of his life but had to withdraw the following year at the sudden death of his father in order to assist his mother to operate the family florist business. The following year, 1961, the family, (mother, grandmother, brother Anthony and sister Anna) moved to Rockville Centre and St. Paul became their spiritual and fellowship home under the guidance of Frs. George Papadeas and Nicholas Magoulias.
GOYA at St. Paul and the metropolitan area was his focus where he made lifelong friendships. In May 1966, he met the love of his life, Betsy Geones at a St. Paul GOYA meeting. They were married on October 9th the same year. Betsy and Mathew were blessed with Basil, Arthur and Mersina, who grew up at St. Paul attending Sunday School and various activities. Six adoring grandchildren, Alexi, Alyssa, Matthew, Christopher, Sofia and Lukas are their greatest joy as it is to every Yiayia and Papou.
In 2008, he was accepted to the Permanent Diaconate Program at Holy Cross. Even though it was an absence of 48 years, it was as though he never left Holy Cross. June 10th he was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by Bishop Andonios and was honored to be assigned to serve at his treasured home here at St. Paul.