Our Ministry Team

Father Evagoras Constantinides
Dean of the Cathedral

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. During his full-time ministry at the Archdiocese, he 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 again 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 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.

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.

Gregory Gounardes
Pastoral Assistant

Gregory Gounardes is a native of Brooklyn who has a long relationship with the Cathedral.  He is a graduate of our Seminary, and throughout his studies, he spent several years assisting our community during Holy Week and coordinating other events.
He began his service to the Archdiocese in 2017 in the Office of the Chancellor as administrative assistant to His Grace Bishop Andonios.  This office oversaw various matters of the Archdiocese, ranging from clergy assignments to scholarships.
In 2020, Gregory accepted a full-time position as Pastoral Assistant to our Cathedral, assisting Father Evagoras in liturgical and pastoral areas, as well as coordinating the various youth programs of the community.  Additionally he assists in our A. Fantis School where he teaches religion class, and is responsible for the technology of our staff and students.
Gregory holds a B.A. in Classics and Religious Studies from Brooklyn College, and a Masters in Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.

 

Thania Stavropoulos
Church Office

Effie Katsenis
Church Office