Founded in 1913, St. Constantine Church was the first Greek Orthodox Church on Long Island. The church became Brooklyn’s Cathedral in June 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 has been assigned by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America to serve as the next Dean of the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Brooklyn, New York.
Father Evagoras will also continue in his role as the Director of Ionian Village, the Archdiocesan summer camp located in Greece. Since 2011, Father Evagoras has presided over a complete renaissance of the Ionian Village program, with registration numbers reaching 20-year highs and the program completely reinvigorated.
Father Evagoras led the #RenewIV campaign, which raised over $800,000, including a $250,00 gift from Leadership 100, which allowed for the complete renovation and restoration of the campsite following a disastrous tornado that caused considerable damage at Ionian Village in the fall of 2016. In addition to the Ionian Village program in Greece, Father Evagoras has expanded the influence and reach of Ionian Village at home, creating more local ministries to offer continuing education and outreach to offer the camping ministry to as many young people as possible.
Father Evagoras was appointed in 2017 by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios to oversee the Office of Camping Ministries for the Archdiocese. He was given the mandate of coordinating and facilitating communications amongst all camps of our Archdiocese and to work with the camp directors in developing policies and procedures that will ensure a successful and safe program for the young campers and the staff.
Father Evagoras has also served the Archdiocese in a wide capacity, as the Archdiocesan Registrar, as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Direct Archdiocesan District, as a member of the Religious Education Committee of the Direct Archdiocesan District, as spokesman for Saint Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center, and on the Youth Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops as the representative of the Chairman, Archbishop Demetrios. He also has served at various parishes, including long-term interim assignments in the New York area at Saint Peter’s Greek Orthodox Church in the Bronx, Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Washington Heights, and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
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 Andonios and Yianni Andrew.