Singer Becomes a Monk and a Deacon of the Church

The day singer Manos Georgantakis (C) became tonsured a monk by Metropolitan Andreas of Arkalohorion Crete and changed his name to Evgenios. Pictured also at the Monastery of St. Marina of Voni is another monk. (Photo: Facebook)

BOSTON – Singer Manos Georgantakis abandoned his songs and his music and became ordained a celibate Deacon after having first been tonsured a monk. He also changed his name from Manos and today he is known as Deacon Evgenios.

His tonsure and ordination took place at the Monastery of St. Marina of Voni, Crete on November 20, 2018 by Metropolitan Andreas of Arkalohorion in Crete, who is also a professor at the Theological School of the University of Thessaloniki.

Meanwhile the Internet is full of videos which show Georgantakis prior to his ordination singing with almost-nude young women nearby dancing provocatively with inappropriate positions and movements. Out of respect for the Holy Priesthood and the Church we will not publish the photographic material from the above mentioned videos, which are accessible on the Internet.

Today Deacon Evgenios Georgantakis, who is well known to the Greek-American Community – especially in New York – as a singer, is a student at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Boston. On the weekends he co-celebrates the Liturgy and chants at Sts. Constantine and Helen parish in Brooklyn, NY with the recently appointed presiding priest Fr. Evagoras Constantinides, who is well-known as Director of the Ionian Village summer camp in Greece.

Many students at the School of Theology know about Georgantakis’ videos on the internet, and they informed TNH about them.
We communicated by phone with Deacon Evgenios Georgantakis at Holy Cross and told him that The National Herald will publish an article about him. He told us that “because I just became a monk and a Deacon I don’t have the blessing to talk.”

After TNH insisted on hearing the story of his decision to become a monk and to become ordained he said that “at a young age I attended the Ecclesiastical High School of the island of Tinos; I finished the Rizarios Ecclesiastical School, the Advanced Ecclesiastical School at Heraklion, Crete, the Advanced Ecclesiastical School of Athens, and I did graduate studies in Theology in Cyprus, and then in America I went to Queens College to learn English and now I am enrolled in the Master of Theology program at Holy Cross School of Theology in Boston.”

Deacon-monk Evgenios Georgantakis in front of the altar at Sts. Constantine and Helen parish of Brooklyn New York. (Photo: Facebook)

Asked why he was ordained in Crete he said, “because that is where I am from.”

TNH noted that the internet is full of videos showing him singing with virtually nude women and asked who his spiritual father is and whether the latter knows about that material. Deacon-Monk Evgenios said, “I can’t tell you my spiritual father’s name. Before I got ordained my spiritual father knew everything about me, everything.”

When he said that “I can’t give an interview,” we made clear to him that his statements will be published. Deacon Evgenios repeated that, “my spiritual father knows everything” and added that, “once someone becomes a monk, Orthodoxy says that when he goes to confession and enters the Monastery, whatever has happened in the past is the past; he becomes another person. He changes his name – today my name is Evgenios – and thus you understand that I have a different life, I am another man at this moment.”

TNH communicated by phone with Metropolitan Andreas of Arkalohorion who was teaching at the University of Thessaloniki and asked whether Deacon Evgenios Georgantakis belongs to his Metropolis or to the Archdiocese of America, he replied, “he is my clergyman. I ordained him and when he receives his diploma from Holy Cross Theological School in Boston he will come to serve at the Metropolis of Arkalohorion.”

Asked whether he knew about the videos, Metropolitan Andreas said “no, I am surprised. This boy came and met with me, we spoke, etc.”
When Metropolitan Andreas asked TNH not to publish anything about Deacon Evgenios “because” – he said – “he is a new clergyman. I don’t know what he did in the past, but of course you will decide,” he was told the newspaper certainly will make a decision.
TNH honored Metropolitan Andreas’s request that he be sent a sample video of Georgantakis, which the Metropolitan viewed.

6 Comments

  1. This is a good story…All of heaven is rejoicing for Evgenios!!
    Fulfilling a calling – serving our Lord and Savior and His Holy Church as well as humanity is a true blessing.
    If only we could fill our churches and communities here in the United States with men and women who are truly called to serve. If this were the case the Greek Orthodox church would be a beacon of hope for everyone.

  2. Just another celibate going through the tonsure process just to leave the monastery (which monks don’t do) in order to eventually be an archimandrite in the world with higher aspirations.

  3. First, good for him with the direction he has chosen in his life. However, some doubts entered my mind while reading this. Was he living under obedience in the monastery or is he just “attached” to it in some superficial way? Usually a novice lives in a monastery for at least three years before being considered for tonsure as a rassoforos. Also, is the metropolitan serious when he says he was unaware of his past life? He came and spoke to him? What does that mean? What about the abbot of the monastery or didn’t he live there under obedience? Who is his spiritual father who would have to give his blessing for tonsure and ordination? And it’s even worse if his spiritual father didn’t know about his past life which should be an open book to one’s spiritual father. We see celibates ordained in this country as well, being tonsured a monk oftentimes the day before ordination, without ever having lived in a monastery under obedience. This is not a good trend.

  4. I hope this is a genuine story of repentance. Church history is filled with stories of redemption, for example St Augustine and Mary of Egypt.

  5. I don’t understand HOW it is feasible for a student deacon “monk” at Holy Cross School of Theology located in Brookline, MA to commute to the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St.Constantine & Helen in Brooklyn, NY and then return back to HC/HC Campus by Monday, week-end after week-end.

    Does he commute driving back and forth (approx. 325 miles / 4-hour drive one way) or does he fly between Logan Airport, Boston to LaGuardia Airport, NY.?
    If not, then the Amtrak train between Boston and New York; Uber it to Brooklyn upon arrival?
    Lastly, a bus between Boston and NY Port Authority Bus Terminal, then hop on a subway line for downtown Brooklyn?

    Also WHO pays for this long distance commute !?
    The Holy Cross School of Theology?
    The Metropolis of Boston?
    The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America?
    The Brooklyn Cathedral of St. Constantine & Helen?
    – OR does he pay all out of pocket himself ( which I somehow doubt very much )?

    It is almost physically impossible to make this long distance commute from Point “A” to Point “B” without having to add additional time which will then bring up the matter of lodging, meals and a per diem.

    This seems extremely odd and highly questionable, especially when the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese is suffering from such negative P.R. on its sad state of finances and its lack of transparency.

    Shame!

    BTW : The Boston Cathedral of the Annunciation is 20 minutes from the HC/HC Campus and a short trolley ride away! Other communities…

  6. There is something VERY wrong about all of this!
    It’s all extremely odd!
    Time will prevail the truth to be told in due time, soon enough!
    Why someone travels 325+ miles every week-end to serve in a church in NYC when the New England Community is chock full of parishes is beyond me!
    The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Boston is about 30 minutes away from the Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology and at a much cheaper travel fare via a very convenient trolley ride from the school’s campus than it is to get to Brooklyn’s Cathedral of Sts. Constantine & Helen
    Doesn’t anyone question this !? !?
    And then we all complain about church transparency – really!?

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