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Bishop Constantine of Sassima Is Ordained in New York

BOSTON – The ordination of Bishop Constantine of Sassima was held on Saturday October 15 at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York officiated by Archbishop Elpidophoros of America.

The following three metropolitans and members of the Eparchial Synod also participated: Methodios of Boston, Savas of Pittsburgh, and Nathanael of Chicago. Also participating in the ordination were auxiliary bishops Ierotheos of Efkarpia, Abbot of the St. Irene Chrysovalantou Patriarchal Monastery in Astoria, New York, Sebastian of Zela, Apostolos of Medeia, Joakim of Amisos, and Athenagoras of Nazianzos. Archbishop Demetrios, former of America, was also praying in the Holy Altar and many other priests and deacons were present from throughout the United States.

The newly ordained Bishop Constantine of Sassima will serve as assistant to Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver.

The moment of the ordination of Bishop Constantine of Sassima at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York. (Photo: GOA/DIMITRIOS PANAGOS)

On October of 2020 Archbishop Elpidophoros had appointed the then-Archimandrite Constantine Moralis as Chancellor of the Metropolis of New Jersey, but he left the position a few months later and returned to his previous ministry as Dean at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation in Baltimore, MD.

Archbishop Elpidophoros in his speech among other things he said, “you will assist our beloved Brother in Christ, Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver, who is now in his ninth decade of life, with over sixty years of ordained service to the Church. The Metropolis of Denver is very significant for our Archdiocese, because although it has the smallest population of any Metropolis, it is spread out over the largest expanse of territory. Your ministry there will be an invaluable help to His Eminence, and it will give the faithful of the Metropolis fresh perspectives, which you will bring from your long and fruitful pastoral experience in Baltimore.”

Bishop Constantine was born in 1966 in Baltimore, MD. He is the son of late Peter (born in Athens, Greece, from a family refugees from Asia Minor) and Sarah, (born in Mobile, AL, whose family was from Patmos and Egypt). The youngest of three children, the bishop was baptized and raised at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation in Baltimore.

The congregation of the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York during the ordination of Bishop Constantine of Sassima.
(Photo: GOA/DIMITRIOS PANAGOS)

From the time he was nine years of age, he began serving in the Altar under Fr. Constantine M. Monios of blessed memory and attended local schools. In 1988, he began at Hellenic College and graduated Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in 1994. In 1996, he was ordained Deacon and Priest by Metropolitan Silas of New Jersey of blessed memory. In 2000, he was elevated to the dignity of Father Confessor by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, who in 2002 elevated him to the rank of Archimandrite and installed him as Dean of the Annunciation Cathedral.

Bishop Constantine continued working diligently with the over 1,000 families of the congregation, serving as their priest in the inner-city of Baltimore. He established a number of programs for young people, and began the Annunciation Senior Center. The Senior Center allowed the senior members of the community to come in to a safe place that allowed them to receive the highest caliber of care. Having received numerous awards and recognition, the Senior Center was the pride of bishop Constantine along with the members of this parish.

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