Rev. Fr. Constantinos Economos
Parish Priest – St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral (Honoris Causa), Vancouver, BC
Fr. Constantinos was born in Vancouver, BC and baptized at the St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Vancouver, BC. Fr. Constantinos grew up in the Hellenic Community of Vancouver and was actively involved in the programs of the community, serving as an Altar Boy at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral for many years. On Palm Sunday of 2002, Fr. Constantinos was tonsured a Reader and a Sub-Deacon by His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios. Fr. Constantinos was involved in the Youth and Dance Groups of the Community, served as President of GOYA and later served as the youngest Board Member elected to the Board of Trustees of the Hellenic Community of Vancouver. Our Orthodox Christian Faith and Hellenic Culture have always been a priority in Fr. Constantinos’ life.
After completing High School he continued his studies at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in Burnaby, BC and graduated in 2005 with a Diploma of Technology in Operations Management (Dipl.T. OPMT). Following the completion of his Diploma
Fr. Constantinos pursued his dream and continued his studies at the Toronto Orthodox Theological Academy (TOTA). Fr. Constantinos graduated as Valedictorian from TOTA in 2008 with Bachelors in Theology (BTh.). Upon graduating, he returned home to Vancouver and began serving the Church as a Chanter and Youth leader from 2008-2011. In the summer of 2010, prior to his ordination to the deaconate, Fr. Constantinos founded Camp Metamorphosis BC and has been serving our Metropolis as the Director of Camp Metamorphosis BC since that time. With the intent of restoring youth participation within the communities of BC, Fr. Constantinos grew the program from 25 participants in its inaugural year to 187 participants at its peak. Because of the great energy and enthusiasm revitalized by the Camp program, Fr. Constantinos and the Camp Metamorphosis BC volunteer staff have successfully organized Winter Camps, Day Camps as well as Regional and National Youth Assemblies for our young adults. Camp Met BC’s motto of “Faith. Fun. Friends” inspired a resurgence of youth involvement in all of the programs of the Greek Orthodox Communities of Metro Vancouver including youth/play groups, traditional dance groups, as well as church attendance.
In May of 2011 Fr. Constantinos married his wife, Presbytera Kristina at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Vancouver, BC. Fr. Constantinos and Presbytera Kristina met while volunteering at the Greek Food Festival for Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Surrey, BC. On June 4th, 2011, Fr. Constantinos was ordained to the Diaconate by His Grace Bishop Christoforos of Andida at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Vancouver, BC. In October of 2011 Fr. Constantinos was appointed as the Western Canadian Regional Youth Director. On January 31st, 2012, Fr. Constantinos was ordained to the Priesthood at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Vancouver, BC. This was a great honor as Fr. Constantinos was the first and only person to be baptized, raised, married and ordained at Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Vancouver, BC and all under the spiritual guidance of Rev. Fr. Demetrios Partsafas. Fr. Constantinos served as an Assistant Priest at Saint George until the summer of 2012.
On August 14th, 2012 Fr. Constantinos was appointed the Parish Priest of Ypapanti Greek Orthodox Church in Victoria, BC. Father and Presbytera served the Greek Orthodox Communities on Vancouver Island with love and enthusiasm and brought a special focus to the youth ministry. Together, Father & Presbytera revitalized the Sunday School program, started and ran a bi-weekly playgroup for the toddlers and GOYA for the youth of the community, and taught a traditional Greek dance group, the NISIOTES, who performed at food festivals and local events in Victoria.
On December 1st, 2014 Fr. Constantinos was appointed the Parish Priest of St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral (Honoris Causa), Vancouver, BC. Father Constantinos spearheaded the re-establishment of the St. George Vancouver – Youth, a 5 level youth group program: PLAY (ages 0 – 4), HOPE (ages 5 – 7), JOY (ages 8 – 12), GOYA (ages 13 – 17), & ENA (Ages 18 – 25). Additionally, under Fr Constantinos’ direction our ENOSIS Hellenic Dance Groups were re-established including: FILARAKIA (ages 5-12), H PAREA (Ages 13 – 17), and ENOSIS (ages 18 – 25). In January of 2015, after a 30-year absence, Fr. Constantinos organized the Theophany Cross Dive which brings together all our Greek Orthodox Communities in Metro Vancouver, and sees our youth of all ages dive for the Cross at Kitsilano beach. In 2017 our Cathedral celebrated its 90thAnniversary. To honor St. George and the Hellenic Community of Vancouver, Fr. Constantinos organized and celebrated two Divine Liturgies at the location of the original St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Kitsilano, the now Kitsilano Neighbourhood House. Many of our faithful had this little Church as their first home in a new world, and it was an emotional and uplifting experience. After Pentecost 2018, Fr. Constantinos led a pilgrimage to the Holy Land which 38 of our Community members attended. The primary focus of the pilgrimage was to experience the Holy Places by serving Paraklesis at Gethsemane, Diesis prayers at all the holy sights, and above all Divine Liturgy at the Holy Sepulchre. Fr. Constantinos has organized community pilgrimages and youth trips, continued towards the completion of the iconography of St. George, and led the creation and construction of the Chapel of St. Anna in our Cathedral.
Fr. Constantinos’ ultimate vision is to ensure that the Greek Orthodox faith and culture are not just a part of our lives, but the foundation for our lives. By promoting and supporting programs and events with the goal of engaging every community member, both young and old, Fr. Constantinos will continue to create a sense of welcome, family, and a home away from home for all the Greek Orthodox faithful.
June 4, 2011 Diaconate – His Grace Bishop Christophoros of Andida
St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral – Vancouver, BC
Jan 31, 2012 Priesthood – His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios of Toronto
St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral – Vancouver, BC
Feb. 2, 2013 Pneumatiko – His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios of Toronto
Ypapanti Greek Orthodox Church – Victoria, BC
Service to the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto (Canada)
2010 – Present Founder & Director of Camp Metamorphosis BC
2011 – Present Assistant Canadian Youth Director / Western Youth Director – MET Youth Canada
2011 – Present Member of the Metropolis Council
May 2012 Organized & Led Western Regional Youth Assembly – Victoria, BC
2012-2013 Member of the Clergy Laity Organizing Committee – Vancouver, BC
July 2013 Organized & Led National Youth Assembly – Vancouver, BC
July 2013 Secretary of the 27thBiennial Clergy Laity Assembly of the GOMT
Speaker at Clergy Laity – Topic: The Church as Family
May 2014 Organized & Led 2ndWestern Regional Youth Assembly – Vancouver, BC
Nov 2014 Speaker at Clergy Retreat – Topic: Integrity in Youth Ministry
May 2016 Organized & Led 3rdWestern Regional Youth Assembly – Penticton, BC
May 2017 – Present President of the British Columbia Orthodox Christian Clergy Association
Feb 2018 Organized & Led 4thWestern Regional Youth Assembly – Victoria, BC
Rev. Fr. Demetrios Partsafas, Retired Priest
Former Parish Priest of St. George
Fr. Demetrios servered as our Parish Priest from 1974 – 2014.