Connecting youth and Church – Fr. Evagoras Constantinides

I had the blessing of interviewing Fr. Evagoras Constantinides, a dynamic and inspiring Youth Director.  He is a Priest, husband, the director of Ionian Village, and the director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Direct Archdiocesan District.  Through his leadership, example, and an amazing team, he has created an unforgettable camping experience and exciting youth programs.  So much faith, love, and hard work goes into everything they do, and it’s really reflected in the success of these ministries.  When they say “Are you ready for the best summer of your life?” they mean it! I am so thankful for all the energy he brings to Youth Ministry, and how hard he works to connect our Youth to the Church.

Hello my Name is: Fr. Evagoras Constantinides

My patron saint is: There is no Saint Evagoras, so I celebrate on All Saints Feastday!

As a child, my favorite children’s book was: I would have to say that one of my favorite books growing up was Curious George. I always thought that it was so funny all the trouble that he used to get into!

My job is: I am the Director of Ionian Village at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, in addition to serving as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Direct Archdiocesan District.

What I love about my job: I get to spend my summers in Greece, exploring both our amazing Hellenic culture and Orthodox Faith with young people from all over the country. Being with young people while they experience these things, and grow in their faith is by far, one of the most rewarding experiences.

If I could tell our youth one thing it would be: BE YOURSELF!! Too many times our young people think that they have to conform to what everyone else thinks they should be or what society dictates. That’s nonsense! We, as people and as Orthodox Christians, are to be people of the Lord. Our goal in life is to live lives worthy of Christ, and when we are doing that, we are able to live as we were create to be. Forget what facebook, twitter, instagram and tumblr says; forget about what they tell you to be…BE YOURSELF, no matter what that is! When you do that, and live your life worthy of Christ, that’s happiness!

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