(Photos) Behavior Not Becoming of a Priest

By on June 16, 2019

Following news that Fr. Evagoras Constantinides was fired from his position at Ionian Village, the summer travel camp of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, for using fireworks to awaken campers, photographs have emerged showing Constantinides in dance positions not becoming of a priest.

In villages throughout Greece, priests were always present with their flock— at their sad moments, as well as celebrations. Yes, priests dance. After all, the traditional “demotika” are part of our Greek folkloric traditions.

The drunken “zeibek’s” dance, is not part of our folkloric tradition and Constantinides should have known better.

Still— if he didn’t, laying on the floor in his robes and putting a cup of what is intended to be a shot of liquor— is certainly not becoming of a clergyman in a leadership position shepherding young people who will form their opinions of priestly life.

Look at the faces on the young girls. What are they thinking? Is this normal? And after seeing their spiritual father on the floor like that with flowers being tossed on him like some cheap bouzouki singer— they are supposed to take the body and blood of Christ from his hand?

Plain and simple, it’s disrespectful to the “rasa” that he is wearing, not to mention undignified.

20 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    June 18, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    This is completely false, “unbiased” haha do your research

  2. Anonymous

    June 18, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    not sure who’s funding this but at least have the guts to publish your actual name behind this inflammatory “article”. you should be ashamed.

  3. Anonymous

    June 18, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Shame on you for writing this. Only someone who thinks ανάποδα (sideways) would write this. I am the mother of one of those girls and I can assure you that the girls are thinking, “my priest is human and I can relate to him.” We are a Greek Orthodox people and we celebrate and honor both our Orhodoxy and our Hellenism. I

  4. Anonymous

    June 19, 2019 at 2:35 am

    This is taken completely out of context and is pretty ridiculous. Father Evagoras is a wonderful priest. I was on staff in some capacity for 4 years and have nothing but wonderful things to say about him. This is fake news.

  5. Anonymous

    June 19, 2019 at 3:00 am

    Did you get obtain consent to post these photos of these young girls drawing attention to them in your article?

  6. Anonymous

    June 19, 2019 at 6:51 pm

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  7. Anonymous

    June 20, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    FACT: you’re just jealous you can’t dance like him.

  8. Anonymous

    June 21, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    As a camper, his ability to relate to us was what made us love him the most. Honestly, he was what made Ionian Village the amazing experience that it was. Never before had I met a priest that I could look up to like him. His energy for the camp was unmatched and him dancing zeimbekiko is just a normal part of the fun. This is an overreaction and should not be viewed as a knock to his character. Who are we to judge him? Who are we to say what is priestly? Let’s not drive the youth away by taking away such a fun and well respected priest. The youth won’t come if it’s not fun for them. Fr. Ev is a good man who should not have been fired over throwing pop rocks into a cabin which is definitely not “violence,” just a practical joke.

  9. Anonymous

    June 21, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    False news

  10. Anonymous

    June 22, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    None of this frankly surprises me. I grew up with this “priest” in Chicago, and he is no different now than he was 15 years ago. Totally unfit to be a priest, and I was upset to hear he was actually ordained. I was sure with all the trouble he caused growing up someone would have had serious reservations allowing him to be ordained. I guess when you’re a third generation priest with a high ranking Bishop as a godfather anything is possible.

    What a total clown!

  11. Anonymous

    June 24, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Whoever thinks that it was innocent to just throw firecrackers into a cabin as well as belittling them to mere “pop rocks” is wrong. This could have been a fire hazard especially since around the time of the incident there was the fires in Attica. Even look at what happened to football player Jason Pierre Paul’s hands when he was messing with fireworks on the Fourth of July. Not a safe or wise decision especially with the new Youth Protection Manual in place now.

  12. Anonymous

    June 25, 2019 at 12:32 am

    A wonderful, inspirational priest. Get your facts right.

  13. Anonymous

    June 25, 2019 at 1:37 am

    As the majority of the comments following this article illustrate, Fr. Evagoras is an exemplary priest, and a great leader for our Youth and Young Adults. Priests should dance, particularly if it helps to inspire our next generation, who need to see their spiritual leaders as real people with whom they can relate. “Fake news” may now be a vastly overused term, but nevertheless, irresponsible journalism, which nobody will even put their name to, is just that.

  14. Anonymous

    June 26, 2019 at 5:56 am

    A priest should hold his position and respect the vestments he is wearing.
    Evan is Evan, a show off and an actor.!!! Ask those of us who know him from a young age, he always craved attention .!!

  15. Anonymous

    June 26, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    you’re just jealous my man dances a mean zeimpekiko. Shameful article written by a no name hack trying to drag a great leader through the mud. Ntropi

  16. Anonymous

    June 27, 2019 at 12:25 am

    A snake that will never change his stripes.

  17. Anonymous

    July 2, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Fr. Evagoras has done so much for the youth of this Archdiocese. He should not have been fired for a camp prank. Check your facts. There was no autistic child at the camp. He is well aware of Youth Protection and trains his staff well. Should he be penalized for having clergy in his family? Enrollment was down this year because his enthusiastic marketing of the camp was noticeably absent in the time leading up to registration. For those who comment on what he was like as a young man I can say that he is a great young man. Also, the kids are thrilled to see a priest act as a human. We don’t need them to act like we’re in the 15th century. If we want to keep the church alive we need to have young priests who are engaged. As for the girls in the picture – the one right in front of him is his wife, Presvytera Maria. This was a smear campaign and hopefully our new Archbishop will rectify this and reinstate him immediately. If Fr. Alex can be rehired so can Fr Evagoras! You have sullied one of the best programs of the Archdiocese. Look around at leadership in communities across the Archdiocese and see how many former campers and staffers are actively engaged in their parishes and ask them how Ionian Village motivated them and kept the faith alive for them.

  18. Anonymous

    July 17, 2019 at 2:34 am

    “WARNING”

    Do not be fooled. This man is a Malignant Narcissist. not simply immature or a benign clown. He is toxic.

    Protect your families, and especially your children and young adults.

  19. Anonymous

    August 19, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    Sadly many of the negative comments are true. I’ve been present for comments he’s made in the presence of the youth that were either inappropriate or downright demeaning. He puts on a great show. The above comments show someone who is trying to be a friend, not being a priest. Overall he comes across as fake and people are onto this. A hierarch was telling me about Fr. Evagoras Constantinides and I wasn’t sure if he was referring to this man or his grandfather. So I asked and the Bishop said, “of course the elder Fr. Evagoras, not that idiot grandson of his.” He seems relatable to the youth since he is at the same level of maturity. Priests need to Priests, not the chums of the youth – that doesn’t mean distant, but it does mean that you try to raise people up to something better. In most cases I witness kids coming back from Ionian Village with a mentality of “oh I like Church if it’s like IV, but I don’t really like the Church otherwise”. This is a bait and switch.

    While it seems that it is easy to kick a man while he is down, he’s done this to himself – as a Church we need to really be critical as to the character of the men we ordain, and not just because their Godfather has high rank, but I guess we can’t be too surprised.

  20. Anonymous

    August 19, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Fr. Evagoras is an incredible priest. This is wrong. I’ve never met any other priest that could captivate our youth and because of that could help grow our Greek Orthodox Community for generations to come. We are with you, Fr. Evagoras—we love you.

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