Editor's note: This article has been corrected from a version that was printed April 25.
Serving SS. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church parishioners 40 years, the Rev. Evagoras Constantinides was a man of faith and action.
“He just couldn’t sit still,” Pastor Ted Poteres said. “Even into his 90s, he was leading pilgrimages to the Holy Land and doing weekly services until he moved to Texas last year.”
During his 26-year pastorate, Constantinides led the effort to construct the current cathedral and the Helenic Cultural Center.
Constantinides, 94, authored many liturgical books.
“You can talk about him as politician, you can talk about him as a clergyman, you can talk about him as an author, as a world traveler,” Poteres said.
First and foremost, Constantinides unified the church community when there was a dispute about where to locate the new church, Poteres said.
“It was his design for the church itself,” Poteres said. “Basically his vision became a reality with the circular church we have today. Everything in it, the icons, the icon screens, the pews, he had a hand in developing.”
Constantinides was influential in establishing the Ross Township food pantry decades ago to aid the families of unemployed steel workers struggling financially.
He took time to help bring people from Greece with health issues to local doctors and to get politicians to aid various Greek causes. He was the official translator in Indiana to help Greeks who didn’t speak English take their driver's exams.
Constantinides was politically oriented for Greek causes both in the United States and for his birthplace, the island of Cyprus.
“His fingerprint is on everything in this community and it will always be there which is fitting for all he did here,” Poteres said. “As an individual spiritual leader, he touches so many lives throughout the Greek Orthodox faith not only his parishioners but many people throughout the world.”