Rev. Fr. Konstantinos Sarantidis
Fr. Konstantinos Sarantidis was born in Patras, Greece, and emigrated to Canada in 1963. His formative years were in Montreal, 1963-75, where he lived in the midst of an immigrant community, but studied Chemistry at McGill University. He obtained his Master of Science degree from the University of Toronto in Chemical Physics and moved to Vancouver to pursue doctoral studies in Photochemistry.
Deep involvement in the Greek Orthodox community of St. George in Vancouver made him receptive to a calling to study theology. He was encouraged by Dr. Dimitri Conomos to study at St. Vladimir's Seminary, because his interests, at that time, were primarily academic. At St. Vladimir's his mentor became Fr. John Meyendorff and he completed his thesis on St. Cyril of Alexandria under his direction.
At St. Vladimir’s Seminary he met his future wife, Madeline Lysiak, who was also enrolled in the MDiv program. They married in January of 1984. He taught Chemistry and Physics at the St. Demetrios High School in Astoria for two years. The decision to be ordained came after much prayer in 1986.
Fr. Konstantinos served as assistant to Fr. John Kutulas, of blessed memory, at St. Andrew Church in Chicago, IL. When the Holy Trinity parish in Portland Maine needed a priest he accepted the transfer. Father has served the parish for 28 years. He continues to do independent research in Patristics and has taught extensive evening classes in Biblical and Patristic theology.