Rev. Fr. Constantine Xanthakis
Fr. Constantine was born in Calamata, Messinia, Greece in 1936. After attending public schools in Marlboro and Peabody, MA he continued his formation at Holy Cross School of Theology in 1956. While at Holy Cross, he also studied music at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
In 1962, Fr. Xanthakis married Helen Kourevessi and was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Gerasimos. He then was assigned to the parish of St. Anargyroi in Rochester, MN where he served as Chaplin and president of the Chaplin’s Association at the Mayo Clinic, and did graduate work at Winona State University. In 1964, Fr. Constantine was reassigned to the St. Spyridon Parish in New York City where he served a seven year ministry under Fr. George Roussos and Alkiviadis Calivas. During this ministry, he and Presvytera Helen were blessed with two boys, Anthony and Alexander.
In 1971, Fr. Constantine was reassigned to the Annunciation Parish in Cranston, Rhode Island where he served for five years.
In 1976, he became the pastor at the Holy Trinity Cross Parish in Brooklyn, NY where he served for 16 years. In addition to his church ministry, Fr. Xanthakis served as president of the Archdiocesan District Clergy Syndesmos and the Clergy Fellowship of New York City. In 1987, Archbishop Iakovos elevated him to the Office of Protopresbyter.
In 1992, Fr. Xanthakis was reassigned as Dean of the Annunciation Cathedral of New England. In addition to his ministerial duties, Fr. Xanthakis has played a role in various Cathedral restoration and fund raising projects.
In 2001, after retiring, Fr. Xanthakis moved to Clearwater, FL where he served as Assistant priest at the Holy Trinity Church. Since then he is helping as much as he can Holy Trinity Church not only in administering the sacraments of the church but also as a full time chanter.
During Fr. Constantine’s free moments, he enjoys chanting Christian Hymns and reading Byzantine music and history. His philosophy of life is “to be happy and make others happy too.” He believes “life’s problems will pass if you exercise patience and wait for God’s answer.”