The Very Reverend Constantine (Dean) Moralis
Father Constantine Moralis was born in Baltimore, Maryland on December 30, 1966 and is the youngest of three children to Peter and Sarah Moralis. He was baptized at the Cathedral on July 30, 1967.
Upon graduation from Towson High School in 1984, he worked for the Attorney General’s Office of Maryland for two years. In 1986, he began working for Towson Ford Sales in Baltimore until 1988. From the time he was 13 years old, his parents owned a concession stand where he worked during the summer months, and eventually while attending college in the evening.
In September 1988, he enrolled in Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. During his tenure at the school, he served in many capacities. He was a prison chaplain for six years at a maximum security penitentiary. Father Dean also served as Student Government Treasurer, and later as President. He assumed responsibilities as a hospital minister at the Hellenic Nursing Home for two years. He also served on the National Council of Christians and Jews (NCCJ), where he had the chance to interact with many faith groups. During his entire course of study, he led many youth and young adult retreats.
In 1995, Father Dean traveled to Greece to serve as a counselor and group leader for the Ionian Village summer camp program. He has served as one of the chaplains since 1996, and has been head chaplain since 1998.
Upon graduation from Holy Cross in 1994, he began working as a parish assistant and youth director for the Annunciation Cathedral in Baltimore. He began serving as a campus minister at Johns Hopkins University, created two new youth groups, and continued work with the existing groups. He has an active role in the youth of our community.
Metropolitan Silas of New Jersey ordained Father Dean a Deacon on February 11, 1996, and Priest on June 9, 1996 at the Annunciation Cathedral where he currently serves.
Since 2000, Father Dean has been appointed to the Board of Trustees to the Academy of Saint Basil, a home away from home for Orthodox children, in Garrison, New York, where he currently serves as vice president. Since 1998, he has served as a chaplain to the Baltimore City Police Department.
He was elevated to the rank of Spiritual Father by Archbishop Demetrios of America on April 16, 2000. On August 4, 2002, Father Dean was elevated to the dignity of Archimandrite and installed as Dean of the Annunciation Cathedral in Baltimore, Maryland by his Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America. Father Dean was appointed to the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey Council for 2004-2006. Father Dean also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology from 2004-2006. He was elected to serve as a member of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Council for a two year term beginning this year.
Andreas G. Houpos, Pastoral Assistant
Beginning July 15, 2014, the Cathedral will be served by our new Pastoral Assistant, Andreas Houpos. Andreas is a 2014 graduate of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, earning a Master’s of Divinity with Highest Distinction. He also received a Certificate in Byzantine Music. It is the first such certificate awarded outside of Greece and Lebanon, and he along with six others received this distinction through the efforts of Dr. Karanos, professor of Byzantine Chant at Holy Cross.
He is married to Meredyth, who is a software developer for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Meredyth is from Richmond, Virginia, where her mother resides. Andreas is from Portsmouth, Virginia. His parents reside in that area.
We had an opportunity to welcome Andreas over the last year, especially during Holy Week. Andreas will assume responsibilities of Pastoral Assistant, youth ministry, Bible Study, Orthodoxy lessons, as well as working with the existing talented members of our community to continue to develop the sacred art of Byzantine chant, promulgating the sacred music of the Church. In addition, Andreas will make some ministry calls to our faithful.
Andreas is a member of the Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir. Most recently the Choir chanted sacred hymns at Hagia Irene Church in Constantinople on the feast of Saint Andrew, in November, 2013. Present at that concert were the members of the Holy and Sacred Patriarchal Synod of Constantinople which included His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America and His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey. Andreas is also a member of the Holy Cross School of Theology choir, which released the project All Creation Trembled, a recording of the sacred hymns of Holy Thursday.
Andreas has participated in and facilitated a number of youth and young adult gatherings/retreats throughout our Archdiocese. He was also a religious education instructor at his home parish of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation in Norfolk, Virginia.
We welcome the opportunity to bring to our parish a graduate of Holy Cross, showing support to that spiritual institution and benefitting from Andreas’ education and love for Orthodoxy.