Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church

Winchester, Virginia


Fr. Michael Kontogiorgis was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts and attended the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Boston. The priest serving the Cathedral when Father Michael was baptized was Fr. James Coucouzis, later known as Archbishop Iakovos. Archbishop Iakovos also ordained Father Michael as deacon in 1972, and as priest in 1973. 

Father Michael is a graduate of the Boston Latin School, the oldest public high school in the United States, established in 1635, at which he received a classical education with the study of Latin a basic requirement. He went on to Hellenic College in Brookline, Massachusetts, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with Highest Honors. At the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, sister school of Hellenic College, Father Michael earned a Master of Divinity degree and a Master of Sacred Theology degree, both with High Honors. 

Father Michael served as the Assistant to the Dean at the Annunciation Cathedral in Boston and as the presiding priest of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Orlando, Florida. While ministering to the parish in Orlando, Father Michael among his various responsibilities served as a Chaplain with the Orlando Police Department, as President of the Atlanta Diocese Clergy Association, Director of the Atlanta Diocese Summer Camp program, Director of the Atlanta Diocese Altar Boys Workshop, as a member of the Archdiocese Benefits Committee, as Secretary of the Archdiocese Presbyters Council, and was the founder and director of the Greek Orthodox Youth Actionline (1981), a national toll-free information and referral pilot program of the Archdiocese which he created and funded through various donations from across the country.

Subsequently, he served as the Chancellor of the Diocese of Pittsburgh (now Metropolis of Pittsburgh) from 1996 until 1998. In 1998, he was appointed Assistant Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.  In addition to continuing to serve in that position, Father Michael was appointed Director of the Archdiocese Registry Department in 2001.  Father Michael also served the Office of Internal Assessment and Evaluation, served as a member of the Archdiocese Benefits Committee, as advisor to the National Sisterhood of Presvyteres, as a Clergy Liaison with the New York City Police Department, as a member of the Board of Directors of Church World Service, also serving on their Administration and Finance Committee, as well as Chairman of the Investment Advisory Group. Fr. Michael  is a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and has completed their Child Forensic Interview Clinic (2006). He has also completed and been certified in various other investigative and disaster training programs. Fr. Michael is a graduate of the New York City Citizens Police Academy (2005), and the Fairfax County (Virginia) Citizens Police Academy (2015).  On November 15, 2017, be began serving the Dormition Church in Winchester, Va.

Among other titles of recognition, Father Michael has been honored as Protopresbyter of the Archdiocese of America (1989) and Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Patriarchate (2000). He has authored various articles throughout his ministry and published The Altar Boy's Guidebook (1981, 1984).

Father Michael is married to Presvytera Vicki and they are parents to three daughters and seven grandchildren.

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