Rev. Fr. Alexander G. Leondis

Rev. Fr. Alexander G. Leondis

Father Alexander was born and raised in New York City. He attended New York University studying advertising, then graduated from Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, MA in 1960. Upon graduation, hewas awarded a scholarship to do graduate work at the Patriarchal Theological School of Halki in Constantinople, Turkey. Upon returning to the United States Fr. Alexander served as a pastoral assistant and began his graduate studies at St. Vladimir’s Seminary. 

Father Alexander married (July 12, 1964) Mary (Aslanis) by Bishop Timothy Haloftis, was ordained to the Diaconate (August 2, 1964) by Bishop Gerasimos Papadapoulos and to the Priesthood (August 9, 1964) by Archbishop Iakovos. He served as an Assistant priest to Fr. John Zanetos at the Boston Cathedral from 1964-1966; Pastor of Saint Sophia in Albany, NY from 1966-1974; Holy Trinity in Westfield, NJ (1974-1996). During this time, he constructed both churches, and built up the body of Christ within. 

Father Alexander served as the Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Chancellor of the Diocese of New Jersey, and the Archdiocese Director of Stewardship and Pastoral Resources. During his time, he served as the President of the Archdiocese Presbyters Council (1990-1992), President of the Diocese of New Jersey (numerous times), helped found Sights and Sounds, Camp Good Shepherd Summer Camp and various ministry programs. Fr. Alexander is the first priest to translate and publish the Consecration Service into English. He printed a Divine Liturgy, Funeral and Memorial Service, Baptism, Marriage and Services and Prayers booklet for various services and rites.

Fr. Alexander is a Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Throne and has served as a Priest with love and dignity for over 60 years. 

Father Alexander said that if he had his life to live over again, he would want it to be the same and I would make the same choices; to have the same parents and family, to marry Mary, become a priest and have the same three sons. He would want to have the same experiences, serve the same parishes and other positions in the Church and touch the lives of the same people for Christ.

Fr. Alexander retired from active duty, with the blessing of Archbishop Demetrios in 2005. He currently serves with his son, Fr. Mark, at the Saint Mark Church, where he is the Pastor Emeritus. 

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