About Us

Clergy, Parish Council, and Staff

The Reverend Steven P. Zorzos, D. Min.
Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Throne

frsteve@saintsophiadc.com

Father Steven P. Zorzos is the Presiding Priest of Saint Sophia Cathedral.

Father Steve grew up in the Greek Orthodox Community of the Church of the Archangels, Stamford, Connecticut. After attending the University of Connecticut for two years, he transferred to Hellenic College, Brookline, Massachusetts, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy & Religion. Upon completion of the Master in Theological Studies and Master of Divinity degrees from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, Massachusetts, Father Steve was ordained to the diaconate and priesthood in 1982 and served the Greek Community of Saint Demetrios Cathedral, Astoria, New York, as assistant priest from 1982-84. From August, 1984 to January, 2011, Father Steve served Saint Sophia Cathedral as assistant priest and from January, 2011 to the present, as presiding priest.

Father Steve holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Yonkers, New York.

 

The Reverend Panayiotis V. Steele, M. Div.
Presbyter & Assistant Priest

frpanayiotis@saintsophiadc.com

We are most pleased to announce the assignment of Deacon Panayiotis Steele to Saint Sophia Cathedral. His first day of service, as a deacon, will be Sunday, June 13. He will be ordained to the priesthood by His Eminence, Archbishop Elpidophoros, on Saturday morning, June 26, at Saint Sophia.

Deacon Panayiotis is no stranger to us. He was ordained to the diaconate this past February 2 in Saint Sophia, and for several years before that he volunteered as one of our assistant chanters. Originally from northern Virginia, before attending Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, he was a steward of Saint Sophia.
Deacon Panayiotis comes to us with an impressive resume. In addition to the fulfillment of his duties as a deacon of the Church, at Holy Cross he mentored newly ordained deacons as well as first-year seminarians. While at Holy Cross he served as Residency Director, Communications Director of the Office of Student Life, Chant Group Leader, and Advanced Chant Laboratory Leader. His field work included head chanter of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Lexington, MA, parish assistant/youth director of SS. Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church, Marlborough, MA, and counselor, Camp St. Paul.

Before attending Holy Cross, Deacon Panayiotis was employed as manager in the fields of software development and production for various designers and for a variety of applications, including allergy and immunology. In addition to a Master of Divinity (Holy Cross, May, 2021), Deacon Panayiotis holds a Master of Science in Computer Science (University of Virginia) and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (University of Virginia). While at UVA, he served as teaching fellow, graduate research assistant, and graduate teaching assistant. He also held internships with Microsoft and the United States Naval Research Lab. He is proficient and experienced in over a dozen programming languages and published multiple essays in computer science. A perennial Dean’s List student and member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Deacon Panayiotis’ awards and honors include: Holy Cross Most Valuable Psalti (2019-2020), University of Virginia ACM Professor of the Year (2012-2013), University of Virginia Computer Science department teaching fellowship (Jan 2013 – May 2013), and the Commonwealth Fellowship in Engineering at University of Virginia (September 2010 – August 2011).

The Reverend Dimitrios J. Lee, M. Div.
Presbyter & Assistant Priest

frdimitri@saintsophiadc.com

Father Dimitrios J. Lee is the Assistant Priest of Saint Sophia Cathedral.

Father Dimitrios was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, to Robert and Maria Lee. He is a graduate of Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, holding the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Master of Divinity. During his seminary days, he participated on two mission trips with OCMC, Orthodox Christian Mission Center. After graduation, Father Dimitrios worked for IOCC, International Orthodox Christian Charities, as well as the Annunciation Cathedral in Baltimore, MD.

In September 2010, Father Dimitrios moved to Washington, D.C., where he served as Pastoral Assistant and Youth Director of Saint Sophia Cathedral. He was ordained to the holy diaconate on Sunday, October 24, 2010, in the Church of Saint Spyridon in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, by His Grace Bishop Savas of Troas. He was then later ordained to the holy priesthood on January 9, 2011, at Saint Sophia Cathedral in Washington, D.C. by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America and His (then) Grace Bishop Savas of Troas. Father Dimitrios now serves Saint Sophia Cathedral as the associate priest with an emphasis on youth ministry and religious education.

 

Georgios Theodoridis

musicarts@saintsophiadc.com

George Theodoridis is Master Chanter, Choir Master, and Director of Music Arts of Saint Sophia Cathedral.

In April 2012, Mr. Theodoridis moved to Washington, D.C., to join the Saint Sophia community.

Born in Böblingen, Germany, Mr. Theodoridis studied under many renowned teachers and chanters and has traveled extensively as part of Byzantine choirs.  Prior to joining Saint Sophia, Mr. Theodoridis conducted the Students Byzantine Choir of the Theological College of the Apostolic Diakonia and the Byzantine Multi Choir of Chantors, who performed a special ceremony before Pope Benedict XVI in the Event Hall of the Vatican Palace. Mr. Theodoridis has served as master chanter (protopsaltis) and choirmaster of the Holy Shrine of Saint Barbara in Athens, Greece, as well as instructor of Byzantine music to the Students Byzantine choir of the Theological College, Apostolic Diakonia of the Church of Greece.

Mr. Theodoridis has an undergraduate degree from the University of Athens, an honors degree from the Conservatory of Egaleo in Athens, is fluent in Greek, German and English, and holds the rank of Lieutenant in the Greek army.

Parish Council

The Parish Council of Saint Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral meets on a monthly basis to guide and manage the cathedral’s affairs.

President: Janice Calomiris
Vice-President: Cassandra Tsintolas Johnson
Secretary: Diane Bochanis Cerniglia
Treasurer:
Assistant Treasurer:
Christopher Chaconas
Christina Mallus
Board Members:
Peter Antonoplos
Fotini Tsintolas Economides
Kaara Ettesvold
Andrew Ladas
Amanda Creed Lockhart
Joanna Pedas
Ioannis Xanthos
Nicholas Zuppas
 

Cathedral Staff

The cathedral staff are the caretakers and stewards of the Cathedral’s facilities and daily operations.

Cathedral Administrator: Pete Panagiotopoulos (Ptpoulos@saintsophiadc.com)

Cathedral Administrative Assistant: Effie Kalapothakos (effie@saintsophiadc.com)

Sexton: Victor Berio (Victor@saintsophiadc.com)

Facility Manager: Oscar Kosmas Montecinos (Oscar@saintsophiadc.com)

Facility Assistant: Angel Claure (Angel@saintsophiadc.com)

Private Directory

Saint Sophia Cathedral’s private phone lines are as follows:

Office Main Line
202-333-4730

Father Steven Zorzos
202-838-1550

Father Dimitrios Lee
202-838-1551

Pete Panagiotopoulos
202-838-1553

George Theodoridis
202-838-1554

Effie Kalapothakos
202-838-1556

Oscar “Kosmas” Montecinos
202-838-1557

Victor Berio
202-838-1558

Library
202-838-1559