Father Constantine Lazarakis, born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Hellenic College and Master of Arts degree in Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Prior to attending seminary, he worked in a group home for developmentally disabled adults and adolescents, as a special education teacher’s assistant, developing and implementing learning plans for junior high school students with a variety of developmental disabilities and behavioral problems. He also worked for his father’s residential painting company. Father Lazarakis served as the Ionian Village director from 2001 until 2008, during which time he developed and implemented program curriculum which included catechetical, Greek language and culture, arts and crafts, and athletic spheres. As Ionian Village director, he also recruited, trained and managed a volunteer staff of thirty to forty members each summer. While serving at Ionian Village, Father Constantine also served as interim director of youth and young adult ministries for the Direct Archdiocesan District from 2008 to 2010, where he worked with the District youth ministry team to establish Camp St. Paul, the summer camp program of the Greek Orthodox Direct Archdiocesan District. He has also served in a variety of positions at summer camps and youth programs in the metropolises of Boston and Denver. Father Constantine was assigned as parish priest to the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church of Southampton, NY in August of 2010. Father Constantine enjoys writing short fiction, poetry, and personal essays. He and his wife Anastasia Karloutsos-Lazarakis, live in Southampton with their three children, Konstantine, Xanthi and Demetrios.
In this episode of Good News for a Change, Fr. Constantine Lazarakis explores the gospel passage on the Call of the Disciples. Jesus sees the fishermen and teaches them. He instructs Simon to throw his net over the side of the boat. Fr. Constantine admits that Simon’s response is something he, and perhaps you, have responded when we hear the call of God–impossible. Too often our response to God’s call is to reject it as beyond our ability. But that soon to be disciple Simon responded, “At your word, I will let my net down.” Simon may not still believe anything will happen, but he trusts the mandate of the Lord and he lets his net down to a miraculous catch. The blessings of God are abundant, but they are what God knows we need, not what we want.
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