Clergy

Proistamenos

Father George Dokos

Father George Dokos assumed the duties of head priest at St. Mary’s in the Fall of 2014. Fr. George has a Bachelor’s of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota (1995), a Masters of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (1999) and a Ph.D. from the University of Thessaloniki (2010).

Fr. George was ordained to the Holy Diaconate on December 9, 2001, by Archbishop Demetrios and the Holy Priesthood on Palm Sunday, April 28, 2002, by Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver. He served Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Dallas, Texas, 2001-2004, Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 2007-2008, and Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Boulder, Colorado, 2008-2014.

Fr. George has published several books, including translations of St. Nikodemos of the Holy Mountain (Exomologetarion On Frequent Communion, Confession of Faith, a book on the Jesus Prayer The Watchful Mind, and most recently a book on the sacramental life of the Church Made for Union.

Father and his wife Presvytera Christa are blessed with four children – Paraskevi, Dimitrios, Nikodimi, and Maria Katherine.

Associate Priest

Fr. Jason Houck

Fr. Jason grew up in New Brighton, MN, and attended St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis, MN. Fr. Jason has Bachelor’s in Finance from the University of Minnesota (Carlson School of Management). Upon graduation, he was a financial analyst for the consulting firm Accenture, until deciding to enter Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology where he graduated with a Masters of Divinity. Upon graduation, Fr. Jason served the Church as a youth director at St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church in Charlotte, NC.

Fr. Jason was ordained to the Diaconate at St. Mary’s in June 2012 and to the Priesthood in August 2012. He served as the second priest at Sts. Constantine and Helen of Washington D.C. from July 2012 until January 2015 until returning home to St. Mary’s at the end of January 2015.

Fr. Jason and Presbytera Alexandra (who publishes The Children’s Word) have five children – Lydia, Paul, Silas, Philip, and Sarah.

Assistant Priest

Rev. Fr. John Kostas

Rev. Fr. John Kostas was ordained to the priesthood in 1995 after a 16-year career in government and politics in the New York State legislature and on Capitol Hill. While in Washington, Fr. John earned a master’s degree in ancient Greek at the University of Maryland. He then earned a Master of Divinity degree from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary.

Fr. John began his pastoral career as assistant priest at St. Mary’s until deciding to pursue advanced studies at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, receiving the degree of Master of Theology. Fr. John has served parishes in Pittsfield, MA, Knoxville, TN, Martin’s Ferry, OH, and Nassau, Bahamas. He also served first as an assistant chaplain under the late Rev. Fr. Thomas Hopko at the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration in Ellwood City, PA.

Upon retirement Fr. John and Presbytera Janis Kostas returned to St. Mary’s where Fr. John currently assists with bible studies and other pastoral duties.

Deacon

Deacon Paul Kalina

Deacon Dr. Paul Kalina, the grandson of Slovakian immigrants, was very involved in St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral in Northeast Minneapolis where he was born and raised. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. degree in Biology, Deacon Paul received a Doctor of Medicine degree from Mayo Medical School.

Even as a medical student and physician-in-training, the Orthodox church remained the focal point of Deacon Paul’s life. In 1999, Deacon Paul enrolled in the St. Stephen’s House of Studies, a 4-year theological studies program administered by the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese. In 2003, he received a Master’s degree in Applied Theology, and in February 2004, Deacon Paul was ordained to the diaconate in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Deacon Paul (a practicing ophthalmologist) and his wife, Diakonissa Alexandria (a practicing pediatrician) have three children – Andrew (married to Andrea) , Maria, and Stephen.

Pastoral Staff

Ministry Support

Doria Saros

Doria is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Minnesota. She has also completed coursework in Basic Theology from St. Stephen’s Course of Studies in Orthodox Theology. Doria formerly served as the Youth Director for 20 years. She has been serving the faithful of St. Mary’s since 1993. Doria is responsible for these key areas: Youth Committee Program Facilitator, Visitation Ministry Coordinator, Summer Camp Coordinator, Family Camp Coordinator, Sacramental Paperwork, and Parish Lenten Retreat

Youth Director

Jon Klein

Originally from Pella, Iowa, Jon attended St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. In May of 2017, he earned his Masters Degree from the University of Northern Iowa studying Leisure, Youth, and Human Services. He has been a summer camp counselor abroad in Taiwan and completed his internship as a day camp director in the Netherlands. Jon has been involved with the St. Mary’s Camp Program since 1999. Jon has been serving as the Youth Director since June 2017. Jon is responsible for these key areas: HOPE/JOY, Junior GOYA, Senior GOYA, Summer Camp Task Force, Family Camp Task Force, and Basketball

Church School Director

Dena Tortorelis

Information coming soon!

Music Director

Thespina Macres

Thespina began her music career teaching in the Fridley public school system after graduating from the University of Minnesota – Duluth in Music Education. She sang in St Mary’s choir and later became its director. Thespina developed a Chant Group program which has included singers from Middle School age to adult. She was invited to direct the Annual Chicago Metropolis Sr Choir Conference in 2001 at St Mary’s and again in 2002 at St Spyridon. Thespina also arranged and directed a recent choir recording on CD.

Organist

Mark Macres

Mark accompanies the choir at the organ. He has participated in the Chicago Metropolis Choir Federation as a Board Member and also as the Choir Loft newsletter editor.

Administrative Staff

Parish Administrator

Julia Moricz

Raised in an Orthodox home, our Parish Administrator has vast experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors.  She oversees our entire facility, while also managing our staff, purchasing needs, community outreach, and overall financial aspects of St. Mary’s.

Parishioner Support / Communications

David Mertesdorf

David has been at St. Mary’s since 1996. He provides administrative and clerical assistance to our clergy, ministry groups, committee liaisons, and all others who come through our doors. David’s key areas of responsibility are marketing and communications, financial management assistance, and liturgical support and administration.

Facilities Coordinator

Bob Yang

Information coming soon!