Rev. Father Michael Courey, Presiding Priest
Voice: (310) 749-2810
Email: [email protected]
Fr. Michael Courey has served as the pastor of St. Katherine since 1997. He and his wife, Presbytera Maria, are the parents of four adult children. Fr. Michael holds degrees from The College of Wooster (B.A. Studio Art), Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Master of Divinity), and Fuller Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry). His post-graduate work has been focused in the area of Orthodox Christian Spirituality.
Fr. Michael is the author and illustrator of Walk in the Light: Spiritual Exercises in Great Lent for Young Adults. As a visual artist, iconographer, and symposia speaker, he has presented lectures, workshops, and retreats at Loyola Marymount University, the Getty Center and Getty Villa, and Mary & Joseph and St. Nicholas Retreat Centers. Recently, Fr. Michael completed eight icons for the iconostasis for St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church in San Juan Capistrano. His pastoral reflection, Sources of Inspiration for the Contemporary Iconographer, was published in a collection of essays entitled Icons and The Liturgy, East and West: History, Theology, and Culture edited by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Denysenko (Notre Dame Press, 2017). Currently, Fr. Michael serves on the Advisory Board of the Huffington Ecumenical Institute at Loyola Marymount University. To view selections of his art and iconography, visit www.michaelcourey.com
Rev. Deacon Cary Constantine
Voice: (310) 540-2434
Email: [email protected]
In March of 2000, Cary Constantine was hired as a layman and served as our Parish Administrator. Cary took on many responsibilities in this role which included: creating the office volunteer ministry, managing the day-to-day preparations and operations of the Greek Festival, assisting Father Michael with sacraments and services, and working with youth ministry program. On May 2, 2004, here at St. Katherine, Cary was ordained to the Holy Diaconate! The newly ordained Deacon Cary (Kyriakos) continued to serve the church full time as the Parish Administrator, and part-time as a volunteer clergyman. In 2010, based on his record of dedication and devotion to serve our people with dignity and care, His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos, approve the recommendation that Rev. Deacon Cary be promoted to serve as Father Michael's Pastoral Assistant. This meant that Deacon would serve as a full time minister holding the office of the diaconate, and his job description changed from primarily administrative work to full time pastoral ministry.