Protopresbyter Fr. Alex Michalopulos (1992 – Present)
Fr. Alex Michalopulos was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on December 6, 1958, to Fr. Michael and Presvytera Magdalene Michalopulos, both of Greek decent. He was raised in a devoted Greek Orthodox household, assisting his father and other clergy at Church services and was very involved in the life of the Church.
As a young adult, Fr. Alex decided to enter the business field and began his post-secondary education with a Three Year Associate Degree in International Affairs at the University of Buenos Aires. He then chose to continue his education in the United States, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He worked in the retail and fashion industry as a manager and buyer, but soon realized that his calling was to serve the Lord and His Church.
In the early 1980’s Fr. Alex enrolled at Hellenic College-Holy Cross Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline Massachusetts, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Religion in 1985, and a Master of Divinity degree “with honours” in 1987. While studying at Hellenic College-Holy Cross, Fr. Alex worked at the office of Admissions, becoming the acting Dean of Admissions.
He met his future wife, Maria Hallas, at an Orthodox Youth Conference during his studies at Holy Cross and they were married in 1987.
Fr. Alex was ordained by Bishop Timothy of Detroit: into the Deaconate on September 14, 1987 and into the Priesthood on April 3, 1988.Fr. Alex giving spiritual guidance. He served at Holy Trinity – St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Cincinnati, Ohio from 1987 to 1990, and at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma from 1990 to 1992. Their two eldest daughters Alexia and Nicoletta were born in the United States.
In May of 1992, Fr. Alex, Presvytera Maria and their family moved to Ottawa when he was appointed to serve at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, of the Hellenic Community of Ottawa. Their youngest daughter Michaela was born in Ottawa, completing their loving family. The Community continues to progress under Fr. Alex’s spiritual guidance and leadership, accomplished with the loving support and hard work of the many wonderful volunteers and staff. The Light at Easter, 2009 He introduced several new youth and adult programs to enhance the spiritual life of theCommunity: the Hellenic Playgroup (H.O.P.E.), the Junior Orthodox Youth (J.O.Y.), and Bible Study. He has worked closely with all Parish Councils throughout the 90’s and into the new millennium to expand and renovate the church building, the banquet centre and to host: His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I during his first visit to Canada in 1998; the President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Constantinos Stephanopoulos in 2000; the Clergy/Laity Assembly of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto (Canada) in 2003 and upcoming again in 2011.
Devoted to his congregation, Fr. Alex visits the sick in hospitals and their homes, sharing their grief and providing comfort & counseling, and also sharing and delighting in their happiness during the good times. Fr. Alex is honoured to represent the Greek Orthodox Church in Canada’s Capital, serving over 7,000 Greek Orthodox Christians in Ottawa and surrounding areas.
Fr. Alex is the current Vice President of the Clergy Association of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto (for all of Canada). He has been bestowed the honour of Kentucky Colonel from the Governor of Kentucky; the offices of Economos and Protopresbyter by His Eminence Archbishop Sotirios of Toronto (Canada); the Queen’s Jubilee Medal; and the Cross of the Ecumenical Patriarchate by His All Holiness Bartholomew I. Fr. Alex speaks 5 languages: English, Greek, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian, and is learning French. He works tirelessly, together with caring and devoted parishioners, for the betterment of the Hellenic Community of Ottawa, the Greek Orthodox Church and for the glory of God.