Very Rev. Fr. CONSTANTIN ALECSE
(Orthodox Priest, promoter of Orthodoxy through the Internet)

 

Biography: www.ConstantinAlecse.com


Pentru Limba Romana - For Romanian click here.

 

Born on February 21st 1951, in Dambroca-Sageata Village, Buzau County, Romania.
Parents: Enache and Anica Alecse.
Married to Elena (born Tanase), teacher.
Father Alecse has four children: Cristian Constantin, Marius Thomas, Gabriella Emy and Anne-Claudia.

 

Elementary School (1958-1965) & Theological Seminary (1965-1970)

Elementary school in the Village of Dimbroca, Sageata commune, Buzau County - Muntenia. The Orthodox Theological Seminary "Bishop Kesarie" in Buzau-Romania.

 

 

University Studies

 (1970-1974)

The Theological Institute of Bucharest.

Diploma: He graduated with the thesis: "The Bible, Tradition and the Church in the Orthodox, Protestant and Catholic Theology ".

 

 

Post Grads (Ro)

(1974-1976)

 

Doctorate courses in theology, at the Bucharest Theological Institute , under the guidance of the famous Prof. Dr. Dumitru Staniloae , professor of Dogmatics.

 

Post Graduate Studies, England

In 1976,  passing the exams requirements to qualify for scholarships for studies abroad, and/or be considered a candidate for a priestly position abroad,  theologian Constantin Alecse was awarded a scholarship at the Theological Department, London University (England). At the same time he was appointed to occupy the deacon’s position at St. George's Romanian Orthodox Church in London.

 

Ph.D Theses Project

Under the guidance of the Cannon A.W.Allchin, dean of the Anglican Cathedral of Canterbury and chair of the Theological Department at London University, Father Alecse began to prepare his Ph.D. thesis on the subject: "The concept the Incarnation of the Son of God, in The Anglican Theology, from the sixteenth to the twentieth century."

 

Ordination

to Holy Deaconate

On 29 November 1976 Constantin Alecse was ordained to the holy deaconate by + His Grace Bishop Lucian Florea Fagarasanu, then Bishop of Paris (France), for St. George's Romanian Orthodox Parish in London, England, hosted by St. Dunstan's in the West Anglican Church (184 Fleet Street, London, England).

 

Ordination to Holy Priesthood

On Christmas Day, 25 December 1976, Fr. deacon Constantin Alecse was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by the same hierarch, for the same church “St. George's Romanian Orthodox Church”, London, England.

 

Distinctions

As a parish priest of the above-stated Church, Father Alecse was also appointed as "Official Representative" of the Romanian Orthodox Patriarchate to dr. Donald Coggan, Archbishop of Canterbury, of the Church of England.
In this capacity, Father Constantin was awarded by His Beatitude the Patriarch of Romania the title of "Iconom Stavroforos", thus becoming the youngest priest abroad awarded such a distinction.

 

Honorary Chaplain Church of England

In 1977, Dr. Mervyn Stockwood, Suffragan Bishop of Southwark (South London Diocese), named Father Alecse “Honorary Chaplain of the Diocese of Southwark, Church of England.
As a representative of the Romanian Patriarchate to the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Honorary Chaplain of the Diocese of Southwark, Father Constantin Alecse participated in many ecumenical services, preaching Orthodoxy in many Anglican Churches and attended conferences, symposia and ecumenical gatherings in England.

 

“The Altar” Almanac & magazine

Between 1976-1980, as chief editor and chairman of the publication committee of St. George's Romanian Orthodox Church in London, Father Alecse published the annual Almanac "The Altar" and a quarterly journal with the same name, to which he contributed tens of papers.

 

Other publications

During 1976-1980, Father Constantin Alecse had his debut of poetry attempts, which were published in the "Popas Istoric", "Din Istoria Stramosilor", and "Poezii - Oda Pamantului Strabun" publications, in "Romanian Horizons" series.

 

Missions Established

(England)

While serving as a parish priest of St. George's Parish in London, Father Constantin traveled extensively North, establishing new Romanian Orthodox Missions in Birmingham, Leicester and Notthingam, to better serve the Romanian communities in those regions.

 

Immigration

 USA

In 1980, being accepted by +His Eminence, Archbishop Valerian under His Omophorion, The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America (ROEA), Father Constantin Alecse emigrated to the USA, at the beginning of March 1980.

 

St. Paul, MN

From March 1980 to September 1982 Father Constantin served as parish priest of St. Mary's Romanian Orthodox Church in St. Paul, Minnesota.

 

Computer &

Int'l Business

During 1981-1982 he took classes at the "National College of Business" in South Dakota, St. Paul-Minnesota Quarters. He accumulated 38 credits in computer programming languages, communications, accounting, U.S. and international business and financing.

 

Los Angeles,

California

In September 1982, Father Alecse was transferred to Holy Trinity Romanian Orthodox Church in Los Angeles, California, to the Office of Parish Priest, office held ever since.

 

VFTrust (2006-up to the present)  

VFTrust - Head-Trustee

PEI - director

Building Project

Since 1987, under Fr. Constantin Alecse’s leadership,  the Holy Trinity Romanian Orthodox Parish has embarked on a multi-million dollars project. Web-site: OrthodoxNet.org.

 

The Pacific Coast Deanery (ROEA)

In April 1985, Father Constantin Alecse was elevated to Protopresbyter (Dean) of the Pacific Coast Deanery within the Romanian Orthodox Diocese of America, by Bishop Nathaniel (Popp). As protopresbyter, Father Alecse started many missions and parishes in the Pacific Deanery.

 

Presently (2007), the ROEA's Pacific Coast Deanery has under its care some 18 parishes and missions.

 

During 1985-86, together with father Cornel Avramescu of Orange County, he realized religious programs, broadcasted every Sunday on Southern California's Annunciation radio station.

 

R. E. Brokerage

In 1987 he became a licensed real estate agent, and during 1988-1991 he was the co-owner of a real estate firm (Real Estate Offices of David Loren and Associates, North Hills, California).

 

Publications

Father Constantin Alecse is the author of many theology papers published in religious publications of the Romanian Patriarchate; also he published numerous articles in the "Solia" journal and calendar, as well as Romanian newspapers in North America; between 1976-1980, he edited "Altarul Strabun" - annual calendar and quarterly journal of St. George's Romanian Orthodox Church in London (England).

 

Since 1989, he is editor in chief of the journal Christian Life (English  and Romanian), which started as a bimonthly supplement to the parish bulletin of Holy Trinity Romanian Orthodox Church in Los Angeles. A compendium of articles and materials published over the years by the Very Reverend Father Constantin Alecse can be found in the Virtual Archives and the supplement: Christian Life.

 

Internet

Romanian Portal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being fascinated by the impact of the Internet on the daily life, Father Constantin Alecse initiated, helped in creating or influenced the creation of many Internet pages (a Romanian Portal, mainly for Orthodox Theology):

Biserica.org – „Orthodox Spirituality” – Romanian Portal

Acatistier.org - Acatistierul - 31 Acatistos Services and 2 Paraclisos Services, at the major Feast-days, and special Saints throughout the year.

 

Colinde.org - Christmas Carols, in Romanian & English, Christmas customs, etc.

 

Duhovnici.org -  Great Confessors of the Romanian Orthodox Church - giving the lives (in short) and the writings of some Great Confessors of the Romanian Orthodox Church (including 2 on the American continent. Archimandrites Roman Braga and Felix Dubneac), such as: Archimandrite Teofil (Părăian), from Mrea Sâmbăta, V.Rev.Father Ioan (Iovan), from Mănăstirea Recea, V.Rev.Father Arsenie (Papacioc), from Techirghiol, V.Rev.Father Sofian (Boghiu), from Mănăstirea Antim

 

Liturghie.org - On this page you can listen to the Divine Liturgy, as well as other services (matins, vespers, Christmas Carols) in Romanian. While listening to these services you can follow slideshows with thousands of images from Romania, The Holy Land, The Vatican, as well as beautiful icons.

 

Liturghier.org - The Divine Liturgy - The page contains the Holy Liturgy of St. John Chrysostomos, with the Preparatory Prayers, Vesting and Proskomedeia Prayers.

 

Manastiri.org -  The Romanian Monasteries. Links to the most famous Romanian Monasteries (geographically arranged)

 

OrthodoxAmerica.net - Orthodox America – A trimester Theological Magazine, published by the ROEA Missions Department, with a sponshorship from ARFORA. Pastoral, spiritual, cultural and administrative life in the parishes and missions of the ROEA.

 

OrthodoxCatechism.org - A summary of the  Holy Orthodox Faith: religion and Christianity, Holy Trinity, God, Creation, Salvation, Incarnation of Christ, Divine and Human Nature of Christ, the Orthodox Holy Sacraments: Baptism, Wedding, Funeral, Death, Resurrection, Priesthood, Matrimony, Confession, Eucharist, Liturgy, Blessing, etc (ALL ENGLISH).

 

OrthodoxChurches.net – Web page of Orthodox Churches: Patriarchates, Archdioceses, Dioceses, Monasteries and other Orthodox Institutions Worldwide.

 

OrthodoxNet.org – The official web-site of the Building Project of the Holy Trinity Romanian Orthodox Church in Los Angeles, California.

 

OrthodoxPrayers.org - The Priest's Book of Orthodox Services and Prayers: Great Vespers,  Daily prayers, Orthodox prayers, Sunday Prayers, Vespers, Compline, Pascha, Easter, Matins, Katavasias,  Theotokos, Saints, Alleluia, Communion, Triodion, Penticostarion, Prokeimena, Calendar, Proskomedeia, Proskomede, Divine Liturgy, John Chrysostom, Basil the Great, Pre-sanctified Liturgy, Before meal, after meal, evening prayers,  confession, and many other individual daily readings and prayers  (ALL ENGLISH).

 

PasteOrtodox.org – Articles for Holy Pascha, Religios Easter Hymns (mp3 format): The wooden-log and drums, Monastery Bells, Palm Sunday Matins, The Lamentation Services, The Resurrection Service, The Praises Stichiras, I Love You Lord (hymn), The Doxologia, Christ is Risen troparion, images, etc.

 

Psaltirea.org - The Psalter - Prophet David`s 150 psalms (Romanian).

 

Publicatii.com - "The Christian Life" - The bi-lingual theological magazine “Christian Life”, published quarterly by the Holy Trinity Romanian Orthodox Church in Los Angeles, CA, exposes the spiritual, pastoral, cultural and missionary life, as well as the administration activities of the Holy Trinity Church and its Chapel. The magazine focuses on theological studies, sermons, spiritual reflections, parish news, administration activities reports, time of services, regular and occasional church services, etc.

RomanianBible.org – The Bible (in Romanian) with a Search Engine, and the New Testament both: text and audio.  The project was accomplished by Fr. Constantin Alecse with the Blessings from His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel of the ROEA. A real tool in making any kind of bible search by the lay people and theologians, priests and students.

 

Rugaciuni.org - "Prayers" (in Romanian) posted with the Blessings from Archbishop Nathaniel. Among the prayers: The Morning Evening and Meal prayers, The Daily Prayers (for every day of the week specifically), the troparion, the panaghias, then the Services of the Hours and mid-Hours: First, Third, Sixth, Ninth, Vespers, Matins, The Kontakias, Prayers of Sts. John Chrysostomos & Basil the Great, Canons, The Prayers before and after the Holy Communion.

 

SfantaTreime.org – The official page of the Holy Trinity Romanian Orthodox Church in Los Angeles, California. News, views and general information about the parish. Theological and cultural articles, Church and civic institutions in Romania and USA.

 

TeologiRomani.org – The Dictionary of Romanian Theologians (all Romanian) – The entire book “Dictionarul Teologilor Romani” of prof. Dr. Mircea Pacuraru, over  720 great personalities, "from Daciens’ time up to present" – according to the book’s author.

 

TheWhosWho.net – The great personalities of the Romanian Orthodox Theology (in Romania and abroad): Diocesan Hierarchs, Great Confessors, University Professors, etc.

 

ViataCrestina.com -  The Virtual Library (Romanian & English). Orthodox Services with SlideShows, Carols, Liturgy, Bible, Acatistos Services, Prayers, Spirituality, Catechism, Church History, Apologetics, Sermons, Links…

 

ViataCrestina.net -  The Pacific Coast Deanery (ROEA) web-page.

 

Vietilesfintilor.org -  Synaxis of All Saints = This web-page links to more than 1,000 Lives of Saints of the Orthodox Church


Forum

 

ROC-SfantaTreime - Biserica.org Forum

Discussion Groups (English and Romanian), offering the following topics: Announcements, Orthodox Q & A, Church's History and Teachings, Church's Practices, Church in the World today (news), Apologetics and Questions on Church Teachings, Traditional, Social and Progressive Issues, Miscellaneous Topics and Help..., all monitored by Fr. Constantin Alecse.


Affiliations:

 

Member of Southern California Orthodox Clergy Association (din 1982); honorary member of the Mission Department of Southwark (Church of England) Southwark/London (1977-1980); Chairman of the Mission Department of R.O.E.A. (1984-1988), and as a "Dean" member of that department departament (1984-2004); Dean of the Pacific Coast Deanery R.O.E.A. (1984-2008).

 

Romanian Americana - Who's Who at pag. 6 (Enciclopedia Diasporei - Romanians in America), publisher prof. Dan Fornade, Montreal, Canada, and România 2000 (click on electronic version).

Romania-on-Line”, Who’s Who” letter “A” (a "virtual" Dictionary - Romania).

Metropolitan Who's Who, New York, (2007), a publication and a bibliographical dictionary with international personalities of various domains.

Cambridge Who's Who VIP (2008), Cambridge's Who'sWho on line, with the VIP list.

TeologiRomani.orgFr. Constantin Alecse, with the blessings and approval of V. Rev. Fr. Prof. Dr. Mircea Pacuraru, author of the “Dictionarul Teologilor Romani”, has posted on the Internet the entire Encyclopaedia at TeologiRomani.org, with over 720 personalities of Romanian Orthodox Church from "he daciens time to date".


Bibliography:

· "The Herald" - Solia (1981-2008), the annual publication of ROEA - Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America, published by Their Eminences Archbihop Valerian Trifa (1981-1984), and Archbishop Nathaniel Popp (1985-2008).

· Prof. Domnita Dumitrescu, Fenomenos paralelos de contacto con el ingles entre el espanol y el rumano hablados en Estados Unidos. Atti del XXI Congreso Intemazionale di Linguistica e Filologia Romanza, Centro di studi filologici e linguistici siciliani, Universita di Palermo, 18-20 sept., 1995, a cura di Giovanni Ruffino, vol. V - Dialettologia, geolinguistica, socialinguistica, Max Niemeyer Vertag, Tubingen, 1998, pp.275-283.

· Altarul/The Altar Almanach (1976-1980), the annual publication of "St. George" Romanian Orthodox Church in Londra, England.

· Romania, from New York to Los Angeles, authors: Emanuel Tanjala and Dan Cristian Turturica, Editura Nemira/Tarmuri, 1997, p. 314-318, ref. "Father Alecse, parish priest of the largest Romanian Orthodox Church in California".

· Eastern Orthodoxy - Rules for Holiday and Worship, in Multicultural Manners, author Norine Dresser, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 1996, pp. 204-206, acknowledgement p.V


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