A parish priest for over 26 years, Very Rev. Fr. Theodore Petrides currently serves Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Reading, PA. Fr. Theodore and his wife, Presvytera Cristen have 6 grown children and three grandchildren. Before going to the Holy Cross seminary, Fr. Theodore studied and taught drama and playwriting. He has worked in the theatre and continues to occasionally write plays and use his drama background for ministry. He also lived and studied in Thessaloniki, Greece. He regularly travels with his wife in America as well as Greece and the Holy Land as a pilgrim, guide, and speaker. In addition, he has taken several work-teams to Project Mexico, written and spoken at conferences and retreats on many topics including spiritual direction and contemporary Spiritual Fathers, and recently edited a book from the Holy Mountain entitled, Ascetics in the World which was published by St. Nikodemos the Hagiorite Publication Society. He has taught Pastoral Care and Counseling at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary in South Canaan, PA for the past two years.