Rendering Unto Caesar

Fr. Michael T. Kontogiorgis

Rendering Unto Caesar is an informational site owned, operated and managed by Fr. Michael T. Kontogiorgis. It is dedicated to assisting clergy understand the often complex issues concerning taxes, housing allowances, social security and benefits available to them.

Fr. Michael Kontogiorgis was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts and attended the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Boston. The priest serving the Cathedral when Father Michael was baptized was Fr. James Coucouzis, later known as Archbishop Iakovos. Archbishop Iakovos also ordained Father Michael as deacon in 1972, and as priest in 1973.

Father Michael is a graduate of the Boston Latin School, the oldest public high school in the United States, established in 1635, at which he received a classical education with the study of Latin a basic requirement. He went on to Hellenic College in Brookline, Massachusetts, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with Highest Honors. At the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, sister school of Hellenic College, Father Michael earned a Master of Divinity degree and a Master of Sacred Theology degree, both with High Honors.

Father Michael served as the Assistant to the Dean at Annunciation Cathedral in Boston and as the presiding priest of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Orlando, Florida. While ministering to the parish in Orlando, Father Michael among his various responsibilities served as a Chaplain with the Orlando Police Department, as President of the Atlanta Diocese Clergy Association, Director of the Atlanta Diocese Summer Camp program, Director of the Atlanta Diocese Altar Boys Workshop, as a member of the Archdiocese Benefits Committee, as Secretary of the Archdiocse Presbyters Council, and was the founder and director of the Greek Orthodox Youth Actionline (1981), a national toll-free information and referral pilot program of the Archdiocese which he created and funded through various donations from across the country.

At the completion of his ministry in Orlando, he trained with Dean Witter at their World Trade Center headquarters in New York City, having passed the NASD Series 7 (the most comprehensive of several securities licenses) and Series 63 license examinations as well as a number of other licensing examinations. He was among those selected from Dean Witter to become part of the newly formed joint venture of Dean Witter with NationsBank (now Bank of America) that became known as NationsSecurities.

Subsequently, he returned to full-time ministry serving as the Chancellor of the Diocese of Pittsburgh (now Metropolis of Pittsburgh) from 1996 until 1998. In 1998, he was appointed Assistant Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. In addition to continuing to serve in that position, Father Michael was appointed Director of the Archdiocese Registry Department in 2001.

Presently, Father Michael continues as the Director of the Registry Department and serves the Office of Internal Assessment and Evaluation, serves as a member of the Archdiocese Benefits Committee, as advisor to the National Sisterhood of Presvyteres, as a Clergy Liaison with the New York City Police Department, as a member of the Board of Directors of Church World Service, also serving on their Administration and Finance Committee, as well as Chairman of the Investment Advisory Group. Fr. Michael is a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and has completed their Child Forensic Interview Clinic (2006). He has also completed and been certified in various other investigative and disaster training programs. Fr. Michael is a graduate of the New York City Citizens Police Academy (2005), and the Fairfax County (Virginia) Citizens Police Academy (2015).

Among other titles of recognition, Father Michael has been honored as Protopresbyter of the Archdiocese of America (1989) and Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Patriarchate (2000). He has authored various articles throughout his ministry and has published The Altar Boy's Guidebook (1981, 1984).

Father Michael began his self-study of clergy tax issues when he was first ordained with the purchase of a book that dealt with clergy taxes and the unique tax status of clergy in the United States. He has conducted workshops for various groups on clergy tax issues and the unique tax status of clergy.

Father Michael is married and has three children and seven grandchildren.



                          The Altar Boy's Guidebook

                          Actionline News Accounts

                          Orlando Catholic Ecumenical Newsletter

                          Duke University Interview - March 2010





This site is owned, operated and managed by Fr. Michael Kontogiorgis. The views, opinions and information expressed and contained on this site do not reflect the views, opinions or positions of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America or of any other institution or entity, unless otherwise stated and so identified.

This site does not offer tax strategies, advice or suggest a course of action to take. Professional tax advisors should be consulted prior to making decisions concerning personal tax matters. The information contained on this site represents personal opinion and research. Tax laws change constantly. Fr. Michael makes no representation that he offers tax advice nor is he responsible for any misinterpretations of tax laws or any misstatements contained on this site or information concerning tax codes that have been changed and not reflected on this site. Consult your tax advisor for personal decisions and courses of action to take.




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