His Most Excellency Grand Knight Konstantine, (né Ernest Christopher Konstantine Pandolfi), was born on the morning of August 30th, 1989. Konstantine’s formative years were spent with his loving paternal grandparents who, after the separation of his parents at the age of three, helped to raise both him and his elder sister Sabrina.
Konstantine’s childhood was spent mainly in his hometown of Cromwell, Connecticut, USA and at the shoreline town of Essex, Connecticut where both he and his sister spent many memorable summers with his grandparents. During this time, the Grand Knight learned such things as how to swim, sail a sailboat, fish, water ski and appreciate all the wonders that are in this world created by God.
Konstantine was educated in the Cromwell school system from which he graduated. The Grand Knight went on to study Liberal Arts and Sciences at Manchester Community College where he received his Associates Degree. After receiving his Associates Degree, Konstantine continued on to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, focusing his field of study in the areas of diplomacy, international law and human rights.
His Most Excellency married the love of his life, Persida Cenko, on the 6th of September 2015 at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint George in Hartford, Connecticut. Konstantine was introduced to Persida by the lead Cantor of the Cathedral, Mr. Kostantinos Fas.
Authorities and Responsibilities of the Grand Knight:
The Grand Knight is the temporal head of the Order, and to him is delegated all governing authority, prerogatives and honors. He is the Order’s most senior and visible representative. The person of the Grand Knight must fully dedicate himself and his life to the development of the works of the Order, and so set an example of living according to Orthodox Christian principles.
The Grand Knight convenes and presides over the Sovereign Council; he together with the Sovereign Council issue any legislative measures not covered by the constitution of the Order; he casts the deciding vote in the event of a tie in the Sovereign Council; the Grand Knight maintains absolute veto authority within the Sovereign Council; he promulgates government acts, helps manage Common Treasury assets, ratifies international agreements, appoints in consultation with the Supreme Spiritual Advisor the four members of the High Offices, appoints the Consular Representatives, appoints the Priors of the National Priories, summons the General Assembly, and awards the various ranks of Knighthood and Honors of the Order.
The Grand Knight also appoints the members of the Constitutional Council, the members Council of Admissions, the members of the Council of Humanities, the members of the Council of Auditors, the members of the Council of Communications, the members of the Juridical Council and he appoints the Advocate General of the Order.