Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the grandson of Slovakian immigrants, Deacon Paul attended Minneapolis public schools. He was raised and was very involved in St Mary’s Orthodox Church in Northeast Minneapolis. During his time at St Mary’s OCA he completed the Sunday school program, served as an altar boy, read the epistle, sang in both the junior and senior choirs and participated in multiple youth activities.
Deacon Paul attended the University of Minnesota, where he graduated Summa Cum laude with a B.S. degree in Biology. He received a Doctor of Medicine degree from Mayo Medical School. He completed a medical/surgical internship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas; an Ophthalmology Residency at Mayo Clinic Rochester; and a Glaucoma/Anterior Segment Fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (Harvard Medical School) in Boston.
As a medical student and physician-in-training in Rochester, the Orthodox church remained the focal point of Deacon Paul’s life. He was an active member of Sts. Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church and he served the parish in many capacities including Parish Council President, visiting inmates at the Federal Penitentiary in Rochester and cooking souvlaki and selling meals, pastries at Greek festivals.
Deacon Paul met his wife, Diakonissa Alexandria at the 1986 YAL Conference in Dallas, Texas. Deacon Paul and Diakonissa Alexandria were married less than a year later.
In 1993 Deacon Paul accepted an Ophthalmology Consultant position at Mayo Clinic Scottsdale (Arizona) where he remained on staff until 2004 caring for patients with medical and surgical eye problems. He was also the Residency Director for the eye physicians at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Phoenix where Mayo Clinic was involved in that program for several years.
Since 1995, Deacon Paul and Diakonissa Alexandria attended Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Scottsdale. Deacon Paul spent five of his six Parish Council years as President. He established the Archangel Michael Parish Library; co-chaired two Capital Building campaigns for a new church; co-chaired the Building Construction committee. During the same period their three children: Andrew, Maria and Stephen were involved in the Church through Sunday School, altar service, Greek dancing, Greek festivals and Junior GOYA/Senior GOYA.
In 1999, Deacon Paul enrolled in the St Stephen’s House of Studies which was a 4-year theological studies program administered by the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese. He completed the required courses, tests and projects and in 2003 his Master’s thesis was approved which led him to receiving a Master’s degree in Applied Theology. In February 2004, Deacon Paul was ordained to the diaconate in Scottsdale, Arizona.