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New Study on the Orthodox Family in America

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October 23, 2010

Garrison, New York - The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Center for Family Care has just completed its first study: The Orthodox Family in America at Home and in Church. This study is a first step toward a better understanding of how our Church ministers to the particular needs of families and how Orthodox families in America organize their everyday lives with regard to living their faith. In brief, this study gathered information from 646 parishioners surveyed who had children 18 and under living at home. On average, parishioners reported having about 2 children per household. 296 parishioners (45.8% of sample) have children ages 14–18 living with them at home. Parishioners from 100 different parishes throughout our Archdiocese participated. In addition, the priests from these parishes filled out a survey about their parish’s population and their family ministry resources and needs. The study examined the following:

  • Religious practices at church and home
  • Main stressors experienced
  • Availability of parish support
  • Interest in workshops and knowledge of current supports
  • Significant predictors of increased religious and spiritual practices at home and at church

To view the results in their entirety, visit our Web site at:

For more information on The Orthodox Family in America at Home and in Church visit the web site at or contact the Center for Family Care at 845-424-8175 or by email at

Contact: Rev. Fr. Constantine Sitaras
Center for Family Care
Tel. 845-424-8175