Department of Marriage and Family
Affirms the importance of the family as a blessed gift from God and addresses the specific needs of families as they try to live in a very challenging culture and world.
Center for Family Care
79 Saint Basil Rd; Garrison, NY 10524 • Tel: (845)424-8175 • Fax: (845)424-4172 • Email: email@example.com
Rev. Fr. Constantine L. Sitaras, Director
Melissa Tsongranis, Associate Director
Presvytera Kerry Pappas, MA, LMFT, Coordinator for Seminarian & Clergy Couple Care
George Tsongranis, Men's Ministry Coordinator
Maria McMullen Administrative Media Coordinator
The Center for Family Care has been established to consider issues relevant to the well-being of marriage, family life, our Church and society. The institutions of marriage and family are under assault, and the challenges are becoming increasingly more complex. The Archdiocese is sensitive to these changes, and is seeking to address them in an effort to facilitate religious and spiritual development and promote healthy, holy marriage and family life from an Orthodox perspective.
The mission of the Center for Family Care of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is, in the words of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, to equip families with the resources to "affirm the importance of the family as a blessed gift of God and to address the specific needs of families as they try to live in a very challenging culture and world."
There are many facets of family life and, therefore, different ways we can minister to the families in our Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. We just completed our first national study on the Orthodox Family in America at Home and in Church which gave us much insight into the religious practices of families (for the results visit our Web site). Currently, we create resources, provide seminars, and facilitate retreats for families and the parishes that minister to them. As the ministry grows, our scope will branch out so that we can provide resources and services for all Orthodox Christian families in every stage of the family life cycle. Currently some of our resources are:
- Parish Family Night
- Table Top Prayer Guide: Volume I and II
- Family Worship: Creating and Using a Place in Your Home
- Family Gospel Lessons
- Family Retreats, Seminars, and Parent Workshops
- Family Connections page in the Orthodox Observer (and annual expanded edition)
- Family Link Email Ministry
- Facebook Page
- Pre-marital program: "Journey of Marriage"
- Intermarriage Outreach