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This conference is for clergy, seminarians, pastoral care workers, lay assistants, professional counselors, ministry leaders, and lay people involved in ministering to/mentoring/supporting couples.

Sponsored by the Center for Family Care of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The Center works to bring more aspects of our faith into the home and to bring more families into the Church. Click here to visit their website.

A generous grant from Leadership 100 is helping to fund this conference. We are grateful for their support.

Leadership 100


Utilizing the expertise of leaders in the field of pastoral care and marriage, the purpose of this conference is to inspire and equip those in the front lines of ministry with the tools and resources to effectively serve the pastoral challenges of marriage they encounter.

In addition to keynote presentations and workshops, the conference will offer participants opportunities for formal and informal discussion. It is our hope that they will leave the conference with a network of people to support them in their ministry. Below are some highlights of the conference:


  • Bishop John, D.Min. Auxiliary Bishop for the Antiochian Diocese of Worcester and New England
    Marriage: An Opportunity for Spiritual Growth and Discovering the Living God
  • Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald, M.Div., Ph.D.
    Humility: The Royal Road to Marital Love
  • Ary Christofides, Ph.D., LCP
    Spiritual Inaction: A Cancer in Marriage

Workshops Topics

  • Interfaith Marriage
  • Marital Enrichment
  • Dealing with Couples in Crisis
  • Addictions in Marriage
  • Internet Pornography and Marriage
  • Domestic Violence (physical and emotional)
  • More are being scheduled go to the speaker section for the most current list of speakers and their topics.

Panel Discussion: Divorce and Remarriage

Unfortunately, everyone who ministers to married couples will need to deal with issues of divorce and remarriage. Fr. Charles Joanides writes in his soon to be release book Challenges in Pastoral Care: Divorce and Remarriage:

The divorce rate among couples marrying for the first time is between 45 and 50%; for couples marrying for a second time, it is between 60 and 67%; and for couples marrying a third time, it is between 70 and 73% (PressTV 2012). In addition, the divorce rate among unaffiliated Christians is around 50%, and, among Christians who attend services weekly, it presently stands at around 38%. And although reliable statistics are not available for Greek Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox Christians, it can be unequivocally stated that Greek Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox Christians are not immune to these trends.

This panel will discuss specific challenges surrounding the issue of divorce and remarriage. The discussion will be fueled by participant’s questions and scenarios. The discussion will be facilitated by Kerry Pappas, MA, LMFT, and panelist will be announced in the schedule section.

Journey of Marriage Facilitators' Training

This training will introduce participants to the history, vision, and theoretical underpinnings of the Journey Of Marriage Program, a three-part program for couples preparing for marriage in the Orthodox Church. Participants will be trained to facilitate the six sessions of the marriage preparation seminar in large and small group formats. Participants who complete this training are eligible to apply to become Journey of Marriage facilitators. Participants are encouraged to observe The Journey of Marriage seminar on Saturday, February 9, 2013, at the Metropolis of Boston.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding: An Opportunity for Outreach

Join us for a fun and relaxing movie night. Participants will view this movie in the Maliotis Theater (popcorn will be provided) through the lens of an intermarriage outreach opportunity. A brief formal discussion will follow the movie, after which participants will have an opportunity for fellowship.


All meals, coffee, tea, and snacks will be brought to the Maliotis Cultural Center so that participants have time to discuss the conference and their ministry with one another.


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Santa Ana - Orange County Airport
201 E MacArthur Blvd
Santa Ana, CA 92707


Thursday, January 29, 2014
Friday, January 30, 2014
Saturday, January 31, 2013


(Registration includes all meals, materials for the Journey of Marriage Facilitator’s Training, and our newest publication Challenges in Pastoral Care: Divorce and Remarriage)

Early Bird Registration (by January 18) $175
Registration (Open until February 1) $225
Late and Walk-in Registration $275
One Day Registration (Open until February 1) $100
Late and Walk in One Day Registration $150

Please note, we would like everyone who wants to participate in this conference to be able to attend. If finances are an issue, please contact the Center for Family Care.

For questions, please contact the Center for Family Care at or 845-424-8175