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79 Saint Basil Road, Garrison, NY 10524
Tel.: (845) 424-8175 • Fax: (845) 424-4172
Email: familycare@goarch.org
Web: family.goarch.org

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The Center for Family Care nurtures and empowers stewards who, at the forefront of ministry within the home and parish family, navigate the joys and challenges of life.  Grounded in prayer and through multifaceted resources, trainings, and collaboration with the ministries of the Archdiocese and metropolises, we foster the building up of the Body of Christ.

In an effort to fulfill this mission the vision of the Center for Family Care is to:

  • The Center for Family Care will nurture and promote collaboration with others to more fully serve the Body of Christ.
  • The Center for Family Care will expand its exposure and presence, raising greater awareness of its ministry.
  • The Center for Family Care will share and develop programs and resources that enhance family life.
  • The Center for Family Care will equip others for ministry through training and education.

Commonly understood, family is generally constituted by parents and their children who are brought together by Divine grace to form a household. It must also be affirmed that, as the Body of Christ, the Church definitively establishes a broader dimension of family—one established through the baptism that unites its members. We are all one family and relatives in Christ! Sound family ministry is, in reality, a systematic ethos of how a parish approaches ministry. It is people-centered and not program-centered.

Ministering to families is, at times, difficult because it is a reflection of life’s pervasive challenges. These inherent difficulties are to be acknowledged and, in a sense, embraced as opportunities for healing and reconciliation. The concerns and struggles of our families (emotional, physical, and spiritual) are, likewise, shared by the Church. Family ministry creates an infrastructure within the parish that facilitates its parishioners’ most critical needs—directly or through referral. It is not the goal of family ministry to create ‘perfect’ families; rather, it is to promote church communities whose members are welcomed with unconditional love, support, and fellowship for the purpose of their spiritual growth and salvation—to foster an environment where our people look to the Church as the place of restoration.

Past and Present

In his keynote address at the 2002 Clergy-Laity Congress in Los Angeles, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios presented a bold initiative for the Greek Orthodox Church of America. He announced that the Church would begin an intense effort of focusing on the needs of families. Through generous financial grants from Leadership 100, the Center for Family Care has developed printed and online resources, conducted retreats and seminars, and worked to create an infrastructure for family ministry in the Archdiocese. In 2011, a Clergy and Seminarian Couple Care ministry was launched and continues to steadily grow with increased participation and the development of new resources. Since its inception, this ministry has sought to create a vision and action plan for an intentional and self-sustaining network of love, support, and care for clergy and seminarian couples of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. The objective is to offer tools and resources for healthy, holistic personal and relational well-being.

In September of 2016, the Center for Family Care welcomed Fr. Alexander Goussetis, DMin as the full time director. Fr. Goussetis will work full time with Fr. Constantine Sitaras and the entire Center for Family Care team to continue to build this ministry for the faithful of our Archdiocese.

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  • Center for Family Care Develops Clergy-Couple Care program

    Press Office

    February 3, 2017

    The Center for Family Care, hosted Jan. 26-27, at the Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Tarpon Springs, 38 participants from throughout the Archdiocese for a meeting to develop the focus of its Clergy-Couple Care ministry. Included were priests, presvyteres, mental heath professionals, laypersons as well as representation from the Archdiocesan Presbyters Council, the National Sisterhood of Presvyteres, and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Read More

  • Care Teams Help Families With Problems

    Center for Family Care

    January 1, 2017

    “Please help me,” plead the 32-year old Christian woman, frantic after finding her 50 year old mother suffering a brain hemorrhage due to an aneurism. Secretly, her mother has been addicted to opiates; legal prescription pain medication prescribed by her physician, and illegal narcotics including heroin. This secret probably would have remained under wraps much longer if her bleeding brain didn’t send off a distress signal indicating that something was terribly wrong. Read More

  • Epiphany: The Festival of Lights

    Center for Family Care

    December 1, 2016

    Growing up in an Orthodox Christian home, my family faithfully observed the celebration of Epiphany. My mother would take my brother and me to the Divine Liturgy and Blessing of the Waters service at Sts. Constantine and Helen Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio. Read More

  • Bishop Sevastianos Leads Men’s Retreat at St. Basil’s Academy

    Center for Family Care

    November 5, 2016

    GARRISON, N.Y. – On Nov. 5 the Center for Family Care sponsored its third annual Archbishop Michael Memorial Men’s Retreat at St. Basil Academy, led by Bishop Sevastianos of Zela. Read More

  • Exploring Our Roles as Fathers and Sons: Men's Retreat 2016

    Center for Family Care

    November 5, 2016

    On Saturday, November 5, 2016 the Center for Family Care sponsored its third annual Archbishop Michael Memorial Men’s Retreat on the campus of Saint Basil Academy in Garrison, N.Y. His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela offered the presentation “Exploring Our Roles as Fathers and Sons.” Read More

  • Attending Church as a Family

    Center for Family Care

    November 4, 2016

    Developing a loving relationship between your family and God should be a daily goal. Relationships can’t be maintained, and certainly can’t grow, with sporadic interactions. Here are some simple suggestions for weaving church life into your daily life at home Read More

  • Prayer for our Priests

    Center for Family Care

    September 1, 2016

    Lord Jesus Christ, enkindle the hearts of all Your priests with the fire of zealous love for You, that they may ever seek Your glory; Give them strength that they may labor unceasingly in Your earthly vineyard for the salvation of our souls and the glory of Your All-Honorable and Majestic Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen. Read More

  • Did You Know? October Is Clergy Appreciation Month!

    Center for Family Care

    September 1, 2016

    Unfortunately, we often take our priests and their families for granted. We might forget that they are human just like the rest of us, not realizing the day–to–day sacrifices they make for the Church. Let’s remember to thank our clergy for their hard work and dedication on behalf of our church communities! Read More

  • Center for Family Care Mission and Purpose

    Center for Family Care

    September 1, 2016

    In collaboration with the metropolises and parishes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the mission of the Center for Family Care is 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” (Archbishop Demetrios of America). Read More

  • A Job Like No Other

    Center for Family Care

    September 1, 2016

    Imagine the following employment opportunity: The position calls for working six days a week; however, the company could expect you to work on your day off should a situation arise. The job also requires that you be on call for all customers at any time, day or night, and to be in the office the next day, on time, for established appointments. Read More

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