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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.

[Add blurb about this study] The Orthodox Family in America at Home and in Church

 

   
 

                      
 
 
                         
  

                         

                       

 

          

  • A Palm Sunday Parade

    Center for Family Care

    April 19, 2021

    The invitation to this parade, and the events of Holy Week, are extended to everyone. Christ does not require a perfect and complete faith. He asks for an open heart, a willing spirit, and our first step to be taken in faith. After that initial step, Jesus will lead us to experience the events of this week in an intimate and life-changing manner. Come and see! Read More

  • Spotlight on Orthodox Families: Evvie & Justin Tillich

    Center for Family Care

    April 13, 2021

    In the second episode of "Spotlight on Orthodox Families," Marianna and Despina interview Justin & Evvie Tillich, a dynamic Orthodox couple who have been married for almost 15 years with 3 children. Evvie & Justin discuss their parenting philosophies and the joys and challenges they have experienced in their marriage and family life. Read More

  • Pilgrimage to Pascha: Fasting from Vices

    Center for Family Care

    April 13, 2021

    In this week's episode of "Comfort Food for Families" from the GOA Center for Family Care, Mari McMullen talks about the other side of fasting that doesn't involve food and the surprising ways it might help you in your Lenten journey! Read More

  • Spotlight on Orthodox Families: Evvie & Justin Tillich

    Center for Family Care

    April 8, 2021

    In the second episode of "Spotlight on Orthodox Families," Marianna and Despina interview Justin & Evvie Tillich, a dynamic Orthodox couple who have been married for almost 15 years with 3 children. Evvie & Justin discuss their parenting philosophies and the joys and challenges they have experienced in their marriage and family life. Read More

  • Family Connections

    Center for Family Care

    April 6, 2021

    We're halfway through Lent last Sunday! Check out our Family Connection from the Center for Family Care for some ideas on how to review your family's Lenten progress. Read More

  • Pilgrimage to Pascha: Lenten Services

    Center for Family Care

    April 5, 2021

    On this week's episode of "Comfort Food for Families: Pilgrimage to Pascha" from the GOA Center for Family Care, Pres. Kerry Pappas talks about the Lenten services of the church and how important it is for us to attend as many as we can! Read More

  • Pilgrimage to Pascha: Fasting from Food

    Center for Family Care

    April 5, 2021

    On this week's "Comfort Food for Families" episode, Pres. Melanie DiStefano talks about the spiritual practice of fasting from food and how it helps to create for us a "new wineskin." Read More

  • Family Matters Podcast Fully Human: "A Mom and a Mission: St. Matrona the Wonderworker Miracles of God Ministries​"

    Center for Family Care

    March 30, 2021

    In the first episode of our newest podcast series, "Fully Human," Presvytera Melanie DiStefano speaks with Presvytera Elaine Stavropoulos regarding her daughter's Autism diagnosis, and the ministry to families with disabilities which blossomed forth as a result. Read More

  • Time Out for Marriage: A Place for Silence

    Center for Family Care

    March 24, 2021

    In this episode of "Time Out for Marriage" from the GOA Center for Family Care, Presvytera Kerry Pappas discusses the healthy use of silence (not "the silent treatment") during conflict in marriage. Read More

  • Lenten Hymns for Families

    Center for Family Care

    March 22, 2021

    Hymns from the Lenten services in English with text for families to use to learn. Read More

Contact Information

Tel.: (646) 519-6695 
Email: [email protected]
Web: family.goarch.org

 

 

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