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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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  • Orthodoxy Live with Fr. Evan Armatas

    Center for Family Care

    March 4, 2021

    Join the GOA Center for Family Care Sunday, March 7th at 8PM ET for an opportunity to interact with Director, Fr. Alex, and ask him questions live and hear about his new book Practicing Prayer. Read More

  • GOA Center for Family Care: Family Connections

    Center for Family Care

    March 1, 2021

    Throughout the Lenten and Paschal season, The GOA Center for Family Care will be posting the upcoming Sunday's Gospel lesson and corresponding activities and Family Connection activities on their Facebook page. Read More

  • Introduction of Family Matters Podcast: Fully Human Edition

    Center for Family Care

    March 1, 2021

    Fr Alex Goussetis and Prevytera Melanie DiStefanos of the GOA Center for Family Care talk about the launching of a new podcast series that is dedicated to special needs families called "Family Matters: Fully Human Edition" Read More

  • Time Out for Marriage: Elder Care Part 1

    Center for Family Care

    March 1, 2021

    In this episode of "Time Out for Marriage," by the GOA Center for Family Care, Presvytera Kerry Pappas discusses the stress and strain that can arise for couples when caring for elderly family members. Read More

  • Eight Dates: Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love

    Center for Family Care

    February 8, 2021

    I want to share with you an excellent resource for strengthening your marriage relationship. The book is titled Eight Dates: Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by John Gottman and his wife Julie. John Gottman is a world-renowned clinician, researcher, and author on marriage and parenting issues. Although some of his work trends toward an academic audience, Eight Dates is accessible to everyone interested in improving their marital bond. Read More

  • "For the Prayers of Parents Make Firm the Foundation of Households"

    Center for Family Care

    February 1, 2021

    Take a closer look into the text of the marriage service and how powerful the prayers of parents can truly be for children. Read More

  • Not Afraid To Talk About...Pornography

    Center for Family Care

    January 25, 2021

    The word pornography is scary. No, the word porn is dirty. Even in its shortened form, porn is just a word–a word that simply describes something that is demeaning, causes objectification, makes us feel funny, drives the largest slavery operation in the history of the world, and changes the ways we think and act. Porn, simply put, is poison. Read More

  • Rethinking Divorce: 10 Strategies that Can Help

    Center for Family Care

    January 19, 2021

    If you’re currently in an unhappy marriage, let me say that it’s not impossible to reverse course and reclaim the love, intimacy and happiness that you’ve lost along the way. Even though it may seem impossible, it’s not. You actually have two choices; divorce or resolve to try and save the marriage. Read More

  • Family Resolutions: New Year, New You?

    Center for Family Care

    January 1, 2021

    The beginning of January, the first month of the civil calendar, is a traditional time in our society when countless people take something of an inventory of their lives, resolving to implement changes in the hope of bringing about the desired effect. Read More

  • Christ's Family—Our Family

    Center for Family Care

    December 14, 2020

    Christ wasn’t born into a perfect family but, rather, a fallen one—as we all are. His entry into the world was neither cute nor pretty—he was born in a cave filled with smelly animals and, shortly after, his family fled the country because of a jealous, murderous king. So the Christmas story indicates all sorts of imperfection and turmoil. Ultimately, it says that in the midst of our own brands of chaos, we should really be focused on the One born in a manger for our salvation. Read More

Contact Information

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

 

 

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