Below, you will find a comprehensive listing of the latest news, articles, video, and other content on the official website of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
  • Assembly of Bishops Statement on the Tragic Explosions in Beirut

    Assembly of Bishops

    August 6, 2020

    We express our deep sorrow at the devastation created by the explosions in Beirut. We mourn for the people of Lebanon, who now face an additional challenge in this time of great crisis. International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), the official humanitarian Agency of the Assembly of Bishops, is helping alleviate the heartbreaking impact of this tragedy. After conducting rapid needs assessments, IOCC released $150,000 in emergency funding. Read More

  • Free Preview of “Effective Christian Ministry” Training Program

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    August 5, 2020

    We all know that the Church faces critical ministry challenges. Research shows that 60% of young people fall away from the Faith as they grow into young adults. And did you know that a new study has found that ⅓ of people have stopped attending church altogether during the coronavirus pandemic. They’ve completely disconnected, and aren’t even streaming services. Why? And what can we do to connect people (especially youth and young adults) to the Church? Read More

  • From One Spoon to Many

    Orthodox Observer

    August 5, 2020

    Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Orthodox Church has found itself in an existential crisis. The situation has challenged our traditions and even the way that we receive Holy Communion. One of the points of disagreement that has arisen concerns the manner in which Holy Communion is distributed to the faithful from the common cup by means of a common spoon. Read More

  • GOARCH Launches Spanish Ministry Initiative's Facebook

    Orthodox Observer

    August 5, 2020

    In August, 2019, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America identified the need for this ministry and tasked His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos to coordinate the development of Spanish-language materials, resources, and outreach ministries throughout the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, supporting efforts of its Metropolises, Parishes, and Institutions nationwide. Read More

  • His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Remarks on the Recommencement of the Rebuilding of Saint Nicholas Shrine

    GOA News Release

    August 3, 2020

    Today, after a hiatus of more than two and one half years, and thanks to the truly extraordinary generosity of the Friends of Saint Nicholas and the dedication and devotion of a few noble families, we begin again the construction to complete, to finish, and to bestow the Saint Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center. We have heard the Voice of the Lord, and we are rebuilding His Church! Read More

  • Archbishop Elpidophoros and Governor Andrew Cuomo Preside at Ceremony to Resume Construction of the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at The World Trade Center

    St. Nicholas National Shrine

    August 3, 2020

    His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, with the leadership of the Friends of St. Nicholas and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, today visited the World Trade Center to witness the resumption of construction of the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine, the only house of worship destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son - Week 8: God Rested

    Center for Family Care

    August 3, 2020

    It's time to Soak Up the Son for the last time this summer! This week we learn about what happened when God rested after the creation! Read More

  • His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Homily for the Eighth Sunday of Matthew

    Homily

    August 2, 2020

    I am delighted to be with you today, especially in this period of the Δεκαπενταύγουστοthat leads to the celebration of your community’s Feastday, the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God. Read More

  • Την Ιερά Θεολογική Σχολή της Χάλκης επισκέφθηκε ο Πρέσβης των ΗΠΑ στην Άγκυρα

    Ecumenical Patriarchate News Release

    July 30, 2020

    Την Ιερά Μονή Αγίας Τριάδος Χάλκης, όπου εδρεύει η ιστορική Ιερά Θεολογική Σχολή, επισκέφθηκε, σήμερα, Πέμπτη, 30 Ιουλίου 2020, ο Πρέσβης των ΗΠΑ στην Άγκυρα Εξοχ. κ. David Satterfield. Read More

  • HCHC Classes to Continue Online for Fall Semester

    Hellenic College Holy Cross

    July 29, 2020

    In a letter to the Hellenic College Holy Cross community, President George M. Cantonis announced that, in light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the campus will not reopen for the fall semester and all courses will continue to be taught online. Read More

  • US House Passes Hagia Sophia Amendment

    Orthodox Observer

    July 29, 2020

    On the eve of the national “day of mourning” for Hagia Sophia and Turkey’s planned inauguration of using Hagia Sophia as a mosque, the US House of Representatives passed, by unanimous consent, an amendment offered by Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-NV) objecting to Turkey’s seizure of the Great Church of Holy Wisdom. Read More

  • A Message from the Department of Religious Education

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    July 29, 2020

    There is a great deal of uncertainty about what parish life will look like this fall because of the pandemic. In particular, what might happen to traditionally in-person programs? Over the next weeks, I’ll be offering some ideas for your religious education program. They will offer some basic strategies that you might consider implementing for a virtual religious education program. Read More

  • Archdiocese Concludes Initial Phase of COVID-19 Fund

    GOARCH Administration

    July 29, 2020

    The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announces the completion of Phase One of the COVID-19 relief fund, which was created to assist with the living expenses of those facing financial hardship as a result of the current pandemic. Read More

  • St. Nicholas National Shrine July Update

    News Release

    July 29, 2020

    Iwrite to you in these heavy days, when our precious Hagia Sophia has been seized for re-conversion to a mosque. I want to remind all of you that the inspiration for the design of Saint Nicholas came from Hagia Sophia, as you can see by the wonderful series of watercolor sketches made by the architect, Santiago Calatrava. Read More

  • Archbishop Elpidophoros on the Passing of Arthur C. Anton, Sr.

    Orthodox Observer

    July 28, 2020

    His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros notes with great sadness and with equal appreciation and gratitude the life and legacy of Archon Depoutatos Arthur C. Anton, Sr. who fell asleep in the Lord on Sunday, July 26, 2020. The Founder and former Chairman of the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund was legendary in the life of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, inasmuch as he served the Church so faithfully for his entire life. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son - Week 7: Animals & Humans

    Center for Family Care

    July 27, 2020

    It's time to Soak Up the Son! This week we are learning about how God created all the animals and the first human beings! Read More

  • His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros BBC Interview Transcription

    Orthodox Observer

    July 27, 2020

    Huge crowds attend the first Friday prayers at Istanbul’s Agia Sophia Mosque for more than 80 years, but one Greek Orthodox Archbishop weeps, “This day is for us a mourning day. Its the day we grieve this decision of the Turkish government.” Read More

  • His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Homily for the Seventh Sunday of Matthew and Saint Paraskevi

    Homily

    July 26, 2020

    It is a joy to be with you today at this Temple and Shrine dedicated to the Great Virgin-Martyr Paraskevi, and especially on her feastday. We assemble as best we can in these days, when the pandemic has yet to abate in our land, and you all honor the Saint with your presence and prayerfulness today. We honor Saint Paraskevi as a Martyr who bore witness to Christ through unimaginable suffering. Read More

  • Webinar Announcement: COVID-19 and Challenges in the Orthodox Church

    GOARCH Affiliates and Organizations

    July 25, 2020

    What challenges does the Church face as COVID-19 continues to be an awful reality? Join us for a webinar on July 29, 2020 at 5 PM ET, hosted by the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University and the National Council of Churches USA on “COVID-19 and Challenges in the Orthodox Church.” Read More

  • ΟΜΙΛΙΑ ΣΕΒ. ΑΡΧΙΕΠΙΣΚΟΠΟΥ ΑΜΕΡΙΚΗΣ κ. ΕΛΠΙΔΟΦΟΡΟΥ ΚΑΤΑ ΤΗΝ ΕΘΝΙΚΗ ΗΜΕΡΑ ΠΕΝΘΟΥΣ ΓΙΑ ΤΗΝ ΑΓΙΑ ΣΟΦΙΑ

    Homily

    July 25, 2020

    Η σημερινή μέρα είναι μια μέρα, κατά την οποία ο πόνος και η θλίψη συνδυάζονται με την πίστη και την ελπίδα. Αυτή είναι η μέρα, κατά την οποία οι ύμνοι μας προς τη Θεοτόκο Παρθένο αποκτούν έναν επείγοντα χαρακτήρα, καθώς παραβιάζεται η ίδια η θρησκευτική μας ταυτότητα. Αυτή είναι η δική μας Εθνική Ημέρα Πένθους για την κατάσχεση της Αγίας Σοφίας μας και του ιερού περιβόλου της. Όσοι επιζητούν να μειώσουν τη Μεγάλη Εκκλησία από μία έκφραση υψηλότατης αισθητικής και πνευματικής ανάτασης σε ένα σύμβολο φυλετικής αλαζονείας, δεν θα επιτύχουν, εν τέλει, τίποτα. Read More