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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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  • Soak Up The Son - Go Forth

    Center for Family Care

    June 14, 2021

    IT’S SUMMER! A wonderful time for family, friends, relaxing, and playing. A time for vacations—vacations from work and vacations from school. But there is one type of vacation we shouldn’t be taking this summer—and that is from Church. Church should be the center of our lives throughout the year and summer is no exception. Join us this summer as we #soakuptheSON. Read More

  • The Christy Family - Life in Christ, Life with Cerebral Palsy

    Center for Family Care

    June 10, 2021

    Presvytera Melanie continues her conversation with William Christy, this time including his father and mother, Father Paul and Presvytera Mary, and his twin sister, Gabriella. Each family member shares their personal perspective related to William's diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy - the joys, challenges, and the way their love for God and His love for them was made manifest through their experiences. Read More

  • Family Matters Podcast: Balancing Work & Family

    Center for Family Care

    June 8, 2021

    Fr Alex Goussetis speaks with Dr Vasilia Vamvakis on the challenges and opportunities of balancing the demands of family and career. Read More

  • In Which Church Will the Children be Baptized?

    Center for Family Care

    June 7, 2021

    I’ve received numerous emails related to the challenge of deciding where children will be baptized, when parents come from different faith denominations. Many messages alluded to flawed strategies couples used when deciding when and where to baptize their children. Other messages described successful strategies that couples used to reach mutually satisfying resolutions related to their children’s baptisms. This article provides a sampling of some of the most flawed, as well as most successful strategies used. If you’re engaged or married to someone from a different religious and cultural tradition, this information could prove to be helpful. Read More

  • Family Matters Podcast: The Christy Family - Life in Christ, Life with Cerebral Palsy

    Center for Family Care

    June 1, 2021

    Presvytera Melanie continues her conversation with William Christy, this time including his father and mother, Father Paul and Presvytera Mary, and his twin sister, Gabriella. Each family member shares their personal perspective related to William's diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy - the joys, challenges, and the way their love for God and His love for them was made manifest through their experiences. Read More

  • The Gift of Life

    Center for Family Care

    June 1, 2021

    The gift is Life – not merely abstract or even of visible cycles and experiences – but one born from the love of a Person, “He Who Is… Life.” (Exodus 3:14, John 14:1) The precious Gift is the Antidote to all of the tragedies and wounds of our fallen existence, and as He once offered Himself for the life of the world, so now and so always He continues to poor Himself out to all willing to receive Him. Life is Jesus Christ our Lord. And this Life is worth living. Read More

  • Time Out for Marriage: Patience in Marriage

    Center for Family Care

    May 31, 2021

    In this week's episode of "Time Out for Marriage," Pres. Kerry Pappas discusses the importance of having patience in marriage! Read More

  • Spotlight on Orthodox Families: Fr. Kosmas & Anna Kallis

    Center for Family Care

    May 25, 2021

    Mari & Despina interview Fr. Kosmas & Anna Kallis, a clergy couple who have been married for almost 8 years with 2 children (their youngest was born just weeks after this podcast was recorded). Fr. Kosmas & Anna discuss the joys of being seen by their children, the struggle with the loss of freedom in parenting, and how structuring/scheduling each week is important for marital connection. Read More

  • Judging You, Judging Me Webinar (May 26th)

    Center for Family Care

    May 25, 2021

    Have you noticed how judging has become a national pastime lately? Christ is very clear about judging others. What can we do when we are feeling judged or worse yet, judging others? Fr. Timothy Pavlatos, will be on hand to discuss what the church has to say about this important topic and will share practical suggestions as we grapple with this very present judging epidemic. Join us! Read More

  • The Next Conversation About Racism

    Center for Family Care

    May 21, 2021

    Fr Alex Goussetis speaks with Fr Martie Johnson on social and faith perspectives of racism and conversations to consider with our families. Read More

Contact Information

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

 

 

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