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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

 

               

                   

                                          

  • GOA Center for Family Care Teams with UOC St. Nicholas Family Camp for Families with Special Needs, Offers Virtual Parent Retreat

    Center for Family Care

    July 14, 2020

    In the wake of COVID-19 social distancing measures, The Saint Nicholas Family Camp offered at the Ukrainian Orthodox All Saints Camp in Emlenton, PA provided an online option this year. The program seeks to create a church camp experience for families who have children with all varieties of special needs. Read More

  • SOAK UP THE SON: THE WONDER OF GOD’S CREATION

    Center for Family Care

    June 16, 2020

    The Center for Family Care of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America’s summer series, “Soak Up the Son: The Wonder of God’s Creation” began on Monday, June 15th. Soak Up the Son is a summer program designed for families. This 10 week seasonal series is offered as a reminder “to commit ourselves and one another and our whole lives to Christ our God.” New episodes will air every Monday at 12PM EST, on the GOA Center for Family Care website (family.goarch.org) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/centerforfamilycare). From there, the program can be modified to your liking, and according to your family dynamics. Read More

  • Explaining Racism to Our Children Webinar

    Center for Family Care

    June 5, 2020

    In the aftermath of George Floyd’s horrific death at the hands of police officers, protests have erupted across the nation. With everyone at home due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, parents now have an opportune moment to talk about racism with their children. But how do parents begin that tough conversation? Read More

  • Comfort Food for Families: Trusting in God

    Center for Family Care

    June 2, 2020

    As the country begins to open up, should we be living in fear and anxiety or should we continue to trust that God is in control? Tune in to the last Comfort Food for Families video from the GOA Center for Family Care to hear more. Read More

  • About the Clergy Initiative

    Benefits Office

    May 19, 2020

    In 2016, the Clergy Initiative, a Ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, received a three-year, $1,000,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment, the National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders, to create research-based programing to raise awareness in our Archdiocese regarding the unique challenges our Clergy and their families face and also provide need-based financial grants to our Clergy. Read More

  • What Social Distancing Taught Us About Our Non Verbal Son's Faith

    Center for Family Care

    April 27, 2020

    I want to reflect on a particular little death and resurrection which is unveiling itself in the midst of our more stringent self-isolating these days. My non-verbal teenager is showing me something of his relationship with the Lord. Read More

  • Holy Week Hymns for Families

    Center for Family Care

    April 8, 2020

    A selection of Holy Week hymns for families to focus on at home. Read More

  • Balancing Great Lent

    Center for Family Care

    March 30, 2020

    Our approach to Great Lent should include three equal supports that will to give us the balance we need in our spiritual climb—fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. As families, we should look at all three of these elements in order to put into practice a broader and more fulfilling approach to Great Lent. Read More

  • Train the Trainer

    Benefits Office

    March 20, 2020

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  • Raising Kids Who Care

    Center for Family Care

    March 19, 2020

    How do we teach empathy to our children? Read More

Contact Information

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

 

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