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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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  • Marriage, Mirrors, and the Path to Salvation

    Center for Family Care

    March 14, 2018

    When we are joined in matrimony, the Church places us side by side so that we may carry the cross of life together. But what does this journey look like as we face the day-to-day struggles of marital life? Read More

  • Becoming One

    Center for Family Care

    February 1, 2018

    Becoming One is an ongoing offering for marriage enrichment. Each Becoming One presents a brief quotation or teaching on marriage along with an exercise or challenge for the couple. Read More

  • Falling and Getting Up

    Center for Family Care

    January 29, 2018

    Each day there are a myriad of ways that our children (and we, as parents) can experience falls. We want our children to recognize that when they have done something wrong, it is also necessary to accept responsibility and move toward restoration. Read More

  • Sacred Image, Sacred Marriage

    Center for Family Care

    November 13, 2017

    Does the Church hold up any paradigms for marriage to provide the framework for a Christ-centered marriage? Indeed it does. The Church offers three icons from which we can learn how to live the married life: Christ the Bridegroom, Sts. Joachim and Anna, and the Wedding at Cana. Read More

  • Brothers in Christ: A Hope for Vibrant Orthodox Christian Fraternity

    Center for Family Care

    October 27, 2017

    Men, being sons of God’s household as members of the Body of Christ, hold a capacity for tangible brotherhood as well, especially by forming and maintaining friendships within local communities. Identical sensibilities and perspectives aren’t essential for spiritual brothers to get along as friends. Read More

  • Family Ministry Conference : The Orthodox Family in a Changing World

    Center for Family Care

    September 10, 2017

    The Center for Family Care is hosting a conference titled "The Orthodox Family in a Changing World." The conference will be held September 20-23, 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA. More details coming soon. Read More

  • A New Year, a New Harvest: Renewal through Orthodox Christian Community

    Center for Family Care

    August 31, 2017

    It’s about that time…the time for New Year’s resolutions: new beginnings, new goals and new inspiration. I am not talking about watching the ball drop in Times Square or counting down to midnight with your friends and family. I am talking about the Ecclesiastical New Year we just celebrated on September 1. Read More

  • Clergy Couple Care

    Center for Family Care

    July 10, 2017

    Clergy Couple Care (CCC) is a ministry of the Center for Family Care, which serves clergy and seminarian couples by providing them with resources that cultivate healthy, holy self-care and vibrant marriages grounded and growing in Christ and thriving in the midst of the ongoing challenges of parish life. Read More

  • Not Afraid To Talk About...Poison

    Center for Family Care

    June 1, 2017

    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

  • Center for Family Care Develops Clergy-Couple Care program

    Press Office

    February 3, 2017

    The Center for Family Care, hosted Jan. 26-27, at the Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Tarpon Springs, 38 participants from throughout the Archdiocese for a meeting to develop the focus of its Clergy-Couple Care ministry. Included were priests, presvyteres, mental heath professionals, laypersons as well as representation from the Archdiocesan Presbyters Council, the National Sisterhood of Presvyteres, and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Read More

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

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