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.
  • Archbishop Receives D.A.D. Executive Board of the Federation of Church Musicians

    Press Office

    September 16, 2019

    NEW YORK – His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros met with the Direct Archdiocesan District Executive Board of the Federation of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians on Monday, September 16, in his office at the Archdiocese. Members of the Executive Board are Mrs. Anna Dounelis, President; Mr. Theodore Brakatselos, Vice-President; Mrs. Irini Kapareliotis, Treasurer; Mrs. Fay Pavlidis, Mrs. Peggy Stilianos, Public Relations Office, and V. Rev. Archimandrite Chrysostomos Gilbert, Spiritual Advisor. Read More

  • Conclusions from Pan-Orthodox Meeting on Homelessness

    Press Office

    September 16, 2019

    On Friday, September 13, 2019, ten Pan-Orthodox organizations concluded a vibrant and productive meeting on the crisis of homelessness. The twenty experts arrived at the following common multi-faceted understanding Read More

  • A Time for Every Purpose Under Heaven: the Stewardship of Time

    Stewardship Ministries

    September 16, 2019

    Just as we budget our financial resources to reflect our priorities, we can re-set our allocation of time. We are all busy, but not all of that busy time is well-spent. We may need to say no to certain demands on our time, opening our schedule to God’s prompting. We can live each day anticipating the opportunities he places in our path to offer our gift of time. Read More

  • Dimitrios Kaloidis, an exemplary Christian, has left us for the heavenly abodes

    Press Office

    September 16, 2019

    NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America received with sadness the news of the passing of one of the distinguished sons of the Church, an exemplary Christian, faithful to the Hellenic traditions, a bearer of the true Orthodox phronema and an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Read More

  • Homily of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America on the Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross

    Homily

    September 15, 2019

    This, my brothers and sisters, is the Gospel: a call to die, and also to live a new life. That new life is one in which Christ Himself lives in us. His strength becomes our strength. His joy becomes our joy. His endless and encompassing love becomes our love. The more fully that we die to this world, the more fully Christ lives in us. Read More

  • Homily of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros at the Great Vespers of the Exaltation of the Cross

    Homily

    September 13, 2019

    Today you will receive your own cross to wear and to cherish. Wear it with honor, with courage, with a sense of self-denial. Taking up the Cross, you accept the invitation to strive, to struggle, and to suffer for the sake of the Lord and His Church. And you also accept the call to take part in His triumph, and to have no other glory or boast or ambition in life, than the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Read More

  • Archiepiscopal Encyclical for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

    Encyclical

    September 13, 2019

    As we commemorate this most blessed Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross, we sing as an exclamation of faith and a witness of the Gospel to all the world, “The Cross is raised on high, and urges all the creation to sing the praises of the undefiled Passion of Him who was lifted high upon it.” (Hymn of Vespers) Today, as Orthodox Christians we raise high the Cross as an emblem of victory and an invincible shield. We raise high the Cross of Christ our Lord, proclaiming the salvation that has come through Him. We raise high the Cross, affirming that God’s love for us is greater than the power of death. And in raising high the Cross, we raise up Christ so that all the world may see our Resurrected Lord and believe. Read More

  • Pan-Orthodox Ministries on Homelessness Convened

    Press Office

    September 12, 2019

    NEW YORK – A two-day meeting of Orthodox Christian organizations working with people who experience homelessness commenced today at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The meeting, hosted by the Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, which is also responsible for social issues, seeks to produce a common understanding from an Orthodox Christian perspective. It will also provide recommendations to the Assembly of Bishops on the situation, which effects a significant percentage of the population. Read More

  • GOA Center for Family Care Host Clergy Peer Learning Group Training Event

    Press Office

    September 12, 2019

    SOMERSET, NJ – Sixteen clergy from various places throughout the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America completed training on September 10-12, 2019 for expanding the ministry to support our clergy. The Archdiocesan Center for Family Care recently received a generous grant from Leadership 100 to train facilitators to lead clergy peer learning groups throughout the country. Read More

  • Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross

    Feasts of the Church

    September 11, 2019

    The Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross is celebrated each year on September 14. The Feast commemorates the finding of the True Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by Saint Helen, the mother of the Emperor Constantine. Read More

  • Pilgrimage Visit of the Abbot of the Vatopedi Monastery and Fathers of Mount Athos to the Holy See of the Mother Church

    Ecumenical Patriarchate News Release

    September 10, 2019

    The Abbot of the Vatopedi Monastery, Archimandrite Ephraim and the brothers of the Monastery, Frs. Evdokimos and George, as well as the Hieromonk Chrysostom, Geron of the Holy Cell of Saint John Chrysostom in the Skete of Koutloumousiou, made a pilgrimage visit to the Holy Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate today, Tuesday, Sept. 10, in order to express their respect to the Ecumenical Patriarch and receive his blessing on the occasion of the beginning of the new ecclesiastical year, which started September 1. Read More

  • Archbishop Receives ABC Representatives

    Press Office

    September 10, 2019

    NEW YORK – His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros met with leaders of the Archdiocese Benefits Committee Monday, Sept. 9, in his office at the Archdiocese. His Eminence initiated the meeting with Fr. James T. Paris, Chairman of the ABC; Fr. James Greanias, Vice-Chairman of the ABC, and Mrs. Anna Vrettos, Director of the ABC. Read More

  • The Deputy Foreign Minister of Greece Visits the Ecumenical Patriarchate

    Ecumenical Patriarchate News Release

    September 10, 2019

    For the first time since assuming his new duties, the Greek Deputy Foreign Minister, Mr. Antonis Diamataris, whose responsibilities include ecclesiastical affairs abroad, visited the see of the Ecumenical Patriarchate today, Tuesday, Sept. 10, and was received by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Read More

  • The US Secretary of Commerce at the Ecumenical Patriarchate

    Press Office

    September 8, 2019

    The Secretary of Commerce of the USA, Wilbur Ross, visited the see of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in the Phanar today, Sunday, September 8, 2019, and was welcomed with the honors set forth in the Patriarchal Protocol. Read More

  • Feast of the Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

    Feasts of the Church

    September 8, 2019

    The Feast of the Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary is celebrated on September 8 each year. The Feast commemorates the birth of the Mother of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Read More

  • Concert at Carnegie Hall to Benefit Saint Nicholas Shrine

    Press Office

    September 5, 2019

    Archbishop Elpidophoros of America invites all faithful to a special concert at Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 8 p.m. to benefit Saint Nicholas Church and National Shrine. Read More

  • Policies for the Safety of Children and Youth are Being Implemented Throughout the Archdiocese and in Every Metropolis

    Press Office

    September 5, 2019

    The implementation and enforcement of the Policies for the Safety of Children and Youth take another step forward towards the goal of ensuring that every ministry and event is physically, emotionally, and spiritually safe and healthy for the children of all Greek Orthodox Churches in America. Read More

  • The New Governor of Mount Athos Visits the Ecumenical Patriarch

    Press Office

    September 5, 2019

    The Archon of the Holy Great Church of Christ, Mr. Athanasios Martinos, was recently appointed by the decision of the Greek government and is due to take up his duties in the near future. Read More

  • Letter from Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Regarding New Youth Safety Policies

    Press Office

    September 5, 2019

    I am writing as Archbishop to bring to your attention an important matter that is and must be an urgent concern for all of us who work with children in every aspect of the Archdiocese, in every Metropolis and in every parish and youth ministry. This letter is to call each of us to action, and to encourage us as our clergy, our lay leaders and our fellow parishioners to mobilize to serve our children and youth. Read More