• Fatherhood: A Time of Joy and Wonder

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    June 13, 2017

    Many things in life come in stages, and fatherhood is one of them. My life as a father began in 1996 with the birth of our first child, Tatiana. The day she came into the world was one of the most glorious days of my life. I experienced a feeling that I never had before, and I gained a perspective that had been absent from my life until that point. I had read about the love of God the Father for His children, but now I was experiencing it firsthand. Read More

  • Care Teams Help Families With Problems

    Center for Family Care

    January 1, 2017

    “Please help me,” plead the 32-year old Christian woman, frantic after finding her 50 year old mother suffering a brain hemorrhage due to an aneurism. Secretly, her mother has been addicted to opiates; legal prescription pain medication prescribed by her physician, and illegal narcotics including heroin. This secret probably would have remained under wraps much longer if her bleeding brain didn’t send off a distress signal indicating that something was terribly wrong. Read More

  • Attending Church as a Family

    Center for Family Care

    November 4, 2016

    Developing a loving relationship between your family and God should be a daily goal. Relationships can’t be maintained, and certainly can’t grow, with sporadic interactions. Here are some simple suggestions for weaving church life into your daily life at home Read More

  • Domestic Violence about Power and Control over Victim

    Center for Family Care

    October 1, 2016

    Domestic violence is about power and control. It is not about being out of control or losing control. It is a systematic pattern of coercive behaviors intended to punish, gain and maintain control of the victim. It frequently begins so subtly that victims may not realize what is happening. Read More

  • Preparing Our Youth for College Life

    Center for Family Care

    July 1, 2016

    “Six or seven out of ten young people will leave the church in college and never return.” This quote, or others like it, has been used by anxious youth workers and campus ministers for at least the past decade. For parents who want their kids to stay connected to the Church, this sounds terrifying, and it is. Read More

  • Raising Independent Children to be Dependent on God

    Center for Family Care

    June 1, 2016

    How can parents cultivate a relationship between God and their children? Fr. Timothy Pavlatos, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a nationally certified counselor, speaks with Emmy Louvaris in the podcast to tell us how. Read More

  • This Summer Soak Up the Sun of the Son

    Center for Family Care

    June 1, 2016

    As a priest, there is nothing more depressing than seeing the joyous faces of our youth in Church one week, and then NOT seeing them the next simply because Sunday school has ended for the school year. There is no such thing as a ‘vacation’ from Church! Read More

  • Parenting on the Road to Emmaus

    Center for Family Care

    May 1, 2016

    Sometimes it seems like parenting is just a series of interlocking roads to and from appointments where our kids learn from specialists how to do different stuff. We take them to school so they can learn from education specialists. We take them to piano lessons so they can learn from music specialists. Research consistently shows, however, that simply attending lessons, simply meeting with specialists is not enough for long-term learning and development; parents must be heavily involved in the process of learning. Read More

  • Christ Is Risen! Have We Forgiven?

    Center for Family Care

    April 1, 2016

    You are sitting in church during the Resurrection service. It is virtually pitch black; the most notable exception is a single flicker of light from the altar. The warm sound of hymns fills the air, and the anticipation is building. You have been waiting for this moment for almost seven weeks—maybe, all year. Now the priest emerges from the sanctuary with a lit candle, chanting “Come, receive the light…” The once-dark space rapidly becomes aglow as the faithful eagerly accept and pass on the light. Read More

  • On Worshiping During Lent

    Center for Family Care

    March 1, 2016

    Worshiping as a family is something we all need to work on. Sometimes we rush into these Lenten services thinking it is something we have to do and we don’t prepare enough to go to these services. Read More

  • Attending Church as a Family: Preparing through Daily Activities

    Center for Family Care

    March 1, 2016

    It’s Sunday morning and the alarm sounds. You are tired because you and your spouse arrived home late from a wedding last night. You roll over and hit the snooze button hoping for a few more minutes of rest, but the children are already up and watching a cartoon on the television. Read More

  • Family Gospel Lessons

    Center for Family Care

    February 1, 2016

    Family Gospel lessons from the Center for Family Care. Read More

  • From the Director: Salvation and Social Media

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    January 1, 2016

    At the end of December, I had the privilege of spending a few days with over three hundred college students at College Conference, OCF’s incredible annual event. In an atmosphere of prayer and true connection, I thought a bit about social media. Read More

  • From Raising Our Sons: Understanding the Inner Life of Boys

    Center for Family Care

    January 1, 2016

    Top 10 things we need to know about raising boys. Read More

  • Why We Are Called to Serve

    Center for Family Care

    January 1, 2016

    A man once asked some of his friends the following question: “What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘ministry’?” He received many answers to the question, but two of them were rather unfortunate. “That’s Father’s job,” his friends replied. Ministry simply defined is serving others. The fact of the matter is that every Orthodox Christian is called to ministry. That is, we are all called to serve. Read More

  • Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

    Families

    December 25, 2015

    As we enter into the season of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ’s Nativity, we pray that our hearts would be fitting mangers—containing the Christ Child to experience the true joy and peace that comes from His birth. Christ is Born! Glorify Him! Read More

  • Relating with Coworkers

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    December 21, 2015

    Join Christian and Steve Christoforou, Host of Be The Bee and Director of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese's Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministries, as they reflect on what it looks like to share the experience of the Kingdom of God within the workplace. Read More

  • Orthodox Family & Faith

    Center for Family Care

    November 20, 2015

    "Orthodox Family & Faith" podcasts developed by the Center for Family Care. Read More

  • Understanding Boundaries

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    November 16, 2015

    Boundaries are a confusing topic for Christians, often because we feel like we are supposed to be really nice and help everybody with everything. Join Christian this week as he explores the importance of boundaries for establishing Christian relationships as well as the implications of poor boundaries on the health of our relationships. "The Trench" explores how our relationships make us who we are and how we are to engage with others in light of the Orthodox Christian Faith. Read More

  • The Power of a Mother’s Prayer

    Center for Family Care

    November 1, 2015

    Saint John of the fourth century is a frequent source for reflection on family life in the twenty-first. His reverence for family rings clear across the centuries, and this is true especially in his appreciation for motherhood. Saint John elevated motherhood to something beyond the mundane, daily care of children and into the realm of spiritual significance. Directing his remarks at mothers, he said, “I mean, the children being born, provided they receive proper care and are brought up to virtue by your attention, prove a basis and occasion of complete salvation for you; and in addition to your own virtuous acts you will receive a great reward for your care of them” (Homily on Hannah, Old Testament Homilies by Robert Hill). Thus Chrysostom saw motherhood as a salvific opportunity, as a vocation that can lead to the heavenly reward. Read More

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