The Center for Family Care is hosting a conference titled "The Orthodox Family in a Changing World" in an effort to explore critical issues in the family life-cycle and practical methods to address them in the parish and the home. The conference will be held September 20-23, 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA.

The conference welcomes clergy, pastoral-care workers, ministry leaders, and laypersons interested in the development of family ministry in their parishes. A generous grant from Leadership 100 will aid in funding the event.

A reduced ‘early bird’ registration rate is offered through July 30th.

To register visit:


Keynote Speakers

  • His Eminence Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh

  • Elissa Bjeletich, Orthodox blogger and author

  • Steven Christoforou, GOA Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry


Intensive and Workshop Topics

  • Hospice and Palliative Care

  • Supporting Families with Children who have special needs

  • Pornography

  • Homosexuality in the Family

  • The Internet of Humanity: Navigating the Hyper-connected World to be in Authentic Relationship

  • Holding Space for Families in Crisis

  • Poverty in the Family

More workshop details and speakers coming soon.



Family Ministry Conference Schedule

Wednesday, September 20

2:00       Registration - Hospitality Suite                                                                          

6:30       Opening Activity and Icebreaker: The Family in a Changing World

9:00       Small Compline                                                                        

Thursday, September 21

7:30       Breakfast                                                       

8:30       Matins                                                                                  

9:30       Keynote Address:  His Eminence Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh

11:00      Break

11:15      Intensive Session I                                                                   

1:15       Lunch                                                                    

2:15       Intensive Session II                                                                       

5:00       Break                                                                            

5:45       Vespers                                           

6:30       Dinner

7:30       Evening Activity: Poverty Simulation with FOCUS North America                                                                                                 

Friday, September 22

7:45       Divine Liturgy                              

9:00       Breakfast                                                                         

10:00      Keynote Address: Elissa Bjeletich

11:30      Break      

11:45      Workshops I                                 

1:30        Lunch

3:00       Workshops II                                                                                  

4:45       Break

5:00       Paraklesis                                                                            

6:00       Dinner                                                       

             All Saints Greek Orthodox Church; Canonsburg, PA

7:00       Evening Activity: Resources for Ministry Social

              All Saints Greek Orthodox Church; Canonsburg, PA                        

 9:30       Small Compline                                                                          

Saturday, September 23

7:30       Morning Prayers                                                                         

 8:00      Keynote Address: Steve Christoforou                                                                                            

10:00     Open Forum                                                                   

      12:00      Wrap Up                                                                       

12:30      Conference Finished


More information coming soon.


The conference is sponsored by the Center for Family Care of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and is made possible by Leadership 100.