• Fully Human: The Special Call of Special Needs

    Center for Family Care

    October 22, 2020

    The Center for Family Care's newest ministry, "Fully Human," is designed to lift up the unique gifts of individuals and families with special needs. Read More

  • Be the Bee #153 | Is Self-Care Selfish?

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    October 15, 2020

    #WorldMentalHealthDay can help raise awareness about the importance of self-care. But does this mean self-indulgence? Is taking care of your health a selfish thing that Christians should avoid? Aren't we called to sacrifice everything for God and neighbor? Read More

  • Body of Christ

    Center for Family Care

    September 8, 2020

    The priest commemorates the names of the dead and living members of His Body in the Proskomide prayers. These are not just names, these are people: each with his or her own beauty, talent, personality, as well as blemishes, uneven growth, and moldy spots on their souls. Jesus is willing to become so very small for us, and even more unfathomably, He is willing to become, us; and so we offer Him the best we have. It can never be perfect but it is all we have to give. In return He joins us to His own Precious, Perfect Body. Read More

  • About the Clergy Initiative

    Benefits Office

    September 4, 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

  • His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Eulogy for Anthony (Tony) Kammas

    Death and Dying

    July 3, 2020

    I know that all of you must still be in a state of deep sadness and shock today, as we gather to comfort one another and bid farewell – all too soon, to a young and vibrant husband, father, child, and a truly outstanding son of our Omogeneia. Read More

  • His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Eulogy for George Zapantis

    Death and Dying

    June 29, 2020

    Today, we hear the cry of a mother, a mother unjustly deprived of her son, a mother whose heart is rent in two, a mother who has come to the Church of the Holy Cross upon which the Son of the Theotokos died, to bury her son. To mourn her son. To grieve her son. Read More

  • P.A.R.T. = Parish Assistance Response Team

    News Release

    June 23, 2020

    There are parishes throughout the Archdiocese that have had the unenviable task of responding to a natural disaster – floods, hurricanes, wildfires, etc. – but none could be prepared for the pandemic that gripped the United States in the opening months of 2020. Parishes could only respond to their best of their abilities to minister to the spiritual needs of the faithful. In responding, they discovered the many gifts of their stewards. Read More

  • International Orthodox Christian Charities Launches COVID-19 Program in US

    Orthodox Observer

    June 5, 2020

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) has launched a new initiative under its 20-year-old US program, focusing on supporting communities across the country with IOCC Care Calls for emotional and spiritual care during the pandemic. Read More

  • Petition and Prayer from the Network of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Pastoral Health Care

    GOA News Release

    June 1, 2020

    “Again we pray for all those that have fallen sick and are in extremity, and for the doctors and nurses and all those in the areas of health, who serve and minister to the sick, offering care and comfort; that the Lord our God will furthermore strengthen them, work through them and guide them in all things.” Read More

  • Four Free Resources to Help Young People Stay Healthy and Connected

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    June 1, 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic has been a difficult time for people of all ages. Social distancing has led to feelings of loneliness. The virus itself has led to feelings of anxiety and fear. And these negative emotions will only be compounded in the weeks ahead as more cities and states reopen. Parents and ministry workers need support to keep the young people in their care healthy and connected. Read More

  • Holy Communion in an Extraordinary Time of Pandemic

    GOA News Release

    June 1, 2020

    What is more important for all of us? The Communion, the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, or the way we receive the Body and Blood? The answer is easy. It’s not the way. It’s the Communion itself that saves us and gives us Eternal Life. Read More

  • Greek Orthodox Archdiocese COVID-19 Relief Fund: Message from Andrea Zecy

    Department of Communications

    May 29, 2020

    Α message from Andrea Zecy, from Kansas City, KS: “Εvery single dollar that you donate benefits those in need. No matter what their religious background, or cultural background is, this Relief Fund helps everyone." Read More

  • National Philoptochos Responds With A Multi-Pronged Approach to Provide Financial, Emotional, Spiritual and Loving Support to Individuals and Families Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

    National Philoptochos Society

    May 28, 2020

    The #MaskOn Campaign asked chapters to make and distribute masks within their local communities to assist with the nationwide need for face coverings, and to encourage everyone to follow the CDCs guidelines for social distancing and safety practices. Read More

  • Archbishop Elpidophoros participated in the United Nations Virtual Consultation: “Global Pledge for Action”

    GOA News Release

    May 28, 2020

    His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros participated in the United Nations Virtual Consultation “Global Pledge for Action.” In his remarks, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros mentioned the centrality of faith in response to the global pandemic of COVID-19. Read More

  • His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Eulogy for Evripides Kontos

    Message

    May 27, 2020

    We have come together on this final day of the Paschal Season to bid farewell to a remarkable human being, a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, and true patriot and son of Cyprus, Evripides Kontos. Somehow, this day seems most fitting to bid farewell to a man whose entire life was a witness of strength and devotion to his family, his motherland of Cyprus, his Faith, and his contribution to society. Read More

  • His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Eulogy for Eugene Telemachus Rossides

    Message

    May 27, 2020

    As we gather here together today, a small yet devoted and loving συνοδεία to accompany this Lion of the Omogeneia to his final resting place, I cannot help but think of the thousands – and yes, tens of thousands around the world, who are joining their prayers, their respect, and their tributes to ours at this very moment in time. Read More

  • Greek Orthodox Archdiocese COVID-19 Relief Fund: Message from Nicole VanKuilenburg

    Department of Communications

    May 26, 2020

    A message from Nicole VanKuilenburg, registered nurse in Boston, MA: "I feel very fortunate to be working and have a job at this time. But, as many of you are aware, there are families that aren't as fortunate, and they are out of work and struggling." Read More

  • Greek Orthodox Archdiocese COVID-19 Relief Fund

    Department of Communications

    May 25, 2020

    The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announces the creation of the “Greek Orthodox Archdiocese COVID-19 Relief Fund” as an important part of its efforts to support those around the country who have been impacted by the current pandemic. Read More

  • Be the Bee #144 | Staying Healthy During Coronavirus

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    May 25, 2020

    Feeling scared to go back to school or work? What about Church? This has been a crazy time for us all. So Steve and Christian are back to share four keys to staying healthy during the coronavirus pandemic (and as public place begin to reopen). They even made a companion journal to the episode. The journal offers guided questions to help you stay healthy: mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Read More

  • A Note on the Common Communion Spoon by Fr. Alkiviadis C. Calivas

    Orthodox Observer

    May 23, 2020

    Liturgical spoons existed from at least the sixth-seventh century. But it does not mean that they were used for Communion. In fact, canon 101 of the Penthekte Synod (691-692) prohibits the use of any receptacle for the reception of the consecrated Bread other than the human hand. The canon reads: “So that if anyone should wish to partake of the pure Body during the time of the synaxis…let him form his hands into the shape of a cross, and thus approaching, let him receive the communion of grace…For we nowise welcome those men who make certain receptacles out of gold or any other material to serve instead of their hands for the reception of the divine gift. Read More