• Son of Man: Jesus a Fully Human Being

    Center for Family Care

    May 5, 2021

    It is difficult to see through murky, cultural distortions when defining what makes a person fully- alive, purposeful, worthy, or important. Cultural “norms” marginalize large groups of people, including those who do not meet accepted physical, mental, or cognitive standards of what is considered “normal.” To put it bluntly, people with disabilities are often seen as less than alive, less than purposeful, less than worthy, less than important - less than human. Read More

  • Obituary for Rev. Protopresbyter George Vaporis

    Orthodox Observer

    February 27, 2021

    ​Rev. Protopresbyter Fr. George Vaporis fell asleep in the Lord February 26th, 2021. Fr. Vaporis is survived by his belowed Presbytera Kalliopi and their four children: Michael, Katherine, Basil, and Markella and 7 grandchildren. Read More

  • Ver. Rev. Archimandrite Demetrios Simeonidis Obituary

    Orthodox Observer

    February 17, 2021

    Ver. Rev. Archimandrite Demetrios Simeonidis (July 31, 1938), lovingly known as Father D., fell asleep in the Lord Sunday, February 14, 2021. He served the Holy Greek Orthodox Church faithfully for fifty-two years, becoming a guiding light, Spiritual Father, and dear friend to thousands of people he met throughout his ministry. All who met Father Demetrios loved him. He was humble, kind, generous, and wise, and exemplified every day what it means to live a Christ-centered life. Read More

  • Not Afraid To Talk About...Pornography

    Center for Family Care

    January 25, 2021

    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

  • Fr. George Livanos Interviews with the Orthodox Observer

    Orthodox Observer

    January 22, 2021

    In an interview with the Orthodox Observer, Fr. George Livanos sat down to talk about his project "Soul Food For Life," and terminal cancer during the pandemic. Read More

  • Thanksgiving Message from His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros

    Science and Technology

    November 25, 2020

    This Thanksgiving, we are facing a critical moment in the health of our country, but just as much, a critical moment in the health of our souls. Let us show our love for one another by protecting the living image of God that is each and every human being. #WearΑMask Read More

  • 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