• Address of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Archdiocesan Presbyters Council National Clergy Retreat

    Archdiocese Presbyters Council

    October 29, 2019

    The calling to serve as a priest is a sacred duty, one that is focused on the care of souls, on spiritual healing, on leading in worship and service, and on offering Christ and the Gospel through your lives to all you encounter. Read More

  • National Church Music Sunday 2019

    Musicians: Choirs and Chanters

    October 4, 2019

    Each year, on the first Sunday in October (on or after the Feast of St. Romanos the Melodist, the patron saint of church musicians), parishes across the Archdiocese of America celebrate NATIONAL CHURCH MUSIC SUNDAY. This commemoration was inaugurated by His Eminence, Archbishop Iakovos of North and South America in 1982, and has been re-affirmed by His Eminence, Archbishop Elpidophoros of America. Read More

  • Toward a Better Understanding of Our Priests and Presvyteres

    Center for Family Care

    September 26, 2019

    Pastoral ministry can be extraordinarily rewarding and fulfilling. And, pastoral ministry is difficult. This reality is supported by a growing body of social science research. Drs. Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell and Sarah LeGrand, as part of the Clergy Health Initiative at Duke University, found that clergy suffer from higher rates of hypertension, obesity, depression, arthritis, and asthma than do most other Americans. 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

  • Archbishop Elpidophoros Meets With Archdiocesan Presbyters Council Executive Board

    Press Office

    August 29, 2019

    His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros met yesterday, August 28, 2019, with the Executive Board members of the Archdiocesan Presbyters Council at the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. This is the first meeting with the Presbyters Council officers since Archbishop Elpidophoros was enthroned as Archbishop of America in June 2019. Read More

  • Pastoral Challenges in Marriage Conference: Kairos and Chronos

    Center for Family Care

    August 14, 2019

    The Center for Family Care Presents: Pastoral Challenges in Marriage Conference: Kairos and Chronos January 22-25, 2020 Houston, TX Read More

  • Preparing Our Youth for College Life

    Center for Family Care

    August 5, 2019

    “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

  • 2019 Barna Survey Results and Program Evaluation

    Church Leadership

    June 10, 2019

    As a first step in gauging the efficacy of the investments made by the Archdiocese in its Ministries, the Archdiocese commissioned Barna Group, a leading research group that works with faith-based organizations, to perform a study with two phases. The objective of the research was to determine which Ministries are found to be the most useful to users and should be maintained, perceptions of the value of those Ministries and where investments should be made, reduced or eliminated to optimize the use of Total Commitment funding. Read More

  • The Clergy Family Life: Q&A with Rev. Fr. Conan Gill

    Religious Education

    March 11, 2019

    Rev. Fr. Conan Gill answers questions about juggling parish responsibilities while raising five children with his wife in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Read More

  • From Expectations to Mutual Love: The Relationship of the Clergy and Parish Family

    Religious Education

    March 5, 2019

    Both clergy and laity have expectations of one another. Some are holy and right; others are unrealistic and misguided. Unfortunately, many remain unspoken until conflict arises, sapping energy and life from the parish family. Rather than reacting to conflict arising from unmet expectations clergy and their families and parish families have of one another, let us consider an alternative path, one of open and honest dialogue about expectations that will bear the fruit of mutual understanding and trust. Read More

  • Marketing Jesus: Sharing the Good News in a Digital Age

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    December 28, 2018

    Marketing is a standard practice in today’s business world but is often an afterthought within the Church. Our Church is certainly more than a business, but there are ways in which we operate that require business techniques every day (accounting, fundraising, leadership and more). Read More

  • Athenagoras: Ecumenical Patriarch (1948–1972)

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    December 28, 2018

    On November 1, 1948, Athenagoras (Spyrou), then Archbishop of North and South America, was elected Ecumenical Patriarch. Read More

  • Listening, Learning and Slowing Down: An Interview with Dr. Mary Hess

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    December 28, 2018

    The first thing we need to do is learn where our communities are communicating and then be present there and listen. It might be Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram or any number of places. Long before you try to speak in these media, you should be listening in them, which will also help you learn how they work. Read More

  • Navigating Youth Engagement in Digital Media

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    December 27, 2018

    The first step and key to understanding the youth generations begins with understanding digital media as a meeting place and community for Orthodox individuals and youth from all over the world. Read More

  • Toward Thoughtfully Critiquing and Creating Digital Media

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    December 27, 2018

    There’s a meme that attributes the quote, “Don’t believe everything you read online,” to Abraham Lincoln. This is a funny reminder that we should bring careful critical thinking skills to any online search. And as we use electronic media to learn more about our Orthodox Christian Faith, these same skills are also very important. Read More

  • Details for 2019 National Oratorical Festival Announced

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    December 18, 2018

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  • 2018 Professional Development Seminar Of The Direct Archdiocesan District

    Education Office ­ Direct Archdiocesan District

    November 6, 2018

    Υπό την αιγίδα του Σεβασμιωτάτου Αρχιεπισκόπου Γέροντος Αμερικής κ.κ. Δημητρίου έλαβε χώρα η ετήσια Ημερίδα Επιμόρφωσης Εκπαιδευτικών την Τρίτη 6 Νοεμβρίου 2018, στο Ελληνοαμερικανικό Λύκειο Αγίου Δημητρίου στην Αστόρια. Read More

  • The Future of Youth Safety

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    July 10, 2018

    We're ready to take the next step in Youth Safety. Watch the video to learn more. Read More

  • Landmark Survey: Women's Ministry, Service and Leadership


    February 9, 2018

    How and why do women rise to high levels of service in the Church? Is a seminary education necessary, useful or problematic for women who want to serve? How do women’s paid and volunteer careers intersect? Read More

  • Mystery and Meaning in Unanswered Questions

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    January 18, 2018

    Recognition of suffering requires vulnerability, often accompanied by unanswerable questions. Anyone who has been present with a child in a time of loss has heard these difficult questions. As parents, grandparents, youth workers, teachers, clergy, aunts and uncles, etc., we need to invite these questions. Read More