Archepiscopal Encyclical for the Commemoration of the Asia Minor Holocaust

This month of September is replete with commemorations that define us as a People, even as they are hard to bear because of the loss and devastation. We just passed the twenty-first memorial of September Eleventh, and we are now upon the one hundredth anniversary of the Asia Minor Holocaust that cost so many lives and changed the face of the Greeks across the Hellespont in Pontos and the coasts of Asia Minor. Read More

Archepiscopal Encyclical on the Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross

Archepiscopal Encyclical on the Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross

The Sacred Feastday, which reminds every parishioner from coast to coast of our beloved Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology, speaks to the love of God for every human being. But it also speaks of our service to the Holy Cross by being Σταυροφόροι – those who bear the Cross. And how do we do carry His Cross? First, by picking up our own and carrying it with all the love and compassion we can muster for ourselves and for those around us. Read More

Archepiscopal Encyclical on the Day of Mourning for Hagia Sophia-- July 24, 2022

Archepiscopal Encyclical on the Day of Mourning for Hagia Sophia-- July 24, 2022

Unto the Most Reverend and Right Reverend Hierarchs, Pious Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, Presidents and Members of Parish Councils, Honorable Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Members of Leadership 100, the Day and Afternoon Schools, Philoptochos Societies, the Youth, Greek Orthodox Organizations, and the entirety of the Christ-named Plenitude of the Holy Archdiocese of America: Read More

Archepiscopal Encyclical on the Fourth of July - 2022

Archepiscopal Encyclical on the Fourth of July - 2022

This Fourth of July — which we celebrate tomorrow — is a most extraordinary day for the Greek Orthodox Church of America. We are saluting the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, as well as the extraordinary milestones in the history of our National Church. We shall celebrate the consecration of the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center, even as we mark the centennial of the establishment of our Sacred Archdiocese — the first and preeminent Eparchy of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in the Diaspora. Read More

Archepiscopal Encyclical for Father’s Day

Archepiscopal Encyclical for Father’s Day

This Father’s Day, I ask for our entire Archdiocese to remember the “fathers” of our communities across the nation — that is, our very own clergy, who serve everyone so selflessly. This is our second year of recognizing the parish clergy of the Church on this special occasion. And the fact that it coincides with the feast of All Saints gives it even greater force, as we ourselves are all “called to be saints” as well (Romans 1:7). Read More

Archepiscopal Encyclical on the National Sisterhood of Presvyteres Sunday

Archepiscopal Encyclical on the National Sisterhood of Presvyteres Sunday

My Beloved Sisters and Brothers in Christ, These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers and sisters. (Acts 1:14) Read More

Archiepiscopal Encyclical on the Great and Holy Pascha April 24, 2022

Archiepiscopal Encyclical on the Great and Holy Pascha April 24, 2022

My Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Christ descended alone to the Gates of Hades, He returned taking many spoils of His victory. Read More

Archiepiscopal Encyclical on the Feast of the Annunciation and Greek Independence Day

Archiepiscopal Encyclical on the Feast of the Annunciation and Greek Independence Day

My Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Today, as we chant our hymn of “victory and thanksgiving,” we remember our sisters and brothers struggling in Ukraine at this very hour, who are under a brutal and inhuman attack by their neighbor, even their fellow Orthodox Christians. Read More

Archiepiscopal Encyclical on the Invasion of Ukraine

Archiepiscopal Encyclical on the Invasion of Ukraine

We find ourselves in deep pain and sorrow of soul over the horror that has ensued from the invasion of Ukraine. I do not say, “Russia,” because many thousands of the Russian People are protesting this unprovoked and unreasonable attack at risk to their own lives and freedom. This attack must be squarely set upon the shoulders of Vladimir Putin, who is risking global peace for his own selfish political agenda. Read More

Archiepiscopal Encyclical on the Feast of  Saint Photios, Patriarch of Constantinople

Archiepiscopal Encyclical on the Feast of Saint Photios, Patriarch of Constantinople

This year — the Centennial year of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America — we pause to remember those who came before us, and honor the legacy of the pioneers of our Church in America. It seems only fitting, that on this Feast of the great and holy Patriarch Photios, we make special mention of the brave and stalwart πρωτοπόροι, whose voices brought the Faith of the Orthodox Christian Church to these shores. Read More