• Catechetical Homily of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew At the Opening of Holy and Great

    News Release

    February 24, 2023

    Most honorable brother Hierarchs and blessed children in the Lord, By the goodwill and grace of the all-merciful and all-benevolent God, already living in the blessed and reverent period of the Triodion, tomorrow we enter Holy and Great Lent, the arena of fasting and “venerable abstinence” that eliminate the passions, during which the depth and wealth of our Orthodox Tradition and the vigilant care of the Church for the spiritual progress of its children are revealed. Read More

  • OCMC Welcomes New Missionary Director

    News Release

    February 8, 2023

    Fr. Rob (Haralambos) Spaliatsos has joined the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) as its Missionary Director. In this capacity, Fr. Rob is responsible for all aspects of the missionary program, under the guidance of Executive Director Fr. Martin Ritsi. This includes recruiting, training, and supporting OCMC missionaries as they prepare to enter the mission field and while working in their respective areas. Read More

  • Communique of the 12th Convening of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA

    Assembly of Bishops

    February 2, 2023

    The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America convened in Los Angeles, California from January 28-31st for its 12th Meeting. Thirty Hierarchs participated in the meeting chaired by Archbishop Elpidophoros. Read More

  • From OCPM’s Newest Board Member, Larry Fitterer: Friendships that Might Never Have Formed but For His Grace

    Assembly of Bishops

    January 31, 2023

    On the first Sunday of the Last Judgment after Larry became an Orthodox Christian, he heard his deacon read the Gospel from Matthew 25. For reasons he did not understand at the time, Christ's words deeply struck him that day: “I was in prison, and you came to Me.” It wasn’t long after that his close friend, Lazarus, was shockingly arrested, convicted of very serious crimes, and sent to prison for decades. Read More

  • Attention young adults! Applications for Orthodox Volunteer Corps are due February 6, 2023

    Assembly of Bishops

    January 25, 2023

    Orthodox Volunteer Corps (OVC) is a new ministry of our Church for Orthodox young adults, 21 to 29 years old and one of the newest Agencies of the Assembly of Bishops. It develops and equips young adults to lead lives of faithful service for the Church and the world. Read More


    News Release

    December 25, 2022

    Most honorable brother hierarchs, Beloved children in the Lord, Today our Holy Church celebrates the Nativity in the flesh of the pre-eternal Son and Word of God, this “foreign and strange mystery” that “was concealed from ages and from generations” (Col. 1:26). Read More

  • The 11th Academic Consultation Between Judaism And Orthodox Christianity

    News Release

    December 9, 2022

    The 11th Academic Consultation between Judaism and Orthodox Christianity took place December 4-6, 2022, in Vienna, Austria. The theme was “Jewish-Orthodox Christian Dialogue: Navigating Our Relations to the World and to Each Other.” The Consultation was co-sponsored by the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC). Read More

  • Storybook Connections: OCPM Announces New Ministry for GivingTuesday Nov. 29

    Assembly of Bishops

    November 17, 2022

    This year, OCPM is hosting a special campaign for its new ministry program, Storybook Connections, which helps families torn apart by the U.S. prison system stay connected through the power of literature, letting children hear a story in the voice of his or her own parent behind bars. Read More

  • Ecumenical Patriarch Meets With His Majesty King Charles III of the United Kingdom

    News Release

    October 26, 2022

    At noon yesterday, October 25, 2022, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew met with His Majesty King Charles III at Buckingham Palace. Read More

  • Patriarchal Acclamation for the Athenagoras Human Rights Award, by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

    News Release

    October 9, 2022

    It is worthy and right that the Order of St. Andrew is bestowing the Athenagoras Human Rights Award of 2022 to His Beatitude Theodore, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, in honor of his great contribution to the Church and humankind, as well as his labors in support of the right to religious freedom in Africa, the great continent to which, as His Beatitude our brother says, “belongs the future.” Read More

  • High-ranking Delegation of the Museum of the Bible Visits the Ecumenical Patriarch

    Orthodox Observer

    September 28, 2022

    On Tuesday, 27 September 2022, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew received the esteemed Mr. Steve Green, Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Museum of the Bible, based in Washington, D.C., together with his associates, Dr. Jeffrey Kloha, Chief Curatorial Officer, Dr. Brian Hyland, Associate Curator of Medieval Manuscripts, and Professor Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou, Member of the Museum’s Advisory Board. Read More

  • IOCC Benefit Race

    IOCC News Release

    September 9, 2022

    IOCC Benefit Race The IOCC benefit is not a race in the traditional sense but a long-distance test of endurance. Davlantis and Kanelis have set a goal of raising $30,000 through their efforts for IOCC’s 30th year. Read More

  • New Saint Canonized in Constantinople

    News Release

    September 1, 2022

    A new saint has been recognized by the Orthodox Church. In a Wednesday August 31, 2022 ceremony at the Patriarchal Church of St. George Read More

  • Patriarchal Encyclical for the Feast of the Indiction 2022

    News Release

    August 30, 2022

    Most reverend brother Hierarchs and beloved children in the Lord, As we enter, with God’s blessing, the new ecclesiastical year today, we honor with the Feast of the Indiction the “Day of protecting the natural environment” and offer glory and gratitude to the Creator of all for the “great gift of creation.” Read More

  • OCAMPR Announces 2022 Conference

    Assembly of Bishops

    August 24, 2022

    The Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion (www.ocampr.org) will hold its Annual Conference in November with the theme, “Living Liturgy in Practice: Orthodox Care in a Rapidly Changing World." Read More

  • We've Got Good News! OCF Receives $20,000 matching gift for 2022 Back to School Appeal

    Assembly of Bishops

    August 4, 2022

    BROOKLINE, MA - College students across the country are returning to campus. Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) will be there to offer them rich community in Christ, inspiring a life-long love of God and neighbor. Read More

  • His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Responds to Destruction at Balıklı Greek Hospital

    News Release

    August 4, 2022

    Istanbul—His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch issued the following statement today regarding the devastating fire at the the Nursing Home building, which is part of the Baloukli Charitable Foundation: Read More

  • Communiqué of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

    News Release

    July 25, 2022

    The Holy and Sacred Synod, during its July sessions, among other matters, discussed current topics of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and after its recent 46th Clergy-Laity Congress, Read More

  • Father Duane Pederson, Founder of OCPM Has Reposed in the Lord

    Assembly of Bishops

    July 21, 2022

    It is with joyful sorrow that we announce that the founder of Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry, Father Duane Pederson, has reposed in the Lord on July 20, 2022. A former leader in the Jesus People Movement in the 1960s and 1970s, Father Duane had a ministry to men and women living on the streets of Hollywood, many of whom were frequently in and out of jail. Read More

  • Halki Summit V Underway in Constantinople

    Ecumenical Patriarchate News Release

    June 9, 2022

    Yesterday, June 8, marked the start of the fifth Halki Summit conference in Constantinople. This year’s theme is “Sustaining the Future of the Planet Together: the Prophetic Ministry of Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew,” and is sponsored in part by generous grants from Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the CR Florence Foundation. Read More

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