• Community Has Worldwide Outlook, Strong Youth Emphasis

    CANONSBURG, Pa. – community in southwestern Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, may seem like a typical midsize parish, but its influence extends from Montana to Tanzania. The first Greek Orthodox immigrants were attracted to this corner of Appalachia by the extensive steel and coal industries, which have long since vanished, but the church continues to function successfully. Read More

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    A Community That Takes Matthew 25:31-46 to Heart

    OAKLAND, Calif. – Feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and more form the basis of Assumption Cathedral’s outreach to the community. Read More

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    A Community in the Picturesque Hudson Valley

    KINGSTON, N.Y. – The picturesque Hudson Valley between Albany and New York City, settled by the Dutch in the 17th century, is home to a several parishes of more recent vintage, and to Saint Basil Academy. Read More

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    Tiny Parish Exists on Michigan’s Canadian Border

    SAULT Ste. Marie, Mich. – (It’s pronounced “Soo Seint Marie, from 18th century French meaning “The Rapids of St. Mary.”) In the early 1900s, the first Greek Orthodox Christians settled in this small city on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, about 350 miles north of Detroit, to work at a leather factory and tannery. It is not known what their total numbers were, but there were enough to start a parish in 1927. Read More

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    Ongoing Building Programs Enhance Church’s Presence

    BRAINTREE, Mass. – According to a parish history, following the Second World War, a growing number of Greek Orthodox people began to populate the southern and western suburbs of Boston, which at the time, were being serviced by the clergy of Boston. By the late 1950s it was apparent that a new church was needed at the gateway to the South Shore to serve the spiritual, educational, cultural, and social needs of the growing number of faithful living in the cities and towns that constitute the “South Shore.” Read More

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    Church Has Served Chicago’s Downtown since 1892

    CHICAGO – Annunciation Cathedral might be considered part of the “class of ’92.” That’s 1892, the year of its founding and that of Holy Trinity Cathedral and Annunciation Church in New York. Read More

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    A Tiny Community That Manages to Survive

    WICHITA, Kansas – The phrase “served by Metropolis clergy” is heard more frequently as a growing number of very small parishes struggle to survive and the number of priests diminishes over time. Holy Trinity Church finds itself in this situation. Read More

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    A Dynamic Orthodox Presence in an Atlanta Suburb

    MARIETTA, Ga. – One of the newest parishes of the Metropolis of Atlanta, Holy Transfiguration Church took root in the late 1980s in this northwestern suburb of Atlanta through the efforts of parishioners of Atlanta’s Annunciation Cathedral. The church has a major presence in this city of more than 60,000 population. Read More

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    Spreading the Word of the Lord in a DC Suburb

    LANHAM, MD. – St. Theodore Church is one of several suburban Maryland and Virginia parishes that encircle Washington; kind of like having a ringside seat in the Roman coliseum to view the gladiatorial games; only these take place within the District of Columbia arena. Read More

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    Faithful Persevere through Good and Bad Times

    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – For about 150 years, this city located midway between Pittsburgh and Cleveland, and halfway between New York and Chicago, lay in the heart of what was called the “steel belt” that stretched from Pittsburgh to Chicago. Read More

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    Community Known Locally as the Jewel in the Desert

    PHOENIX – Holy Trinity parish has come a long way from its 1920s beginnings when Arizona had been a state for less than 10 years and the capital of Arizona was still a frontier town. Read More

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    Connecticut Church Emphasizes Spiritual Renewal and Christian Education

    STAMFORD, Conn. – Christian education and spiritual renewal receive great emphasis at Archangels Church. Since arriving at the parish in 2009, Fr. Pappas has established a Christian education program for adults, along with giving great attention to sermons, Bible study, adult catechism, pre-marital and pre-baptism classes and inviting outside speakers for special events and retreats. Read More

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    Podiatric Surgeon-Priest Serves Two New York Communities

    BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – Along the New York-Pennsylvania border, lies the string of counties known as the “Southern Tier.” Binghamton (population about 48,000) and its nearby suburb of Vestal (population about 28,000), along with Endicott, were at the center of a major manufacturing center beginning in the late 1800s and continuing until the 1970s, which attracted the first Greek immigrants. Read More

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    Church Served as Pomfret Seminarians Spiritual Home

    DANIELSON, Conn. – The rural countryside of northeastern Connecticut is home to a small Greek Orthodox community that played a big part in the development of Holy Cross Seminary at nearby Pomfret, where from 1934 to 1948 the first American-born priests received their training. Read More

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    Tiny Church Strives for Big Local Presence

    DUBUQUE, Iowa – Just because a church is small in membership doesn’t mean it does not have a significant affect on the community. Read More

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    Texas Church Part of the ‘Body of Christ’ in the City with the Same Name

    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – No one knows when the first Greek Orthodox Christians may have come to this city in South Texas, even for a short while. Read More

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    Church Serves an International Congregation

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Unlike the typical Greek Orthodox parish in the United States that was founded by immigrants, Holy Cross-Sts. Constantine and Helen Church got its start through the efforts of Orthodox Christians associated with the military and nation’s space program. Read More

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    From Greece’s Mountains to the Blue Ridge Mountains

    “It’s surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains,” said Fr. Michael Diavatis, the pastor since August 2012. “It’s an absolutely gorgeous place.” Ironically, many of the first arrivals in the early 1900s came from Chios but, “now almost everyone is from Evrytania,” the mountainous region in Central Greece west of Lamia and east of Arta and Amfilohia. This explains why one of Asheville’s sister cities is Karpenisi, the main administrative center of the region. Read More