Below, you will find a comprehensive listing of the latest news, articles, video, and other content on the official website of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
  • Archbishop Elpidophoros Interview with BBC about Hagia Sophia

    Orthodox Observer

    July 13, 2020

    This weekend, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros was interviewed by the BBC’s Julian Marshall concerning the conversation of Hagia Sophia into a mosque. Below is a transcript of the interview. Read More

  • Official Statement of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)

    GOARCH Affiliates and Organizations

    July 13, 2020

    We need to work together to convince President Erdogan not to convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque in Istanbul. Hagia Sophia was built as a Church and a pride of Greek Orthodox Church which commands the loyalty of Greek Orthodox Christians counting some 300 million in Greece, Turkey and around the world. Russian Orthodox Church which is a splinter of Greek Orthodox continues to jointly have a sacred sentiment for Hagia Sophia. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son - Week 5: Sun, Moon, & Stars

    Center for Family Care

    July 13, 2020

    It's time to Soak up the Son! This week we learn how God formed the sun, moon, and stars. Read More

  • The Conversion of Saint Sophia Into a Mosque: A Personal Reflection

    Orthodox Observer

    July 13, 2020

    The Muslim President Erdogan struck a terrible blow to our beloved Ecumenical Patriarchate, to World Orthodoxy and Christianity in general by converting Agia Sophia into a functioning mosque. I am personally deeply saddened by the Turkish government’s decision. Read More

  • His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Congratulatory Remarks at Saint Demetrios High School

    Messages

    July 11, 2020

    What a year this has been for all of us, and especially for you, the proud graduating class of the Saint Demetrios High School. I want to say how proud I am, of how each of you – students, parents, teachers and administration – has contributed to the completion of this extraordinary school year. Allow me to mention your class Valedictorian: Athanasios Karageorge, and your class Salutatorians: Theodora Mitsakis and George Tsiros. Read More

  • THE HOLY EPARCHIAL SYNOD OF THE GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA

    Holy Eparchial Synod

    July 11, 2020

    We, the Members of the Holy Eparchial Synod of Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, under the presidency of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, write to you in the power of the Holy Spirt in these anguished days when the Great Church of Christ, the Patriarchal Cathedral of Holy Wisdom, Ἁγία Σοφία, institutionalized for the past ninety years as a museum and world cultural monument, has been re-converted into a mosque. This egregious and unnecessary action has gravely wounded all Orthodox Christians, indeed all Christians around the world and all people of faith and good will. Read More

  • Archbishop Elpidophoros Visits Local Police Precinct

    Orthodox Observer

    July 9, 2020

    New York, NY – Today, July 9, 2020, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America visited his local Police station, the 19th Precinct, which covers the neighborhood of the Archdiocese, and dialogued with Captain Kathleen Walsh and members of the force, including three Greek- Americans, Officers Stephan Koustoubardis, Irene Prentzas and Panagiotis Koutsoudilakis Read More

  • Communique of the Holy Eparchial Synod

    Ecumenical Patriarchate News Release

    July 8, 2020

    The Holy Eparchial Synod met today in an extraordinary video conference at the invitation of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros with an exclusive objective to discuss the recent public debate on an official proposal to change the pension program of the Hierarchs. Read More

  • 45th Biennial Virtual Clergy-Laity Congress Agenda

    GOARCH Administration

    July 8, 2020

    The 45th Biennial Virtual Clergy-Laity Congress will be held on September 9 & 10 beginning at 12:00 p.m. EST. Parishes that have not already responded are kindly asked to name their delegates to the Congress by visiting https://j.mp/parish2020. Read More

  • Are We Ready? Thoughts and Concerns Regarding the Future

    Ecumenical Patriarchate News Release

    July 8, 2020

    The novel coronavirus has brought an overwhelming strain on public health systems throughout the world, causing physical and emotional pain to millions. It has jolted the world’s economy, bringing on poverty and sparking a global hunger crisis. It has aroused untamable fear and paranoia, causing unprecedented political, social and religious contention, together with rioting, killings, and domestic violence. What overshadows all of this is the uncertainty of when it will all end. Read More

  • Archbishop Elpidophoros Supports the Urgent Work of the Archdiocese Benefits Committee

    GOARCH Administration

    July 6, 2020

    Today, July 6, 2020, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America reiterated his support of the Archdiocese Benefits Committee (ABC) as they develop a strategy for providing retirement benefits to Clergymen and Lay Employees of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The ABC is a separate entity led by members who are principally elected by the clergy for the purpose of managing existing benefit plans and adopting new ones. Read More

  • Hellenic Film Society USA Presents Virtual Greek Film Festival

    GOARCH Affiliates and Organizations

    July 6, 2020

    The Hellenic Film Society USA (HFS) announced the first-ever virtual Greek film festival in the US, to be held July 10-20, 2020. Audiences across the country will have the opportunity to stream ten quality, entertaining Greek films to their devices throughout the US. For many of the films, it will be their US premiere. In addition, virtual interviews with directors of the films are also planned. Read More

  • Resources for Virtual Summer Camps and Vacation Church Schools

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    July 6, 2020

    The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announces a new website offering critical resources for "virtual" Summer Camp and Vacation Church School programs. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son - Week 4: Earth, Seas, & Plants

    Center for Family Care

    July 6, 2020

    It's time to Soak Up the Son! This week we are learning about how God formed the earth, seas, and plants on the third day of creation! Read More

  • His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Matthew

    Homily

    July 5, 2020

    I am delighted to be with the Kimisis community of Poughkeepsie this morning, and experience your faith and your devotion as we continue to reopen our churches. We do so still exercising great caution and abundant concern for the well being of our faithful. Read More

  • College Scholarship Awarded To Outstanding Greek Orthodox Scout

    GOARCH Affiliates and Organizations

    July 5, 2020

    The Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting (EOCS) is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Schisler has been awarded a scholarship of $1000. She was selected from a nationwide group of outstanding applicants who had already received both the highest award of their Scout organization (Eagle or Gold, for the Scouting BSA and Girl Scouts of the USA programs, respectively) and the highest Eastern Orthodox Christian Scouting religious award, the Alpha Omega medal. 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

  • The Akathist Hymn by Eikona

    Audio

    July 2, 2020

    The Akathist Hymn is a Service of the Orthodox Church that invites the faithful to rejoice in the unique and sublime role the Virgin Mary played in the salvation of mankind. Read More

  • The Service of the Small Paraklesis (Intercessory Prayer) to the Most Holy Theotokos

    Audio

    July 2, 2020

    The service of Paraklesis is chanted to the Theotokos by those whose souls are in distress or sorrow. It is also chanted during the first 14 days of August leading up to the Dormition of the Theotokos. Read More

  • Department of Greek Education Announces the Launch of Online Learning Tool StaEllinika

    Department of Greek Education

    July 1, 2020

    The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Department of Education is pleased to announce the launch of StaEllinika, a Greek Language learning platform, available to schools and language programs of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The Program is developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs of Greece and the SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and is supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Read More