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.

  • Open House Invitation - Christmas 2022

    News Release

    November 30, 2022

    Dear Reverend Clergy, Parish Council Members, and Parishioners, As we continue on our journey towards the Birth of Our Savior, it brings me great joy to invite you all, on behalf of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, to our Christmas Open House on Wednesday, December 21, 2022, at our Holy Archdiocese of America Headquarters. Read More

  • Fourth Centennial Pilgrimage to Istanbul, Holy Land, Jordan Commences

    Orthodox Observer

    November 28, 2022

    Today, November 28, 2022, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America arrived in Istanbul with GOARCH pilgrims for the Fourth Centennial Pilgrimage of 2022. His Eminence will also participate in today’s meeting of the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Read More

  • Last Night’s Soup Run

    Orthodox Observer

    November 23, 2022

    It was an extraordinarily special evening of serving, listening and talking with our guests on 31st St. in Manhattan during last night’s Soup Run. Extraordinary - because we distributed 150 hot meals, 115 sandwiches, 130 toiletry kits— the most we’ve served in 16 years of the Soup Run. Extraordinary— because we were blessed to have His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros with us. Read More

  • SUNDAY SERMON SERIES, 13th Sunday of Luke, November 27

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    November 23, 2022

    This week, find insights about the upcoming Gospel reading where Jesus tells the rich young ruler the one thing he lacked. What did he desire after all? Read More

  • New Leadership For Metropolis Missions And Evangelism Ministry

    News Release

    November 23, 2022

    The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco Missions and Evangelism Ministry (MEM) has a new leadership team. Rev. Father Gerasimos “Jerry” Markopoulos and Mr. Kenny Scott will be serving as co-leads of this ministry, working collaboratively to further this important initiative for the growth of our faith and the establishment of new parishes. Read More

  • Young Adult Fall Retreat Focuses on Wellness of Mind, Body, and Soul

    News Release

    November 23, 2022

    Over 55 young adults gathered for the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco Young Adult Fall Retreat held at Saint Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center in Dunlap, CA over the weekend of November 4 – 6, 2022. Participants came from throughout the Metropolis of San Francisco, as well as from Florida, Maine, and Utah. Read More

  • YAL San Diego 2022 - Another Shining Success

    News Release

    November 22, 2022

    What happens when 585 young adults from 33 states COMMIT to their faith, vocation and life? They form a powerful force that will lead our church and preserve our faith for generations to come! COMMIT was the theme for the 2022 Young Adult League (YAL) Conference hosted by the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco over Labor Day weekend in San Diego, California. Read More

  • NEW VICARS FOR THE ARCHDIOCESAN DISTRICT RECEIVE ARCHBISHOP’S BLESSING

    News Release

    November 22, 2022

    On Tuesday, November 22, 2022, two new Vicars for the Archdiocesan District visited the Archdiocese for an Archpastoral blessing upon their new assignments: Read More

  • Fanari Camp Celebrates 50 Years!

    GOA News Release

    November 22, 2022

    On Sunday, October 9, 2022, nearly 450 campers, staff and friends gathered to celebrate FIFTY years of their beloved Fanari Camp. Through the efforts of the 50th Anniversary committee and the support of many sponsors, donors and those who attended, it was an amazing evening. Read More

  • Archiepiscopal Encyclical for Thanksgiving - 2022

    Encyclical

    November 22, 2022

    Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The wonderful American National Day of Thanksgiving is a moment when our entire society pauses, to give thanks to God for the blessings we have found in the New World. To acknowledge this connection to the Divine, President John F. Kennedy issued Proclamation 3560 on November 5, 1963, which said: “Over three centuries ago, our forefathers in Virginia and in Massachusetts, far from home in a lonely wilderness, set aside a time of thanksgiving. On the appointed day, they gave reverent thanks for their safety, for the health of their children, for the fertility of their fields, for the love which bound them together, and for the faith which united them with their God.” Read More

  • Fr. Elias Pappas to Begin as Assistant Priest at St. Paul's Cathedral in Hempstead

    Orthodox Observer

    November 22, 2022

    On November 10, 2022, Rev. Presbyter Elias Pappas received the Archbishop’s blessing at the Archdiocese upon his new assignment to St. Paul’s Cathedral in Hempstead, NY as the “Efemerios,” or Assistant Priest. Read More

  • Med-Professionals President Visits GOARCH, Presents Award Recognizing Covid-19 Relief Fund

    Orthodox Observer

    November 22, 2022

    On Friday, November 18, HIs Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros received Ms. Eleni Chovri, President of Med-Professionals, at the Archdiocese. Ms. Chovri presented His Eminence with an honorary plaque in recognition of the assistance the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America provided to the community through its Covid-19 Relief Fund. Read More

  • Deacons Retreat Held in Metropolis of San Francisco

    News Release

    November 22, 2022

    The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco offered a Deacons Retreat at Saint Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center in Dunlap, CA from October 28 – 30, 2022. The retreat welcomed Deacons and Diaconal Candidates, and some of their spouses, who spent over two days in fellowship while gaining valuable information and insight into the important role of the Diaconate and how this ministry is beneficial to our parishes and the overall Church. Under the direction of His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos, this retreat was designed to provide training to enhance the ministry of the Deacons, as well as provide a basis for Diaconal candidates studying at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA. Read More

  • Cyber Monday on Orthodox Marketplace

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    November 21, 2022

    One day only, November 28th, 2022, shop and receive 20% off sitewide. Find religious gifts and books for sale for you and your loved ones. Sale items include icons, prayer books, bibles, children’s books, Light & Life publications, and more. Mark your calendars! Read More

  • Homily at Divine Liturgy on the Forefeast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple

    Homily

    November 20, 2022

    Beloved sisters and brothers in the Lord, I am so very happy to be with you for this Divine Liturgy, in which we also celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of your parish. Especially in this centennial year of our Sacred Archdiocese of America as the premier Eparchy in the Diaspora of the Holy Mother Church of Constantinople, I have been privileged to be present at a number of events for parishes that share this anniversary. And now, by the grace of God, and the intercessions of your Heavenly Patron, I have this wonderful opportunity today. Read More

  • Greeting At the Celebratory Banquet for the Fortieth Anniversary of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church (Egg Harbor, NJ)

    News Release

    November 20, 2022

    The Church constantly calls us to the present moment, so that we fully experience the life in Christ as a living, vibrant reality. And that is what Holy Trinity is tonight: a living, vibrant reality. Our celebration tonight is an occasion where we can dive deeply into the experience of this parish – remembering the good and recalling the challenges and how they were overcome. It is a moment when we embrace all of our brothers and sisters in the same love, with which God loves us. A love that remembers no wrongs and wants only what is best for the beloved. A love that gives of itself without demand for a reciprocal reward. A love that binds the community together at its most fundamental reality – the Body of Christ. Read More

  • Homily At the Service of Great Vespers, Holy Trinity Church (Egg Harbor, NJ)

    Homily

    November 19, 2022

    Your Grace, beloved Brother in Christ, Bishop Apostolos of Medeia, Dear Fathers and Brethren in the Lord, Beloved Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Tonight, we rejoice with renewed enthusiasm at this Great Vespers, because we are also celebrating the fortieth anniversary of your parish, which is dedicated to the Most Holy Name of the Holy Trinity. We commence here with prayer, and we will continue afterward in the church hall with a festive meal and celebration. Read More

  • Introductory Remarks at Archons Symposium, Cherry Hill, NJ

    Archons

    November 19, 2022

    Your Grace and Reverend Fathers, Dr. Cary J. Limberakis, Archon Aktouarios and Regional Commander, Professor Papademetriou, Archon Didaskalos tou Genous, and our Presenter today, Beloved and Esteemed Archons, Being with the Order of Saint Andrew is always an appealing prospect for me. And today’s presentation and presenter are especially engaging, in light of the One Hundredth Anniversary Year of our Sacred Archdiocese as the premier Eparchy of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in the Diaspora. Read More

  • GREETING By His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the 68th Chrysanthemum Ball

    Archdiocese Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

    November 19, 2022

    I am delighted to be with you once again for this wonderful tradition of the Chrysanthemum Ball. Our Sisters of Philoptochos have outdone themselves tonight, as we enjoy this fellowship and communal celebration. Read More

  • Archbishop Welcomes Prefect of Western Macedonia, Delegation from Prefecture of Epirus to GOARCH

    Orthodox Observer

    November 18, 2022

    On Thursday, November 17, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros welcomed Mr. Georgios Kasapidis, Prefect of Western Macedonia, and Mr. S. Kellidis, Councilor of the region, to the Archdiocese. Read More