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.
  • I.T., Internet Ministry Departments Help Families with Internet Safety

    Orthodox Observer

    March 26, 2017

    The spiritual focus of departments within the Church can take different forms in order to enhance the spiritual dimension of its overall mission. That certainly applies to the Archdiocese Departments of Information Technology and Internet Ministries, both under the supervision of Theo Nicolakis, the chief information officer for the Archdiocese, As a Holy Cross School of Theology graduate, he also has the ability to connect with people on both a practical and spiritual level. Read More

  • In Memoriam: Fr. George C. Massouras

    Orthodox Observer

    March 25, 2017

    PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. - Fr. George Constantine Massouras, the first priest to be ordained by newly arrived Archbishop Iakovos in 1959, died March 25. He was 83 and served as a priest 46 years until his retirement in 2006. Read More

  • Starter Meals for Fasting Seasons

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    March 24, 2017

    Here are some more meal ideas to help carry you through fasting seasons, courtesy of Rita Madden. Read More

  • Nourishing Body and Soul: Tips and Tricks for Meal Planning During a Fast

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    March 24, 2017

    During certain fasting periods and on most Wednesdays and Fridays, the Orthodox Church guides us to abstain from meat, dairy products, oil and wine. Here are a few recipes and menu inspirations that can be adapted as needed according to the Church’s practices and your fasting plan. For a complete fasting calendar, visit goarch.org/chapel. Read More

  • To Eat or Not to Eat? How Is the Question

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    March 24, 2017

    As Orthodox Christians, we have our own private nutrition consultant. The Physician of our souls and bodies inspired the liturgical calendar that outlines our plan for when to fast and when to feast and prescribes for us food to care for both body and soul alike. Read More

  • Remarks of Archbishop Demetrios for Greek Independence 2017

    Press Office

    March 24, 2017

    Following a tradition established many years ago, we have the distinct honor and special privilege to be once again at the White House on the occasion of the celebration of the Greek Independence Day. We are deeply grateful as the Greek Orthodox American community for such recognition of our people and for your kindness to sign the Proclamation that pays tribute to the historic 1821 Greek Revolution, a revolution that led to the liberation of Greece, after four bitter centuries under the painful occupation and rule of the Ottoman Empire. Read More

  • Greek Independence Day Dinner at the Blair House

    Press Office

    March 24, 2017

    WASHINGTON – The White House Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, hosted yesterday, March 23, 2017, at Blair House a reception and dinner for about 70 invited guests, on the occasion of Greek Independence Day and in honor of Archbishop Demetrios of America. Vice President Mike Pence, made a surprise appearance shortly after the beginning of the dinner. The Vice President praised the Greek American Community in the United States and reminisced of his visit last year with Archbishop Demetrios at the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in New York. Archbishop Demetrios in his response thanked the Vice President for honoring the Greek American community with his presence. Read More

  • Days that Remember: Feasts, Memory and Faith

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    March 24, 2017

    Live in the present! It’s a panacea for stress that resounds from virtually all corners of our culture. Yet anyone who has tried to put this advice into practice finds the task all but impossible. Even if we manage to still the distractions of our minds, the present is inconceivably finite, a point recognized long before modernity. Read More

  • Fasting: Is It Really Necessary?

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    March 24, 2017

    Over the years, many people have asked me what the Church’s fasting requirements are during Great Lent. Some questioned the value of this ancient practice, and others looked at it with intimidation as they found themselves unable to keep the fast in its strictest forms. As you can imagine, I have spent countless hours trying to explain the tradition of fasting and convince others of its value, dissuade them from looking at it in a legalistic manner and guide them to a proper view of the fast so that it may bear spiritual fruits in them. Read More

  • Facebook as a Lenten Discipline : An Orthodox Pilot Study

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    March 24, 2017

    Over the last few years, clergy and others have begun preaching about restricting one’s use of technology, encouraging a “technology fast” as a Lenten discipline. The goal of fasting and ascetic discipline during Lent is “to make us conscious of our dependence upon God,” as Metropolitan Kallistos Ware writes. Limiting our use of electronic devices to break our dependence on (or even addiction to) technology and focus instead on our interior life, even for a short period, has entered a new awareness within the context of fasting. But are people changing their use of technology in real ways? Is their use of technology affecting the way they observe Great Lent? Read More

  • Cathedral in Atlanta Raises $11,500 for Humanitarian Relief in Greece, Cyprus

    National Philoptochos Society

    March 23, 2017

    It has been five years since National Philoptochos announced its Appeal for the Welfare of the People of Greece. The severe economic crisis not only caused food shortages and lack of housing, but also affected the spiritual and emotional welfare of our brothers and sisters in Greece and Cyprus. Read More

  • Archiepiscopal Encyclical for the Feast of the Annunciation and the Day of Greek Independence

    Archbishop Demetrios

    March 22, 2017

    Today, as we celebrate the blessed and holy Feast of the Annunciation, we hear the words of the Archangel announcing the good news of the coming of the Son of God for our salvation. We hear the response of the Virgin Mary in praising God and committing herself to His divine will. We hear a witness of her faith in God as she proclaims, My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden…. For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. (Luke 1:47-49) Read More

  • Restoration of Jesus’ Tomb Completed

    Orthodox Observer

    March 22, 2017

    The restored tomb in which Jesus’ body had been interred after his crucifixion was unveiled in an official ceremony on March 22 at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City. Read More

  • Public Schedule of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Mar. 21 - April 2, 2017

    Schedule

    March 21, 2017

    Public Schedule of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Mar. 21 - April 2, 2017 Read More

  • Office of Development

    GOARCH Department

    March 21, 2017

    The Office of Development is a ministry created as a response to Christ’s call to bring people closer to the Church, through raising funds for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. Inspired to be the voice of Christ in a changing world, we invite all to share their God given gifts gratefully, responsibly, joyfully and charitably to build the Kingdom of God. Read More

  • His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to Attend the Inauguration of Restored Sacred Edicule

    Press Office

    March 21, 2017

    NEW YORK – According to an announcement from the Ecumenical Patriarchate, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, at the brotherly invitation of His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem, has travelled to Jerusalem to attend the festivities and opening ceremony of the Sacred Edicule of the Holy Sepulchre following the completion of its restoration and renovation. Read More

  • HCHC Seniors’ Get-Acquainted Visit to Headquarters

    Orthodox Observer

    March 19, 2017

    NEW YORK – Eighteen Masters of Divinity seniors from HCHC took part in the annual seminars and orientation at Archdiocese headquarters in mid-February where they heard presentations from the various department heads and representatives of auxiliary organizations of the Church. Read More

  • In Memoriam: Christine S. Karavites

    Orthodox Observer

    March 19, 2017

    QUINCY, Mass. - Christine Sophia Karavites, one of the Church’s most effective and accomplished lay leaders, died peacefully March 19 after a long battle with cancer. Read More

  • Honored in Jerusalem

    Orthodox Observer

    March 19, 2017

    Fr. Alexander Karloutsos, assistant to Archbishop Demetrios for public affairs and protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, was bestowed with the Cross of the Order of Holy Sepulchre by Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem in a ceremony at the patriarchate March 19. Read More