About Us

The Orthodox Church is the original Christian Church established by Jesus Christ in A.D. 33. From that time on, the successors to the Apostles, the bishops, have maintained incorrupt this holy faith.

The Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians in America was established in the 1950's with the arrival of the ever-memorable Archimandrite Petros Astyfides (1915-1997), who later became Metropolitan of Astoria. In 1954 he founded the church of St. Markella in Astoria NY, which later became his Cathedral.

The Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of America is a part of the Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece, under His Beatitude, Archbishop Kallinikos.

In the Church of the G.O.C. in America there are now 58 parishes and missions, 6 men's monasteries and sketes, 4 convents, 7 bishops (3 retired), 72 priests (8 retired), and 21 deacons throughout North and South America.

The ruling hierarch of the Metropolis of America is His Eminence, Metropolitan Demetrius of America. His Eminence is assisted by his auxiliary bishop, His Grace, Bishop Christodoulos of Theoupolis.

The Metropolis of Toronto, whose ruling hierarch is His Eminence, Metropolitan Moses of Toronto, extends throughout southern Ontario.

The Diocese of Boston, whose ruling hierarch is His Eminence, Metropolitan Demetrius of America, extends throughout the states of New England.

The Diocese of Etna and Portland, whose ruling hierarch is His Grace, Bishop Auxentios of Etna and Portland, extends throughout the western United States which are in the Pacific and Mountain Time Zones. It also includes, in Canada, Alberta and British Columbia, as well as Alaska and Hawaii.

We invite you to visit one of our parishes or to get in contact with us if you have any questions about our Church.

A Brief History

Why we follow the Old Orthodox Calendar

Orthodox Awareness

The Calendar Question

A Classic Defense of the Old Calendar, proving it is part of the Tradition of the Church. Read more...

Missions

Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Mission, Tucson, Arizona

Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church is a beautiful mission parish near downtown Tucson, a city in southern Arizona. It was started in 1997 by Father John Bockman, who was a missionary Priest formerly serving missions in Tennessee and Massachusetts since 1990. Father John served the faithful in Tucson and the surrounding area in his home Chapel until his repose in November of 2000. His wife, Presbytera Valerie, continued to make her home Chapel available for the mission, with clergy from Saint Nectarios Orthodox Church in Seattle and His Eminence, Metropolitan Moses of Toronto (then of Portland), visiting to provide the Divine Services.

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Youth

2021 St. Xenia Camp

Greetings St. Xenia Camp family,

As previously announced, through the intercessions of St. Xenia, the prayers of so many of you, and with the blessing of Metropolitan Demetrius, St. Xenia Camp 2021 will return to Forest Acres in Fryeburg, Maine August 15-21! Given the continued impact of COVID-19, camp this year may yet be somewhat different from the past Forest Acres experiences. We are sharing this information ahead of registration so that all families can make an informed decision on whether they feel comfortable sending their camper(s) this year. [Read more...]

 

Ask A Priest

Fasting

Q. There seems to be a lot of variation in how people observe fasting, but my confessor told me to fast from oil on Wednesday and Friday. Oil is a pretty vague category, though, and I was wondering if I could get a more explicit description of what kinds of food and drink are excluded on strict fast days. Read more...