8/9-8/10 (n.s.): St. Irene Parish Feast Day

Dear Reverend Clergy and Faithful of the Holy Metropolis,  


With the blessing of Metropolitan Demetrius, we joyfully announce the upcoming celebration of our parish feast day, the commemoration of Our Venerable Mother Irene of Chrysovalantou, on 28 July/10 August. This day is one of an increased gladness for us, being the first anniversary of the celebration during which His Eminence blessed our new church building and sanctified it for the divine services of the Orthodox Church.  


St. Irene is, of course, widely known and widely venerated by the faithful, both for the example of her extraordinary holiness and for the countless miracles worked through her intercession. It is a special blessing for our Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece that the center of her worldwide devotion for a century has been and remains the sacred monastery in Lykovrisi that is under the spiritual authority of our Holy Synod. Now we are in the process of establishing a center of this sacred devotion here in our humble Church in Washington Township, Michigan, the only parish of the Holy Metropolis dedicated to St. Irene, so that our Church in North America may have its own place of pilgrimage, worship, and supplication, where to obtain the favor of our beloved saint, in her mighty intercession before the throne of the Savior.  


We invite all of our pious brethren to send us the names of their beloved living and reposed ones for commemoration at the Divine Liturgy on the day of St. Irene. There is no required or set donation for this sacred offering; let everyone give - or not give! - in accordance with his or her ability and spiritual desire. All donations, and especially your prayers on our behalf, will be gratefully received. All the faithful who submit names for commemoration will also receive portions of the apples blessed on the feast of St. Irene, as long as we have your postal address.  


Those who wish to submit their commemoration lists electronically may send them to Fr. Steven at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Donations made through the Internet, please use https://saint-irene.com/donations


Commemoration lists and donations sent by mail should be addressed to:

St. Irene of Chrysovalantou G.O.C.

3000 28 Mile Road

Washington Township, Michigan 48094 

Attn: Fr. Steven - commemorations.  


Through the intercessions of St. Irene of Chrysovalantou, may we all continue in faith, prayer, and good works, for the glory of God and the salvation of souls!  


With love in Christ,  

Steven Allen, Presbyter  

Leonidas Pittos, Presbyter  

Polychronis Ikonomou, Ikonomos  

With our Parish Brotherhood


Orthodox Awareness

The Problem of Conservative New Calendarism

A talk delivered by Fr. Maximus (Marretta) to the Inter-Orthodox Conference "Orthodoxy and Modern Ecumenism," University of Chicago, March 5/18, 2007. Read more...


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.


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

Is the GOC Insular?

Q. In considering becoming part of the GOC in America, I am getting warnings from various circles that the attitude of GOC people is that of being “walled off,” “arrogant,” “judgmental,” and “in your face” toward those not in the Genuine Orthodox Church, with accusations such as “World Orthodox” priests are “not even Christians” and the like. Could you give me your personal, realistic assessment of this dynamic and possibly refer me to an official statement on how GOC members should and do relate to and communicate with those in “World Orthodoxy”? Read more...