Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church & National Shrine.
Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church & National Shrine.
Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church & National Shrine.
Camp Saint Paul
Metropolis of Boston Camp
St. Stephen’s Camp
Metropolis of Detroit Camp
Metropolitan Savas at Camp Nazareth
Fanari Camp
Nefeli Papadakis - Tokyo Olympics 2020 - Metropolis of Chicago

Saint Nicholas at Ground Zero – A Shrine for the Nation

Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church & National Shrine

Beloved Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

When we speak of our rebuilt Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at Ground Zero as a National Shrine, we mean more than an institution only of, and only for, our national Archdiocese of America. Like the Saint Photios National Shrine in St. Augustine, Florida, it is noteworthy that the Saint Nicholas Shrine will, in part, commemorate Greek immigration to the United States. Saint Photios remembers the first Greeks who arrived in the New World, and Saint Nicholas will commemorate the mass immigrations of Greeks who came by the Statue of Liberty, through Ellis Island, and finally to Lower Manhattan where the first stop was the little Church at 155 Cedar Street to light a candle in thanksgiving, the little Church that perished on 9/11. This aspect of the Greek immigrant story will be a vital part of the presence and ministry of Saint Nicholas, and we see this as an ongoing, living history project.

But when we call Saint Nicholas a “National Shrine,” we also mean that Saint Nicholas is a Shrine for the Nation, the whole of the American People. The architecture, shape, adornments and dedicated space atop Liberty Park at 130 Liberty Street come together to form more than a Greek Orthodox Parish Church – the Ναός, as we say in Greek. The Shrine has a meaning and a purpose that embraces – through the tragedy and rebirth following September Eleventh – the totality of the American People. read more

Message from the Friends of St. Nicholas

Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church & National Shrine

Dear Supporters and Friends of the St. Nicholas National Shrine,

As we approach the Twentieth Anniversary of the 9/11, The Friends of St. Nicholas want to acknowledge the inspiring leadership of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, the amazing constancy of Father Alexander Karloutsos, and the devoted faithfulness of our fellow Friends of St. Nicholas. Together with visionaries from across the Church, we have achieved in eighteen months nothing less than a miracle – the resurrection of Saint Nicholas at Ground Zero. As we prepare for the completion of the exterior of the Shrine in time for the anniversary, and the blessing to be bestowed by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on November 2nd of this year, we count our blessings that we have been graced to be part of this mission.

With the renewed vigor that has accompanied the two-year ministry of the Archbishop, and with the truly extraordinary efforts by Father Alex and the Friends, we have crossed the threshold of being able to complete the Shrine. It is a miracle, a genuine triumph of faith, that we have raised the funds necessary to construct the Church and, so far, have raised approximately half of the REQUIRED $20 million endowment. We will not rest until the entire endowment is raised. Every contribution, both large and small, will be applied to this effort of endowing this National Ministry of the Church, so that its service to our Archdiocese, the United States, and the world will be ensured for all the generations to come. read more

Our Camps Our Back!

Camp Saint Paul

Summer Camps throughout the Archdiocese have begun their programs both in person and online. Every Metropolis as well as Ionian Village are gearing up for a summer full of faith, friendships and FUN!

A message from Father Elias Villis, Director of Camp Saint Paul (D.A.D Summer Camping Ministry):

“With the blessing and love of our Father and Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, we were blessed with an amazing week one at Camp Saint Paul. Couldn’t ask for a better group of staff, clergy and campers to help start us up after a long and difficult year! Glory be to Jesus Christ!”

Metropolis of Boston Camp

Metropolis of Boston Camp

The Metropolis of Boston Camp prepares for its first week of SUMMER CAMP 2021! Joined by His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios, the staff prayed at the Divine Liturgy for a safe, healthy and faith filled summer!

St. Stephen's Summer Camp

St. Stephen's Camp.

St. Stephen’s, the Summer Camp ministry of the Metropolis of Atlanta, has completed their first week of fun, faith-filled programming.

Metropolis of Detroit Summer Camp

Metropolis of Detroit Camp

The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Detroit Summer Camp (MDSC) has concluded its teen week, called Week Zero! Now, they start their first regular camp program week.

Metropolitan Savas Visits Camp Nazareth

Metropolitan Savas at Camp Nazareth

Metropolitan Savas visited his campers and staff members during Week One of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh Summer Camp at Camp Nazareth!

Metropolis of Chicago Launches Summer Programs

Fanari Camp

The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago has successfully launched its popular summer camping ministry, Fanari Camp, again in 2021. New this summer is a program especially for High School Seniors, Lighthouse Chicago!

Greek American Judoka Qualifies for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Nefeli Papadakis - Tokyo Olympics 2020 - Metropolis of Chicago

The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago congratulates Greek American judoka, Nefeli Papadakis for qualifying to represent Team USA at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo! Papadakis grew up in Gurnee, Illinois and is the daughter of Steve and Lilibeth Papadakis. She has been competing in judo since she was five years old.

When the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee asked her who her role model was and why, Papadakis responded that her Yiayia and Papou are among them.

"They both were immigrants (to the USA) who didn’t grow up rich or entitled by any means. They came up from nothing and made the most with what they had, and they worked extremely hard in the process. They taught me a bunch of lessons, but definitely instilled in me to always remember where I came from and to never give up on myself," she expressed.

Papadakis has already traveled to 25 countries and says that Greece is her favorite and loves Greek food - especially souvlaki! Her most memorable competition was finishing fifth at the 2015 Cadet World Championships in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Metropolis of Chicago requests all to join them in praying for the safety and success of Nefeli Papadakis as she competes in judo at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Future Leadership 100 Conferences

31st Annual Leadership 100 Conference

FEBRUARY 10-13, 2022

The Ritz Carlton
Naples, Florida

February 9, 2022 – Executive Committee and Board of Trustees Meetings.


32nd Annual Leadership 100 Conference

FEBRUARY 9-12, 2023

The Phoenician
Scottsdale, Arizona

February 8, 2023 – Executive Committee and Board of Trustees Meetings.

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