Synod Defrocks Gounaris & Ehrs, Suspends Dokos

Source: The National Herald BY THEODORE KALMOUKOS NEW YORK – The Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America during its spring meeting decided to punish Rev. James Dokos of Chicago with a one-year suspension for stealing money from a trust fund established by a parishioner in Milwaukee, WI. Dokos pleaded guilty to felony theft on February 22, admitting to stealing more than $100,000. He repaid the money, and if he stays out of trouble for a year and performs 40 … [Read more...]

“Spiritual” Courts: An Unholy Joke

Source: The National Herald BY THEODORE KALMOUKOS Analysis I had written about the so-called “Spiritual” Courts some years ago. The reason that I decided to write about the issue once again is the recent case of Rev. James Dokos, who pled guilty to embezzling funds. And entered into a differed agreement with the authorities in order to avoid imprisonment. There are two types of “Spiritual” Courts. The First Degree, which is convened on the local level at the Metropolis and the … [Read more...]

GOA Youth and Young Adult Ministries launches new crowd funding initiative

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – The Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM) has launched a new crowd funding initiative to help raise money to develop much needed youth and young adult ministry resources. Known best for its weekly video series “Be the Bee,” the Y2AM Team produces an extensive offering of digital resources for youth and young adult ministry, from videos and podcasts to blogs and Scriptural annotations, along with monthly “Be the Bee” … [Read more...]


Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America V. Rev. Dr. Nathanael Symeonides talks about the Archdiocesan Advisory Committee on Science & Technology (AACST) of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.  This video is part of the Ministry Updates series which highlights the work of the Archdiocesan Ministries, Organizations and Institutions The videos are available so that all viewers, Orthodox Christians and those from other faiths, will learn more about the work of the resources … [Read more...]

The Greek Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir

Source: The National Herald BY THEODORE KALMOUKOS NEW YORK. The year 2010 marked the establishment of the men’s Byzantine choir of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, which possesses an authentic ecclesiastical character and performs hymns solely in the Greek language. The choir was the initiative of Archbishop Demetrios. It is comprised of young Greek-Americans who possess a mastery of the Greek language and Byzantine music, being cantors at various communities of the Direct … [Read more...]

Special Tour for Special St. Nicholas Shrine (Ground Zero) Donors

Source: The National Herald BY CONSTANTINE S. SIRIGOS NEW YORK – While the dollar amount of the pledges to the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox National Shrine is impressive – $35.76 million to date – communities rooted in humble origins in homelands like Greece are still touched by in-kind contributions, and on December 21 the principals and families of the Titan Group and Corona Ready Mix received a special tour of the construction site at Ground Zero in appreciation of their donating all the … [Read more...]

Ex-Archbishop Spyridon Shares His Thoughts on the Church

Source: The National Herald BY THEODORE KALMOUKOS BOSTON, MA – Former Archbishop Spyridon of America discussed with TNH a number of serious ecclesiastical issues including the split of the Archdiocese into Metropolises, and the recent scandal of his former chancellor George Passias. The former prelate began by discussing prominent Dartmouth Professor John Rassias, who died recently in Vermont. Rassias led the committee appointed by Archbishop Spyridon for the reorganization of Greek … [Read more...]

Two New Websites Launched for Bible, Liturgical Texts

Source: Orthodox Observer NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Internet Ministries has launched two new websites as part of the new .BIBLE top level domain (TLD) initiative. The .BIBLE TLD joined .com and .org this past year as a new option for website addresses on the Internet. The websites are: and The Department of Internet Ministries is one of only a select number of key ministry partners of the American Bible Society … [Read more...]

EarthCam Tracks Continuous Progress at St Nicholas National Shrine Site

Source: Orthodox Observer NEW YORK – When the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine opens, it will also mark 100 years since the birth of a man named Buddy Cury. He is the father of Brian Cury, President and CEO of EarthCam, the global leader in delivering webcam content, technology and services. Brian Cury feels that this connection is much more than coincidence and is thrilled to now be connected to this new church and shrine. A number of months ago Cury was approached by … [Read more...]

Archbishop Demetrios of America Receives the High Title of “Geron”

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announces with great joy and gratitude to His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the elevation of the Holy Archdiocese of America to the rank of Gerontiki Eparchy (meaning an eparchy headed by a Geron/Elder hierarch) of the Ecumenical Throne in the person of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, who from now on will … [Read more...]