The Holy Metropolis of America, for over a decade has sanctioned an annual Youth and Family Conference. Every fall one of the parishes of our Metropolis hosts the event. This year, with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Demetrius, the conference was held in NY for the second time since its inception in 2005. The goal of the conference is to encourage the faithful to come together, in a spirit of brotherhood, to talk and learn about our Faith. One aspect that we hope was learned this year, is to continue to “live” Orthodoxy in the world.
From Toronto to Edmonton in Canada and from Florida to California in the U.S., both cradle orthodox and converts alike, came to listen to and ask questions of our Hierarchs, His Eminence Metropolitan Demetrius of America and His Eminence Metropolitan Moses of Toronto, and our priests, Archimandrite Fr. Agathangelus (Chancellor of the Metropolis of America), Protopresbyter Fr. Kleanthis Korkotas (St. Isidoros), Fr. Nicholas Chernjavsky (Holy Ascension), Fr. Nicholas Seregos (St. Isidoros), and Protopresbyter Fr. Theodore Giannakopoulos (St. Markella). Fr. Deacon Alexander (Dormition) and Fr. Deacon Paraskevas (St. Nectarios) were also in attendance.
This years conference was held jointly by the Cathedral of St. Markella in Astoria and Saint Isidoros in Bethpage on Long Island. Although the conference was set up with very short notice, over one hundred faithful attended. We hope that all, both Clergy and Laity alike, left feeling spiritually strengthened and edified.
As this years’ organizing committee we would like to extend our sincere thanks to:
His Eminence Metropolitan Demetrius of America
His Eminence Metropolitan Moses of Toronto
All The Clergy in attendance
All the Attendees
And our great appreciation to:
Saint Markellas’ Cathedral
Saint Isidoros Church
L.I.U Post campus
Maria and Eleni Tsamblakou
Eleftherios & Penelope Spanos
Louie’s Oyster Bar & Grille, Port Washington
Northwell Health Ice Center
Telly’s Greek Taverna
LaGuardia Plaza Hotel
Please join us for the 2017 Family and Youth Conference in Concord, NH!
Below, please find a sampling of photos from the conference. For more photos, please visit this link.
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