Pastoral Healthcare

One of the most important ministries of the Church throughout its history has been providing spiritual care to the sick. The Ecumenical Patriarchate has always being sensitive to the needs of this ministry from the years of the Byzantine Empire up until now. Its clergy are active in providing pastoral care to the ill, both on a parish level and in specialized facilities.  read more...

Pastoral Thought of the Week

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace good will toward men!”

What should be said about the peaceful outpouring of the love of Christ to mankind? Through this we are taught to no longer make war against ourselves or against others or against the angels, but to cooperate with them in divine works, according to our power, according to the Providence of Jesus, who performs all things in everyone, who brings the unutterable peace, foreordained from all eternity, and reconciles us to Himself and in Himself to the Father.
Come, therefore, let us praise with hymns of peace the Divine Peace and Source of all unification. For this is the unifying power of all that engenders and brings about the concord and coming together of all things.

St. Dionysius the Areopagite

Within the unifying spirit that emanates from the Ecumenical Throne
and the peace that Ecumenical Patriarch Batholomew proclaims to all,
I wish you many years, with health and tranquility,

Protoprsebyter Stavros Kofinas
Coordinator of the Network of the
Ecumenical Patriarchate for Pastoral Health Care