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

October 27, 2019

“In your patience, acquire your soul”
Luke 21:19

“If every adversary and affliction is not accompanied by patience, it will produce double agony. The reason for this is that Man’s patience distances afflictions, while faint-heartedness is the mother of anguish. Patience is the mother of consolation and strength that is born out of ampleness of the heart. It is difficult for Man to find this strength in one’s sorrows, unless it is granted as divine grace, which is found through persistent prayer and the overflowing of tears.”

Isaac the Syrian
Homily 42 (36:16)