The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is helping
the churches on the island of Crete and in the Dodecanese to feed
and care for the poor in their regions.
According to a June 16 press release issued by the Archdiocese,
$190,000 was raised in response to Ecumenical Patriarch
Bartholomew’s call for support those in need in Greece,
particularly those outside the
metropolitan area of Athens.
The money has been divided between the Metropolises of
Crete ($130,000) and the Metropolises of the Dodecanese,
including the Monastery of Patmos ($60,000).
The check was sent to Greece accompanied by a letter from
Archbishop Demetrios, the head of the Greek Orthodox
Archdiocese of America.
“This is an offering of love of the parishes and individuals
of our Holy Archdiocese of America, who responded to the call
for solidarity and support of the Greek people during this difficult
period, with what they could and despite the adverse economic
conditions that exist here as well,” the archbishop wrote in the letter.
In April, Demetrios hand delivered a check of $500,000 to
his Greek counterpart Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and
The Relief Fund for the People of Greece was established by the
Archdiocese in February to allow a framework for the Greek
Orthodox community of the United States to support hunger
and humanitarian relief operations in Greece.