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Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Greek Orthodox Church In Latin America Is Not Very Greek


Thousands of Orthodox Christians attended Holy Week services in Greek Orthodox churches in Central and South America this year -- but most were not of Greek descent.

It was the last thing that church leader, Metropolitan Athenagoras, was expecting. Patriarch Bartholomew I, archbishop of Constantinople and spiritual leader of the world’s 300 million Orthodox Christians, appointed Metropolitan Athenagoras as head of a newly-formed archdiocese in 1996.

The archdiocese encompasses Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Venezuela, and the Caribbean Islands.


Metropolitan Athenagoras, a Chicago native, had no intention of seeking to spread the Orthodox faith to local communities. Still, they came, and the church began to grow.

Of its 550,000 members, only 5,000 are Greek, according to Maxwell Dotson, executive director of One World One Community, a non-profit co-founded by Metropolitan Athenagoras. The vast majority are natives of that region who are seeking a spiritual identity within the transplanted Greek church. 

The Greek Orthodox Church in the archdiocese now has only three clergy members of Greek descent, of the 52 who are serving.
Metropolitan Athenagoras said the local communities were attracted to Orthodox Christianity -- its liturgy and way of worship.

"The message of the Orthodox Church is the message born out of the day of Pentecost," Metropolitan Athenagoras told HuffPost in a statement. "It was relevant then, it was relevant in the first millennium, under adverse conditions it remained relevant in the second millennium, and now as we enter the third millennium it's message of the Orthodox Church is just as relevant and it will remain so until the second and glorious coming of our lord and savior Jesus Christ."




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