Register Now and join Thursday, 5/6 at 7pm EST as we continue the conversation with Presvytera Mallory Kasapakis and Alyssa Kyritsis the leaders of Holy Week Crafts Group for Kids. This Let’s Talk program is an interactive discussion where we will discuss their experience, how parishes can continue to build their connections together, and how Orthodox Christian Parents pass on the Faith to their Children. Join us for a very interesting discussion.
Shaped by a life of service to Christ’s Church, Fr. Christopher has dedicated himself to using all the tools God has placed at his disposal to spread the light of Orthodoxy across the United States of America and around the world. Speaker, Radio Host, Professor, Founding Father of the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN), Pastor, Leader of 12 Pilgrimages to the Holy Land and the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Author, Father, Grandfather and Defender of the Faith. As founder, host, and executive director of the Orthodox Christian Network he shepherds a dynamic and rapidly expanding ministry bringing joy, hope, and salvation in Jesus Christ to close to 1 million people a month in more than 190 countries. A nationally known radio personality, Fr. Christopher co-hosted the groundbreaking, internationally televised Epiphany Celebration of Tarpon Springs, Florida in January 2006, presided over by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and seen on the Hallmark Channel. He was also featured in a 2012 television broadcast on TLC entitled “4 Weddings.” In May 2014, he offered live English commentary from Rome via Radio Vaticana and EWTN for the worldwide televised broadcast of the historic meeting of Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Jerusalem. In November 2014, he returned to Rome to provide the English commentary on a second Radio Vaticana/EWTN worldwide televised broadcast, this time on the occasion of Pope Francis’ visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul in celebration of the Feast Day of St Andrew. He worked alongside a team of professionals from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America on these broadcasts. Currently serves as Vice President, International Association of Digital Media Orthodox Pastoral Care. Fr. Christopher holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Hellenic College of Brookline, Massachusetts, a Master of Divinity Studies Degree from Brookline’s Holy Cross School of Theology, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. His dedication to the family unit drove Fr. Christopher to be certified as a Family Mediator by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of Florida. Fr. Christopher has also studied extensively at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. He has served the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese for more than 40 years. He has held many different assignments as: Representative to the United Nations and United States Missions; Assistant Priest St. Demetrios Cathedral, Astoria, NY; Dean of the Assumption Cathedral in Denver, CO; Pastor of the Archangel Michael Church, Roslyn, NY; Pastor of the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Ft Lauderdale Florida, President of Hellenic College Holy Cross School of Theology, Dean of Admissions and Registrar of the Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology; member of the Archdiocesan Council; President of the Archdiocesan Presbyter’s Council for two consecutive terms; and council member of the Metropolis of Denver and the Metropolis of Atlanta. He also served as Vicar of the South Florida Conference from 1998-2011. In the summer of 2008, he was elevated by His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios to the rank of Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Patriarchate with the blessings of the Holy and Sacred Synod, the highest honor bestowed on a married clergyman. Fr. Christopher and his late wife, Presbytera Georgia Mitsos, have six children and four grandchildren. With the blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros and Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco he was appointed as Interim Pastor of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in San Jose, Ca in October 2021.
Alyssa Kyritsis was born and raised in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology with a Master of Divinity with High Distinction. She has served on the HCHC Alumni Council since 2016 and currently serves on its Executive Board as the Treasurer. She moved to Jacksonville in June 2014 to begin her work as the Pastoral Assistant of St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church and served there for 6.5 years before moving back to Canonsburg to be closer to family. Alyssa has served on staff and in leadership roles at Camp Nazareth (Met. of Pittsburgh), the Metropolis of Boston Camp, Ionian Village and St. Stephen’s Summer Camp (Met. of Atlanta) for various summer camps and retreats over the past 13 years. She has been a contributing author for PRAXIS Magazine and the Metropolis of Pittsburgh's Summer Camp Curriculum, interned at both the Metropolis of Pittsburgh and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Youth Offices, is a recipient of OCN’s 2017 30 under 30, and served on the Metropolis of Atlanta’s Strategic Planning Committee. In October 2015, she married the love of her life, Nikolas Kyritsis, and they joyfully welcomed their first child, Nicholas, in March 2019.