Out of Their Comfort Zone

Out of Their Comfort Zone


Do you know when the first Orthodox Christians came to Florida?  A new source shows that a ship of Orthodox Christians including a priest was in America in 1767.  Fr. Chris speaks with Polexeni “Polly” Hillier, the director of the St. Photios Shrine, to hear their brave story.  The St. Photios Shrine is an institution of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and dedicated to the memory of the first colony of Greek Orthodox people who came to America.  For more information, go to: www.stphotios.org.

Most people aren’t comfortable feeding and caring for homeless people who live on the streets.  Even though this is what Jesus wants from us, it can be terrifying.  YES North America, a ministry under FOCUS North America (Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve), offers a hands-on, safe experience to help youth get started. With Fr. Chris to share more information is Katrina Bitar, the Director of YES NA.  Go to www.yesnorthamerica.org for more information.

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About author

Fr. Chris Metropulos

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 America. As Founding Father and host of the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) and the “Come Receive The Light” national Orthodox Christian radio program, he shepherds a dynamic and rapidly expanding ministry bringing joy, hope, and salvation in Jesus Christ to millions of listeners on Internet and land-based radio around the world in more than 130 countries. Fr. Christopher is the former President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Parish Priest of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.