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

July 13, 2014
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 4th Ecumenical Council

The beginning and end of Christian leadership

“The beginning and end of Christian leadership is to give your life for others… Real martyrdom means a witness that starts with the willingness to cry with those that cry, laugh with those that laugh, and to make one’s own painful and joyful experiences available as sources of clarification and understanding.

Who can save a child from a burning house without taking the risk of being hurt by the flames? Who can listen to a story of loneliness and despair without taking the risk of experiencing similar pains in his own heart and even losing his precious peace of mind? In short: “Who can take away suffering without entering it”.

The great illusion of leadership is to think that man can be led out of the desert by someone who has never been there.”

Henri J.M. Nouwen
The Wounded Healer
Image Books Doubleday, 1979, p.72