Welcome to Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church


The Parish Council is a body of Practicing Orthodox Christians in good sacramental standing with the Church. They are elected by members of the parish for the purpose of working together with the priest in fulfilling the goals and needs of the church. This local governing body also reflects the fundamental structure of the Orthodox Church. That is, we, as clergy and laity together, are the "People of God" seeking to the best of our human capabilities to fulfill the mission entrusted to us by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The Saint Barbara Ladies Philoptochos Society has been nationally recognized for their dedicated work and philanthropic activities. The Philoptochos promotes the charitable, benevolent and philanthropic purposes of Saint Barbara through instructional programming, lectures, seminars and other education resources. This group voluntarily aids the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, the handicapped, the victims of disasters and offers assistance to anyone who may need the help of the Church through special funds or solicitations. There is a Philoptochos Society Chapter in every Greek Orthodox Church in America.

This group led by Lou and Marie Basel, is open to all members over 50. The members numbering over 130 strong, meet once a month on Tuesdays for fellowship and a luncheon. Excursions are also scheduled throughout the year that encourage fellowship, social interaction and educational experience.

This group of elected trustees oversees the development of the endowment fund, which was established November 11, 1957. The purpose for the formation of this fund is to raise and receive funds and contributions from a variety of sources and invest these funds so that only the earned income is allowcated for supporting the religious, educational and general objectives of the community.

The American Hellenic Education Progressive Association is part of a national organization originally formed to assist the Greek immigrants in becoming an assimilated group in America. Their primary effort was geared to furthering the education of its youth. Our Chapter #98 has the distinction of fostering two Supreme Presidents, brothers Constantine P. Verinis and George J. Margoles. The AHEPA has always been a viable part of our community spawning many of its leaders. For many years, the AHEPA had the only Scholarship Program, giving four $500 scholarships annually. The annual Egg Hunt, started in 1949, has been an AHEPA tradition. Our Chapter has been a major contributor to the Church Building Fund. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month except in the summer.

Rev. Father Peter J. Orfanakos, Parish Priest
Phone: (203) 795-1347 | E-mail: | 480 Racebrook Road - Orange, Connecticut 06477
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