Unknown Status of Greek Churches in Haiti

Haitian_churchThere are two Greek Orthodox parishes in Haiti under the Metropolis of Mexico. The first is the parish of St. John the Baptist in Pétionville, a district in the capital of Port-au-Prince. The second is the newly established parish of St. Mathias. Due to the severed communications, the Metropolis of Mexico has not been able to establish contact with the parishes until now.

The condition of the two Greek churches of Hati is still unknown. There are strong fears that they may have been damaged, as were most of the buildings from the biblical earthquake.

Archbishop Demetrios immediately issued an encyclical calling upon the faithful of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America to pray for the safety, health and well being of all the people of Haiti and in particular the Greek Orthodox faithful there.

In his encyclical to the parishes of the Archdiocese, the Archbishop also calls for all parishes “to conduct a special collection on Sunday, January 17 as a response of compassion to the needs of the people of Haiti.”

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America said, “Our thoughts and prayers are now with the people of Haiti”.


  1. 9 months later, still no updates.
    I am a Greek Orthodox Christian in Long Island, NY. I go to St. Paul’s Cathedral in Hempstead. I am Haitian. I am very upset and disappointed that there is no connection and bond between The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the only 2 very small churches in Haiti. Is it not the responsibility of the Church and the GOAA to gather the children of God throughout the world and unite them under one faith. And especially reach out to the poor and needy. I think Haiti and the Greek Orthodox faithful in Haiti have been neglected too much, for too long. We need more than a special collection and “thoughts and prayers” from the leaders of GOAA. We need you to really care about the less fortunate and prove it. Please feel free to contact me if I can assist you in any way. [email protected] Thank you for your attention in this matter.


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