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Family Matters

Summary: Empowering Marriages and Families in the Faith - A podcast from The Center for Family Care, a Ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, focusing on equipping families to apply the teachings and practices of the Orthodox faith to every dimension of their lives.

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 Fully Human Edition: Luv, Michael and USAutism Homes Ministry Model Spotlight | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 37:06

Luv, Michael and USAutism Homes Ministry Model Spotlight: Meeting Challenges with Innovation When Dr. Lisa Liberatore was faced with an uncertain future for her teenaged son with Autism a few years ago, she, her husband, and their church family met their challenges with patience, love, and innovation resulting in the foundation of two non-profit organizations. Luv, Michael provides meaningful employment for adults with Autism, and USAutism Homes operates in partnership with the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Southampton, NY to provide alternative housing opportunities for adults on the Autism Spectrum. Presvytera Melanie speaks with Dr. Liberatore and Fr. Constantine Lazarakis who share how these ministries developed in partnership with the parish, how individuals and parish families can currently tap into their resources, and their hopes and visions of replicating these ministries throughout our country and beyond.

 Fasting Together: Keeping Peace in Our Homes | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:30

Fr Alex Goussetis speaks with dietitian and faithful Orthodox Christian Krista Fedorchak. She offers excellent suggestions on fasting practices and ideas for families to consider for the various lenten periods of the Church calendar.

 Obstacles to a Healthy Marriage | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 37:58

Fr Alex Goussetis speaks with pastor & therapist Fr Paul Jannakos on how to address and overcome the challenges that couples experience in the course of their marriage.

 Fully Human Edition: Parish Disability Family Ministry: Just Start! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:51

Presvytera Melanie speaks with Eleni Anast and Abby Vlahos, co-founders of their parish Disability Family Ministry and Fully Human Steering Committee members, about the whys, hows, blessings, challenges, and tips for supporting Orthodox Christian families with members who have disabilities.

 Spotlight on Orthodox Families: Anna and Andy Popescu | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:12

Anna and Andy talk about how having a “covid baby” was a really special experience, how they love bringing their daughter along with them everywhere and don’t necessarily feel the need for extra “one-on-one” time, how they had to learn to speak to each other in a way that the other could hear in order to overcome challenges, and how having true unconditional family love is what makes everything ok at the end of the day.

 The Beauty of Creation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 09:49

Fr Alex Goussetis highlights the creative wonder of God and how families can enjoy this Fall season together.

 Fully Human Edition: Dear Fathers and Mothers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:00

Presvytera Melanie shares an anonymous letter, a heartfelt plea from an Orthodox Christian mother to other moms, on behalf of her teenaged son on the Autism Spectrum; and, adds her own plea to the spiritual fathers, the clergy, of our church families.

 Ethics in Family Life | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:57

Fr Alex Goussetis speaks with Dr Timothy Patitsas on how our everyday decisions are impacted by our belief system. In this turbulent period in American society, where ethics are fluid and based on one's ideological perspective, how do Orthodox families apply the ethos of the church in their daily lives?

 Memory Eternal: Living with Grief as Orthodox Christians | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:16

Fr Alex Goussetis speaks with Sarah Byrne-Martelli regarding her new book, which offers insights for individuals and/or groups in addressing the issues of grief and bereavement.

 A Back-to-School Pep-Talk for Caregiving Parents - “It’s All OK” | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 14:58

Presvytera Melanie shares some lessons learned and encouragement for fellow caregivers of children with disabilities and special needs, at the onset of a new school and church year. No matter what your child's learning curve, and your own, "it's all OK."

 Book Release: Crowns of Glory & Honor - Growing Together in Christ | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 14:19

Description: Fr Alex Goussetis and Presvytera Melanie DiStefano discuss the highlights of their new book, which offers couples the opportunity to take a shared spiritual journey into the heart of marriage through a series of creative exercises. Release Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2022

 Spotlight on Orthodox Families: Fr. Michael & Pres. Maria Gavrilos | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:39

Fr. Michael and Pres. Maria discuss their meeting, how Pres. Maria did not want to end up with a priest and her gradual change of heart. They talk about being long distance in their relationship and how it helped them improve their communication skills, how their children give them a chance to work on their weaknesses, and how asking often for forgiveness helps their family.

 Fully Human Edition: A Man Born Blind Sees Great Possibilities | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:59

Presvytera Melanie speaks with seminary student Justin Heard, advocate for the blind on local and national levels. He shares how he found the Orthodox Faith, met his wife, and his hopes to help the Church get up to date by changing infrastructure roadblocks and attitudes that affect persons with disabilities. Justin hopes to serve Christ as a priest - at least the chance to test what accommodations might be needed to do so.

 Spotlight on Orthodox Families: Alex and Emily Petkas | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 34:36

Alex & Emily talk about their whirlwind romance, getting engaged 2 months after they met and married 10 months later. They discuss how Emily “accidentally” discovered Orthodoxy with a mistaken course placement, how she struggled with making it her own, and how motherhood solidified her faith. They also discuss how believing in the good intentions of the other helps them get through challenges in life and how realizing that God is present in their children, despite what they may do or not do as parents, makes parenting a little easier.

 Fully Human Edition: Asperger’s and Other Superpowers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:19

Can Asperger's Syndrome be a superpower? Meet living proof! Presvytera Melanie speaks with recent high school graduate and class valedictorian, Trevor Wallace, about the his experiences as a young person with Aspberger's, and how he sees each person as uniquely endowed with superpowers.


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