In this sweeping history, Alexander Kitroeff shows how the Greek Orthodox Church in America has functioned as much more than religious institution, becoming the focal point in the lives of the country’s million-plus Greek immigrants and their descendants. Assuming the responsibility of running Greek-language schools and encouraging local parishes to engage in cultural and social activities, the church became the most important Greek American institution and shaped the identity of Greeks in the United States. Kitroeff digs into these traditional activities, highlighting the American church’s dependency on the “mother church,” the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople, and the use of Greek language in the Sunday liturgy.
Today, as this rich biography of the church shows us, Greek Orthodoxy remains in between the Old World and the New, both Greek and American.
Alexander Kitroeff is Professor of History at Haverford College. He is author of numerous books, including, most recently, The Greeks and the Making of Modern Egypt. Follow him on Twitter @Kitro1908.

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