The Holy Spirit parish was established in 1995, when approximately 50 families desiring to foster pastoral care and an intimate spiritual experience were granted permission to operate as a mission and subsequently as an official parish of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Metropolis of Detroit.
In 1998, we entered our present location, the former South Avenue Baptist Church. Construction of an iconostasis and the placement of icons in the altar area have transformed this sanctuary into our home of Orthodox prayer and worship.
Our parish, comprised of 170 families from diverse backgrounds, is a vibrant community with many opportunities for religious education, active youth and young adult programs, warm fellowship, and a wonderful spirit of volunteerism. We are a family-centered community helping each other to live our Orthodox Faith to the fullest.
Holy Spirit GOC Mission Statement:
“Our mission is to promote the spiritual well-being of those committed to the Greek
Orthodox Faith and Traditions, and to reach out to all Orthodox Christians, converts,
partners in inter-faith marriages and the un-churched Orthodox in the greater
Rochester, New York area. The abiding purpose of the parish is to provide for full
participation in the liturgical and sacramental life of the church through worship, service,
witnessing, and community fellowship.”
The Holy Prophet Sophonias (Zephaniah); Our Righteous Father John, Bishop and Hesychast; Holy Martyrs Agapius and Seleucius; Theodore, Archbishop of Alexandria; Angelis the New Martyr; Karpos the Hieromartyr