In Christ, We Are One!
The 47th Biennial
Clergy-Laity Congress®
of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America®
Join us from June 30 - July 4, 2024 in beautiful San Diego, CA at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

Attention: Due to increased demand, our hotel block is currently full. We are working with the hotel to open up more hotel rooms, and those will be available in the coming week. Please complete your registration for the Clergy-Laity Congress, and an announcement will be made when more rooms are available. Thank you!

Welcome to the Clergy-Laity Congress

“The Clergy-Laity Congress and National Philoptochos Convention provides the delegates the opportunity to be the voice of their parishes, their families and friends. As we gather with the clergy and lay leaders from each parish, with the members of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, as well as with each organization, ministry, and institution of our sacred Archdiocese, it is vital for us to maximize this opportunity..."

- His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America

A reflection on Our theme - “In Christ, We Are One” - Part 2

There is an old saying from the first centuries of the Church: “One Christian is no Christian.” Even the hermits of our blessed Mount Athos maintain a sense of communion and involvement with the fullness of the Church. How much more should we, who experience our sisters and brothers in Christ on a regular basis!
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Learn More About Our Stay in San Diego

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina dazzles guests with spectacular views of the marina or downtown skyline.

Experience San Diego with a central location in the heart of the harbor, yet just minutes from San Diego Airport with a free shuttle.

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See What San Diego Has to Offer!

July in San Diego is a vibrant environment filled with sun-soaked days, cool ocean breezes, and endless opportunities for exploration and adventure. While you’re here, we’ve put together some of the most exciting experiences we hope you may take advantage of.

AFfiliated Organizations 

These exciting conferences are running in conjunction with this year's Clergy-Laity Congress!

Schedule of Events

* Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

Sunday, June 30

  • Synodal Divine Liturgy

    Join His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros and the members of the Holy Eparchial Synod at Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in San Diego for an uplifting service featuring choral accompaniment by the members of the National Forum of Church Musicians.

  • Opening of the Exhibit Hall

    The Clergy-Laity Exhibit Hall will open to all with an official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Sunday afternoon. Throughout the week, make sure to visit the Exhibit Hall!

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Monday, July 1

  • Joint Opening of Clergy-Laity Congress and the National Philoptochos Convention

    Delegates from the Clergy-Laity Congress and National Philoptochos Convention will join His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America and the members of the Holy Eparchial Synod for the Joint Official Opening.

  • Archdiocesan Council Committee Meetings for Delegates

    Monday is dedicated for delegates to attend meetings of the various committees of the Archdiocesan Council.

  • Moonlight on the USS Midway Welcome Dinner

    The Metropolis of San Francisco will open the first night with a huge Welcome huge in fact, it’s taking place on the USS Midway!

  • Monastic Synaxis & Midnight Vigil

    His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros will welcome monastics from across the country to open their Monastic Synaxis with a midnight vigil.

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Tuesday, July 2

  • Ministry Panels & Workshops

    Delegates will have the opportunity to attend various ministry panels and workshops on a wide variety of topics.

  • Clergy Family Reception

    His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, our Patriarchal Representatives, and the Hierarchs of the Archdiocese will attend the biennial Clergy Family Reception!

  • Free Evening for Delegates
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Wednesday, July 3

  • Divine Liturgy

    All delegates and participants of both the Clergy-Laity Congress and National Philoptochos Convention are invited to pray together at this historic Divine Liturgy.

  • Ministry Panels

    These panels and workshops feature the work of successful ministries of the Archdiocese.

  • Plenary Session

    The Plenary Session will take place on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Delegates will hear official reports from the Committees of the Archdiocesan Council and a variety of official and affiliated ministries.

  • Cyprus-Land of Embrace Concert

    Cultural event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the invasion and occupation of Cyprus.

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Thursday, July 4

  • Clergy Breakfast

    Clergy Breakfast with Archbishop Elpidophoros, Patriarchal Representatives, and the Hierarchs of the Archdiocese.

  • Ministry Panels

    Ministry Panels will continue Thursday featuring the work of successful ministries of the Archdiocese.

  • Plenary Session

    The Plenary Session will continue on Thursday afternoon.

  • Grand Banquet

    This event, specially planned by the Metropolis of San Francisco, will celebrate both our expansive Archdiocese and the amazing American Spirit!

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Register Today

Join us for the 47th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress this June 30-July 4, 2024 as "we gather to discuss how to strengthen and grow our parishes and ministries."  
47th Biennial
Clergy-Laity Congress
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America