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Parish Background

In the early 1900’s, thousands of Albanians emigrated from their homeland to the United States.  As a result St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church was established in its present building in 1931 through the efforts of Fr. Mark Kondili.  Prior to that the faithful had worshipped in a Serbian Orthodox Church and even a saloon.  The present structure, built in 1848 was designed by noted architect, Napolean LeBrun who also had designed St. Peter and Paul’s Cathedral across the street.  Originally St. John’s was the “Episcopal Church of the Epiphany”.  In 1947, after incorporation, the Orthodox Community bought the building for $25,000.

In the early 50’s the annual budget was around $2000.  In 1957 English was used once a month.  During the 60’s continued growth and activity—the Sunday School had 100 students—marked St. John’s as a “community” Church.  In the 70’s the “Franklin Town” neighborhood restructuring stripped away the private homes forcing the parish to face new challenges.  In 1990, after years of Communism and the brutal suppression of the Orthodox Faith, Albanian emigration to the United States and the Philadelphia area presented St. John’s with new families.  Seemingly overnight, the aging congregation doubled with young Albanian families.

The mission thrust exists on three fronts:  the present families, the immediate neighborhood and the “New American-Albanian families.”  Although its families live throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church is a community committed to the witness of God:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit and the fullness of the Orthodox Faith in the City of Philadelphia.

Monthly Calendar and Upcoming Events

Sunday, September 21

Gregory E. Costa Golf Classic — The 25th Golf Outing*

• Tee-off starts @ 1 pm, Cocktails 4:45–5:45 pm, Dinner following

• Paxon Hollow Golf Course, 850 Paxon Hollow Rd, Media, PA

(*benefit for St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church)

For more information, contact Donna Dimitri at info@stjohnsphila. org

Dinner for those who are not golfing $35.00,
Children $20.00.
Cocktail hour 4:45 - 5:45pm. Dinner follows


Click here for calendar and other events


Sunday School Registration - September 14th

Sunday School will be resuming on September 14th. We have been working to improve how our children understand and learn about their Orthodox faith and feel that with Fr Brooks leadership and involvement our curriculum will be successful. We look forward to seeing everyone soon. September 14th is the Elevation of the Cross. We will have a procession with all of the children. 

Church Events

 10 AM Liturgy every Sunday. Come and See!

NOTE: 2014 Pledge Cards - Now Available online!




Orthodox Christian Mission Center News


Attacks Continue in Lamu District of Kenya

Last month the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) shared news of an attack on the village of Mpeketoni in the Lamu district of Kenya, where an OCMC Mission Team helped build an Orthodox church in 2006. According to the BBC, killings by the Islamist group al-Shabab continue in the region. The full article can be read at: Please keep our brothers and sisters who are under the threat of tyranny and persecution in your prayers.




OCMC News - Invest in the Future of Farmers in Albania Today!

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Portrait of Saint John Chrysostom of Antioch (Hagios Ioannis Chrysostomos)

An early Byzantine mosaic from the Cathedral of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople (modern Istanbul). The mosaic is approximately 1,000 years old.


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The Albanian Orthodox Church - Albanian Orthodoxy

† ALBANIAN ORTHODOX CHANT † Paraqitja e Zotit Krisht në Tempull † .

Orthodox Shqip-Albania
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