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10 a.m. Divine Liturgy on Sundays 

Adult Education Series - Wednesdays @ 6:30 pm

Father Brooks will lead. Classes meet Oct 22, Nov. 5th, 12th, 19th. You do not have to attend every session as each will cover a different topic. JOIN US!

The first Adult Education class (Oct.22) started with a delicious meatloaf dinner. Father Brooks then explained the idea of Purity and Danger, Sacred and Secular; this led to a wonderful discussion of how this affects our everyday lives. We hope you can join us at our next discussion group.
If you have any questions or comments please contact Father Brooks

Sunday, November 9: St. John Chrysostom Nameday Celebration

Luncheon following the Divine Liturgy. We are asking our parishioners to make their specialty an “Albanian Pie”; Lakror, Byrek, Spinach Pie, etc. or a meat dish, Qofte, etc. and "Albanian desserts”; baklava, finike, kadaif. Please send an email indicating what you are able to donate for the luncheon to

We hope everyone is able to attend church and celebrate our 83rd Anniversary!

Sunday, November 16: Sunday school outing to the Franklin Institute

(immediately following coffee hour). All invited. Tickets: Adults $10.00, Sunday school students $5.00.

Please order your tickets from Steve Coraluzzi or any Sunday school teacher. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please call Steve Coraluzzi at 610-459-0311 or email


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Click here to look at photos from the Gregory E. Costa Golf Tournament 


Welcome to our Parish

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.

Sunday School Registration - September 14th
Sunday School Registration

There's still time to register! 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. 

Church Events
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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