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Family Matters

Family Matters

Special Needs Families

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Fr Alex interviews Presvytera Melanie DiStefano on the rewards and challenges of raising a special needs child. She offers observations on how parishes can welcome families with special needs and advice on how families can feel more at ease in community life.

Fr. Alexander Goussetis: Welcome to Family Matters. My name is Fr. Alex Goussetis, and our topic today is special needs parenting. We are joined by Presvytera Melanie DiStefano. Presv. Melanie received a Master of Divinity degree from Holy Cross School of Theology in 2003. She and her husband, Fr. Joseph, live in Campbell, Ohio, with their only son, Michael. Michael has a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism. Father and Presvytera serve…

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Family Matters

Have We Been Doing Family Ministry Wrong?

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Fr. Alex Goussetis talks with Steve Christoforou, well known leader in youth ministry, about how to better minister to youth and families in the Church.

Fr. Alex Goussetis: Welcome to Family Matters. My name is Father Goussetis, and we are blessed to be speaking today with Steve Christoforou. Our topic today is entitled, “Have We Been Doing Family Ministry Wrong?” Steve is well known to all of us. He is the director of Y2AM, the department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. A seminary graduate and former attorney, Steve is passionate about introducing young people to…

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