Welcome to the St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Saint George is an historic Cathedral located in downtown Philadelphia, under the spiritual auspices of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople, in the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey, of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Built by the famous - of his time - architect John Haviland in 1821, served at the beginning, and for almost 100 years, as an Episcopal Church. In 1922 the Church was acquired by the Greek Orthodox Community of Philadelphia for its own spiritual needs, and in few years was elevated to the rank of the Cathedral, by Archbishop Athenagoras of North and South America, and later Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. The Cathedral of Saint George is the mother Church of all the seven surrounding newly established Greek Orthodox Communities in the greater Philadelphia area.
For the last 91 years, the Cathedral of Saint George has served not only the Greek-American members, but as

well all the faithful members of the Eastern Orthodox jurisdictions in the area, by providing an environment of Orthodox Christian worship, religious learning and Hellenic culture, where traditions are proudly cherished. Over the years the Cathedral’s ministries have grown to include various orders and societies, educational and cultural programs, and a senior living facility - all developed to cultivate fellowship in an Orthodox Christian community. However, the Cathedral’s most important role is the role it has assumed since the time of the Apostles: to belong to the body of Christ, and be a beacon of salvation, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. We invite you to explore the Cathedral’s website in the hope that you will learn more about our Orthodox Faith, Hellenic Tradition, and various, Spiritual and Philanthropic (Charitable) Ministries. Please be free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Biography of Very Reverend
Archimandrite Ambrose Bitziadis-Bowers

  • Parish Clergy: Very Reverend Archimandrite Ambrose Bitziadis-Bowers
  • Phone: 1 215 627 4389
  • Email: aabowers964@icloud.com

Archimandrite Ambrose Bitziadis-Bowers born in Thessaloniki, Greece, where he finished his elementary and high school education. In 1989 he received his degree in pastoral theology from the School of Theology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and in 1993 he graduated with distinction with his MTh, defending a dissertation with the title: “The Notion of Martyrdom in North Africa Church in Accordance with the Teaching of St. Augustine.” In 1985 he was ordained a Deacon and in 1990 was ordained a Priest and Archimandrite at the Archdiocese of Athens-Greece. As a Deacon he served from 1985 to 1988 at the Holy Metropolis of Eleftheroupolis, Kavala, Greece and from 1988 to 1990 to the Holy Archdioceses of Athens, Greece. As a Priest and Archimandrite, at the beginning he served, from 1990 to 1993, at the parishes of St. Prophet Elias of Penteli, and Hagia Zoni Kypselis of the Holy Archdiocese of Athens. During his time at the Archdiocese of Athens he served in addition to his pastoral duties and as an active Ierokyrikas (Preacher) of the Kypseli region and as the youth commissioner of the same region.
In 1994 he came to the United States, upon invitation of His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos of North and South America to continue his ministry serving from 1995-1996 as the Chief Secretary of the Holy Archdiocese and as the Secretary of the Holy and Eparchial Synod. From 1996 to today he appointed as a presiding priest in various parishes of the Holy Archdiocese of America and the Holy Metropolis of New Jersey: St. George, Asbury Park, NJ, Dormition of the Theotokos, Brooklyn, NY, St. George, Clifton, NJ, Annunciation Cathedral, Norfolk, VA, and St. George Cathedral, Philadelphia, PA. From 2015 to 2018 he served as the Vicar of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley of the Holy Metropolis of NJ and the Ecumenical officer of the same Metropolis. He is the chairman of the Spiritual Court of the Delaware Valley region of the Metropolis of New Jersey and currently a member of

the Archdiocesan Council of the Holy Archdiocese of America. When he came in the Unites States, he continued his education by attending between 1997 and 1999 graduate studies in Theology (MTh) at the Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ. From 1999 to 2002 attended MBA studies in Healthcare and Non-for-Profit Organizations Management at Monmouth University, Long Branch, NJ, defending a dissertation with the title “The Cost Effectiveness Analysis Method in the Preventative Care.” In 2002 he attended at Harvard Business School the Executive Education Program studying Mergers and Acquisitions for Non-for-Profit Organizations. From 2009 to 2012 attended graduate studies MTh, in History and Theology at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Seminary, Seton Hall University, Orange, NJ, where he graduated with distinction, defending a dissertation with the title: “The Donatist Movement in the 4th Century North Africa Christianity”. From 2012 to 2016 he attended PhD Studies in Church History and Patristics at the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki-Greece, where he graduated with distinction, defending a dissertation with the title: “The Veneration of the Martyrs in Accordance with the Latin and Greek Fathers of the 4th and 5th Century Christianity.” He also wrote several academic books which are under the process to be published, in Greek and English: a) The Popes and the History of Papacy, b) American Christianity, c) The Notion of Martyrdom according to the Teaching of St. Augustine, d) The Notion of Martyrdom according to the Teachings of the Latin and Greek Fathers of the 4th and 5th Century Christianity, e) Christianity and the Formation of the New State.
In 2008 he participated as a representative of the Holy Metropolis of New Jersey in the International Convention of “The Pastoral Care in the Healthcare System” organized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Rhodes, Greece. He is fluent in Greek and English, and he is in command of Italian, French and Latin.

Our Patron Saint - Saint George

Saint George, this truly great and glorious Martyr of Christ, was born of a father from Cappadocia and a mother from Palestine. Being a military tribune, or chiliarch (that is, a commander of a thousand troops), he was illustrious in battle and highly honoured for his courage. When he learned that the Emperor Diocletian was preparing a persecution of the Christians, Saint George presented himself publicly before the Emperor and denounced him. When threats and promises could not move him from his steadfast confession, he was put to unheard-of tortures, which he endured with great bravery, overcoming them by his faith and love towards Christ. By the wondrous signs that took place in his contest, he guided many to the knowledge of the truth, including Queen Alexandra, wife of Diocletian, and was finally beheaded in 296 in Nicomedia.
His sacred remains were taken by his servant from Nicomedia to Palestine, to a town called Lydda, the homeland of his mother, and then were finally transferred to the church which was raised up in his name. (The translation of the Saint's holy relics to the church in Lydda is commemorated on November 3; Saint Alexandra the Queen, on April 21.)

If April 23 falls on or before Great and Holy Pascha, the Feast of St. George is translated to Bright Monday. Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone Liberator of captives, defender of the poor, physician of the sick, and champion of kings, O trophy-bearer, Great Martyr George, intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved. Kontakion in the Fourth Tone Cultivated by God, you became manifest as an honorable tiller gathering for yourself the sheaves of virtue. For you sowed with tears but reaped with gladness; in the contest you competed with your blood and came away with Christ. By your intercessions, O Holy One, all are granted forgiveness of sins.


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