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St. John Chrysostom Clergy Brotherhood

The Orthodox Clergy of metropolitan Detroit gather throughout the year as part of the "Saint John Chrysostom" Brotherhood, as a way to share their pastoral experiences, learn, pray, and interact with one another on a unique level.  All priests and deacons in good canonical order are invited to take part.  The president of the Clergy Brotherhood, by virtue of his office, also serves as the Spiritual Advisor for the COCC.  For more information, contact the current president, Fr. Laurence Lazar, Dean of St. George Romanian Cathedral in Southfield, using our online email form.

COCCTelcom & Media Ministry

There are several branches of the Media Ministry, intended to expand our reach and provide educational and other resources to our Orthodox faithful and the public worldwide.  These outlets include: the COCC Website, the Good Works bi-monthly publication [click here], the COCC Facebook Page [click here], the COCCTelcom YouTube channel [click here], and the Detroit's Own Orthodox Radio (DOOR) weekly program on WNZK 690AM and online at  Explore these resources on our website and spread the word!

Orthodox Visitation Ministry

The Orthodox Visitation Ministry of Detroit (OVMD) us an effort to help parishes keep in contact with the elderly, shut-in, or otherwise disabled members who cannot be physically active in their community.  Their motto is "Sharing Christ's Love by Visiting with a Friend," reminding these brothers and sisters in the Faith that they are not forgotten by their Church family.  It is a simple but meaningful program that can be adopted by any parish wishing to benefit from it.  Contact Karen Todorov or Gail Razook ( for more information.

Please watch the short video to the right to learn more about this needed effort.

Orthodox Detroit Outreach

Orthodox Detroit Outreach (ODO) is a 501(c)(3) all volunteer organization committed to serving Christ through service to the needy in Detroit.  Their goal is simply to love God and neighbor, recognizing the image of God in every person and always striving to serve with humility, compassion, patience, and love.  ODO extends the Church beyond the confines of the parish and brings it to their neighbors in need by coordinating volunteers to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, and give everything they have for the benefit of those in need.  Contact Matthew McCroskery ( or visit their website ( for more information on how you can help.

The Orthodox Choir of Detroit

The Orthodox Choir of Detroit has brought an essential aspect of our Faith to the region with its beautiful music.  The ensemble has existed in various forms for several decades, and is composed of singers of mixed voice (SATB) from parishes across the city.  The Vesper Choir is a more loosely organized group that leads responses at the annual Sunday Lenten Vespers services.  The choir also rehearses more intensely to prepare for concerts and other events as needed.  The repertoire includes many composers, from traditional Byzantine and ancient melodies, to modern-day Americans.  (Matushka) Victoria Kopistiansky is the musical director and Elizabeth Star ( is the COCC liaison. New singers are always welcome!

Orthodox Christian Women of Michigan

The Orthodox Christian Women of Michigan (OCW) is an organization of women from the various jurisdictions of Canonical Orthodox parishes in Metropolitan Detroit.  It's purposes are educational, spiritual and charitable.  Educational programs about our Orthodox Faith are presented monthly, March through June and September through November.  An annual retreat is held in the summer.  The charitable purposes are fulfilled primarily by collecting non-perishable food and paper products, which are then distributed to those in need.  New clothing and other items requested by Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit are also collected, and then taken to the Hospital.  Annual observances of its founding are celebrated in February with a lunch and election of a Board of Directors.  CLICK HERE for more information on the OCW.

Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black

The Detroit Chapter of the Brotherhood of Saint Moses the Black (the Ethiopian) exists primarily as an outreach to those seeking the True Faith of the Orthodox Church.  Just as the Church finds deep roots in the lands of Africa, so too does the BSMB strive to make those roots more known and understood in America.  The group is represented in the COCC by Sharon Gomulka who serves as the Chair for the Detroit Chapter.

Email or visit for more information.

FOCUS + Detroit

FOCUS is a Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve.  They are a national 501c3 nonprofit with a local Detroit ministry to children in need.  Live out your faith in Christ by serving the needs of neglected children in the city of Detroit.  They have volunteer opportunities at Detroit K-5 schools, at area parishes and in their office in Midtown.  Visit or for more info, or contact the Director, Eric Shanburn at

ZOE for Life!

ZOE is a non-profit Christ-centered support organization with three major goals: to help women who need confidential emotional and spiritual support during crisis pregnancies; to assist Orthodox Christians seeking to adopt; and to provide an education for Pure Living and other resources.  The Metro Detroit presence of ZOE is new but becoming a presence in the community, open to ALL women in need.  Call the anonymous help-line 855-ZOE-LIFE for help.

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