About Our Office


The mission of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is to minister to young people and their families, as well as youth workers, enabling them to fully experience the Orthodox Faith; to assist local parishes in creating and sustaining youth and young adult ministries; and to create resources.


The Direct Archdiocesan District, housed at the Archdiocese in New York City, encompasses parishes in most of New York State, the western half of Connecticut, Washington, D.C. and the Bahamas.

The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is led by Dn. Panagiotis Papazafiropoulos, the  Director and is under the pastoral care of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios.

Dn. Panagiotis Papazafiropoulos, Director


Dn. Panagiotis Papazafiropoulos is from Astoria, NY and now serves as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Direct Archdiocesan District.  Before his appointment, Panagioti served as head chanter, parish youth director, staff member of Camp Saint Paul, and counselor in a number of local retreats throughout the district.  His hope and goal is to engage and retain the youth of our Direct Archdiocesan District during their developmental years and into adulthood.

Panagioti holds an undergraduate degree from New York University, a Masters Degree from St. Vladimir's Seminary in Scarsdale, NY, a degree in Theology from the University of Athens, and a degree in music from the Ethniko Odeio in Athens, Greece.