Greetings and welcome to the official website of Ionian Village, the Summer Camping Ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Whether you have already participated in our program, hope to join us in the future, or are just here to browse, I encourage you to explore our site and learn more about this amazing ministry of our Church.
The goal of Ionian Village is simple: to provide our Campers and Staff with a life-transforming summer experience by bringing them closer to our Orthodox faith and exploring our rich Hellenic culture and history. We achieve this goal through a program rich in travel, in worship, and in content. We travel to sites of both religious and historical significance, not as tourists but as pilgrims, as people on a journey to learn more about our faith, our culture, and ultimately, ourselves.
Ionian Village is not just another summer camp; it is like nothing you have ever experienced. Our campers and Staff come not only to understand their Orthodox Faith and Hellenic Culture in a more realistic and tangible way, but also to meet and interact with other young people just like them from all over the country. Through this interaction, their eyes are opened as to what the reality of being an Orthodox Christian in this world truly should be; to be people who live Christ-centered lives, to be people of love.
Please take the time to read about our excursions and the Saints that we interact with throughout a summer at Ionian Village. Browse the blog and pictures from this past year to get a glimpse of the excitement, joy and love that encompass life at Ionian Village. As you will see, we have programs for both high schoolers and young adults, with the intention of continuing to expand. Make sure to continue to visit us for exciting news regarding our growing ministry. If you have any questions regarding anything you find here, please be sure to contact us!
Lastly, I want to convey to you the warm greetings and prayers from all those campers, staff and clergy that have participated in our program over the past 42 years. Ionian Village has touched the hearts and souls of over 16,000 people from all across our Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and our family is continuing to grow. The stories are endless. It's not hard to find someone who has experienced the miracle of Ionian Village. If you ask any one of our many alumni about Ionian Village, the response will always be the same; "It was the best summer of my life."
I pray that the Holy Spirit guide, guard and protect you all the days of your life, and that we will meet soon.
Fr. Evagoras Constantinides
Director of Ionian Village