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About the Orthodox Faith

Orthodoxy in Texas

  • There are approximately 40,000 Orthodox Christians in Texas, about 20,000 of whom are members of the 18 Greek Orthodox parishes in the state.
  • In addition to the 17 Greek Orthodox parishes, there are 28 other parishes of other Orthodox jurisdictions.
  • Monasteries in Texas are:┬áHoly Archangels in Kendalia, Texas – St. Paraskevi in Washington, Texas are under the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Denver.
  • There are about 5,000 Orthodox Christians in the Dallas Metroplex area, of which nearly 2,500 are members of Holy Trinity parish in Dallas.
  • The first known Greek Orthodox Christians in the state of Texas, arrived in Galveston in the early 1860’s.
  • The first Greek Orthodox parish in Texas was established in Fort Worth in 1910. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox parish was established in Dallas, Texas in 1915.

Quick Facts

  • There are over 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide; most of them are in Eastern Europe, Russia, the Balkans, and the eastern Mediterranean.
  • There are approximately 5 million Orthodox Christians in the United States.
  • At present, Orthodox Christianity is one of the fastest growing faiths in America.
  • The Orthodox Church is the historical continuation of the Church established by Jesus Christ and His Apostles approximately 2,000 years ago.
  • The Orthodox faith is based on a belief in one God manifest in a Trinity of Persons – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – and an understanding that the Son was incarnate as Jesus Christ for the salvation of the world.
  • The teachings and liturgical practices of the Orthodox Church have remained constant and unchanged since the time of the Apostles.