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: Holy 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.
- 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.