St. Luke's Greek Orthodox Youth of America

GOYA: Greek Orthodox Youth of America



St. Luke GOYA Homepage



GOYA Advisors for 2012-2013 and their emails:  Deme Peters, Agnoula Marcantonis & Lisa Palmieri 


GOYA 2013-14

GOYA Officers:

Nick Peters                President

Niko Spyropoulos    Vice President

Evan Palmieri           Vice President

Maria Raptis              Recording Secretary

Zoe Nikolos               Corresponding Secretary

Aris Tsingiropoulos Treasurer



Age Guidelines:

The Greek Orthodox Youth of America, or GOYA, ministers to teenagers in the seventh to twelfth grades.


Our Mission:

The mission and goal of the GOYA (Greek Orthodox Youth of America) ministry, is to lead our young people, into experiencing the Holy Orthodox Faith. By developing a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and becoming active sacramental members of the living Church, our young people will be equipped with tools necessary to assist them in their journey through life. GOYA gives our youth the opportunity to share, learn and grow spiritually while having fun.  The National Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries recommends that the GOYA ministry be based on the following four characteristics: Worship (Liturgia), Fellowship (Koinonoia), Service (Diakonia), and Witness (Martyria).  These characteristics are exemplified by attending and serving during liturgy, fellowship in fun activities, doing out reach activities and doing community service projects to those in need.


The Umbrella of GOYA:

In our youth program here at St Luke we have many groups that are also an integral part of our community life.  Altar Boys are an important part of our liturgical life.   Greek Dance Group help our young people keep their ethnic heritage, Basket Ball helps keep the body sharp along with the mind. 



September we had our Kick off meeting at the Armenti family home.  It was great fun and we had a wonderful turn out of new and veteran members.


Later on September 27th our GOYA hosted the DVYC Welcome Back Dance.  We had 135 young people from our diocese attend. DJ Kalo (are own Evan Palmieri) was in charge of the music and the kids danced both Greek and American favorites all night long.


On October 5th the group is heading to Skyzone and to dinner.   On October 6th we will assume the responsibilities of the Parish Council and the Oath of Office will be given to our Officers, Nick Peters President, Evan Palmieri & Niko Spyropoulos as Vice Presidents, Maria Raptis Recording  Secretary, Zoe Nikolos as corresponding secretary and Aris Tsingiropouls as Treasurer.  Congratulations to our officers and may our year be wonderful, spiritual  and exciting.


The Metropolis Ambassador Awards will be help on October 20, 2013 at the Merion in NJ.  Our Ambassadors this year are Niko Spyropoulos as the Ambassador of Love, Dimitra Migias as the Ambassador of Peace, Kathryn Corbino as the Ambassador of Hope and Evan Palmieri as the Ambassador of Faith.   Our Liturgical Choir has been asked to sing as few hymns under the direction of Mrs. Dena Papadopoulos and our own Kathryn Corbino has agreed to sing the Greek National Anthem. Congratulations and God Bless all of our young people.


Looking to November:  November 10th we will be hosting our first fundraiser:

Chocolate Sunday:  Freshly baked Chocolate Chip Cookies and Hot Chocolate will be on sale after Liturgy. 

Basket Ball season is beginning on October 13th at St Demetrios at 2:00.  Come out and help support our teams.  The season schedule will be out and posted soon.  Keep an eye out on the St Luke's website.


Any young person that is in the 7th grade on up is welcome to join GOYA.  For further information please contact Demetra Peters at 610-608-5890 or email us at


Look for our calendar of events next month in your Epistle.


Parents Responsibilities
Parents, in the event your child needs to be dismissed from any type of GOYA event before it ends, please be sure to communicate that information with the advisors and be sure to get a verbal or electronic communication from them 24 hours in advance.  Our youths advisors primary concern is the well being of your child and your child will not be permitted to leave without prior communication from you.
Cell Phones
Texting is not allowed during meetings or during an event when adults are communicating information to the youth entrusted to the advisors care.  Cell phones need to be turned off during meetings or when formal conversations are taking place.  GOYAns will be given one warning.  The second time cell phones will be taken away until the end of the meeting or formal gathering when information is being given to them.
Gaming Devices
Gaming devices are not permitted under any circumstances during meetings or when adults are communicating information to the youth.  If they are being used at such times, they will be taken away until the meeting or event is over.


St. Luke's "The Giving Tree"

Learn more about this wonderful stewardship of love and charity.

Watch the interview, see our kids wrapping gifts for the needy and singing Christmas Carols