The Orthodox Church is an international federation of patriarchal, autocephalous, and autonomous churches. Each church is independent in her internal organization and follows her own particular customs. However, all the churches are united in the same faith and order. The Orthodox Church acknowledges that unity does not mean uniformity. Some churches are rich in history, such as the Church of Constantinople, while others are relatively young, such as the Church of Finland. Some are large, such as the Church of Russia, while others are small, such as the Church of Sinai. Each Church is led by a synod of bishops. The president of the synod is known as the Patriarch, Archbishop, Metropolitan, or Catholicos. Among the various bishops, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople is accorded a “place of honor” and is regarded as “first among equals.” In America and Western Europe, where Orthodoxy is relatively young, there are a number of dioceses and archdioceses which are directly linked to one of these autocephalous Churches. For example, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese is under the care of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. While the Archdiocese enjoys a good measure of internal autonomy and is headed by an Archbishop, it owes its spiritual allegiance to the Church of Constantinople.



Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America


His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros (Lambriniadis) of America was born in 1967 in Bakirköy, Istanbul. On May 11, 2019, he was elected Archbishop of America.

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Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America



Rev. Father Patric Legato, a graduate of the Holy Cross Seminary in Brookline, Massachusetts 1986, was ordained into the deaconate in May of1986 by the late Archbishop Iakavos of America and to the priesthood by the late Bishop Philip of Dafnousion in July of 1986. His first assignment was as an assistant priest to Father Nicholas Sotiropoulos at Saint Paraskevi Shrine in Greenlawn, NY.  


Father Pat was assigned to Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church on December 1, 1989, where he continues to serve the Community. 

Parish Priest

Rev. Father Patric Legato
Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church

P: (518) 489-4442

E: stsophia@nycap.rr.com

440 Whitehall Road

Albany, New York 12208

Archdiocese website: www.goarch.org

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