About Us

The Greek Orthodox Community of Albany was founded in 1922 when a committee of twelve Greek Orthodox immigrants met and decided to establish a Greek Orthodox Church in Albany. The Unitarian Church at 8 Lancaster St. in downtown Albany was purchased in January 1923 and was renamed the St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church. They had three objectives: (1) to acquire a church building; (2) to establish a Greek-School for their children; and (3) to purchase burial grounds for the Greek Americans in Albany. After various repairs and redecorations, the Church was opened for worship on August 15, 1923. in 1964, the Parish began planning for the construction of a new Church and Parish Center on Whitehall Rd. During the interim period of construction, the facilities of the Episcopal Cathedral of All Saints were used by the St. Sophia communicants. In November 1967, the new Parish Center was completed and served temporarily as a Church. On April 17, 1969 Archbishop Iakovos consecrated the new St. Sophia Church.  

Mission Statement

St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, Inc. is a not-for-profit religious community under the leadership of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, through the auspices of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople whose mission is to:

(1) maintain, practice, and proclaim the Christian Orthodox faith, enhancing the spiritual growth of its communicants;

(2) develop and operate programs, activities, and services for the Parishioners which serve and further the religious educational, cultural, philanthropic, and social ministries of the community as well as to protect and continuously develop the physical buildings and religious property as deemed necessary;

(3) dedicate the promotion of Christian fellowship and values between the evolving diversity of cultures
and its people.


Rev. Father Patric Legato | Priest

Evangelos Anton | Neokoros

George Lenares | Chanter

James Diamantopoulos | Acolytes

Harry Ermides | Choir Director

Margaret Danes | Church Secretary

Alfredo Ramos | Plant Manager


Harry Ermides | President 
Stefan Kalogridis | Vice President 
Foti Rantzaklis | Treasurer
Anastasia Vasilakos | Recording Secretary
Peter Melas | Financial Secretary


Lainie (Eleni) Christou
Gregory Docous
Anthony Hazapis
Theodore Moisides

Dora Mokhiber
Peter Pappas

James Stolis

Member Portal

New to our website is a special Member Portal for parishioners of our community only.  In order to register for the member portal, go to the top of the page on the right-hand side and look for the "Log In" button.  You will then be prompted to sign up and submit for review.  You will then receive a confirmation from the webmaster when your access has been granted.  The Member Portal will include important information so that you can 

1. Submit annual Stewardship payments

2. View Important Community News

3. See our Photo Gallery

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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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