Welcome to Saint George Cathedral!
Since 1892, the Orthodox Christian faith has been lived in Charleston, West Virginia, brought originally by immigrants from Lebanon and Syria. In 1905, the parish was officially incorporated under the episcopal leadership of St. Raphael of Brooklyn, who in 1911 consecrated the first altar.
Located in downtown Charleston across from the Town Center Mall, St. George Cathedral serves about 400 families and seeks to bring the light of Holy Orthodoxy to the whole Kanawha Valley and all of West Virginia.
St. George Cathedral is a parish of the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America and serves as the primary episcopal see of the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic. The diocesan chancery is located here in Charleston.
Divine services are held weekly. All are welcome to attend, regardless of current religious affiliation or background.
Rev. Fr. Christopher Eid, Dean
Please join us in welcoming Rev. Fr. Christopher Eid as Dean of St. George Orthodox Cathedral.
Fr. Christopher Eid, was raised in an Orthodox home and among the clergy of the family for most of his life. Fr. Christopher attended and served at the Archdiocesan chancery church of St George in Syria.
While working full-time, he attended the CUNY Graduate Center. However, his love for the church made him quit his job, and with the blessing of the thrice blessed memory His Eminence Metropolitan Philip, he enrolled in St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary where he obtained a Master of Divinity degree in May 2010.
After graduation, Fr. Christopher moved to Houston, got engaged and later the same year married his wife Katarina. Late summer of the following year, he was ordained to the diaconate on September 8, 2011 and subsequently (the same week) to the priesthood on September 11, 2011.
Immediately following ordination, Fr. Christopher was given a temporary assignment to serve alongside Fr. Elias Bitar at St George Orthodox Church in Little Falls, NJ.
From December 2011 to December 2014, Fr. Christopher served at the altar of St George Orthodox Church in Houston, TX.
Fr Christopher is now the Dean of St. George Orthodox Cathedral in Charleston, WV.
Teaching Children: A Hands-On and Musical Approach
On Saturday August 8th Khourieh Gigi Shadid led a Sunday school retreat at St George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Cathedral. The retreat was directed towards new horizon for new generation of teachers and Sunday school children. This gifted speaker, mother, educator Kh. Gigi enlightened the members of St George Cathedral with her gifts and many decades of experience of youth work and teaching. She shared with us her music and hand moves that she had used to teach the Orthodox faith to children. She shared with our teachers, successful and proven tools and methods to equip and strength the Sunday school staff.
On Friday evening leading to the retreat Father Stephen, Kh. Gigi, Sunday school superintendent Mrs. Lilah Michael and the Sunday school teachers of St George Cathedral joined his grace Bishop Thomas for dinner at Father Christopher’s home. After finishing with dinner we had a social and a casual discussion that was led by Kh. Gigi Shadid sharing her knowledge about teaching and Sunday school curriculum. It was a very successful retreat. We thank all those who helped preparing and making this retreat happen and be a successful one. Most importantly we thank Khourieh Gigi for being with us and sharing her gifts and her hard work. We pray with his grace Bishop Thomas: “May the fruits of the youth workers and teachers multiply and reach the end of the world”.