About the Christian Rights and Freedom Institute

The Christian Rights and Freedom Institute is a Greek Orthodox led, ecumenical, inter-Christian, subscriber-based, educational and advocacy organization bearing witness to the Christian faith on the current moral and ethical challenges of our day, especially pertaining to Religious Liberty, the U.N’s Universal Declaration on Human Rights, on Christian Persecution, and on Genocide.


Fr. Philemon Patitsas and Presvytera Maria

Father Philemon Patitsas is the Presiding Presbyter of the Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church (Naples, FL).  He and Presvytera Maria have served the community since 2012. Father was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh in May of 2008. He was ordained by His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta in October of 2010 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Charlotte, NC after completing degrees with highest distinction at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Master of Divinity), and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (Master of Public Administration).

The Institute was founded by the St. Katherine community in 2014.  Each year it sponsors an annual speakers series, culminating in its annual National Christian Rights and Freedom Symposium, hosted each Spring in Naples, FL.