Dear Friends and Visitors,
Welcome to St. Katherine, one of the most hospitable churches in America!
Naples is a popular vacation destination for families across America. If you are visiting town, or if you live in the area year-round and just want to visit, by all means come and worship with us. You will find a warm and welcoming Christian community. A schedule of services with directions to our parish may be found on this site.
We are a young parish named in honor of a brilliant and eloquent young lady, St. Katherine, who committed her entire life to Jesus Christ by her righteous living and courageous martyrdom. She lived in in the fourth century city of Alexandria, Egypt, the center of learning of its day, and no one understood the Hellenistic philosophies of her day better than she did.
Organized about twenty years ago by a handful of Greek Orthodox parishioners, the Church has continued to grow through hard work and visionary leadership, resulting in the construction of our sanctuary in 2000, its consecration in 2011, and the many ministries it supports and offers throughout the world.
We now find ourselves bursting at the seams with growth, especially during “season” when our northern families settle in to enjoy our warm Naples winter. Our year-round membership is especially growing and most of our new members are young families.
What do we do at St. Katherine? We worship, fellowship, witness, and serve. Most of all, we love God and one another. In fact, you’ll find that we offer almost every kind of witness, ministry, liturgical service, and fellowship one can imagine.
Our Growth Ministries include the Welcome Ministry, Ambassadors, Member Care, Hospitality Ministry, and adult learning opportunities like Embracing Orthodoxy, Journey to Marriage, and Bible Study.
Our youth groups and Sunday School are flourishing, as are our linguistics programs; so are other ministries, like Philoptochos (“Friends of the Poor”) and the Men’s Club.
We also offer a host of fun fellowship opportunities from knitting to ballroom dancing to bridge playing. We offer a Grief Support Ministry to those recovering from personal loss. The number and variety of our ministries is ever growing to meet the needs of our people.
Most importantly, St. Katherine is a place where people can develop solid, loving relationships with the Triune God, and with one another, in the fullness of the Orthodox Christian faith and tradition.
Our hope is that your visit to St. Katherine will be a blessed one, and will result in your becoming a committed steward of our parish family.
Until then, may God bless and keep you in His tender loving care,
Fr. Philemon Patitsas, Presiding Priest