Metropolitan Gerasimos Speaks about Florida School Shooting

His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco expressed his compassion for the Orfanos family and his concern about the deadly fires. (ArchiveTNH/Theodore Kalmoukos)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco sent a message to all the parishioners of the communities of San Francisco, comforting them about the deadly shooting on February 14 at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL which took the lives of 17 victims.

Metropolitan Gerasimos, who holds a doctorate in psychology, wrote the following:

“Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Once again we are grappling with the news of another tragic school shooting, claiming the lives of 17 innocent victims in Florida, and leaving a community shocked and in mourning. Parents are struggling to explain the ongoing violence to their children, many of whom are now expressing a fear of going to school. These are difficult and frightening times no matter what your age. We must, however, not let fear control our lives, but rather live in faith and walk by faith.

The lives of the high school students who witnessed this horror are changed forever. All of our lives should be changed forever! We should not tolerate this rampant violence which has spread to elementary and high schools, churches, businesses, movie theaters, colleges and more. We need to protect our children and provide for them the future they deserve!

Where can one turn for safety? God. He is with us at every moment, seeing us through every joy and every struggle. His mercy sustains us in our weakness. His compassion comforts us in our sadness. His peace calms our hearts.

We have the strongest weapon of all in our faith. The Church is here as our fortress. The depth of God’s love is beyond our comprehension, but it is real, it is tangible, and it is unconditional. Let love guide our lives and guide our actions with others.

Please keep in prayer the souls of all those who perished in this tragic shooting that God may grant them everlasting rest. Remember also the families who are grieving, the teachers who have lost students, and the teens who have lost friends, that the Lord may carry them through these sad and dark days, leading them ultimately to His Light and Love.


  1. AXIOS! What a beautiful message from His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos. It taught and shared the comfort of our faith. It deliberately avoided wading into politics. It spoke truth with powerful language.

    At a time when the GOA and so many of its hierarchs are disappointing us, it is refreshing to see a bright light coming from west.

    Thank you Metropolitan Gerasimos.

  2. A comforting and wonderful message of hope in the midst of tragedy from a wonderful and hopeful hierarch in our Church.

    1. But why is this tragedy more compelling than others? Is it because it involves guns? Not bombs or truck bombs which have killed more children? Did the Metropolitan join the Right to Life March or comment on the 20 million aborted children each year? He made these comments about Florida in a pathetic attempt to curry favor with the socialist Marxist left that dominates Greek politics, the socialist Democrat party of San Francisco ( his Metropolis), and other “affinity” groups which he has “embraced”. A phony message from another phony Greek-first-America-must-pay-always hierarch.

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