St Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral (Los Angeles)

Glorious unity of worship, heaven with the earth...oneness in Christ. Los Angeles, CA
St Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral  (Los Angeles)
St Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral  (Los Angeles)

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1324 S Normandie Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90006-4310

(323) 737-2424


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Who We Are

St Sophia Cathedral is an Eastern Orthodox Christian Church within the Greek Archdiocese of America, in the San Francisco Metropolis. While maintaining some of the flavor of Greek culture, our cathedral is also progressive in its welcoming of those who are not of Greek heritage.

About Us

Traditional Liturgy, Friendly, Historic, Multigenerational

Community Service, Social Justice, Faith and Work, Children's Ministry, Young Adults, Youth Group

Traditional Hymns, Passionate Reverent

Orthodox Christian


English, Greek, Spanish


Our Services

What are services like?
Glorious! Like heaven and earth were joined together in unison, giving God worship, thanksgiving and praise.

What is the community like?
The demographic of St Sophia Cathedral is rapidly changing, as we find more and more non-Greeks finding a home in the Eastern Orthodox Christian Faith. St Sophia is quite welcoming of those exploring the Faith once given to the Apostles.

What if I'm not a Christian?
It's OK! We love you very much and God loves you very much! We wish to make you feel as welcome as possible with us. If you're not an Orthodox Christian, we ask that you respectfully refrain from taking communion (what the priest is serving from the chalice with a spoon). Instead, we suggest you get into line with everyone else, and when you get to the priest, tell him, "I'm not Orthodox, but my name is ______. May I please have a blessing?" The priest will then offer a blessing upon your head. As you exit the area, you are welcome to take a piece of blessed-bread (called "Antidoron" a Greek word meaning "Instead of the gifts") from one of the large gold-color-bowls the altar-boys are holding. Afterward, we invite you to join us for coffee hour at the Huffington Community Center. Meet a few folks, find out about our catechism classes and consider making us your new home and family.

Leadership View all

Fr John  Bakas

Fr John Bakas

Fr. Bakas is the Dean of Saint Sophia Cathedral and Greek Orthodox Community of Los Angeles since 1995. Along with the talented leadership of the Cathedral, he spearheaded the drive for the major renovation of the Cathedral grounds and adjacent buildings. This renovation and renewal had spawned the redevelopment of the surrounding area into what is now the Byzantine-Latino Quarter of Los Angeles. He is Founder of the Diocesan Camp AGAPE, "Kids 'n Cancer" program for needy children suffering with cancer. Camp AGAPE offers summer camping programs in Fresno, California; Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. He has worked as an administrator at the University of New Mexico and at California State University Stanislaus. At the University of New Mexico he taught in the Latin American Affairs Department and served as Assistant Dean of Admissions. He is tri-lingual. In addition to English he speaks, Greek and Spanish. Father Bakas has served as Chaplain and President of the Valley Children's Hospital Foundation in Fresno. At the Children's Hospital he led the fundraising drive to build a new 170 million-dollar facility, now in operation as the nation's state of the art, premier children's hospital. He currently also teaches Greek Orthodox Theology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. In addition, Father Bakas is: Founder, Camp Axios camping program for Los Angeles inner city at risk youth Founder, Rotary House Children's Hospice in Fresno, CA Founder, Project Nino-Mexico offering free medical care for poor children in Mexico through Rotary International Founder of the Rotary Greek Amphitheater in Fresno. It is a 2,500 seat outdoor theater and built as a mini Epidauros of ancient Greece. Founder, Byzantine-Latino Quarter Neighborhood & Redevelopment Program in Los Angeles Co-Chairman of the Police-Clergy Forum of the Los Angeles Police Department Serves as Commissioner of the Los Angeles Commission on Children, Youth and Families Father Bakas' educational background includes: 4 year training with Archdiocesan Program/Priest with Lay Profession supervised by The Holy Cross Seminary M.A. Philosophy, University of New Mexico Master of Theology, Loyola Marymount University Father Bakas is married to Presbytera Maria and has four adult children; three daughters and a son. Father Bakas has served as consultant for the Orthodox perspective on Steven Spielberg's production, Prince of Egypt and Mel Gibson's, The Passion of the Christ. Father Bakas has appeared as an on-air commentator for the A&E production of Christianity, The First Thousand Years and Banned from the Bible. He was featured on the PBS program "Visiting´┐Żwith Huell Howser". The video tour has become a favorite on area Public Television and generated daily tours to the Cathedral. He belongs to the California Civil War Re-Enactors Society where he takes on the role (in full uniform) of General Ulysses S. Grant. He was a tenor for the Albuquerque Light Opera. 2004 University of Southern California (USC) Baccalaureate speaker.

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