Archpriest George Morelli, Ph.D.
Archpriest George Morelli, Ph.D., passed peacefully in his sleep in the early morning of Tuesday March 16, 2021, he was 77.Father George was raised Roman Catholic in rural New York State, but was made aware of his mother’s Orthodox roots. From an early age he felt a calling both to the holy priesthood and advanced academic studies. He served the Archdiocese since his ordination to the Holy Priesthood in 1973 as Assistant Pastor, then Associate Pastor of St. Mary's Antiochian Orthodox Church, Brooklyn, NY. He was assigned as Assistant Pastor of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, San Diego CA in 2000.
Prior to moving to California in 2000, he was on the faculty of Kean University in Union, NJ, where he taught courses in psychology. Fr. George also taught university and seminary courses on pastoral theology and supervised doctoral clinical psychology interns. For years, Fr. George was the coordinator of the Archdiocese's Department of Chaplain and Pastoral Counseling Ministry, offering guidance to those in the fields of mental health and pastoral care. He was an active pastor and leader, chairing the archdiocesan Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling Ministry, and was also Religion Coordinator and Liaison of the Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine.
Fr. George was a seasoned professional in the areas of Clinical Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy. A prolific author, he published many articles on parenting, marriage, and mental health. He is survived by his wife Nancy, his brother Peter and his step-mother Viola Morelli.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or to Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 4175 Poplar St, San Diego, CA 92105
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