The Orthodox Academy of Crete is a public welfare institution in the category of National Foundations. It functions in canonical relationship with the Holy Metropolis of Kissamos and Selinon, and it operates under the spiritual auspices of His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. The OAC is administered by a 10-member board under the presidency of His Eminence, the Metropolitan of Kissamos and Selinon, Amphilochios.
Continuing education of church leadership, Parish renewal, Woman in the church and society, Education, Science-Faith-Life, Development-quality of life-alternative tourism, Foreigners in Greece, Orthodoxy and the Ecumenical Movement, Dialogue of religions and cultures.
The Bishop (later Metropolitan) of Kissamos and Selinon late Irineos (Galanakis) and his pupil, Alexandros K. Papaderos, worked tirelessly together during the early 60s to create the OAC as an idea and way of acting, and at the same time to procure the necessary resources.