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Source: Lupton Chapel Sophia P. Karakas, of Ladue, MO, and Naples, FL, passed away peacefully to the Lord at the age of 93, on Friday, June 15, 2018, surrounded by her family. Daughter of the late William K. and Olga Peppes; beloved wife for 67 years of Nick Karakas; loving mother of Angela and Margaret Karakas (Court Courtney); sister of the late Martha Karides (the late Spiro Karides) and the late Gregory Peppes (the late Vito); sister-in-law of Tony Karakas (the late Linda) and Frances Dimetre (the late George); sweet aunt to many nieces and nephews, and dear grandmother. Sophia…

Source: The New York Times ‘There’s power in love’: Read the words of the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States, who spoke at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. By Margaret Lyons, Anna Schaverien and Jonah Engel Bromwich Keep your fascinators, tiaras, regalia and romance. What if the surprise biggest star — the Pippa Middleton, if you will — of this royal wedding was a sermon about love? Michael Bruce Curry, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States, delivered a searing, soaring 13-minute speech, imploring Christians to put love at the center of their…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity On March 25, 2018, George Karcazes (President) and George Matsoukas (Executive Director) visited the Orthodox Christian Laity Archives housed in the Special Collections Community Archives of Richardson Library located on the main downtown campus of DePaul University, Chicago, IL. They discussed the contents of the 34 boxes of materials and how emails and digital media can become part of the collection. An overview of the collection can be accessed at: https://libguides.depaul.edu/ld.php?content_id=10135894.

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity OCL President, George Karcazes and Executive Director, George Matsoukas, along with other members, attended the Enthronement of Metropolitan Nathanael at Annunciation Cathedral in Chicago on Saturday, March 23, 2018, and received the new Metropolitan’s blessing of the congregation.

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The OCL winter board meeting is taking place at the Franciscan Retreat Center, 5802 E Lincoln Drive Scottsdale AZ. Feb 8-10. In addition to to discussions of the agenda board members will learn more about the International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA) from its Director, Dr. Paul Gavrilyuk.

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Nick peacefully departed this life at 10:00 am Saturday, December 9, 2017, after a long and brave struggle with several increasingly debilitating strokes.  The funeral was held on Friday, December 15th, at Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Palos Hills, IL, his home parish which he served selflessly in so many capacities: Altar Boy captain; Parish Council member; Youth Advisor; Sunday School teacher; Festival assistant, etc. Nick was a U.S. Army Veteran having served in Korea during the Korean War.  An ardent supporter of OCL, he served as an early editor of OCL’s Forum newsletter…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity LAS VEGAS, April 21, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — The Board of Directors of Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) adopted the following Resolution at its recently-concluded Board meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada: “OCL respectfully calls upon Archbishop Demetrios and the Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOA) to publish the ‘Reports’ of the Archbishop, Metropolitans and Priests of the Archdiocese required by the ‘Archdiocesan Regulations as Amended June 2014’ in Article 3, Section 1, Subsection C; Article 10, Section 2, Subsection B; and the following portion of Article 17, Section 1 [to wit: ‘…Priests are accountable to their…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity LAS VEGAS, NV. March 30, 2017 — The Board of Directors of the Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) adopted the following Resolution at its recently concluded Board meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada: “OCL respectfully calls upon the Assembly of Bishops of the Orthodox Churches in the United States to publish all of the work of its committees over the seven-year course of its meetings, so that the faithful clergy and laity in the United States will be informed and have the opportunity to provide input that can assist our beloved Hierarchs in fulfilling the charge given to…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity George Karcazes and I were among the hundreds of mourners attending the funeral services of our departed brother in Christ and OCL board member and former President Peter Haikalis. The services conducted on March 25 and 27, 2017 were somber and joyful under the copper dome, extraordinary light and mystical iconography which characterizes the Cathedral of the Ascension in Oakland, California. The setting for both the Trisagion and funeral was magnificent. Peter’s beloved Cathedral Choir added beauty and grace to both services. Peter was eulogized as a visionary by His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco…

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