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Dear Faithful Members, Friends and Supporters of Orthodox Christian Laity, The Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) brand has had a makeover.  We have developed a state-of-the-art, interactive and cost-effective website.  We encourage you to comment on the content and invite you to add your point of view.  OCL also has a new logo.  Its colors and symbolism signify that Orthodoxy in America is Christ-centered, unified, diverse and cooperative. By means of its conciliar governance ethos, Orthodoxy is … [Read more...]

OCL Board of Directors Meeting in Franklin TN on April 10-12, 2013

The OCL Board of Directors will be meeting in Franklin, Tennessee on April 10-12, 2013.  They will be attending the Pre-sanctified Liturgy on Wednesday Evening, April 10, at the new St. Ignatius Church and will discuss the work of OCL and the Progress of the Assembly of Bishops at the fellowship supper.  The board will conduct its business meeting Thursday and Friday.  President Susan Haikalis is presiding.  Franklin TN is the home parish of Advisory Board Member Father Gordon Walker, and it … [Read more...]

A Special Visit from Greece by Andreas Papadopoulos, Corinth, Greece

Source:  Orthodox Evangelist Newsletter Great is the mystery of holiness! In 1976, I was impressed hearing Fr. Eusebius (Stephanou) preach for the first time in Winnipeg, Canada.  When I returned to Greece in 1982, he was speaking in Athens and I attended the meeting.  Thirty years later, while I had forgotten all about the man, I had come across one of his books.  And after fourteen months we have translated almost all of his books and many of his articles into the Greek language.  We … [Read more...]

A note from Susan Haikalis: Share your Pan-Orthodox / Inter-Orthodox Experiences with One Another! We will be happy to put them on our Grass Roots Unity in Action Feature.

Dear Friends of OCL, I am writing to you all during this Lenten Season with a special request, one that does not involve money but rather a bit of your time. Please join me in offering a special prayer asking God’s help in enlightening the hierarchs and leadership of all Orthodox jurisdictions in America so that they move forward with their deliberations regarding the establishment of a unified Orthodox Church in America. I realize that we as individuals have little control as to how the … [Read more...]

Henry says: “Support Orthodox Unity”

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Jaharis’ Evaluation of State of Church: Worthy of Discussion and Action

(West Palm Beach, FL) Susan W. Haikalis, President of the Orthodox Christian Laity, finds Michael Jaharis’ (Vice Chair of the Archdiocese Council) overview on the State of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, an essential starting point for assessing and re-evaluating the administration of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, the education of the clergy for our future and the assimilation of monasticism into an organized structure of the Church. These issues are especially relevant in the context of … [Read more...]

Year End Summary: What’s up with OCL?

As the year comes to an end, we wish you a Blessed and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! The December Issue of Estiator “The Restaurateur” Magazine (www.estiator.com), an excellent monthly trade publication of the Greek-American Food Industry, published and edited by Peter S. Makrias and designed and produced by Vicky Tsavalias, carries an article ("Orthodox Christian Laity Celebrates 25 Years of Service") summarizing the outstanding Program celebrated at the end of October in honor of … [Read more...]

In Memory – Basil Constantine Foussianes (OCL Board Advisory Member)

Source: A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Directors July 4, 1922 - December 12, 2012 Resided in Naples, FL Basil Constantine Foussianes – Totally dedicated and always loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Friend. Basil "Bill" Foussianes cherished his family and his church, going to any length to serve both. He wanted nothing more than to see his children succeed, build their own families, and enjoy life. He loved lively conversation, had many lifelong friends and possessed a wonderful … [Read more...]

In Memory of Katherine “Kay” Valone

Source: The Chicago Tribune (February 16, 1932 - November 27, 2012)Katherine (Kay) Valone, age 80, fell asleep to the Lord Jesus Christ on November 27, 2012. The loving daughter of the late Constantine (Gus) and Gianoula (nee Ladas) Valone; beloved sister of Harry (late Marjorie) and the late Victoria (late Sam) Kalas, late Louis, late George (late Mercedes), and the late James (late Lucille); loving aunt and great aunt to many nieces and nephews. Katherine will be missed by her dear cousins, … [Read more...]

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