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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...]

Gramota Presented to OCL by Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America

Click on the image to the left to view the Gramota given by the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America to Orthodox Christian Laity in recognition of OCL's 25th Anniversary. The text of the Gramota reads:  By the Grace of God, We wish to express our Archpastoral Love and Gratitude by invoking God's blessings upon the founders, officers and members of Orthodox Christian Laity Organization in recognition of twenty five years of dedicated service to Christ's Church in North … [Read more...]

Laura Jones 1931-2012

Memory Eternal as we remember Laura Mead Jones on her 40 Day Memorial. "Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted...". Laura was a member of the board of Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) for a number of years in the mid 1990’s. I was on her extensive mailing list and received many of her letters to religious, political, cultural leaders until her death. OCL Board members remember her fondly. We were so happy to hear from her on May 1 when she informed me she was coming to our … [Read more...]

Photo Presentation of OCL’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, Washington DC – October 25-27, 2012

              All panel discussions will be posted on the OCL Web Site.  Keep checking back (ocl.org). … [Read more...]

OCL Marks 25 Years in DC Meeting

Source: The National Herald TNH staff WASHINGTON, DC – Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) an organization that promotes “Orthodox unity and lay involvement in Church life” in the US and Canada, held its 25th Anniversary in Washington, D.C. October 25-27 with a focus on the Orthodox Christian experience in America and the pressing need for Orthodox unity among its various jurisdictions. William Souvall, out-going President of OCL, explained, “we have assembled a wide arrange of Orthodox … [Read more...]

In Memorium: Dr. James Steve Counelis

June 26, 1927 – July 25, 2012 Dr. James Counelis, a distinguished academician, a respected Orthodox Christian Scholar and a good friend and supporter of the Orthodox Christian Laity since its founding 25 years ago, recently passed way at the family home in Orinda, California. Upon learning of his passing, Metropolitan Gerasimos of the Metropolis of San Francisco stated; “Dr. Counelis was a devout Orthodox Christian who was loved and respected by his family, friends and colleagues for his … [Read more...]

Susan Haikalis Elected President of OCL

Susan W. Haikalis of Walnut Creek, California was elected President of the Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) at their 25th Annual Conference in Washington DC this month. Ms. Haikalis is a convert to Orthodoxy and has been involved in a number of groups supporting Administrative Unity of Orthodox Jurisdictions in the US. She participated in Boston with the original GOAL organization and has actively participated in attending OCL meetings for the past 15 years both contributing to discussions and … [Read more...]