The Mystery and the Process of Death

Source: MYSTAGOGY An interview with Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and St. Vlassios by Pavel Chirila, Professor and Doctor at St Irene’s Hospital in Bucharest (Romania).  1. Question: Tell us something about death, something that comes spontaneously to you, something you consider extremely important. Answer: What comes spontaneously to mind is that death is a terrible mystery, as we chant in the Funeral Service, which is a poem by St. John Damascene. This is related to the fact … [Read more...]

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...]

An Important Challenge for Greek Orthodox Christianity

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America - Office of Interfaith Marriage by Mr. Peter Kehayes In open pluralistic societies, intermarriages tend to become the rule, not the exception as growing majorities intermarry with the result that many religions are at a critical juncture in deciding how best to address a challenge which is at the heart of so many families and so critical to the religious community’s well being and growth. Among Greek Americans, the intermarriage rate is between … [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...]

Orthodoxy in America – an Interconnected and Shared History

Presentation given by Nicholas Chapman of Herkimer  NY at the OCL 25th Anniversary Conference, Washington DC on Oct 27, 2012 Before I begin let me thank George Matsoukas and the Board of OCL for the invitation to present today. I would also like to acknowledge Matthew Namee whose place I have filled due to his current work and other commitments. His constant support over the past three years has stimulated, informed and helped to sustain my own research. Introduction Your Grace’s, … [Read more...]