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BECOME AN OCL SUPPORTER: CLICK ON THE DONATE BUTTON

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Dear Members, Friends and Supporters of Orthodox Christian Laity, Once again, it is time to thank you for your support and to ask you to please renew your annual membership to OCL.  OCL’s budget requirements are $100,000 annually.  With your help, we have been able to meet these budget requirements so that we can continue to be the independent voice of the laity - the laity vigorously advocating for Orthodox Christian renewal by promoting, educating, and … [Read more...]

OCL Spring Board Meeting at OCMC

  Spring Board Meeting at Orthodox Christian Mission Center   -  OCL Board Members and spouses attending. (L-R): Susan Haikalis - CA; Christ Xeros - TX; John Regule - FL; Roy Snyder - MO; Harriet Pontikes - IL; George Karcazes - IL; Andrew Kartalis - OH; His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel -  MI; Peter Haikalis - CA; Catherine Kartalis - OH; Bell Petkas - TX; Peter Zarras - NJ; George Matsoukas - FL; Peter J. Petkas - TX; George Pontikes, President - IL. Present but not in the photo: Bill … [Read more...]

Anthony G Andrikopoulos went to be with the Lord

Source: Wyoming News 1932-2015 Anthony G. Andrikopoulos, 82, went to be with the Lord on April 11. He was born April 21, 1932, in Greeley, Colo., to Margaret E. (Roman) Andrikopoulos and George B. Andrikopoulos. Anthony graduated from Cheyenne High School in 1950, the University of Wyoming in 1956 and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1958. He established his own oil and gas business in 1960, A.G. Andrikopoulos Resources Inc. He was inducted into the Rocky … [Read more...]

Father Thomas Hopko Remembered

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity For many years, the Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) Board has been blessed to have Father Thomas Hopko, of blessed memory, serve as an advisory board member.  We have been enriched by his prayers and council. He never hesitated to express his views.  He provided the organization with a perspective that was strong, clear and related to his convictions and integrity.   From all that is being written at this time of his falling asleep in the Lord, we are … [Read more...]

Former Board Member Update: Suburban Chicago Father/Son Authors Debut Scroll Back Novel

Source: GK Publishing Combination of Biblical History, Archeology, the Mystical and Exotic Locations Develops Suspense and Action Time Travel Thriller Discussions of shared passions for the archaic secret writings of the Dead Sea Scrolls actually discovered at the NW shore of the Dead Sea between 1947-1956, conspiracy theories and time travel, led Jay Stamatis and his father, Steven Stamatis, to collaborate on a novel. The result— Scroll Back – a historical fiction story has been released … [Read more...]

Report of the OCL Executive Director for the Quarterly Meeting held in St. Augustine, FL on February 19, 2015

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in Unity.” Psalm 133:1 What a joy it is to hold our OCL meeting at the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC), a truly pan-Orthodox outreach mission to the world.  The agency has had its struggles and triumphs, but working together in unity, they make a difference for Christian outreach.  Together with IOCC, they are examples of what we accomplish in unity.  Can you imagine if the Orthodox Christian … [Read more...]

Minutes of the Orthodox Christian Laity Annual and Board Meetings at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Christian Seminary, Yonkers, New York — October 23 – 24, 2014

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity   Thursday. October 23rd - Pre-Board Meeting and Dinner The Pre-Board meeting was convened by President Susan Haikalis at the Refectory in the Germack Building on the campus of St. Vladimir's Seminary for those members of the Board, Advisory Board and spouses who had arrived early for the Board meeting on Friday. Executive Director Matsoukas outlined the agenda for the Board meetings, Endowment Committee meeting, the Annual Meeting and subsequent … [Read more...]

OPEN LETTER TO THE ORTHODOX FAITHFUL FROM THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN LAITY

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Sunday of Orthodoxy, March 1, 2015  “… move beyond words to actions… putting our theology into practice… moving beyond what is mine and yours, to what is ours.” This important message was conveyed by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops at their fifth official meeting which was held in Dallas, Texas on September 15-19, 2014.  Unfortunately, the various proposals that were presented by the bishops defer … [Read more...]

OCL Winter Board Meeting to take place February 19-20 in St Augustine, Florida

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) is hosting an Open Forum for interested clergy and laity in the Jacksonville/St Augustine, Florida area on the progress of the Assembly of Bishops as they finalize a blueprint for Orthodox Unity in the USA.  A plan will be discussed by the Assembly in March, 2015 in a special meeting.  The work toward unity is the responsibility of all – including clergy and laity.  At least we can be informed. Please see the event flier … [Read more...]

OCL Completes 27th Annual Meeting at St. Vladimir’s Seminary

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity (West Palm Beach, FL)  George Pontikes was elected the thirteenth president of Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL).  The election took place on October 24, 2014.  Mr. Pontikes is a city of Chicago native and an attorney.  He and his wife Harriet reside in Evanston, IL.  They are parents of three accomplished daughters.  Their pride and joy is their granddaughter Zoe Panorea.   George is a founding member of Orthodox Christian Laity.  He is active in the life of his … [Read more...]

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