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Dear Member, Supporter and Friend of Orthodox Christian Laity, Your support and commitment to OCL is more important now as we begin to move into a new era in the United States. This new era is about regularizing the un-canonical organization of the Orthodox Church in the United States. The Patriarchs have asked the bishops to create a new blueprint for a unified Church in the United States.  We need to support our Assembly of Bishops to become our Synod of Bishops.  We are asking you to consider becoming an OCL board member if you have a passion for our…

Source: The Baltimore Sun Originally published on December 29, 2013. Oversaw major contracts for Maryland’s transit projects By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun Nicholas James Kiladis, a former contracts administrator for the Maryland Transit Administration, died Dec. 25 at Oak Crest, a long-term care facility in Parkville, of complications from a brain injury he suffered in November 2012. He was 79. Mr. Kiladis was born in Somerville, Mass., in 1934 to Greek immigrants. He graduated from Somerville High School, where he participated in glee club and marching band, while also working at his father’s diner in East Boston. He obtained a…

November 30, 2013 Christmas Lenten Season Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: We are very happy to report that because of your most generous response to our recent Angel Fund Drive along with this year’s membership outreach in March and special gifts by board members and friends, OCL has been able to maintain its website, manage its administrative expenses and present an outstanding 26th Annual Meeting and Program. Your prayers and financial support were critical! We hope that the two Informational programs developed and presented this year on the work of The Assembly of Bishops will be replicated across the…

George Kappos passed away on August 24 at the age of 89, having led a long and fulfilling life. He was the beloved husband of Dorothy (nee Andos); most loving father of Alex (Paula), Dennis (Connie), and George Jr. (Laura) Kappos; loving grandfather of Maria (Bob) Kehres, Christopher Kappos, Gregory, Kristen and Tom Kappos, Elyse (Michael) Deckard, George III and Alexandra Kappos; great-grandfather of Jack, Ryan and Sophia Kehres; brother of John (Harriette) Kappos and the following deceased: Michael, Nicholas and James Kappos, Mary Xinakes and Delores Post; godfather, uncle, great-uncle and great-great-uncle of many. George had strength of character,…

A Community Forum Sponsored by the Orthodox Christian Laity  The Assembly of Bishops and the Future of Orthodoxy in America  Guest Speakers: His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel Spiritual Leader of the  Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas, Director of Patriarch Athenagoras Institute Eric Namee, a member of the Secretariat of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops and serves as a consultant to numerous Orthodox Christian projects and organizations.  Program Moderator: Susan Haikalis, President of OCL  Saturday, November 2:   9 am – Noon Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church 1700 School Street, Moraga, California  Although the majority of Orthodox Christians in America…

August 20, 2013 Dear Orthodox Christian Laity Supporters, It is a blessing and responsibility to serve as the twelfth president of Orthodox Christian Laity. August is the time of the year that we invite you to participate in our Annual Angel Fund Program which supports the newly revamped OCL website (http://www.ocl.org) and the expenses of our Annual Meeting and Program.  The focus of this year’s meeting is putting the work of the Assembly of Bishops into a context and perspective. The group has been meeting since 2008 in person as well as regular conference calls by the Committees. On Saturday,…

Source: The National Herald by Constantine S. Sirigos NEW YORK, NY – Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL), a national organization of Orthodox Christian laypersons that will mark its 25th anniversary at its annual conference this Fall in California, has been at the forefront of critical Church issues through its publications, conferences, and meetings, despite the fact that few know of its existence. Whether or not people agree with OCL positions – they have met numerous times with hierarchs from of Archdiocese and the Ecumenical Patriarchate, whose officials have alternately viewed them with interest and suspicion – they have a vision for…

St Ignatius Orthodox Church Cultural Center April 10-12, 2013 Wednesday Evening, April 10, OCL Board Members attended the Lenten Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at the new Sanctuary of St Ignatius and following the Liturgy participated in a fellowship pot-luck dinner. Father Stephen Rogers greeted His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel and the OCL Board. The 25th Anniversary video was shown to the group and a short introduction to the work of OCL was presented by President Susan Haikalis. A highlight of the Lenten Pre-Sanctified Liturgy was sharing the service with many families and their children of all ages. Formal Board meeting convened at the…

Approved Minutes [WASHINGTON, D.C.] Wednesday, October 24 at 6:30 pm dinner meeting begins at Savoy Hotel.  Those present included: George Karcazes, Andy Kartalis, His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel, His Grace Bishop Mark, Alice Kopan, Chis Xeros, Peter Marudas, Bill Souvall, Peter J Petkas, George Pontikes, George Matsoukas, Guest was Joel Kalvesmaki, a member of the web oversight committee. The first item of discussion was about the revised web site.  Alice Kopan started discussion by stating that the purpose of the web site overhaul is to attract youth. Who is our audience?  How will we measure this objective?  A history of the…

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