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OCL’s Winter 2023 Newsletter


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Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) has been an advocate of dialogue in preserving and promoting the Orthodox Faith since its inception in 1987. This newsletter highlights OCL’s recent events in defending and strengthening Orthodox unity and continuity for future generations.

36th Annual Meeting and Conference

William Souvall, President

On the weekend of October 20-22, 2023, Orthodox Christian Laity held its 36th Annual Meeting and Conference (read highlights online here: https://bit.ly/OCL36) at Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church, Glenview, Illinois. The OCL Board met on Friday, October 20, in the library of Saints Peter and Paul Parish for a  productive session that reviewed the year’s work, discussed the direction and plans for 2024, and elected a new expanded and qualified board. 

Fr. Nicholas Anton

On Saturday, October 21, prominent speakers and an engaging panel discussed various aspects and challenges of Orthodox Christian unity in America. Prior to the featured speakers, Rev. Fr. Nicholas Anton, Director of Operations for the Assembly of Bishops USA, brought greetings from the Assembly and made a brief slide presentation about the National Inter-Parish Association (IPA) Project (https://bit.ly/AssemblyIPA) that promotes communication, camaraderie, and cooperation across Orthodox Christian parishes of all jurisdictions in a given geographical area.


Peter Valessares

Later in the program, the OCL Board expressed gratitude to Mr. Peter Valessares, Executive Director of The Hellenic Foundation of Chicago, for the Foundation’s award of a grant to update OCL’s archives at DePaul University and enhance online access.

The keynote speaker, Rev. Archpriest Bohdan Hladio, spoke on the topic: “Orthodox Unity, Evangelism, and the Problem of Universal Jurisdiction.” Professor Alexander Billinis shared his experiences in “An Orthodox Layman’s Journeys to the Mother Churches.” Rev. Fr. Nicholas Greanias discussed “An American Orthodox Diplomat Views the Post-Cold-War Orthodox World.”

(L-R): Archpriest Bohdan Hladio, Professor Alexander Billinis, Fr. Nicholas Greanias

Dr. Gayle Woloschak with the three speakers for the panel discussion

Following the individual presentations, Dr. Gayle Woloschak (OCL Vice-President; Professor of Radiation Oncology, Radiology, and Cell and Molecular Biology in the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University; adjunct professor of religion and sciences at Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago; OCMC President; Vice-President of IOTA) moderated panel discussion with the three speakers. This interactive session offered attendees valuable insights into the concerns and opportunities facing Orthodox Christianity in America.

Conference participants enjoying fellowship and discussion


Enclosed is OCL’s most recent Occasional Paper (“The Greek Orthodox Legacy in America: A Struggle for Relevance in an Unorthodox World”, by S. P. Stamatis, M.A. [click on this link to download]) as our gift to you. We appreciate your spiritual and financial support. Your contributions make OCL’s projects and activities possible. We welcome your comments (email: [email protected]) and “thank you” for your support.

Praying that you have a blessed Christmas season and a joyous New Year!

William P. Souvall, President                                 Argo Georgandis-Pyle, Secretary

Recipients of Orthodox Christian Laity’s 2023 Winter Newsletter via the U.S. Postal Service

It has come to our attention that the booklet (“The Greek Orthodox Legacy in America: A Struggle for Relevance in an Unorthodox World”, by S. P. Stamatis, M.A.) you received in our most recent mailing may include some blank pages.

If you received one of these incomplete booklets, please contact OCL by one of the methods listed below. Provide your name and address, and we will happily provide you with a replacement copy.

If you did not receive the Newsletter but would like to receive it and a printed copy of the booklet, request it below. In your voicemail, email or the comments section of the online form, indicate “Newsletter & Booklet.”

Call: 517-795-7784  Email: o[email protected]  |  Complete the form: here


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