Lenten Retreat 2014


Antiochian Women of the East

Lenten Retreat 2014 | March 21st-23rd | Antiochian Village

Dr. John Dalack and his daughter Kh. Laila ElliasDr. John Dalack and his daughter Kh. Laila ElliasFeatured Speakers: Dr. John Dalack and Kh. Laila Ellias

John Dalack is a well-known and respected clinical psychologist on Staten Island, New York. His distinguished career includes 25 years of service to the Staten Island Mental Health Society, nearly two decades in private practice and a regular column in the Life Style Section of the Staten Island Advance entitled Straight Talk on Parenting.

Co-Chairman (with Dr. Anthony Bashir) of the Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Lay Ministries since 1980, John gives lectures, workshops, retreats and Enliven to Christ Seminars across the country. John also has served as Adjunct Field Supervisor and Lecturer at Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary.

The son of the late V. Rev. Wakeem Dalack, the grandson of the late V. Rev. Basil Kerbawy, and the father-in-law of V. Rev. Michael Ellias, John devotes his life to serving his Church. He is a member of Saint Mary’s Antiochian Orthodox Church in Bay Ridge Brooklyn where he has served on the Parish Council since 1970 and has taught Church School for many years. ]ohn also has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese since 1970.

Laila is the wife of the V. Rev. Fr. Michael Ellias, mother of Matthew Gregory and Marie Christine Ellias, and future mother-in-law to Jessica Anne O’Grady.

She has worked as a licensed speech/language pathologist since 1984, serving adults and children in a variety of settings: clinic, hospital and school. She currently works for the NYC Department of Education as a Speech Coach, providing professional staff development and training to speech therapists, classroom teachers and other school staff in working with the most severely developmentally challenged students throughout the five boroughs of New York.

Laila has taught Church School in each of the three parishes to which Fr. Michael and her family has been assigned: St. Elias, Sylvania, Ohio; St. George, West Roxbury, Massachusetts; and St. Mary, Brooklyn, New York.

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