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Memory Eternal!

Give rest, O Lord, to the souls of Thy servants who have fallen asleep!

Memory Eternal! + Fr. Peter Jacobsen

The Very Reverend Peter A. Jacobsen, an archpriest of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, died on May 27, 2015 in Orlando, FL with family members at his side. Father Peter was 84 years of age and had recently moved to Orlando after having served as rector of St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church of Silver Springs, FL. Prior to joining the Orthodox Church seventeen years ago, Father Peter served as an Episcopal parish priest for over 30 years.

Father Peter was born in Buffalo, NY on October 4, 1930 to Asta and Arthur Jacobsen. The family moved to Floral Park, NY where he graduated from high school, then continued his education at New York University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. Father Peter also earned a Master of Music Education degree from Holy Names University in Oakland, CA.

Father Peter was an active musician and conductor, having played violin in both the Bridgeport (CT) and Hudson Valley (NY) Symphony Orchestras, as well as serving as the conductor of the North Fork Chamber Orchestra of Long Island. Father Peter was a professor at Sullivan County Community College (NY) where he taught music, humanities and philosophy, conducted many choral concerts, and directed several well received Gilbert & Sullivan operettas.

Memory Eternal! + Eleanor A. Kinan

Eleanor A. Kinan fell asleep in the Lord on April 24, 2015, in Niagra Falls, NY., and was a member of St. George Orthodox Church, Niagara Falls, NY.  She was the daughter of the late Norman and Emmaline Mackarous, sister of Allan Mackarous, Jeffrey (Helen) Mackarous and Norma (Kurt) Schmoelz.  Eleanor was the wife of the late Charles A. Kinan and the mother of Mark (Christina) Kinan and Neal Kinan.  
 
Fr. Paul Sohlberg said Trisagion Prayers on Sunday, April 25, 2015 and presided at the Funeral Service on Monday, April 26, 2015 at St. George Orthodox Church in Niagra Falls, NY.  
 
Eleanor served as President of the Antiochian Women North American Board from 1995 - 1997.  As President, she oversaw the publication of a leadership guide and the design and distribution of the Antiochian Women's pins.  Under her leadership the Antiochian Women successfully raised monies in support of two projects given to them by Metropolitan Philip of Blessed Memory.  The first from 1995 - 1997 for the Antiochian Village Camp Expansion, and the second, from 1996 - 1997 for Theological Education.
 
Eleanor was also very active holding positions of leadership in her parish, was Director of the Church School and involved in her Antiochian Women's chapter, as well as holding many offices on the Diocesan Level. Professionally, she had been a tax preparer and tax teacher.
 
May God grant her peace and may her Memory be Eternal.

Memory Eternal! Bishop Anthony Presides at Funeral of Wade Abraham

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen! !المسيح قام! حقا قام

His Grace Bishop Anthony led all of the attending clergy at the Funeral Services for Wade George Abraham of St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church, Grand Rapids, MI: the Trisagion Service on April 29th and the Funeral Service on April 30th.

His Grace was received by our gracious host V. Rev. Fr. Daniel Daly, pastor of St. Nicholas-Grand Rapids, MI, V. Rev. Elias Mitchell, retired pastor of St. Nicholas, V. Rev. George Alberts, former pastor of St. Nicholas, V. Rev. Fr. Nicholas Dahdal, pastor of St. George-Cicero, IL, V. Rev. Fr. Joseph Abud, pastor of St. George-Flint, MI, V. Rev. Fr. John Winfrey, pastor of St. George-Grand Rapids, Rev. Fr. Charles Hogg, pastor of Holy Cross-Dorr, MI, Rev. Fr. John Hogg, assistant pastor of Holy Cross, along with Archdeacon David Khorey, Dn. Clement Nicoloff, and Dn. Justin Adolphson all of St. Nicholas-Grand Rapids, MI.

His Grace spoke beautifully at both the Trisagion and the Funeral and also read a comforting letter from Eminence Metropolitan Joseph. Fr. Daly gave an inspired sermon reflecting on his friendship with Wade and how much he and all the faithful of St. Nicholas will miss him.

May Wade's memory be eternal with all of the saints.

Read the obituary for Wade George Abraham.

Memory Eternal! + Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko

Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko, 75, dean emeritus of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, New York, and noted Orthodox Christian priest, theologian, preacher, and speaker, fell asleep in the Lord on March 18, 2015.

Father Thomas was the beloved husband of Matushka Anne [Schmemann] Hopko. They were married on June 9, 1963. Together, Fr. Thomas and Anne are the parents of five children, sixteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

"Father Thomas was a good friend of the Archdiocese," reflected Vicar-General and St. Nicholas Cathedral Dean Fr. Thomas Zain. "He helped educate many of our clergy over the years, and often gave lectures and led retreats in our parishes throughout the country."

Memory Eternal! + Archpriest Thomas Williams

Archpriest Thomas Williams, 73, of St John the Theologian/Rapid City, SD reposed early on the morning of March 12, 2015 following a long and valiant battle with cancer. Father Thomas is survived by his wife Khouriya Josephine ("Jody"), their son Christopher and daughter-in-law Hillary, and grandson Shephard.

Ten priests from throughout the Diocese of Wichita joined  His Grace Bisho Basil and Hierodeacon Benedict for the Funeral Service for Departed Priest on Friday evening, March 13th, and for the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom and the General Funeral Service on Saturday morning. Fr. Michael Fulton of Holy Resurrection Church in Gillette, WY oversaw the vesting of Fr. Thomas and all aspects of the gospel vigil, divine services, interment and meal of mercy.

Read Fr. Thomas' obituary from the Rapid City Journal (PDF)

May his memory be eternal!

Memory Eternal! + Ilham Salem Elias El-Farr

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The handmaid of God, Ilham Salem Elias El-Farr, wife of Raied Issa Khoury, reposed in the Lord on January 9, 2015. She was born on December 25th 1969 in Jordan. She is the mother of Alaa, Sarah, and Fatin. She is also survived by her mother Fahimeh Sahawneh and eight sisters with families in Jordan and the United States: Seham, Nadia, Heyam, Reham, Dema, Ameera, Faten, Wafa.

Before getting married and while in Jordan, Ilham received her education in Computer Science and was a school teacher in Mathematics. After migrating to the US, she finished her education in medical billing and was employed in a large oncology practice. Thirteen years ago she was diagnosed with cancer, and her strong will, faith, and determination helped her survive all these years.

Ilham will be greatly missed by her family, relatives, friends, and parishioners of Virgin Mary Orthodox Church in Yonkers. His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph presided over her funeral service on Monday, January 12, 2015. 

May God rest her soul in peace and may her memory be eternal.  The Lord has given, and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the Name of the Lord.

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Memory Eternal! + Rev. Dn. David Daumit

Deacon David Daumit of St. George Church in Phoenix, Arizona, fell asleep in the Lord on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph has asked the parishes to remember him in your prayers for the departed for the next 40 days, to hold a special Trisagion for his eternal life, and to remember his loved ones in your prayers for the living.

Ordained to the Holy Diaconate on March 21, 2010, Dn. David had been serving at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Phoenix, AZ, with The Very Rev. Christopher Salamy.

In addition to holding his M.Div. and M.A. in Religious Education from St. Vladimir's Seminary, Dn. David also earned an M.S. degree in Gerontology. He specialized on caring for the aged and infirm throughout his professional career, and was the Founder and CEO of New Dawn Memory Care in Scottsdale, AZ, a firm that provides residential care for seniors living with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. The New Dawn website says that he "was elected to the National Board of the Alzheimer's Association. In 1990 in conjunction with the greater Washington chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, he developed the first specialized activities program for Alzheimer's residents."

The schedule of services is as follows:

Sunday, Feb 1, 2015--Trisagion Prayers following Divine Liturgy
Thursday, Feb 5, 2015--Viewing from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. and Trisagion at 6:30 p.m., St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
Friday, Feb 6, 2015--Funeral 10 a.m., followed by the Interment at Paradise Memorial Gardens
A Meal of Mercy will be offered in memory of Dn. David in The Legacy Ballroom following the interment.May God receive him in His Heavenly Kingdom and may his memory be eternal.

Memory Eternal! + Fr. N. Constantine Masood

Memory Eternal! Father N. Constantine Masood of Duxbury, Massachusetts fell asleep in Christ on January 16, 2015 at age 75. Prior to his retirement, Fr. Constantine served parishes in Danbury, Connecticut; Beckley, West Virginia; New Kensington, Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Beaumont, Texas; South Glens Falls, New York; and Omaha, Nebraska. He is survived by his wife Khouriya Diana, their six children, seventeen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements may be found here. Memorial donations in his memory may be made to St. Mark of Ephesus Orthodox Church, 261 Main St., Kingston, MA. 02364 

Memory Eternal! + Ann Kafoure Freije

Fr. Nabil Hanna of St. George Church in Fishers, IN writes:

Beloved in Christ,

I regret to inform you that Ann Kafoure Freije left us for the heavenly mansions on Friday, January 9th, 2015. A lifelong member and tireless worker here at St. George's, we will miss Ann as much as we rejoice in her well-deserved rest. As a testament to her faithful service, she was a recipient of the Midwest Antiochian Women's Metropolitan Philip Award as well as of our parish's St. George Award.

Memory Eternal! + Archdeacon Elias Hamaty

We regret to announce the repose of the soul of the servant of God and Archdeacon Elias 'Ely' Hamaty. Fr. Ely fell asleep in the Lord on Sunday afternoon 28 December at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton MA, surrounded by his devoted family.

Fr. Ely was born in 1934 and raised in the 'Syrian Colony' of Boston's South End. His parents, Mousa and Nour Hamaty were among the early members of St. George Orthodox Church of Boston. The Hamaty family emigrated from the village of Aafsdiq, Al-Koura near the Balamand Monastery where Mousa attended school and later worked as a cook. Fr. Ely's grandparents, Simon and Mariana, also worked at the Balamand Monastery. After arriving in Boston, his parents operated a successful family owned restaurant in the South End. Fr. Ely entered the family business and operated the restaurant before opening his own electronics firm. ELCO Electronics specialized in marine electronics and communications. Fr. Ely was an avid yachtsman and sports angler who fished the waters from Alaska to the Caribbean.


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