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Memory Eternal!

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

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.

Memory Eternal! + Fr. Gabriel Ashie

Archpriest Gabriel Ashie of Orange, CA, fell asleep in Christ on October 25th, 2014. Service arrangements are as follows:

Monday, October 27: The family will be receiving visitors at the Roum Home from 7-10pm. Their address is 367 S. Timken Road, Anaheim Hills 92808. There is limited parking so please carpool if able.

Wednesday, October 29: Viewing and Trisagion at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church at 6pm. The address is 405 N. Dale Street, Anaheim 92801.
(The Life of Moses Book Study previously scheduled at St. Luke's for Wednesday night will be postponed to a later date).

Wednesday, October 29: Funeral Service for a Clergyman at 7pm at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Anaheim, followed by coffee and pastries in their Fellowship Hall. If you would like to bring pastries and/or fruit, please contact Diana Stanford (Diana.stanford@emerson.com).

Thursday, October 30: Divine Liturgy at 9am at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Anaheim followed by the Funeral Service for a Layman at 10am. The interment will take place, following Divine Liturgy and the funeral service, at Santa Ana Cemetery. The address is: 1919 E. Santa Clara Ave, Santa Ana 92705.

Following the interment a Meal of Mercy will be held at a location to be announced.

May his memory be eternal!

Memory Eternal! + Charles Slemon

His Grace Bishop Basil writes:

MEMORY ETERNAL! Charles Slemon, father of Kh. Sharon Nasr (retired at St. Elijah in Oklahoma City), OK, fell asleep in Christ in Rhode Island on Sunday, October 5th at the age of 96. Mr. Slemon will be buried this Saturday, October 11th, from St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church in Pawtucket, RI. Condolences may be sent to Archpriest Constantine Nasr and Kh. Sharon at revnasr@yahoo.com and sharonnasr@yahoo.com

Please join me in praying a rope for the repose of his soul, saying, "O Lord Jesus Christ, grant rest to the soul of thy departed servant." May he be granted Paradise, and may you be granted long life.

Read his obituary here.

Memory Eternal! + Catherine Kouri Massad

His Grace Bishop Basil writes:

Memory eternal! Catherine Kouri Massad of Ss. Constantine & Helen Church in Carrollton, Texas reposed last evening, October 11, 2014. Catherine (along with her late daughter Mary) was a longtime fixture at Diocese of Wichita Parish Life Conferences and Antiochian Women functions, and was also well known for her volunteer icon and gift shop "Catherine's Corner" at her parish church. Please join me in praying a rope for the repose of Catherine's soul, saying, "O Lord Jesus Christ, grant rest to the soul of thy departed servant." May she be granted Paradise, and may you be granted long life.


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