Give rest, O Lord, to the souls of Thy servants who have fallen asleep!
St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church of Orlando, Florida sadly learned of one of it's founders passing away this past Saturday, December 5th, 2009 after a sudden illness. Harvey Reich over 40 years ago saw a vision in Orlando that together at the time with a small group of Orthodox Christians founded St. George's. Harvey at the time was married to the daughter of the late Fr. Razook, of Boston, MA. Together, Harvey Reich, his then wife Evelyn, Sam & Mary David and a small group worked day in and day out to establish the church. For many years Harvey was a very popular figure amongst the Lebanese & Syrian community in Central Florida. He was one of the first individuals to be welcomed as a member of the Lebanese Club of Orlando, who wasn't Lebanese, but rather Jewish. Harvey, after many years of prayer, converted to the Orthodox Christian Faith. In fact his God- mother was the late Alyce Hamatie, of Brooklyn and Orlando. When the news of his passing was announced, the entire community of Orlando felt a genuine loss. The community is still feeling the fresh sorrow of the loss of +Alyce Hamatie, a true pioneer of the parish, who passed away just 8 months ago at the age of 97. A memorial service was held this past Monday evening at St. George's in Harvey's honor, with many old and new friends in attendance. Harvey left behind his loving children, grand-children, many adoring friends, but mostly a legacy. All who knew him, knew that Harvey had a smile and a presence like no one else. As his eldest daughter Avah shared, he was an inspiration for a generation of many wonderful people, and he lived a full life having the best friends anyone could wish for! God Rest His Soul.
His Holiness PAVLE (Paul), Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovac, and Patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Serbia, reposed on Sunday, November 15, 2009 at the age of 95.
The Patriarch was born Gojko Stojcevic on September 11, 1914 at Kucanci, a village which was then part of the Austro-Hungarian empire but is now in Croatia. After attending the Fourth Male Gymnasium in Belgrade, he studied at a seminary in Sarajevo. During the Second World War he took refuge in a monastery at Ovcar, and then returned to Belgrade, where he briefly worked in the construction industry. In 1946 he became a monk at Blagovestenje monastery in Ovcar, taking the name Pavle (Paul). For 11 years he lived as a monk at the Raca Monastery in central Serbia, and from 1950 lectured at the Prizen Seminary in Kosovo. From 1955 to 1957 Pavle studied Orthodox Theology at the University of Athens, where he discovered a particular gift for liturgics – he was later to become one of the most prolific liturgical writers in the Serbian Church.
On completion of his studies he was elected Bishop of Raska-Prizren (the diocese includes Kosovo), remaining in that post for 33 years until his election as Patriarch on December 1 1990. Pavle had by this time experienced at first hand the hatred that was to consume the former Yugoslavia: in 1989 he had been beaten up by a group of Albanian youths in Kosovo, receiving injuries that required three months' hospital treatment.
Memory Eternal! His Grace Bishop ELIAS (Najm), Bishop of Apamea and Abbot of the Patriarchal Monastery of the Holy Prophet Elias in Dhour Shweir, Lebanon
It was with much sadness that we received the news of the falling asleep in Christ of our beloved brother, His Grace ELIAS (Najm), Bishop of Apamea, and Abbot of St. Elias Monastery in Dhour Shweir, Lebanon. His Grace was born in the village of Agmeed Shouf, Lebanon. He came from a priestly family. His father was a priest in the town of Bhamdoun, Lebanon. At the age of 14, he enrolled at the Balamand Seminary. After 5 years at the Balamand, he was sent by the late Patriarch ALEXANDER III (Tahan) to the school of Halki, Turkey, where he studied theology. After graduation he returned to the Patriarchate of Antioch, and was appointed Abbot of St. Elias Monastery where he served until his repose. He was very friendly, humble and loved by all people. We ask our brother hierarchs and beloved clergy and all faithful of this Archdiocese to remember him in their fervent prayers. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family and relatives. May his memory be eternal, and may his soul rest in peace.
Archimandrite Gabriel Cooke, former pastor at St. Michael/Seattle, WA and St. George/Portland, OR, died in medical retirement this past Thursday, September 10th, 2009, at his home in Prescott, AZ after suffering a second massive stroke. Prior to his release to the OCA in 1997 and his monastic tonsure he was known by his worldly name of "Jeffrey" when a seminarian at St. Vladimir's Seminary in the mid-1980s and as "Father Gregory" when a priest of the Antiochian Archdiocese (1987-1996). Archimandrite Gabriel will be buried this Thursday, September 17th, at St. Spyridon Cathedral in Seattle, WA; presiding will be His Grace BISHOP BENJAMIN of the OCA Diocese of San Francisco and the West.
May his memory be eternal!
Mary A. Simbol, 95, of Terre Haute, Indiana fell asleep in the Lord on Saturday Aug. 1, 2009 at 5:27 p.m. in Regional Hospital with her loving children and grandchildren by her side. She was a retired farmer. Mary was born Sept. 5, 1913 in Spring Valley, Ill. to Julia and Mose Malooley. Her husband of 63 years, Mike Simbol, had passed away in April 2003. Mary is survived by her children, Nora, Mike, Esther, Nellie and Mary Ann Simbol; and grandchildren, Curtis S. Bodine and wife Kelly, and Michelle, Mike, Nicholas and husband James; and by great-grandchildren, Luke, Isaac, Nicholas and Maya Simbol Bodine. She is also survived by her sisters, Louise Grohovsky and Julia Winniski, sister-in-law, Rose Malooley and many nieces, nephews, and cousins, all of whom she loved like her own children. She spent her childhood in Kearney, Nebraska, where at age 16 her mother passed away 10 days after childbirth. Being the oldest of six children, she cared for her younger brothers and sisters. In 1929, her father moved the family to Terre Haute, where they continued their farming profession.
Metropolitan ILYAS (Kurban) Archbishop of Tripoli and al-Koura (i.e. "the countryside"), former proistamenos at St. George Church in Boston and the senior-most member of the Holy Synod of Antioch (having served as a Metropolitan from 1962 until the present), fell asleep in Christ on Thursday, July 30th, 2009. Sayyidna ILYAS was affectionately known as "The Nightingale of Antioch" because of the beauty and compunctionate character of his chanting (click here for video). May his memory be eternal!
Update: His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP has written and sends this loving obituary of the man about whom he writes "the echo of his voice will remain in the ears of the present Orthodox generation, and in many generations to come. His memory indeed is eternal!" More photos of Metropolitan ILYAS may be found here.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his righteous ones” Psalm 115:5
Metropolitan ILYAS (Kurban) was born in Ain-Sindyaneh in the late 1920’s. He lost his father when he was a child. He and his brothers and sisters were raised by his late mother of blessed memory. He began his life in the Church at a very early age at Saint Elias Monastery of Showaia and subsequently he enrolled at the Balamand Seminary near Tripoli, Lebanon. He was gifted with an angelic voice and excelled in Byzantine Music. After he left Balamand Seminary, he enrolled at the Asiya Orthodox School in Damascus where he received his Baccalaureate Degree. From Damascus he came to Beirut to live at the Orthodox Bishopric under the Omophorion of the late Metropolitan ELIA (Saleeby).
Mrs. Nazik Farha Rashid, the eldest sister of the Vice Chair of our Archdiocesan Board of Trustees Dr. George J. Farha of St. George Cathedral/Wichita, KS, has reposed in Beirut, Lebanon at the age of 95.
May her memory be eternal!
Archpriest James Kenna, 74, of St. Sophia in Dripping Springs, TX, was fatally injured in an automobile accident on Sunday, July 26th 2009. Services for Fr. James will be held at St. Sophia on Tuesday July 28 and Wednesday July 29th; see below for further details, or visit St. Sophia's web site.
From the Austin American Statesman:
The Rev. James Kenna was an energetic Dripping Springs pastor who founded several Orthodox Christian parishes in Central Texas and, even in retirement, was looking to establish more.
"He never wanted to quit," said the Rev. David Barr, the pastor of St. Elias Orthodox Church in Austin. Kenna, 74, died Sunday afternoon in a car wreck on his way home from lunch with a parishioner after attending church in Dripping Springs. Austin police officials said Kenna's PT Cruiser left Texas 45 for an unknown reason, crashed into a fence and flipped over into a retention pond.
It is with great sadness that we announce the falling asleep in the Lord of Kh. Leonida Reinhold, wife of the late Archpriest John Reinhold of
blessed memory. The funeral for Kh. Leonida Reinhold was scheduled for Tuesday, June 23 at 7 PM at St. Michael Church in Van Nuys, California, and the graveside was scheduled for Wednesday morning, June 24.
May her memory be eternal.
George Richard Corey, 69, of Terre Haute, Fell Asleep in the Lord on Friday, May 22, 2009. He was born April 4, 1940, in Katana, Syria, to Rasheed and Nour Corey. He owned and operated Corey's International Foods for 30 years. After retirement he enjoyed preparing Middle Eastern cuisine for some local restaurants and for friends and family. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, and playing cards and backgammon with friends. Survivors include his wife, Marie-Rose Corey; daughters, Araksie Cloyd and her husband Benjamin, Lila Corey, Noelle Corey; grandchildren, Nickolas and Nadia Cloyd; sisters, Hayfa Assalley, Layla Shaheen, Afaf Zoghet, Nazha Khoury and Sadie Duncan; and 14 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Menzer Corey.
May his memory be eternal!
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