Give rest, O Lord, to the souls of Thy servants who have fallen asleep!
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!
The Very Rev. Fr. Paul Moses passed away on Saturday, 23 May 2009. His funeral
will be at 11:30 am on Saturday, 30 May at St. George Orthodox Church in
Orlando, FL. The internment will be on Monday 1 June in the Melbourne, FL
area with the assistance of St. Anthony the Great, Melbourne, FL, a mission
founded by Fr. Paul. Fr. Ernesto M. Obregon of St. Anthony the Great Orthodox mission
of Melbourne, FL has prepared this remembrance.
Roujina (Koury) Ilyas of Munhall, Pennsylvania fell asleep in the Lord on May 16, 2009 at the age of 95 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. She was the beloved wife of the late Dr. Shakir T. Ilyas; loving mother of Thelma Badwey (Dr. Robert Badwey) of Potomac, MD and Thomasine Alvarez (CDR Everett Alvarez, Jr. USN, Retired); grandmother of five adoring grandchildren; Dr. Robert Badwey, Richard Badwey (Laurie), Rayna Matz, Marc I. Alvarez Esq. (fiance Jennifer), and Lt. Bryan Alvarez M.C. USN (Jade). She was also survived by four loving great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the SAVOLSKIS- WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME, INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall, PA 15120. A funeral Liturgy was held on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at St. George Cathedral in Pittsburgh. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Ilyas to St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, 3400 Dawson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
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