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Memory Eternal!

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

Memory Eternal! + Nazik Farha Rashid

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!

Memory Eternal! + Fr. James Kenna

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.

Condolences may be sent to Khouriya Anne and the Kenna family c/o the Dean of Central Texas, Fr. David Barr of St. Elias Church in Austin, TX, at

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.

Kh. Leonida Reinhold

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 + Memory 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 + Memory Eternal!

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.

Khanum Yacoub + Memory Eternal!

Khanum Yacoub, 72, of Terre Haute, Fell Asleep in the Lord unexpectedly on Sunday, April 19, 2009.  She was born in 1937, in Syria, to Daoud Yacoub and Sara Sharo.  Her husband had Fallen Asleep in the Lord 40 years ago on the Feast of the Nativity and she was left with six young children and a farm.  Through constant prayer and determination that only the Lord could provide, she managed to run the family farm, raise her children and make sure that each and every child had the opportunity for higher education.  With a profound love for the services she would attend as many as her health would allow.  The few times when her health stopped her from coming, her prayers for the salvation of the world, and then for her community and her relatives and then finally for her own family (but never for herself) would be said repeatedly and faithfully.  Thanks be to God as she was able to attend the Paschal Services and proclaim "Al-Maseeha Kam!" and all who know her realize that this was no mere "twist of fate" that Pascha was the day for her leave this earthly life. 

Margaret Lois Salaris + Memory Eternal!

Lois001 Margaret Lois Salaris was born March 16, 1924 to Ivan D. and Emma L. Crain in Connellsville, PA.  After graduating from high school in 1942, she met and married Chris Salaris in Gary, IN.  She was a homemaker and raised three children.  In 1970, the family moved to Granby, CO and eventually returned to IN in 1989.  She was active in church choirs all her life and also sang with the U.S. Steel Chorus and traveled with their “Swing Vochestra” throughout the state of IN.  She volunteered at St. Vincent’s Hospital for fourteen years with the Senior Partner Program until 2003.  She was a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and sang with their choir for several years.  Her husband, Chris, and daughter, Christine, preceded her in death.  Surviving is her oldest son, Brian, of Bozeman, MT; her youngest son, Rev. Dr. Steven C. Salaris and his wife Sheryl and their daughter, Tegan, of St. Louis, MO.  Viewing will be Friday, April 24th at 10:00 a.m. and funeral following at 11:00 a.m.  Both the viewing and the funeral will be held at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 3500 W. 106th St., Carmel, IN 46032-5513.  Burial with graveside service will be Saturday, April 25th, at 10:00 a.m. at Ridgelawn Cemetary in Gary, IN.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church (address above).

Kh. Lorraine Husson + Memory Eternal!

Khouryia Lorraine M. Husson, wife of the late Archpriest Michael Husson, former Dean of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral of Coral Gables, FL, fell asleep in the Lord in the early hours of Bright Monday, April 20th, after a brief illness. Originally from Worcester, MA, Khouryia Lorraine has been a resident of South Florida, and a fixture in the St. George Cathedral Community since 1958. She is survived by her sons Michael, David and Bruce, and daughter Chris, in addition to numerous grandchildren, family and friends.

Visitation and Funeral Service will be held on Bright Thursday, April 23rd, beginning at 6:00PM, at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral (320 Palermo Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134). Burial will be Bright Friday, April 24th, 11:00AM, at Woodlawn Cemetery South, Miami, FL.

May her memory be eternal!

Christ is Risen!

Anthony Thomas Sr. + Memory Eternal!

Anthony J. "Tony" Thomas Sr. THOMAS, ANTHONY J. "TONY" SR., 92, passed away Thursday, April 9, 2009. He was born in Hamat, Lebanon and immigrated to the U.S. with his family in 1923. He and his wife, Jean, founded A. Thomas Meat Market on the Haymarket. He was a charter member of St. Michael Orthodox Church where he served on its parish council as president for many years. He also served as a member of the Archdiocese board of trustees and was a member of the Order of Saint Ignatius of Antioch. He was a founding member of the Lebanese American Country Club and also served on its board as president. For decades Tony greeted his customers at the Haymarket with a smile, a joke or a song and children sought him out because they knew he had a piece of candy for them. You knew he was the kind of person we all strive to become when you heard countless stories from people telling you what he had done to help them or what he meant to them. Tony was preceded in death by his loving wife of 61 years, Jean George Thomas; his parents, John and Mary Thomas; brothers, Nicholas and Louis Thomas; sisters, Henrietta Thomas, Carrie George, Sue Gabriel and Emerald Coleman. Left behind to cherish his memory are his children, Phyllis Miller, A.J. Thomas Jr. (Sarah), Dennis Thomas (Kim) and Gayle Hobbs (Ken); 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Martha Asseff (Jim) and Nancy Owen (John), of Nashville, TN. Expressions of sympathy may be made to either St. Michael Orthodox Church, 3701 Saint Michael Church Dr., Louisville, KY 40220 or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105.

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