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Welcome to the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America, part of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. The Diocese of Wichita is led by His Grace Bishop Basil and includes more than 50 churches and missions in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming.

 

Metropolitan JOSEPH Presides Over St. George's 90th Anniversary Celebration

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The faithful of Houston, Texas were blessed to receive His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH during the week of January 24–31, 2018, to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of St. George Orthodox Christian Church.

Deanery clergy welcomed Sayyidna JOSEPH and Deacon John El Massih at the airport. Then on Thursday evening, His Eminence had dinner and spent the evening with the St. George parish council. At the dinner, attendees were blessed to hear Sayyidna's visions and inspired by his words of wisdom. The community was delighted that Archdiocese Vice-Chairman Fawaz El Khoury and CFO Salim Abboud accompanied Sayyidna as well.

Memory Eternal! Subdeacon Joseph Louis Vacca

June 10, 1948 - Jan 21, 2018

Memory Eternal! Subdeacon Joseph Louis Vacca was born in Arlington, VA, on June 10, 1948, the only child of Gene A. and Nan Vacca. He graduated from Catholic University in Washington DC and joined the Benedictine Monastery of St. Anselm in Manchester, NH. In 1976 he gradated from Creighton Law School, then joined the Army as a lieutenant commanding the 2nd platoon 759 MP battalion at Ft. Dix, NJ.

Joe married Mary Lee Koops on April 1, 1977. He returned to Omaha in 1979 and was admitted to the bar. He worked as an attorney in Omaha for many years. He retired in 2002 to devote himself full time to his great loves: model railroading, spiritual reading and writing, and his parish, St. Vincent of Lerins.

He entered into peaceful rest on January 21, 2018, after many illnesses that deprived him of the life he wished to lead. His vast knowledge, unfailing wit and courage in the face of adversity will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Mary Lee; and his loving son, James, of whom he was justly proud; and his son-in-law, Chris Sutton. He is preceded in death by his parents, Gene and Nan Vacca.

VISITATION
Wednesday, 5-6:30pm with Memorial Vespers at 6:30pm at St. Vincent of Lerins Western Orthodox Church.

SERVICES
Thursday, 10am, at St. Vincent of Lerins Western Orthodox Church, 2502 N 51st Street. Interment: Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Memorials to the Nebraska Humane Society.

Published in the Omaha World-Herald

2018 DOWAMA Clergy Brotherhood Retreat

2018 DOWAMA Clergy Brotherhood Retreat
February 13–16, 2018
Spiritual Life Center + Wichita, KS
Featuring guest speaker Bishop Irenei of Sacramento (ROCOR)

DOWAMA'S 46th Annual Clergy Brotherhood Retreat will be held at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita, Kansas, Tuesday–Friday, February 13–16, 2018. The guest speaker will be Bishop Irenei of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR). His Eminence will address his chosen theme in seven talks. (Read His Grace's biography on Orthodox Wiki.

Please note that we will begin at 5:00PM with Lenten Vespers (since it will be Tuesday of Cheesefare Week). If you have not yet done so, register today for the retreat by having your parish treasurer send a check (payable to "DOWAMA Clergy Brotherhood") in the amount of $450.00 to our Clergy Brotherhood Treasurer: Father John Salem - St Elijah Church - 15000 North May Avenue - Oklahoma City, OK 73134. For proper credit to be given, please be sure that your name appears on the memo line.

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