With 84 Current Partners for 2013, we only have 116 more to go to meet our goal of 200!

Future Events

OCN Open Golf Tournament - Mark Your Calendars!

The Nassau-Suffolk Long Island Clergy Association is hosting a Golf Tournament at the Hamlet Country Club in Commack, NY to benefit the OCN.  The OCN Open is scheduled for October 21, 2013 and all are welcome to gather foursomes and attend the event.  Limit: 100 golfers

You too can host a fundraiser in your community to support our outreach efforts!

Call 954-522-5567 and ask for Venessa Gigicos, our events coordinator.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Lands

Join OCN in a spiritual quest and pilgrimage to the Holy Land to visit the holiest of places in Christendom. The trip will take place March 5-14, 2014.

Past Events
Seattle, WA - Father Chris headed to Seattle, WA to the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption for "An Evening with OCN".  He joined members of the West Coast OCN staff to inform parishioners about our on-going OCN projects.  The event was held on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 7 PM.  Bill Hinkle, former minority whip of the Washington State Senate and host of OCN's "Our Life in America" served as Master of Ceremony for the evening.

Then on Sunday, June 9th, Father Chris traveled to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Seattle, WA where he served liturgy and held a Share the Light Sunday.

Chicago, IL - On April 3, 2013, a "Meet and Greet" event was held at the Cite Restaurant located on the top of the Lake Point Tower, 505 North Lake Shore Drive on the 70th floor in Chicago across from Navy Pier.  Fr. Chris presented a short informative session on the current happenings at OCN.

Several of our Chicago area partners were present. The event was complimentary thanks to the generous donation of Dr. Dame Evangeline Gouletas, member of the Orthodox Christian Network board of directors.

Washington, DC
- On Ma
rch 17, 2012, a "Celebration of DC Share the Light Partners" event was held at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington, DC.  Catherine Mary Rafferty served as the Lead Coordinator of the event. The Executive Committee included John Alahouzos - Outreach Coordinato
r, Patricia Gogos - Invitation Coordinator, Kris Lenrow and Mary Ann Paturis - Banquet Coordinators, Keith Barberis - Finance Coordinator, Rev. Dr. Steven Zorzos and Barbara Spyridon Pope.  General committee members included Diane Alahouzos, Rev. Dimitrios Antokas, Marilyn Barberis, Doug Bonner III, Kathy Chapekis - OCN Annual Giving Coordinator, Katherine G. Deoudes, Irene Fostieris, Angela Kolaras, Rev. Dimitri Lee, James L. Marketos, Peter Panagiotopoulos, Ted Pedas, Jim Pedas, Emanuel and Marilyn Rouvelas.

With close to 100 in attendance from six local parishes, the evening featured a panel discussion on “How Can Technology Impact Our Faith.” Newly enthroned Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh, Rev. Dr. Christopher T. Metropulos, OCN Executive Director, and Professor Terry Mattingly, Scripps Howard Newspaper Columnist, participated on the panel. Michael Emanuel, Fox News Chief Congressional Correspondent, served as moderator.

Metropolitan Savas commented that “new” technology has always been around throughout history and has always been met with resistance.  The alphabet and writing were new technologies; books were new technologies; television and radio were new technologies.  Every introduction was met with resistance and posed a “moral threat” to the society of its time.

Panelist Terry Mattingly spoke about society’s reaction to the introduction of new technology.  He went on to say that when television was first introduced, it was called the “plug in drug.”  He emphasized that proper use of media and technology should be a ministry in every church.  “If our churches don’t provide some sort of guidance in the use of technology, who will?” 

When asked about use of technology for worship, Mattingly quickly responded, “For education, not for worship! Young people are tired of rock shows…Everyone is glitzed-out these days.  They are looking for substance, for depth.”  He went on to say that educational material should be out there in all forms of modern media to expose the spiritually starved world to the beauty of the Orthodox faith.

Thirty-three families and organizations stepped up as Share the Light Partners as a result of the event.  Also present were the Orthodox Christian Network board of directors members who convened for a meeting the prior day.  Among the board members present were Rev. Dr. Christopher Metropulos, Dr. George Mekras - President, Nick Mavrick - Secretary, Michael Angelakos, Rev. Dr. Alexander Goussetis, Charles Lelon, Garry Paxinos, Estelle Sotirhos, Chris Tsavoussis and Rev. Dr. Steve Zorzos.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 
On March 6, 2011, the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN), an agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops, celebrated 15 years of broadcasting with an event held at the home of Dr. George and Donna Zoley.  Estelle Sotirhos, OCN Event Coordinator, and Kathy Chapekis, OCN Annual Partner Coordinator, served as co-chairs of the event.

Retired UN Ambassador to Greece and Jamaica, Michael Sortihos, was the Master of Ceremonies. The OCN is planning more events such as this throughout the country.  Also, to celebrate 30 years in the clergy, Father Christopher Metropulos was roasted by Harry Tangalakis and his son, Lucus Metropulos.  The 110 guests enjoyed the beauty of the Zoley waterfront home while listening to the complimentary music provided by Mark Zadin, Peter Anthony, Ilia Fundo and Panagiotis Koutrakos.

After being “roasted”, Father Chris, priest of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Fort Lauderdale, FL and founder of the Orthodox Christian Network,  gave a moving personal testimony of his recent illness and commitment to the OCN ministry.  He thanked God for “giving him a second chance at life so that he can get things right this time.” Since he has been back, the Orthodox Christian Network has been going non-stop.  With the mission of spreading the Christ-centered message of Orthodoxy around the world, to date, the OCN has reached 1.3 million listeners. 

Future Events
Future events are in the planning stages..Stay tuned for New York and New Jersey this fall!
Are you interested in hosting a small group "new partner" gathering at your home?  Kathy Chapekis would be happy to travel to your state, wherever you are, to make a presentation on OCN provided you get 2 or 3 new Share the Light Partners!

2012 STL Partner Chart

2013 STL Partner Chart