Orthodox Cleveland
Greater Cleveland Council of Orthodox Clergy
Orthodox Christianity in Greater Cleveland, Ohio

The twenty nine Orthodox Christian parishes and two monasteries of the Cleveland and Lorain, Ohio, area welcome you. The Orthodox Church, which was established at Pentecost, proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ, sanctifies its adherents through sacraments and serves humanity through many charitable endeavors.

Everyone is welcome to visit an Orthodox Church; however sacraments are reserved to practicing Orthodox Christians. The information provided in this web site is presented to aid the public in locating a church, attending its services, and learning the doctrine that it proclaims.

Map of Orthodox Churches in Cleveland area 

Memory Eternal! Fr. Ephraim George

The Monk, Father Ephraim George Thompson, age 95, departed this life peacefully on Tuesday, January 27th, at 12:40 PM. Less than an hour before, he had received Holy Unction, Confession, and Communion. Glory to Jesus Christ! Known at St. Herman House, throughout Ohio City, and the Greater Cleveland community as "Father Happy," he never disappointed those who greeted him. Whenever asked, "How are you Father Ephraim?" he would always reply, "Happy in the Lord." And indeed he was, is, and will always be in the age to come.

Services for Fr. Ephraim George will be held at the St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, 5913 State Road, Cleveland, OH 44134 [PH (440) 886-3252].

Visitation: Friday, Jan. 30th, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Parastas (Memorial Prayers) will be celebrated at 7:30 PM during the Visitation. The body will lie in state at St. Vladimir through the night and those faithful who are able will be encouraged to keep vigil by reading the Psalms.

The Funeral Service: Saturday, January 31st, at 9:30 AM, followed by interment at St. Theodosius Russian Cemetery, 8200 Biddulph Road, Cleveland, OH 44144

In lieu of flowers, we are asking that memorial gifts be sent to:

St. Herman's FOCUS Cleveland 
PO Box 932612
Cleveland, OH 44193

Father Ephraim George can be seen in the following video link serving during The Outdoor Blessing of the Water at Edgewater Park in January of 2011 (Age 91!).

Clergy Wives Breakfast

On Saturday, October 25, St. Matthew Church hosted a breakfast for the Cleveland area clergy wives. 

Front Row (l to r):  Pa. Lindsay Zobenica (retired Serbian), Mat. Carol Garklavs (Holy Trinity), Pres. Goldie Doukas (St. Demetrios), Pr. Roxana Ilinca (St. Mary), Kh. Rachel Thurman (St. Luke).

Back Row (l to r):  Sh. Joanne Vazquez (deacon's wife from St. Matthew), Sh. Sandy Tolbert (deacon's wife from St. Matthew), Kh. Bonnie Harmon (St. Matthew), Pr. Dorina Gherman (Buna Vistera), Mat. Anna Margheritino (St. Innocent), Pres. Maria Constantine (St. Paul)

Dates to Remember

January 25 - 6 p.m. -- Sanctitiy of Life Sunday, St. Matthew Church, N. Royalton. Service followed by a presentation by H. Paul Finley of St. Herman's Orthodox House of Hospitality. -- Event Flier


March 1, 2015 -- Sunday of Orthodoxy Pan-Orthodox Vespers, Holy Trinity Church, Parma.

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