Welcome to The St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church of Akron , Ohio . Our church was established in September of 1917 by a group of Arabic-speaking Orthodox Christians who came from modern-day Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and Jordan. Over the years the parish moved from its original home near downtown Akron, to a home on the West side of Akron, and then to a temporary home East Akron. In 1987 we moved to our present home in suburban Akron : 3204 Ridgewood Road , Akron , Ohio 44321.
THE VERY REV ARCHPRIEST – FR. LOUIS MAHSHIE Pastor, Akron, Ohio, St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church 1978-2015
September 7, 1937 – August 27, 2015
The Very Rev Archpriest Louis Mahshie, 81 – passed into the arms of his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on August 27, 2015. He left behind a rich legacy of service as a priest – spanning 52 years - to his Antiochian Orthodox Christian Faith, to the parishes he served in Washington, D.C, and Baltimore, MD; and for the past 37 years at Akron St. George. His legacy extends to legions of people throughout our community and beyond who were enriched by his outstanding dedicated service, his kindness, his generosity, his modesty, and his rich outpouring of Christ’s love.
In recognition of Fr. Lou achievements, the late Metropolitan Archbishop Philip Saliba elevated him the dignity of Very Reverend Archpriest and awarded him with the coveted Antonian Gold Medal of Merit for “exceptional capabilities of service and love.”
Spreading the good news of faith in Jesus Christ and doing good works for those in need is the two-fold mission that Fr. Lou defined for Akron’s St. George Church. From that mission came the strength from God that allowed Fr. Lou to head up a massive building program that saw in 1988 the establishment of the current church home in the Copley suburb of Akron, a major add-on education building, and most recently in 2012 the construction of a Family Education Center to serve the needs of growing youth membership..
Expansion of physical facilities under Fr. Lou’s leadership was accompanied by a corresponding spiritual growth. He leaves a parish of 200 families with a thriving Sunday School, adult and youth organizations, choir, and Bible studies. Membership rose to 200 families.
In addition, Fr. Lou established a Needy Fund to provide confidential financial help to those in need both inside and outside the parish. Time after time he used this outreach resource to come to the aid of persons of all races and creeds who needed a helping hand.
Fr. Lou played an instrumental role in founding St. Matthew Orthodox Church in North Royalton, and assisted in establishing St. Luke the Evangelist Orthodox Mission in Solon, Ohio. Before coming to Akron in 1978, Fr. Lou served St. George parish in Washington, D.C. and also established St. Mary Church in nearby Baltimore, serving both congregations for 13 years.
Fr. Lou studied at Syracuse University and Le Moyne College in Syracuse and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline MS, and graduated in 1958 with a Bachelor of Divinity degree from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminar in Crestwood NY. After his ordination to the priesthood in 1963, Fr. Lou also earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 1972 from Catholic University in Washington,
Fr. Lou was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Olga (N’Sair) Mahshie, and siblings Mary (Louis) Reale and Nicholas Mahshie. He is survived by his devoted wife of 52 years Corinne; his children Louis (Amy), David, and Tammy Mundy (Dan); grandchildren Daniel and Michael Mundy; siblings Henry (Louise, dec.), Jim (Addie) Mahshie, Helen Abdo, Edna Zeppetello, and Hazel (Don) Conan; and his extended family throughout our community and beyond who will always remember Fr. Lou with the deepest of affection and appreciation.
Arrangements are being made by the Kucko-Anthony-Kertesz Funeral Home, 1990 S Main St Akron, OH 44301 (330) 724-1281. The Viewing will take place at St. George Church on Monday, August 31, from 3 to 8 pm. Clergy Funeral Service at 7 pm. On Tuesday, September 1, a viewing will take place at 9 am at the church. There will be a Divine Liturgy at 10 am, followed by the Funeral Service.
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