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Officers, Meetings & Activities

COCC Executive Board

The following officers are parish representatives who have been elected to serve a one-year term, while the Spiritual Advisor is the president of the St. John Chrysostom Clergy Brotherhood.

St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, Southfield

JOHN E. LAZAR, Vice President
St. George Romanian Orthodox Cathedral, Southfield

Sts. Peter & Paul Romanian Orthodox Church, Dearborn Heights

Nativity of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, Plymouth

RICHARD SHEBIB, Immediate Past President
St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Basilica, Livonia

MARY ANN DADICH, Good Works Liaison
Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, Detroit

V. REV. FR. LAURENCE LAZAR, Spiritual Advisor
St. George Romanian Orthodox Cathedral, Southfield

If you would like to contact a board member by email, you can do so via our online contact form on the Contact page.

Monthly Meetings

The COCC functions by means of monthly meetings of the representatives of the member parishes. The meetings are held at 7:00 PM, usually on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. The priest(s) and 2 delegates from each member parish are encouraged to participate, and we are always happy to welcome new parish representatives and observers. (If your parish is not already an active member, please encourage your priest and parish council to participate.)  2017 meeting locations are:

January 17 - St. Mary the Protectress Cathedral, Southfield
February 21 - St. Mary the Protectress Cathedral, Southfield
March 14 - St. Mary the Protectress Cathedral, Southfield
April 4 - St. Mary the Protectress Cathedral, Southfield
May 9 - St. Mary the Protectress Cathedral, Southfield
June 13 - St. Mary the Protectress Cathedral, Southfield
July 11 - Nativity of the Virgin Mary Church, Plymouth
August 8 - St. George Church, Troy
September 12 - St. Mark Church, Rochester Hills
October 10 - St. Innocent Church, Redford
November 14 - St. Michael Church, Redford
December 12 - St. Thomas Church, Farmington Hills


Activities & Projects

Some of the regular efforts and events of the COCC include:

  • Annual Lenten Vespers & Guest Speaker Series
  • Dinner-Dance Benefit & social events
  • Church School Teachers enrichment workshops
  • Youth & Young Adult educational programs
  • Inter-Orthodox Services
  • Retired clergy & widows benevolence fund
  • The Orthodox Choir of Detroit
  • Orthodox Visitation Ministry
  • Support of Affiliate Ministries such as Orthodox Christian Women of Michigan (OCW), Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black, Orthodox Detroit Outreach (ODO), FOCUS+Detroit, and ZOE for Life!
  • Communty Service
  • Good Works bi-monthly publication
  • COCC TELCOM on YouTube
  • Detroit's Own Orthodox Radio (DOOR)
  • Seminarian & Missionary scholarships
  • St. John Chrysostom Clergy Brotherhood
  • Support of (inter)national organizations such as Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC), etc.

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