O.U.C.H. – Orthodox Urgent Care Hospital

Chicago is a big town with lots of churches and it’s a virtual Baskin-Robbins of Orthodoxy! They have 21 Greek parishes, not to mention the Russians, Arabs, and Serbs.

Be that as it may, I couldn’t believe my eyes when, traveling there recently, riding down the road on the way to a Lenten Retreat, I thought I saw a billboard saying:

O.U.C.H. – Orthodox Urgent Care HospitalYour complete health recovery center for those little accidents which happen in the one big Church.

I asked my driver, Nick Avramopolis, if we could stop in there for a look-see.

“Where?” he asked.

I said, “I thought I saw a billboard advertising an Orthodox Urgent Care Hospital.”

“Hmmm,” he said, “Oh yeah, it’s a pretty big place. We’ll try to squeeze it in on the way back to the airport.”

As we drove around, trying to find a place to park at a local restaurant, Nick asked if I’d heard about the shocking story coming out of Pennsyltucky, Louisiana and the Parish of St George.

I had not; so, he said: “The new priest there, Fr Bill Genatitokosopolasiski caused quite a stir recently when he instituted unheard of changes in the liturgical and communal life of the parish.”

First there was the collection of all cell phones, iPhones, pagers, and other electronic gadgets from people as they were entering the church …

The Orthodixie Podcast on Ancient Faith Radio.

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