A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Leon Joseph Lysaght Jr.

Leon Joseph Lysaght Jr.
August 25, 1940 - December 2, 2022

Leon Joseph Lysaght Jr. (Rocky) peacefully departed this earthly life on December 2, 2022, while his family and priest held vigil by his bedside. Leon was born August 25, 1940, to his devoted parents, Helen and Leon Lysaght, Sr. in Butte, Montana. He had an idyllic childhood immersed in Serbian and Butte culture, and he was blessed to have grown up around his beloved grandparents, Soke and Jovo Vucanovich. The profound intellectual and spiritual guidance fostered by his father and grandfather incited Leon’s evolving and passionate thirst for knowledge, truth, and his Eastern Orthodox Christian faith.

As an aspiring student-athlete, Leon started his academic journey at Whitman College, majoring in Philosophy. He excelled at track and field and was deeply influenced by his distinguished college track coach, Bill Martin. His philosophical studies inspired an interest in the field of law, and Leon earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School. After practicing law in Helena, Montana, and serving in the United States military as a medic, Leon received a teaching fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania to pursue a Ph.D. in Philosophy. This led to an academic career in which he taught philosophy and law at five universities, in three countries, and on two continents.

Leon’s first faculty position was at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, teaching philosophy, which led to a teaching position at Queen’s University Belfast in Ireland. After receiving a professorship offer at the University of Detroit School of Law, he and his family moved to Michigan. This position progressed into a distinguished academic career that spanned four decades, which also included serving on the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. His greatest vocational joy was engaging in intellectual discussions with colleagues and students. Leon was born to serve as a teacher. He impacted thousands of students and received numerous teaching awards throughout his career. He was also instrumental in founding the Dual JD Program between the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and the University of Windsor Faculty of Law.

In conjunction with his professional teaching accomplishments, Leon sought to deepen his understanding of the Eastern Orthodox Christian faith. He served for two decades on the Board of Trustees at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, and he developed numerous initiatives and theological dialogues with Orthodox theologians in the United States and abroad. Leon also found ways to integrate his legal knowledge with his faith by serving as Advisor to the Episcopal Council and Member of the Central Church Council Legal Risk and Compliance Committee of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North, Central, and South America, and as Consultant to the Legal Matters Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. Additionally, he was a founding member of the Orthodox Christian Attorneys Network. He was the proud recipient of the Czar Dushan Award from the Serbian Bar Association of America. In 2015, Leon and his cherished wife and spiritual partner, Pam, moved to Glen Arbor permanently after being summer residents since 1994. They became founding members of St. Sebastian Orthodox Christian Church in Traverse City. Leon was filled with gratitude and great joy to see the parish grow well beyond its founding members.

Throughout his life, Leon was a devoted father and grandfather and was passionate about photographing and chronicling their countless activities. Leon’s intellectual and spiritual footprint will be greatly missed, but his teachings and his memory will be celebrated by all those he has touched, and most certainly by his family, whose love for him is eternal.

Leon is survived by his loving wife Pam; his children Aidan (Carolina, who is a second daughter to him) and Tupper Wierbicki (Robert); and his grandchildren whom he loved beyond measure, Nolan Lysaght, Cielo Lysaght, Soren Wierbicki, Vuko Wierbicki, and Stevan Martinez (Samantha) whom he considered another grandson.

Source: Obituary for Leon Joseph Lysaght Jr.


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The Church at Prayer

by Archimandrite Aimilianos of Simonopetra

Publisher’s note

Many readers of the addresses of Elder Aimilianos, which have been published in the five-volume series, rchimandrite Aimilianos, Spiritual Instructions and Discourses (Ormylia, 1998-2003), have frequently expressed the wish for an abridged and more accessible form of his teaching. In response, we are happy to inaugurate a new series of publications incorporating key texts from the above-mentioned collection. Other considerations have also contributed o this new project, such as the selection of specific texts which address important, contemporary questions; the need for a smaller, more reader-friendly publication format; and the necessity for editing certain passages in need of clarification, without however altering their basic meaning.

Above all, the works collected in this volume reflect the importance which the Elder consistently attached to prayer, spirituality, community life, worship, and liturgy. Thus the experientially based works "On Prayer", and "The Prayer of the Holy Mountain", which deal primarily with the Prayer of the Heart, appear first, followed by the summary addresses on "The Divine Liturgy", and "Our Church Attendance". These are in turn followed by the more socially oriented discourses on "Our Relations with Our Neighbor", and "Marriage: The Great Sacrament". Finally, the present volume closes with the sermons on "Spiritual Reading" and "The Spiritual Life", which in a simple and yet compelling manner set forth the conditions for "ascending to heaven on the wings of the Spirit".

It is our hope that The Church at Prayer will meet the purpose for which it is issued and will serve as a ready aid and support for those who desire God and eternal life in Him.