Fr. George's Story
The Very Reverend Archpriest Fr. George Michael Rados, 82, fell asleep in the Lord on Sunday, October 15, 2017, at or about 6:30 P.M., at his home in North Potomac, MD, surrounded by his family. Fr. George was born in Canton, Ohio, on March 9, 1935, and was the second of two sons of Michael and Olive Rados. Fr. George grew up in a household which was very involved with the local Orthodox Church which later led to his decision as a young man, to pursue the priesthood.
Shortly after graduating from St. Vladimir's Seminary in New York, Fr. George married Jacqueline "Jacqui" Tomey on November 27, 1960, in Canton, Ohio. Soon afterward, he was ordained to the Deaconate on January 1, 1961, and then to the priesthood by Archbishop Antony Bashir on February 5, 1961, where he was immediately assigned to the parish of St. George Church in Terre Haute, IN, having celebrated his first Divine Liturgy in Terre Haute on February 12, 1961. Fr. George's served his first parish faithfully, and reverently for the next fifteen (15) years until his transfer in the summer of 1976. While in Terre Haute, Fr. George and Jacqui started their family, having raised five loving boys: George Michael Rados and his wife, Hanada KhouryRados; Mark Richard Rados and his wife, Dana Slyman Rados; David Matthew Rados; Christopher Alan Rados and Paul Antony Rados. Fr. George helped build the St. George Parish Home - physically hammering the nails of the walls and floors, helped facilitate the building of the new St. George Social Center and St. George Sunday School, which continue to flourish to this day. To say that Fr. George and Jacqui left a mark on Terre Haute would be a vast understatement. In addition to serving the Terre Haute Orthodox Community, Fr. George has taught school for the Vigo County School Corporation and Indiana State University.
During the summer of 1976, Fr. George was transferred to St. George Orthodox Church located in Washington, DC, where he served for 3 years. In 1979, Fr. George, under the directorate of the Antiochian Christian Orthodox Archdiocese, established the Ss. Peter and Paul Mission and in July of 1980, the Mission became the an independent Church, which is one of the true gems of the Antiochian Archdiocese today. Under his leadership and direction at Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, Fr. George fulfilled a life-long dream of building a sanctuary and a parish from the ground up. Fr. George, Kh. Jacqui and their loving parishioners, were able to establish Fr. George's vision and testament of creating "a piece of heaven on earth". In June 2016, Fr. George retired from the priesthood at Ss. Peter and Paul Church and remained Pastor Emeritus until his death.
As the representative of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese, Fr. George met with many presidents and dignitaries from around the world, including President Ronald Reagan, President William Clinton, President George H. Bush and President George H.W. Bush. He was instrumental in creating and administering many programs in the Archdiocese including Project Loving Care (a child sponsorship program that helped distressed children in Palestine), The Children's Relief Fund, Food for Hungry People, all within the Department of Charities.
Fr. George is survived by his beloved children: George Michael Rados and his wife, Hanada Khoury Rados; Mark Richard Rados and his wife, Dana Slyman Rados; David Matthew Rados; and Paul Antony Rados; beloved grandchildren: Corey M. Rados, Paul A. Rados, Christopher M. Rados, Nicholas A. Rados, Alexi S. Rados and Michael C. Rados, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Fr. George was preceded in death by his beloved wife: Jacqueline "Jacqui" Tomey Rados on July 10, 2013; his beloved son: Christopher Alan Rados on August 05, 1987; his parents: Michael and Olive Rados; his parents-in-law: Mike and Peggy Albert Tomey; a brother: Richard Rados; sister-in-laws, brotherin-laws, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Fr. George's Funeral will be held at Ss. Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church, 10620 River Road, Potomac, Maryland 20854. His Grace Bishop ALEXANDER will preside. The schedule of services is as follows: Visitation, Monday, October 23, 2017, 1:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M., The Funeral service (for a Priest) 7:00 P.M.; Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 10:00 A.M., Divine Liturgy followed by the Funeral Service (for a Layman); 1:30 P.M., Burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 13801 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20906; 3:00 P.M., Meal of Mercy at Ss. Peter and Paul Church Hall. Memory Eternal. Donations may be made to the Very Reverend George M. Rados Memorial Fund, c/o George M. Rados, Jr., 12130 Sheets Farm Road, North Potomac, MD 20878, or to St. George Orthodox Church, 1900 S. 4th Street, Terre Haute, IN 47802. To view Fr. George's Funeral on live online, please visit:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMnw0XHuq6vZlc3y-Cj5kXQ/live.
*May the Lord God receive him and remember him in His Heavenly Kingdom*
Published on October 21, 2017