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Reflecting On The ‘Why’: Father Alex Karloutsos Retires

On Monday morning, Father Alex Karloutsos answered the phone in a reflective mood. It was his first day without his official title as vicar general of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America — and, not to mention, his 51st wedding anniversary.

This deliberately chosen date, May 3, set the stage for the priest’s new batch of priorities, which include spending more time with his wife, Xanthi, their three children and nine grandchildren, and continuing to lead the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Shinnecock Hills.

All the while, he carries on in his pursuit of “why” — the question that has given him purpose, substance and meaning for much of his life, he said.

And, yet, he still doesn’t have his answer.

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