Speaker Biography: James Likoudis

James Likoudis:
President Emeritus of Catholics United for the Faith

Speaking on The Bond of Apostolic Succession

James LikoudisJames Likoudis is a former College Instructor in History and Government with 20 years of teaching experience in public and private education. A nationally known writer and lecturer on Catechetics, Sex Education and Liturgy, he has published many articles on these and other subjects of interest to the Catholic Laity. He was a co-founder and leader of “Credo of Buffalo”, which became a Chapter of Catholics United for the Faith.

Author of many articles on Liturgy problems following the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, he co-authored The Pope, the Council and the Mass which was hailed as an outstanding defense of Pope Paul VI’s “Ordo Missae” and the genuine liturgical reforms envisaged by the Second Vatican Council. Mr. Likoudis has gone on to author several other books including:

  • Ending the Byzantine Greek Schism
  • The Divine Primacy of the Bishop of Rome and Modern Eastern Orthodoxy: Letters to a Greek Orthodox on the Unity of the Church
  • Eastern Orthodoxy and the See of Peter: A Journey Toward Full Communion
  • Heralds of a Catholic Russia: Twelve Spiritual Pilgrims from Byzantium to Rome

Reconciled to the Catholic Church from Eastern Orthodoxy in 1952, Mr. Likoudis has devoted a great deal of his efforts to foster the reunion of the separated Eastern Orthodox Churches with the Catholic Church.

Mr. Likoudis has lectured extensively in the U.S., Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, India, and Estonia to parents’ groups, CUF Chapters, and other Catholic Associations on issues affecting education, family life, and the role of the laity in the Church.

He was the 2002 recipient of the Blessed Frederick Ozanam Award for Catholic Social Action presented at the October 18, 2002 Annual Meeting of the Society for Catholic Social Scientists.

Married and the father of 6 and grandfather of 35 children and great-grandfather of 23 children, James Likoudis has been a president-emeritus of Catholics United for the Faith (CUF) formerly headquartered in New Rochelle, NY, and Steubenville, OH. He and his gracious wife Ruth live in the beautiful village of Montour Falls, New York, and recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.