The Recently Concluded Meetings of the Archdiocesan Synod and the Archdiocesan Board of Trustees – June 2 – 4, 2006
During the weekend of June 2nd through June 4th, the Archdiocesan Synod of Bishops and the Archdiocesan Board of Trustees held their Spring meetings at the Antiochian Village in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. In addition, the Village Council, and the Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch held their meetings on Thursday and Friday of that same weekend.
Our Archdiocesan Synod dealt with many issues that are critical to the people and parishes of our Archdiocese. The following are some of the items discussed in the Synod meeting:
The Archdiocesan Board of Trustees dealt with many important issues, including the approval of the Archdiocese Financial Report for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2006 and the budget for Fiscal year 2008, which was mentioned above. By the grace of God, and through the most careful fiscal management, the budget is balanced, and this God-protected Archdiocese remains free of any debt. The Board heard reports on the outstanding work being done by the following departments:
In addition, the Board heard a report on the 2007 Archdiocese Convention from Very Rev. Peter Shportun, pastor of the host parish of St. Nicholas in Montreal Quebec, Canada. Fr. Peter indicated that detailed convention information would begin to be available by August 1 of this year. During the Board meeting, Bruce Jabbour, General Manager of the Antiochian Village Heritage and Learning Center made a special presentation to His Eminence of a silver medallion which commemorates the 40th Anniversary of Metropolitan PHILIP as the Primate of this Archdiocese. The Fall meeting of the Archdiocese Board of Trustees will be held from October 6-7 in Troy, Michigan.
On Saturday evening, a dinner was held for all of those in attendance, and a special surprise was the presentation of a cake by Chef Tim Johnston to His Eminence for his birthday. In addition, Dr. George Farha, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees, gave a tribute to His Eminence, including the recitation of selections from His Eminence's poetry.
The weekend concluded on Sunday morning with the celebration of Matins and the Divine Liturgy in the Chapel of Saints Peter and Paul.