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His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP Announces the appointment of Very Rev. Anthony Yazge as the new Director for the Antiochian Vil

His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP has announced that Very Rev. Anthony Yazge will become the new Director of the Antiochian Village Camp following the current camping season. He will replace Very Rev. Michael Nasser who will begin his missionary work in Mexico as part of Project Mexico. The appointment was finalized at a meeting on Thursday June 15, 2006 held at the Archdiocese Headquarters (see photo below). That meeting was attended by (left to right in the photo) Mr. Robert Laham, Chairman of the Village Council, Metropolitan PHILIP, and Fr. Anthony.

Fr. Anthony was born in Washington DC, and is married to Khourieh Stefanie. They have three children, Matthew, Mark and Alexis. He graduated from St. Vladimir Seminary in 1988, and previously had earned his BS degree in Special Education from The University of Maryland. He has served as the pastor of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Terre Haute, Indiana since 1988. Fr. Anthony is no stranger to the work of our youth and the Camp. From 2004 to the present he has served as NAC Teen SOYO Spiritual Advisor, and for 13 years before that as Midwest Teen SOYO Spiritual Advisor. Since 2001, he has been the NAC Teen SOYO Special Olympics Camp Coordinator. As a teenager himself he served as the President and Treasurer for both Eastern Region and NAC Teen SOYO. As far as the Antiochian Village Camp is concerned, Fr. Anthony was a Camp Counselor, has served for 11 years as a session priest, and has sent his own children to the camp for the past 10 years. We pray that the Lord will grant Fr. Anthony, Khourieh Stefanie and their children every blessing as they begin their new life at the Antiochian Village.

Everyone who is associated with the Antiochian Village Camp will surely miss Fr. Michael Nasser. In his 10 years as Camp Director, significant progress has been made in both the physical facilities, as well as the camping program. Not only has he had a large impact at the Antiochian Village Camp, but he has overseen the establishment of our regional camps, insuring that the same high quality camping experience is maintained for all of our children. His work has been tireless, and his enthusiasm for the Camp and serving our children has been contagious. We also wish Fr. Michael, Khourieh Vicki, and their children Maria, Joshua, and Elena every blessing as they embark on a very new and challenging life in Mexico.

Pictured above (from left to right), Mr. Robert Laham, Chairman of the Village Council, His Eminence Metropoltian PHILIP, Very Rev. Anthony Yazge. The photo was take at the Archdiocese Headquarters on June 15, 2006 following the meeting to finalize the appointment of Fr. Anhtony as the new Camp Director.