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General Assembly Unanimously Approves Amended Constitution

General Assembly Unanimously Approves Amended Constitution

The 2004 Special Convention General Assembly for the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese met this Friday July 16, 2004, to review and approve an Amended Archdiocese Constitution and to nominate candidates for the Office of Diocesan Bishop.

The proposed amendments to the Archdiocese Constitution were developed to help enact the self-rule status granted last year to the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. The amended constitution was presented Friday morning to participants in the Special Convention (including clergy and laity). After an open question and answer session discussion and clarifying the amendments, participants voted unanimously to approve the constitution and submit it to the Holy Synod of Antioch.


This General Assembly showed how in a hierarchal church priests and laity alike are allowed to participate in the process of approving the recent great deeds by the visionary leadership within this Archdiocese.

His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP says, “This is a New Era!”

His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP addressed the assembly saying, “This is a new era; this is a new day!” “The future of this Archdiocese is not fifty years ago. The future is now….We have much to be done…We must think and act not only for us but for generations to come.”

Read Metropolitan PHILIP's Speech to the General Assembly

2004 Financial Statement Unanimously Accepted - 2006 Budget Unanimously Approved

The Department of Finance presented the 2004 Financial Statement and the 2006 Budget Fiscal Year Budget to the general assembly. Both were unanimously accepted by the assembly.

AOCWNA Announces Million Dollar Orphanages Fund Goal Reached

The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Women of North America announced this Friday that they have met their goal of raising one million dollars for an endowment fund for orphanages. Laila R. Ferris (president AOCWNA), says, “The Endowment Fund for Orphanages will help perpetually care for our orphans for many years to come.”

AOCWNA Announces New Goal to Raise Half a Million Dollars for the Housing Fund for Retired Clergy

AOCWNA rolled out their banner announcement to the general assembly pledging to raise a half million dollars to show they care for those who care for us.

Divine Liturgy Crowns the Closing of the Assembly

Friday’s general assembly was closed by moving comments from Metropolitan PHILIP encouraging all (priest and laity) to go and make disciples of all nations. His Eminence also continued to call upon all Orthodox Christians in North America to work toward the day of Orthodox Unity in America.



The general assembly events and accomplishments were crowned with Divine Liturgy on Sunday, celebrated by Bishop Joseph presided over by His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP. Ending with Divine Liturgy put a holy seal on the spiritual deeds accomplished during this blessed General Assembly.