Diocese of Miami News
By Fr. Philip Rogers
On November 10, 2013, the Sunday closest to the feast of the Holy Archangels (November 8), His Grace Bishop Antoun blessed our community of Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Christian Church in Lafayette, Louisiana with a special hierarchical visit. It was a special visit because during the weekend, our community celebrated the burning of the mortgage of our first permanent building, a momentous occasion!
The faithful of our community came together on Saturday, November 9, to celebrate with His Grace Bishop Antoun and our previous pastor, the Very Rev. Fr. John Badeen. After a memorable dinner and a few remarks from our current pastor, Fr. Philip Rogers, our parish council chairman, Dr. Fadi Malek, Fr. John Badeen and Bishop Antoun, Fr. Philip and Dr. Malek held the mortgage and ceremoniously lit it on fire. All those present cheered as the fire destroyed the mortgage.
We are inviting people to The First Scriptural Symposium to be hosted on January 16-19, 2014 by the newly-established Antiochian Biblical Institute (ABI), a ministry of the Fellowship of St. John the Divine (FSJD) here at St. George Cathedral in Coral Gables, Florida.
Several scholars will be in attendance from across the country to present papers on specific topics relating to the study of Scripture. Please see the attached flyer for more details. During the weekend, the ABI is honored to celebrate the 70th birthday of The Very Rev. Dr. Paul Nadim Tarazi, professor of Scripture for the last 43 years and founder of the Orthodox Center for the Advancement of Biblical Studies (OCABS).
Please feel free to distribute the attached flyer to your parishioners and friends. All sessions with lunch are complimentary. Donations are appreciated. Reservations are required to properly finalize all arrangements. All are welcome! I hope to see you here in Miami in January, God willing.
On October 5, 2013, St. George Cathedral in Coral Gables will host a Charity Gala to benefit the Al-Kafaat Foundation. Founded in 1957 by Nadim Shwayri, a devout Antiochian Orthodox Christian, Al-Kafaat is a private, nonprofit and nondenominational organization that delivers its education and rehabilitation services across seven different campuses in Lebanon. Since it was first launched, Al-Kafaat has successfully ministered to over 27,000 needy children. In May of 2010, Metropolitan Philip presented Mr. Shwayri with the Antonian Gold Medal for his humanitarian work, and a resolution at the July 2013 51st Antiochian Archdiocese Convention in Houston, TX, commended the work of Al-Kafaat.
The Gala will begin at 7 p.m. at the St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral Hall. The evening will feature cocktails, dinner, an auction, and Speaker Ms. Myriam Shwayri, director of Public Relations for the Al-Kafaat Rehabilitation and Skill Center.
From St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, Coral Gables, FL:
St. George Cathedral is saddened to inform you of the passing into eternal life of Subdeacon Hanna Khoury, at the age of 62. The clergy and council of St. George Cathedral offer their sincerest condolences to Haifa Khoury and her children George, Charles and Giselle; to his brothers Tony, Kiwan, and Anwar; his sister Hanan, and all their families; and the Khoury, Habash, and Hatem families. May Christ, who is our life and resurrection, give rest to the soul of the servant of God, Subdeacon Hanna, with all the Saints, and may He grant comfort, patience, and strength to his family.
Arrangements are as follows:
Wednesday, September 25th - The family will receive condolences from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at their home, located at 1001 Bella Vista Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33156. The Trisagion Service will be sung at 7:30 pm.
From St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, Coral Gables, FL:
St. George Cathedral is saddened to inform you of the passing into eternal life of Ramon Ghawali (Ghazaleh) at the age of 71.
The Clergy and Council of St. George Cathedral offer their sincerest condolences to his wife, Suhayla, his children and their families, Joudeh and Muna, Elias and Reem, Ghada and Sameer Al-Ghawali, Mary and Elia Sammour, and Roland, his brothers and sisters across the United States, and the Ghawali and Kattan families in Beit Jala, Palestine, on the loss of their beloved, Ramon.
May Christ, who is our life and resurrection, give rest to the soul of the servant of God, Ramon, with all the Saints and may He grant comfort, patience, and strength to his family.
The following arrangements have been made:
Sunday, September 8 - The Viewing will be held at St. George Cathedral from 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held during the Wake at 7:30 p.m. A Mercy Meal will be offered at St. George Cathedral Hall after the Funeral Service.
Monday, September 9 - The Final Viewing will be held at St. George Cathedral beginning at 10:00 a.m. followed by the Trisagion Service at 10:30 a.m. The Procession and Burial Service will be held after the service. A Mercy Meal will be offered at St. George Cathedral Hall after the Burial Service.
May his memory be eternal!
The Assembly of Bishops reports:
"In an unprecedented action, two Orthodox Christian churches—one Greek and one Antiochian—have merged together to form a new parish in northeastern Tennessee. Holy Resurrection (AOCA) in Johnson City and Holy Trinity (GOA) in Bluff City joined together in their first liturgy on June 23, the Feast of Pentecost. The new parish, which has taken the name Christ the Savior, comes under the jurisdiction of His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. The parish is served by Fr. Stephen Mathewes, an Antiochian priest who had been assigned to Holy Resurrection.
Holy Trinity and Holy Resurrection were originally mission parishes, founded in 1984 and 1997 respectively. Despite the dedication of their members, both parishes had struggled in recent years. According to Fr. Mathewes, 20-30 parishioners attended Holy Resurrection for Divine Liturgy on a typical Sunday. "With a church that small, if one person comes or one goes, it's a major change. It's devastating if a family moves away or leaves. You feel all those ripples and waves."
For the last several years Holy Trinity had not had a full-time priest. The parish was served by visiting priests who would celebrate liturgy once every 2-3 weeks.
By Dr. Doreen D'Angelo
Dorothy Elizabeth Rothman Fluty passed away on June 16, 2013 at the age of 96. She was a member of St. Mary's Orthodox Church in West Palm Beach, FL. Dorothy was pre-deceased by her loving husband, Nicholas Michael Fluty (Flutie), who was born in Lebanon and passed away in 1984.
She was born in the Bronx, New York in 1916, where she lived with her parents, Nathan & Carrie-Ethel Rothman. Most people didn't know that our mother Dorothy was of Jewish background (both parents). One day she and I sat down and had a serious discussion. She wanted what I had, and I said, "Momma, what do I have that you want."? She said she noticed that I could handle situations that were coming my way with a godly attitude, something she never experienced in her life up till that point. I told my momma, that we can talk with Dad and see about her taking lessons and being baptized into the Orthodox Church Dad belonged to. I was Catholic, and my Dad was Orthodox, so it only seemed fitting to choose my Dad's church.
Mother, for the first time in her life, belonged, and she soon volunteered for everything she could possibly do for the church. Momma gained many friends who are still remembering her and the wonderful selflessness she put forth in all she did. Dorothy (Momma) has two children: her loving daughter Dr. Doreen D'Angelo, and Fred, her younger child. Both have been married for many years to their loving spouses: Doreen's husband is Joseph D'Angelo, and Fred's wife is Ann Fluty. Doreen and Joseph have four children. Fred and Ann have no children. She also had two Grandchildren, Stephanie, and Stephen. Two Great Grandchildren, Joey and Nina (from Canada). A Great-Great Grandchild named Talia (from Canada). Dorothy also has two step-Grandchildren named, Darlene & Francene D'Angelo (son, Chris).
There is still time for you to register for your diocese's "family reunion" this summer, your regional Parish Life Conference (PLC)! The theme for this year, "The End of History...The Last Judgment," will be the focus of the Creative Festivals, a highlight of the conferences. Youth and organizational meetings, spiritually edifying speakers and services, and social events for kids and adults alike, all make the PLCs one of the Archdiocese's most established and popular traditions. Visit the Conventions and Conference Planning page for full information.
First up is the Diocese of Wichita PLC, kicking off on June 5 in Kansas City. St. Basil Orthodox Church hosts the PLC at the Westin Kansas City Hotel in downtown Kansas City, "one of America's Best downtowns" according to Forbes magazine.
Memory Eternal! + George Chalhoub, 1930 – 2013
The Right Rev. Archmandrite George Chalhoub fell asleep in the Lord on Holy Tuesday, April 30, 2013.
He was born in Douma, Lebanon in 1930 to Wadih and Bahije, the second of eight children. From his childhood he felt the call to the priesthood and was responsible for starting the Youth Movement in Douma. On January 4, 1952, he left his home to enter the Balamand Monastery and school. In that same year, he was tonsured a reader during Great Lent, and on August 6, The Feast of Holy Transfiguration, he was ordained a deacon by the hand of the late Metropolitan Elia Karam of Mount Lebanon at the Church of Holy Transfiguration in Dhour Chweir while spending the summer at St. Elias Patriarchal Monastery.
In 1953, he became the deacon for the late Patriarch Theodosius VI, Metropolitan of Tripoli at that time. In 1956 when the Metropolitan was elected as Patriarch of the see of Antioch, Deacon George accompanied him to the Patriarchate in Damascus to serve as his personal secretary.
On March 12, 1959, he was ordained to the priesthood and elevated to the rank of Archmandrite by the Patriarch at the Patriarchal Cathedral in Damascus, and was the given the title of Protosangelos of the Patriarchate.
Saint George Cathedral of Coral Gables, FL, is presenting their Annual Middle Eastern Festival Friday, February 22—Sunday, February 24, 2013. The Cathedral began celebrating its 60th anniversary in November of 2012, and continues with this event. Saturday, February 23 will coincide with the actual and exact 60th anniversary of the parish's founding. The Festival will feature Middle Eastern delicacies and American classic cuisine, a petting zoo and kids corner, live entertainment and a raffle.
"The community is very excited and working hard for this," noted Fr. Fouad Saba. "Many new families are joining and attending now, and our children are excited about this day. Therefore, a time capsule will be sealed on that day during the Festival, with all the children participating."
Added Fr. Fouad, "St. George Cathedral is now on Facebook. Please find and 'like' St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Coral Gables, Florida, to receive news and updates on our latest events!"
January 17th is the celebration of St. Anthony the Great and the name's days of His Grace Bishop Antoun of the Diocese of Miami and of His Grace Bishop Anthony of the Diocese of Toledo. May God grant them many years!
APOLYTIKION OF ST. ANTHONY THE GREAT, TONE 4
Thou didst become like the zealous Elijah in his condition, and followed John the Baptist in his upright ways, becoming a dweller in the wilderness and an establisher of the universe by thy prayer, O Father Anthony. Wherefore, intercede thou with Christ God to save our souls.
By Ernestine Ede and Justin Sayfie
On November 16-18, 2012, St. George Cathedral of Coral Gables, FL, began a year-long celebration of her Diamond Jubilee (60th Anniversary) with a weekend to remember.
The festivities began on Friday evening. Saint George Cathedral was adorned with long ribbons of red and white satin streaming from the center archway of the altar and the bells were joyously ringing in jubilation at the arrival of the Metropolitan’s motorcade at the front of the Cathedral. Our pastor Fr. Fouad Saba, the members of the parish council, and the faithful of St. George Cathedral had for several months eagerly awaited the arrival of His Eminence Metropolitan Philip, His Eminence Archbishop Joseph, His Grace Bishop Antoun and His Grace Bishop Nicholas. The Cathedral was also honored to have in attendance The Very Rev. Dr. Paul Nadim Tarazi, Fawaz El-Khoury, the vice chairman of the Archdiocese Board of Trustees, and Mrs. Mary Winstanley O’Connor, the North American chair for the Order of St. Ignatius. In addition, a special honor was bestowed on the Cathedral with the arrival of Maronite Bishop Mounir Khairallah of Batroun, Lebanon.
A busy Commencement Weekend of November 16-18, 2012 begins a year-long celebration of St. George Cathedral's sixty years of ministry in the Miami community. His Eminence Metropolitan Philip will preside over the weekend's events, which begin Friday evening, November 16, with a welcome reception. On Saturday, November 17th, the Grand Banquet will kick off at 6:00 p.m. at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Distinguished hierarchs and guests will enjoy the music of renowned singer Osama Neimy, and violinist Gaby Dahrie.
Additionally, on Saturday during the day, a Youth Luncheon for His Eminence Metropolitan Philip and visiting hierarchs will be held with the students of Sunday School, members of SOYO and the Fellowship of St. John, in the Cathedral Hall.
Finally, on Sunday, November 18th, Metropolitan Philip will preside at the Divine Services beginning with Orthros at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at 10:30 a.m. The induction of new members into the Order of St. Ignatius will take place immediately after Liturgy. Everyone is invited to enjoy a Thanksgiving Luncheon to be held following the services, at the Cathedral Hall.
MEMORY ETERNAL! Paul Saba, 88, of Largo, Florida, passed away on August 15, 2012. Paul was born in Cleveland, Ohio on October 1, 1923 to Gabriel and Pauline (Asha) Saba. Paul was a member of the Order of St. Ignatius and a founding member of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, St. Petersburg, Florida. A veteran of the US Air Force, Paul was currently attending Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, Safety Harbor, Florida. He was very active in the Orthodox Church and was president of the SOYO club several times.
Glory to Jesus Christ who is the Resurrection and the Life! Glory forever!
St. George Cathedral in Coral Gables, Florida is saddened to inform you of the passing into eternal life of the handmaid of God, Nabiha Nasr, early this morning, August 29, 2012, at the age of 94. Nabiha, late widow of Jules Nasr, and matriarch of the Nasr family, was mother to five children, twelve grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren. St. George Cathedral offers her sincerest condolences to her children, Michel (Cathedral Council President), Aimee, Mouna, Gretta, Sally, and their families. May the loving God who gave His only Son, grant rest to his handmaiden, Nabiha, with the Saints, and may He bless and comfort the Nasr family with his Grace.
The following arrangements have been made:
The Twentieth Annual Parish Life Conference (PLC) of the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast, hosted by St. Philip Antiochian Orthodox Church of Davie, Florida was held from June 13-17, 2012 at the Ocean Sky Resort and Hotel at Fort Lauderdale’s famous beaches. Just under 300 people registered at the Conference, and considering the present state of the economy, the PLC turned out to be a resounding success.
His Grace Bishop Antoun presided over the Conference, joined by the Keynote speaker, His Grace Bishop Anthony, Bishop of Toledo and the Midwest. The Very Reverend Father Elia Shalhoub, Dean of the Clergy in our Deanery, was the Host Pastor, and the Conference was chaired by Deborah Khoury and co-chaired by Diane Perez.
The theme of the conference came from St. John of Damascus, one of the great theologians of the Church who stated: “The Bible Fills us with Eternal Joy”.
Four new members of the Order of St. Ignatius were inducted at the Parish Life Conference for the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast. The PLC was held at the beautiful Ocean Sky Hotel and Resort in Fort Lauderdale.
The Diocese teens were blessed to have His Grace Bishop Anthony from the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest visit them in Fort Lauderdale during their Parish Life Conference starting June 13. Members of teen SOYO joined His Grace for a Teen Workshop on Saturday (6/16). SOYO captured the audio and key points from this workshop as well as the audio and key points from his keynote during the Grand Banquet Saturday evening, and audio from his sermon during Sunday's liturgy.
His Grace's words of wisdom included these thoughts:
Find pleasure in your purpose. If you pursue pleasure without purpose, your pleasure will become your pain. "Pursue your purpose, and you'll find your person."
Attach yourself to the church so you will be attracted to the right people and the right things.
Do your best at everything so you can find the one thing you are really good at. "That's how you find your balance and your bliss."
Parish Life Conference (PLC) season continues as the parishioners of St. Philip Antiochian Orthodox Church prepare for the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast's PLC, presided over by His Grace Bishop Antoun. The beautiful Ocean Sky Hotel and Resort in Ft. Lauderdale is the site of the event, which will kick off on June 13 and run through the weekend. A packed, family-friendly schedule includes childcare and teen meetings, a Marriage and Family Workshop with Khouria Maggie Hock, the daily cycle of services, the Creative Festival and Bible Bowl events, and much more.
In the meantime, the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America concluded their successful PLC, themed "Cowboys and Cassocks." The busy four day weekend was hosted by the St. Joseph Orthodox Church of Houston; a highlight for attendees was the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of His Grace Bishop Basil's consecration to the episcopacy.
The Summer 2012 issue of DIAKONIA is now available online. This issue highlights the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast, and contains:
- A message from His Eminence Archbishop Joseph
- A message from His Grace Bishop Antoun
- The Living Waters of Mid-Pentecost by Diocesan Spiritual Advisor Fr. Stephen Rogers
- A message from Diocese of Miami Antiochian Women President Dorothy Tampary
...and more! Click here to download (PDF)
His Grace Bishop Antoun writes:
Great and Holy Pascha, 2012
Christ is Risen!
Truly, He is Risen!
To my beloved clergy and laity of the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast.
I pray you all have a blessed feast of our Lord's Resurrection and that the next 40 days will bring you all the joys of the risen Lord.
Auxiliary, Diocese of Miami and the Southeast
From the March 2012 edition of The Word:
St. Andrew – Intercessor for the Orthodox in America
St. Andrew the First-called Apostle began work as a fisherman and, as proclaimed by our Lord Jesus Christ, he became a fisher of men particularly through his missionary journeys along the Black Sea. Not only did he work during his life here on earth, but he continued to pray and nurture the seeds he had planted in small villages such as Byzantium and Kiev to such a degree that these areas flourished over the centuries and became glorious and mighty centers of the Orthodox Faith. Thus St. Andrew is recognized as the patron saint of Constantinople, Ukraine, Russia, and Romania, as well as several other places. But to what degree does St. Andrew care for the Orthodox Faith here in America?
God revealed St. Andrew as a powerful intercessor for the Orthodox Church in America on the weekend of December 3–4, 2011, when two church temples dedicated to St. Andrew were consecrated in our Archdiocese – one in Riverside, California, and one in Pensacola, Florida. Both of these consecrations share in the blessings of God’s grace through St. Andrew, overcoming earthly hardships with a heavenly respite; temporary sickness with an eternal hospital; demonic despair with divine glory; and murky sin with the light of salvation. Having an incarnate location in these communities in which to bring such cares to God mercifully provides the spiritual nourishment the body requires.
On February 26, 2012, His Eminence Metropolitan Philip inducted six new members into the Order of St. Ignatius at St. Philip Church in Davie (Fort Lauderdale), Florida. Pictured above: to the right of the Metropolitan, Elizabeth Peters Manzini (Life Member), Fr. Elia Shalhoub, Fadi Khoury (Knight), Alfonso Cristofaro (Knight), Mary Winstanley O’Conner (No. American chair of The Order); to the left, Ellena Haddad (dame), Michael Haddad (reinstated), Eddie Sadawie (Knight), Kh. Odette Shalhoub. Dr. Samir Kousa was not present.
"His Grace, Bishop Antoun arrived in Orlando on Friday, February 10th 2012, to Bless and visit the faithful of St. George’s. His Grace was met at the airport by Fr. John E. Hamatie and Sub Deacon Charles P. Hill. After checking in at the hotel, His Grace was driven to St. George’s to attend the weekly Church feeding of homeless people. Fr. John gave his weekly homily/address to the 300 people gathered for the feeding, after which His Grace addressed the assembly. Father John explained to Bishop Antoun that St. George’s has expanded its homeless feeding ministry to include daily breakfast and lunch to approximately 200 people. In addition to the Friday dinner put on by the Ephraim Project and Saint George’s; other organizations hold an evening meal every night in the Church’s parking lot.
After the feeding, Sayidna asked to be taken to the Holy Altar to prepare his vestments and such for the Sunday Hierarchal Divine Liturgy. Sub Deacon Charles had previously taken the suitcase with Sayidna’s things to the Holy Altar. After venerating the Holy Altar, Sayidna looked to see if everything was properly laid out – to his surprise his green vestments were not on the table-but rather a new gold and white bishop’s vestment!