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SOYO Reaches 40: 40 Years of Raising Generations of Disciples & Leaders

By V. Rev. Dr. Joseph F. Purpura

Forty years ago, the WORD Magazine recorded that during the Miami Convention of 1969 NAC (Teen) SOYO under the direction of his Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP elected its first President Mr. Robert Laham Jr. The teens were previously a committee of (Senior) SOYO (Senior SOYO is currently known as the Fellowship of St John the Divine). His Eminence with the help of Helen E. Rihbany, the National Teenage Chairwoman of Senior SOYO, set the following as priorities for this Teen Movement in the archdiocese, as found in Helen’s report to the General Assembly.

My Years in Teen SOYO

By V. Rev. Anthony Yazge

I count my life blessed in so many ways. One of those blessings has been my relationship with Teen SOYO. It began when I was twelve years old and the wife of our parish priest encouraged my parents to let me begin participating in Teen SOYO. The people I looked up to and admired were members of Teen SOYO. My cousins were involved. All of the older kids in my parish were active participants. I was ready to be part of the group of cool kids. And so it began and it has yet to end some 35 years later.

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