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Antiochian Women Update: August 2017 Letter From NAB President

August 26, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ –

Christ is in our midst!

Two years ago as NAB President, I sent my initial correspondence on the Great Feast of the Dormition of Our Most Holy Theotokos.  Now, two years later, I am sending you this letter as we approach another wonderful day in her honor, the Placing of the Most Venerable Belt of the Theotokos (August 30), as well as the start of the Ecclesiastical New Year on September 1.  Thank you for allowing me to continue as NAB President over these next two years and continuing to serve in this magnificent ministry.

Our thanks to the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast and St. George Cathedral in Coral Gables, Florida for hosting the Archdiocese Convention that was held from July 25–30 at The Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida.  We had about 120 attendees at the Antiochian Women’s breakfast on Wednesday, July 26, which was followed by the NAB General Assembly.  That same evening, the re-elected NAB Officers and His Grace Bishop John as our NAB Spiritual Advisor were sworn into office by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph.

Midwest Clergy and Laity Fall Gathering + October 12-15, 2017

Download the flyer

Bishop Anthony proudly announces the Diocese of Toledo's upcoming Clergy Retreat and Fall Gathering, hosted by Fr. John Winfrey and the faithful of St. George Church in Grand Rapids, MI.

This event is for all of our clergy, and members of our Antiochian Women, Teen SOYO, and Young Adult ministries.

Please see the flyer for details.

 

Summer 2017 Issue of DIAKONIA Available Online

The Summer 2017 issue of DIAKONIA is now available online. This issue highlights the Diocese of Worcester and New England. The issue contains:

  • Greetings from His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph and His Grace Bishop John
  • A message from Spiritual Advisor Fr. Ed Hughes
  • A message from the Diocesan President Cindy Hayes
  • Profiles of Worcester officers
  • Chapter reports, photos and happenings

...and more! Download (PDF) here.

Spring 2017 Issue of DIAKONIA Available Online

The Spring 2017 issue of DIAKONIA is now available online. This issue highlights the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America. The issue contains:

  • A greeting from His Grace Bishop Basil
  • A message from Spiritual Advisor Fr. Christopher Morris
  • A message from the Diocesan President Deana Bottei
  • Profiles of diocesan officers
  • Chapter reports, photos and happenings

...and more! Download (PDF) here.

March is Antiochian Women Month

The month of March, designated as Antiochian Women Month by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, is a time when the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Women of North America encourage their sisters in Christ to participate in the Liturgy and minister in their parishes and their communities. 

Learn more about Antiochian Women and download the resources below.

Winter 2017 Issue of DIAKONIA Available Online

The Winter 2017 issue of DIAKONIA is now available online. This issue highlights the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest. The issue contains:

  • Using our Prayer Books by His Grace Bishop Anthony
  • Information about the 2017 NAB Common Act of Mercy
  • A message from the Diocesan President Cynthia Beckes O'Connor
  • Profiles of diocesan officers
  • Chapter reports, photos and happenings

...and more! Download (PDF) here.

A Call for Participation: FOCUS on Love...Feeding Hungry Children

January 17, 2017
Saint Anthony the Great

Dear Sisters in Christ:

Christ is in our midst!

With Thanksgiving and the Feasts of the Nativity and Theophany having been celebrated, I know with certainty that the chapters in each of the dioceses have been active in humanitarian acts of mercy. From the beginning of the school year through the winter months, so many families had so many needs. The Antiochian Women are continuous sources of compassion and financial help in their individual communities.

As NAB Humanitarian Coordinator, one of my responsibilities is to propose an Act of Mercy appropriate for all Antiochian Women chapters of our Archdiocese for participation in common. As you will remember, we have encouraged participation in some very worthy Common Acts of Mercy in the past, with support for The Treehouse (Wichita, KS) and supplying IOCC Emergency Kits being the latest ones.

2017 Antiochian Women Grant Letter and Scholarship Application is Available

January 27, 2017

Dear Reverend Fathers,

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

The Antiochian Women of North American Board are asking for your help in finding women in your parish who could benefit from the Antiochian Women's Educational Grant. Each year, the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Women of North America are able to award grants, in the amount of $500 each, to help women return to education or training in order to improve their circumstances and those of their families.

We will be awarding these scholarships in July at the NAB Summer Meeting. You can help by passing along the enclosed application to the women in your parish you feel are eligible and would benefit from our scholarship. Please feel free to duplicate the application form if more than one woman in your parish wishes to apply. Also, please publicize the grant in your parish newsletter or Sunday Bulletin.

Fall 2016 Issue of DIAKONIA Available Online

The Fall 2016 issue of DIAKONIA is now available online. This issue highlights the Diocese of Ottawa, Eastern Canada & Upstate New York. The issue contains:

  • Holding onto the Truth by His Grace Bishop Alexander
  • Be Heavenly as Your Father is Heavenly by Fr. Maximos Saikaly, DOECUNY-AW Spiritual Advisor
  • A message from the Diocesan President Géhane Ephtimios Zahran
  • Profiles of diocesan officers
  • Chapter reports, photos and happenings

...and more! Download (PDF) here.

Antiochian Women Announce 2017 Project Theme

The Antiochian Women are excited to announce the theme of our 2017 Project:
“Strengthening the Ministries of our Church." This theme is a distillation of the sweeping vision which Metropolitan Joseph readily shared with us at the summer meetings in July, 2016. His Eminence spoke with farsighted boldness and passion about the many challenges and opportunities which lay before our God-protected Archdiocese. His vision is of a vigorous Church actively proclaiming our faith in Jesus Christ and lovingly ministering to the broken world around us. This is already a description of the ministries in many of our parishes, but to keep moving forward while broadening our active ministries, we must reinforce and strengthen our foundations.

(Note to all parishes: Please send the money you collect for the 2017 Project to your Antiochian Women diocesan treasurer by May 1, 2017.)

Nurturing Children for Service

by His Grace Bishop John, from The Word Magazine, September 2016

Metropolitan Joseph strolled into the meeting of the North American Board of the Antiochian Women after spending over an hour with the archdiocese teen leadership. With what at least one of our women described as "a heavy heart," Metropolitan Joseph shared with the women that the Archdiocese will need more clergy to serve when our aging clergy retire, and we need monastics, people to build and maintain homes for the aged, people to take care of the unborn and their mothers, Christian educators for the young, as well as people to do all kinds of other ministries.

Summer 2016 Issue of DIAKONIA Available Online

The Summer 2016 issue of DIAKONIA is now available online. This issue highlights the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast. The issue contains:

  • A message from President Dawn Evancho
  • For All The Saints by V. Rev. Stephen Rogers
  • Profiles of diocesan officers
  • Chapter reports, photos and happenings

...and more! Download (PDF) here.

Spring 2016 Issue of DIAKONIA Available Online

The Spring 2016 issue of DIAKONIA is now available online. This issue highlights the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West, and the Diocese of Eagle River and the Northwest. The issue contains:

  • Pastoral Message from His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph
  • Photos and first person stories
  • Profiles of diocesan officers

...and more! Download (PDF) here.

Winter 2016 Issue of DIAKONIA Available Online

The Winter 2016 issue of DIAKONIA is now available online. This issue highlights the Diocese of New York, the Archdiocesan District and the Diocese of Charleston! The issue contains:

  • The Sanctification of Our Parish Life by His Grace Bishop Thomas
  • A message from St. Barbara's Monastery
  • Profiles of diocesan officers

...and more! Download (PDF) here.

Memory Eternal! + Sherry Abraham Morrow

Memory eternal! Sherry Abraham Morrow, December 4, 1948 - February 17, 2016

Sherry was born on December 4, 1948 and raised in Woodward, Oklahoma. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. Shortly after graduation, she married Don Abraham and moved to Wichita, Kansas. They had two daughters, Candace and Ginger. Don and Sherry owned and operated Ali Baba Bakery for 19 years. The bakery specialized in pita bread, but eventually made over 100 different varieties. She worked full time at the bakery with Don until he was diagnosed with cancer in 1994, and they sold their business. Sherry worked on weekends at Abe's Steak House, a restaurant owned by Don's family. Don passed away on February 28, 1995.

In November 2003, Sherry married Mark Morrow. Their blended family consists of two sons, three daughters, two sons-in-law, two daughters-in-law, five granddaughters and four grandsons. Mark and Sherry split their time between Wichita and Oklahoma City and were active in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian churches in both communities – St. George Cathedral in Wichita and St. Elijah Church in Oklahoma City. At St. George Cathedral, Sherry served as the Chairman of the annual Lebanese dinner and was the Baklawa Chairman for many years, perfecting the process of making enough baklawa to serve more than 5,500 people!

Mid-Winter Meetings to be held in Garden Grove, CA: March 4-6, 2016

With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, the 2016 Mid-Winter Meetings will be hosted by St. Luke Orthodox Church in Garden Grove, CA, on March 4-6, 2016. The Archdiocese and Diocese officers of the Antiochian Women, Fellowship of St. John Divine/Young Adult Ministry, and Teen SOYO will gather for their annual mid-winter meetings to conduct the business of our Archdiocese organizations. Travel, lodging, and registration information is below. Please contact your NAC/NAB President with any questions.

Meet Dianne O’Regan, President of the North American Board of the Antiochian Women

Boston, MA: Dianne (second from right) leads her first meeting as President of the NAB Antiochian Women in July, 2015Boston, MA: Dianne (second from right) leads her first meeting as President of the NAB Antiochian Women in July, 2015Dianne O'Regan has been a member of St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church in Louisville, Kentucky for almost 20 years. She graduated with her Associate of Arts in Political Science from Bellarmine University, and her Bachelor of Arts (Summa Cum Laude) in Political Science with an Emphasis on Russian/Soviet Area Studies from the University of Louisville. She has been employed as a Legal Assistant for 35 years, having worked in the fields of criminal prosecution, criminal defense, and civil and corporate law. Since 1996, she has worked at the law offices of Stites & Harbison, PLLC, in the Creditors Rights & Bankruptcy Service Group.

On the local parish level, she currently sings in the choir, but has also served as a church school teacher, editor of the monthly newsletter, member of the adult Bible Bowl Team, and serving the Antiochian Women in various capacities.

Fall 2015 Issue of DIAKONIA Available Online

The Fall 2015 issue of DIAKONIA is now available online. This issue highlights the newly-elected North American Board Officers and Coordinators! The issue contains:

  • A message from His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph
  • A profile of Antiochian Women spiritual advisor, His Grace Bishop John
  • Biographies of the officers of the 2015-2017 Antiochian Orthodox Christian Women of North America North American Board

...and more! Download (PDF) here.

Hungry Children at Home and Abroad

by Kh. Suzanne V. Murphy, Vice-President of the North American Board, Antiochian Women, The Word, October 2015

"Feed Hungry Children" – His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph has given this task to the Antiochian Women as the NAB Project for 2015–2016. Generosity towards the poor and vulnerable is one of the fundamental marks of a Christian heart. His Eminence has made the care of hungry children the fundamental focus for our fundraising in the year ahead.

This is a task that the Antiochian Women gladly accept. The care of children – especially poor and hungry children – motivates us to immediate action! The immensity of this task seems overwhelming. Our task, however, is not to eradicate hunger; our task is to feed hungry children. As St. Paul reminds us, when faced with such an enormous task, we must "not grow weary of doing good" (2 essalonians 3:13). We remember, too, that when the Apostles went out into the whole world, they did not work alone, because "the Lord worked with them, and confirmed their message by accompanying it with miracles" (Mark 16:20).

We also should keep in mind that the depth and sincerity of our Christian faith will be measured by our Lord on the Last Day by how we have responded to those who are in need. In the following passage, the first measure of our godliness is evidenced by how we respond to those who are hungry:

Greetings From New Antiochian Women President, Dianne O'Regan

August 2015

I send you greetings on behalf of the new officers and coordinators of the North American Board (“NAB”) of the Antiochian Women.  We were blessed to have been sworn in by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 during the Archdiocese Convention in Boston, Massachusetts.

Earlier that same day at the Antiochian Women’s brunch, we were honored to present a check for $142,724.42 to Metropolitan Joseph – in the presence of His Beatitude John X – for our 2014-15 Project:  “Nurturing the Seeds of Orthodoxy Across North America: Regional Camps and Learning Centers and Monastic Communities.”  We also presented His Eminence with a check for additional contributions to our 2013-14 Project to “Help the Orphans of War in Syria,” for a combined total of $300,095.00.  God bless each of you for your magnificent efforts. 

Knowing that we will not allow ourselves rest, Metropolitan Joseph tasked us with a NEW Project: “Hungry Children At Home and Abroad.”  Read information about this very worthy cause from our Vice-President/NAB Project Coordinator, Kh. Suzanne Murphy.

2015-2017 Antiochian Women Officers Elected at Archdiocese Convention in Boston

The following officers of the North American Board (NAB) of the Antiochian Women were elected for the 2015-2017 term at the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese Convention in Boston:

President: Dianne O'Regan from the Diocese of Toledo & the Midwest (doregan@stites.com)

Vice-President/NAB Project Coordinator: Kh. Suzanne Murphy from the Diocese of Ottawa, Eastern Canada, & Upstate New York (suzannem@rochester.rr.com)

Recording Secretary: Sheryl VanderWagen from the Diocese of Toledo & the Midwest (gvwagen@charter.net)

Treasurer: Fadia Juzdan from the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland, & the Mid-Atlantic (fjuzdan@gmail.com)

Public Relations: Melinda Bentz from the Diocese of Los Angeles & the West (melbentz@yahoo.com)

Summer 2015 Issue of DIAKONIA Available Online

The Summer 2015 issue of DIAKONIA is now available online. This issue highlights The Diocese of Worcester and New England! The issue contains:

  • Messages from His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph and His Grace Bishop John
  • A Tribute to "Woman"
  • A message from Diocesan Spiritual Advisor Fr. Edward Hughes
  • A Sincere Word of Thanks by Lucy Hanna
  • Introducing The 2013 - 2015 Board of Antiochian Women of the Diocese of Worcester and New England
  • My Mother's Legacy by Christine Bezreh
  • Happenings Around the Diocese of Worcester and New England

...and more! Download (PDF) here.

Serving Christ Our God and Our Church

Icon by the hand of Janet JaimeIcon by the hand of Janet Jaimeby Violet K. Robbat, The Word, May 2015

When the Angel Gabriel informed Mary that she had been chosen to be the Mother of Christ, Mary, because of her faith and obedience to God, responded with, "Behold the Maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word" (Luke 1:38).

Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to visit His friends Martha, Mary and their brother Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. He stayed and had supper with them. Martha prepared the meal and served Jesus, while her sister "took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair" (John 12:3). With their many gifts, Martha and Mary served Christ, each in her own way.

Antiochian Women Diocese of LA Spring 2015 Newsletter Now Available

The Spring 2015 Newsletter (PDF) from the Antiochian Women of the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West is now available for download. The issue contains articles including:

Slowing Things Down by Melody Bahu
A Miracle by Kh. Christine Rogers
Lenten Seasons by Heidi Blair
What I Never Knew I Kneaded by Destinie Winn
Experiencing Iconography by Mary Machnee

...and more!

Click here to download (PDF)

Nurturing the Seeds of Orthodoxy: March is Antiochian Women's Month

March is Antiochian Women's Month across our Archdiocese. In the article that follows, you will find an important prepatory letter from Dianne O'Regan, Vice President/Project Coordinator for the North American Board of the Antiochian Women, who has outlined this year's observance, and the focus of the 2014-2015 Project.

In his letter attached below, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph writes:

"The Antiochian Women never tire of doing good works. And so for 2015, I have given them two new Projects—two new visions for the Antiochian Archdiocese: Monastic Communities and Regional Camping and Learning Centers."