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Memory Eternal! + The Reverend Deacon Benjamin Mann, Jr.

The Reverend Deacon Benjamin Mann, Jr., 72, husband of Karen Gabriel Mann, fell asleep in the Lord Sunday, October 23, 2016 at his home.

Born June 9, 1944 in Boston, MA, Deacon Ben served in the U. S. Coast Guard from 1966-70 with two tours of duty in Antarctica with Operation Deep Freeze. He received his B.S. and Master's degrees from the University of KY. Deacon Ben and Karen were one of the founding members of St. Andrew Orthodox Church where he was ordained a deacon after completing the St. Stephen's House of Studies in 1995. His love for the Church was evident in the mentoring of the youth as well as caring for the Church grounds.

Struggling with health issues he was unable to continue to serve but with his thirst for knowledge he was always found with a book open.

Besides his wife, survivors include a son, Sean Mann; a daughter, Nicole Mann (Joseph) Highland; two grandchildren, Gabrielle and Sylvey Highland Visitation will be from 4-7:30pm Tuesday at St. Andrew Orthodox Church with the Trisagion Prayers at 7:30pm. Funeral services will be 10am Wednesday, Oct 26, by the V. Rev. Thomas Gallaway with burial to follow in the Lexington Cemetery.

SOYO Launches New Website

SOYO, the youth movement of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, has launched a new and redesigned website at https://TeenSOYO.org.

Check out the new offerings under:
Programs
Resources
Shop for SOYO apparel, key chains, and other items
"Ask Abouna"
Instagram and news feeds

Visit today!

Refugee Charity Dinner to be Hosted by Holy Trinity in Pottstown, PA

A charity dinner to benefit refugees is being hosted by Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Pottstown, PA.

"Refugee Aid: How the Orthodox Church Can Help"
Holy Trinity Orthodox Church
Pottstown, PA
Saturday, November 12, 2016 
3:45 p.m.

Presentation and Vespers to follow

 

Special Olympics Sunday 2016

On October 16th, 2016, the North American Council of Teen SOYO sponsors the 36th Annual Special Olympics Awareness Day. Every August, Teen SOYO hosts and funds an annual week‐long camp for Special Olympics Athletes at the Antiochian Village. Over the past 35 years, Teen SOYO has fostered a camping experience like no other. Our camp demonstrates a unified environment where teen SOYO members from across the Archdiocese come together with coaches from Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) and enthusiastic athletes for an intense week of sports training and witness to Christ.

Through your generous donations, SOYO Special Olympics Sports Camp has grown immensely through the years. This year, we experienced a record number of athletes in attendance, and have accomplished an astounding 35 years of SOYO Special Olympics Camp. Over these 35 years, we have hosted more than 7,700 athletes and coaches, and over 1,050 of our teens have been blessed by working as SOYO Coaches or Volunteers. It is our pleasure to have the opportunity to serve, pray, and play with these Special Olympics Athletes, and we look forward, with your help, to continuing this important ministry.

"Beyond the Image" Sacred Art Conference Hosted by St. Nicholas in Grand Rapids

St. Nicholas in Grand Rapids, MISt. Nicholas in Grand Rapids, MIIcons in the Orthodox Church are called "windows to Heaven." Saint Nicholas Church, Grand Rapids, MI, is opening those windows to the public in a special iconography conference on Saturday, October 15th, from 1–6 p.m. Admission is free, all are welcome!

"Beyond the Image" is an afternoon that will explore sacred art as a means of drawing near to God. Doors open at 1 p.m. A number of exhibits will be on display all afternoon, and Iconographer Brian Whirledge will demonstrate the ancient art of iconography.

A wide variety of icons from all over the world representing numerous artistic approaches have been loaned to the exhibit from the private collections of St Nicholas parishioners. In addition, there is a great line up of speakers: Mother Gabriella, the Abbess of Holy Dormition Monastery in Rives Junction, Michigan will speak at 1:30 on the role art plays in worship. After a break, Mother Olympia, the iconographer at Holy Dormition Monastery, will talk about what is involved in creating sacred art, from choosing subjects to portray: events, saints or groups of saints, to the step by step process and materials used. Mother Olympia will share how she created an indescribable masterpiece of sacred art at the monastery. Finally at 4:30 p.m., Dr. Charles Makhoul, an instructor of religious education at St. Nicholas Church, will explain the icons chosen for inclusion in St. Nicholas Church and the religious symbolism contained in those works of art.

Refreshments will be available.

Metropolitan Joseph to Receive Award for Archdiocese, Present Keynote Address in D.C.

Being hailed as “an ardent advocate for human rights, social justice, and peace throughout the Middle East,” His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph will serve as the keynote speaker this weekend for the 18th International Conference of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) in Washington, D.C. He will also accept an award in behalf of the Antiochian Archdiocese.

On Friday night, October 14, 2016, His Eminence will receive the “Living Stones Solidarity Award” for the Antiochian Archdiocese, which HCEF has deemed a prime example of giving “its full support to Christians throughout the Middle East” and serving “as a home to many Palestinian Christians in North America seeking spiritual support and a place to belong.”

Diocese of Toledo Announces Fall Meeting Schedule

Father Basil Koory and the members of St. Ignatius Church in Madison, Wisconsin are pleased to announce that our diocese's Fall Meeting will take place October 20-23, 2016. Please see the schedule, registration form, and flyer for more information!

Metropolitan Joseph Hosted by Metropolitan Tikhon at OCA Chancery

SYOSSET, NY [OCA/AOCA] — On Thursday, September 29, 2016, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America welcomed His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America on his first official visit to the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America. (View the photo gallery)

Accompanying Metropolitan Joseph was His Grace, Bishop John of the Antiochian Diocese of Worcester and New England and Archpriest Thomas Zain, Vicar General of the Archdiocese. In attendance from the Orthodox Church in America were His Eminence, Archbishop Michael of New York and New Jersey and Secretary of the Holy Synod of Bishops; Protopresbyter Leonid Kishkovsky, Director of the Office of External Affairs and Inter-Church Relations; Archpriest John Jillions, OCA Chancellor; Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary; and Archdeacon Joseph Matusiak, Secretary to Metropolitan Tikhon.

Memory Eternal! + Sondra Murr Love

The Very Rev. Timothy Baclig, Pastor of  St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church in Van Nuys, California, writes:

I am saddened to inform you of the passing of our sister-in-Christ, Sondra Murr Love, who entered eternal rest on Sunday, September 25, 2016, at her home in Encino. Sondra is the sister of her late brother, Gary George Murr (+21 June, 2005), and is survived by her sister, Marcia Terry, sister-in-law, Charlotte Murr, four nephews, three nieces, three great nieces, and five great nephews.

The Funeral Service is scheduled for Monday, October 3, 2016 at St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church (16643 Vanowen Street; Van Nuys, CA, 91406), at 7 p.m.

The Interment Trisagion is on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in No. Hollywood (6300 Forest Lawn Drive; Los Angeles, CA, 90068 ) beginning at 10 a.m. Those attending the interment will meet at the cemetery entrance by 9:45 a.m.

The family will be receiving guests at Sondra's home at 5742 Wish Avenue; Encino, CA, 91316 from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, September 28, 29 and 30.

In lieu of flowers Spiritual Bouquet Memorial Gifts may be made to St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church Building Fund (16643 Vanowen Street; Van Nuys, CA, 91406)

Blessed be the memory of our sister-in-Christ, worthy of blessedness and eternal memory.

OCABS Releases Next Commentary in Chrysostom Bible Series

The Orthodox Center for the Advancement of Biblical Studies (OCABS) has released a new title in The Chrysostom Bible Commentary Series, The Pastorals.

In this volume the author, Fr. Paul Nadim Tarazi, notes that the verb paradidomi (deliver) and its cognate paradosis (tradition) are totally absent from the Pastoral Letters. "Instead," he writes, "the verb paratithemai (entrust as deposit) and its cognate paratheke (deposit) are used to emphasize that what is written is not to be interpreted subjectively, nor is it to be modified, changed, or developed in any way."

The Chrysostom Bible Commentary Series is not so much in honor of John Chrysostom as it is to continue and promote his legacy as an interpreter of the biblical texts for preaching and teaching God's congregation.

Ancient Faith Radio Interviews Antiochian Heritage Foundation Chair Fr. Antony Gabriel

Bobby Maddex, Operations Manager of Ancient Faith Radio, recently interviewed Fr. Antony Gabriel, the Chairman of the Antiochian Heritage Foundation. As the retired rector of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church of Montreal, Quebec, and the author of "Reflections on the Priesthood," Fr. Gabriel reflects back on his fruitful and active years of ministry that commenced when he was ordained in his early twenties. 

If you love God, you'll love people; and if you love people, you'll love God," says Fr. Antony in the interview. "My life has been about people." Father Gabriel is also the author of the forthcoming book Silence: A Diary of Suffering and Redemption, published by Westbow Press.

 

Patristic Nectar Publications Presents Series on Contemporary Orthodox Elders

Patristic Nectar Publications is pleased to present a seven part lecture series entitled Contemporary Orthodox Elders. This series by Father Josiah seeks to unfold the nature of spiritual direction and eldership in the Church, and examines the lives of influential elders who have served Christ and who are either still living or have reposed in the Lord within the last 50 years. Each of the seven presentations surveys the life and teaching of one particular elder. These great elders from Romania, Greece, England and America are majestic love gifts from the reigning Christ to His Flock on earth, and their radiant witness serves as a clear guide for all who wish to enter into the Kingdom of God.
 
Enjoy and be edified by this survey of seven Contemporary Orthodox Elders:

  • Father Epiphanios of Athens
  • St. Porphyrios of Attica
  • Father Sophrony of Essex
  • Father Cleopa of Sihastria
  • Father Aimilianos of Simonopetra
  • St. Paisios of Mt. Athos
  • Father Ephraim of Arizona

Metropolitan Joseph Presides at Parish Centennial of St. Thomas Church in Sioux City, IA

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On September 2-5, 2016—Labor Day Weekend— St. Thomas Church in Sioux City, IA celebrated its 100th Anniversary. People came from all over the country to worship, fellowship, dance, and celebrate this auspicious milestone. Perhaps most especially, we were graced beyond measure with the presence of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph for the full weekend. In addition to the formal meals, the hafli, and the grand banquet, participants were given multiple opportunities to connect with God and with one another. Each day brought its own special joys.

Bishop Thomas Visits St. Mary in Wilkes-Barre, PA

Over the weekend of August 19–21 2016, Sayidna Thomas visited St. Mary in Wilkes-Barre. He arrived on Thursday afternoon so that he would be present on Friday for the parish's annual golf tournment. After bringing all of his liturgical supplies to the church on Friday morning, Sayidna came to the golf tournment which was held at Sands Springs Golf Club. There were thirteen foursome teams golfing and in addition, twenty five people who came to help with the organization of the tournment and to watch the golfers. Sayidna rode with Fr. David Hester, pastor of St. Mary, to watch the golfers and to be asked for his prayers for divine help as they played. Sayidna enjoyed the day and was able to visit with many of the parishioners during the day.

Coming Soon to Treasure Valley, ID: Orthodox Spring Retreat is May 5-6

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY
"Learning to Love, as God Loves"

WHERE:  Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church, 
211 E. Carlton
Meridian, ID


WHEN:  
Friday, May 5, 20176:00pm–8:30pm
                   Saturday, May 6, 20178:00am–3:00pm

WHO:  The Very Rev. Gregory Horton, guest speaker

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.)

Register Now! 2016 Clergy Wives Weekend at Antiochian Village, October 21-23

The 2016 Clergy Wives Weekend will be held at Antiochian Village the weekend of October 21–23. This year's speaker at the pan-Orthodox event will be Catherine Hopko Mandell, daughter of Fr. Tom and Mat. Anne Hopko, and granddaughter of Fr. Alexander and Mat. Juliana Schmemann. She is well qualified to speak from her understanding of life in the clergy family, and will reflect not only on her life as a daughter and granddaughter, but as mother and aunt. 
 
The info and registration form can be downloaded. Scholarship funding is available. To make a request for that, or if you have questions, contact Kh. Stefanie Yazge:  SYazge@msn.com.

Memory Eternal! + Rev. Dn. Nathaniel Pflueger

Memory Eternal! It is with extreme sadness that we inform you that Dn. Nathaniel Pflueger of Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Ben Lomond, California, fell asleep in the Lord on Sunday, August 28, 2016. His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph has asked the parishes to remember him in your prayers for the departed for the next 40 days, to hold a special Trisagion for his eternal life, and to remember his loved ones in your prayers for the living. May God receive him in His Heavenly Kingdom and may his memory be eternal.

Department of Christian Education to Host Fall Conferences

Where might you find teacher training, support for your church school director, and continuing education on topics of Orthodox interest? At the Regional Pan-Orthodox Education Conferences! Beginning in September, 2016, the Department of Christian Education will host several pan-Orthodox conferences. Each conference will feature a guest presenter, in addition to church school training, all in an enjoyable atmosphere of fellowship and sharing.

The schedule is as follows:

  1. Ottawa, ON, Friday & Saturday, September 23 & 24 – Matushka Jennifer Mosher's topic will be "Christian Education: Forming the Whole Person." Contact: Leslie Atherholt, aodce_events@outlook.com
  2. Brier, WA, Saturday, October 8 – Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick will discuss "Orthodoxy & Heterodoxy." Contact: Anne Beach, anne.slp.11@gmail.com
  3. York, PA, Friday & Saturday, October 14 & 15 – Melissa Tsongranis will speak on "Living the Faith in an Orthodox Home." Contact: Rebekah Yergo, orthodoxyorkedu@outlookcom.

Memory Eternal! + Khouria Loretta Mae (née Francis) Wilson

Loretta Mae (née Francis) Wilson, born June 29, 1933, in Beech Grove, Indiana, departed to eternal rest August 25, 2016. She was a resident of Greenwood. She attended Manual High School in Indianapolis and was a homemaker, wife, mother and grandmother.

Loretta was a loving and faithful companion to her husband of over 65 years, the Very Reverend Athanasius Wilson, who survives her and who will miss her for a "little while" but is confident they will be one, together for eternity.

Loretta is also survived by son Dan Wilson, daughter Deborah Fisher (Thomas Fisher), sister Kathleen Stallings, sister Shirley Caldwell, 6 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren.

Orthodox Young Professionals Hold Successful Conference with Metropolitan Joseph in New Orleans

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The challenges and the stresses of the workplace seem nonstop, but three inspiring speakers reminded the 188 participants in the Orthodox Young Professionals Conference that God does not abandon them there. Rather, He seeks to use them for His glory, to let their light “shine before men” (Matt. 5:16).

Fulfilling a promise he made two years ago at the last OYPC in San Diego, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph presided over and interacted with the young adults at the conference sponsored by the Antiochian Archdiocese’s Young Adult Ministry from August 18-21, 2016, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He congratulated them for “dwelling in unity” (Psalm 133:1) to meet the challenges of managing their lives, caring for their families and succeeding in their jobs. But Sayidna Joseph stressed that they will be empty and unfulfilled without Jesus Christ and His holy Church at the center of all aspects of their lives.

Memory Eternal! + Christine M. (Esahak) Lynch

Memory Eternal! + Christine M. (Esahak) Lynch, 83, of Little Falls, NJ, passed away on August 18, 2016. Christine was born in Paterson, NJ on March 4, 1933 to the late Charles and Sarah (Mitchell) Esahak.

Christine loved her family, music and her faith. Her extensive knowledge of liturgical music cultivated over 68 years of directing the choir at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church was a labor of love. She was an active and involved member at St. George in addition to her dedication and passion for its choir. "Her life was a song, God wrote the words."

Memory Eternal! + Shamassy Janice Marie Bourquin

Memory Eternal! + Shamassy Janice Marie Bourquin

Shamassy Janice Marie Bourquin, wife of Deacon John Bourquin of St. Luke Orthodox Christian Church in Erie, CO, reposed at her home late on the night of August 18, 2016, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Times of services have not yet been finalized, but are tentatively set for Sunday evening, August 21 and Monday morning, August 22.  Condolences may be sent to Deacon John and the Bourquin family at jebourquin@netzero.net.  

"A Flood of Musical Splendor": 2016 Sacred Music Institute

By Paul Jabara, Chairman of the Department of Sacred Music, and Emily Lowe, Coordinator of SMI

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Last year, the Sacred Music Institute celebrated its thirtieth anniversary, and it was truly a banner year. For three decades, the Department of Sacred Music has offered this annual retreat, giving singers, conductors and chanters the opportunity to develop their God-given gifts. Sessions included several informative and entertaining retrospectives; we introduced the brilliant Nazo Zakkak as our new composer in residence, and we held a chanted monastic-style vigil that lasted until the wee hours of the morning. We offered courses on choral conducting and vocal techniques, on Byzantine chant and notation in addition to our numerous rehearsals and presentations. The crowning glory of the weekend was a visit and address by our Father and Metropolitan Joseph, who expressed the utmost encouragement for the work of our department.

Department of Conventions and Conference Planning is Accepting Bids for 2023 and 2025 Archdiocese Convention Hosting

The Department of Conventions and Conference Planning (DCCP) would like to inform parishes that the deadline for submitting bids to host the 2023 and 2025 Archdiocese Conventions is February 1, 2019. Parishes interested in bidding or obtaining information about the bidding process can contact the DCCP Co-Chairs, Carol Jazzar or Raed O. Sweiss. The DCCP email is DCCP@Antiochian.org. Please visit the Department website for contact and bid information.

It is recommended that no contact be made with the hotels until you contact the DCCP Co-Chairs. No contract or any form of commitment should be made without the approval of the DCCP.

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