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Beloved Clergy and Faithful of the Archdiocese:
Greetings and best wishes in the Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
We are pleased to inform you that the University of Balamand is offering once again the CONNECT program this coming summer in Lebanon for young men and women, who are seventeen to twenty-five years of age. During the past two years of the program, eight members of our Archdiocese participated and gained memorable lifetime experiences. CONNECT is addressed to our youth in the United States and Canada with the goal of introducing them to their heritage, the Arabic language and to the culture of the region and to the Church of Antioch, “where the disciples were first called Christians.”
A brochure on CONNECT 2003 provides all details and is being mailed to you from the University. I have discussed the program with University officials and found it most useful for the young men and women of our Archdiocese in North America. When you receive copies of the brochure, kindly distribute them to interested members of your parish.
We do encourage participation in this program as part of our effort to strengthen ties with our Orthodox University in Lebanon.
Yours in Christ,
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese
Of North America