Clergy Wives Weekend, October 28-30
The Clergy Wives Weekend at Antiochian Village was instituted two years ago in memory of Kh. Joanne Abdalah, as a pan-Orthodox gathering of spiritual refreshment and fellowship. The wife of Bishop-Elect Rt. Rev. Archimandrite John Abdalah, and a counselor to many, Kh. Joanne Abdalah served as an inspiration and an example. She understood the joys and trials of living, especially as a clergy wife. She also realized the need for finding strength in Christ and each other. She believed that every clergy wife needed to discover and develop her own Christian vocation. In her memory, her family and clergy wife friends planned the first Clergy Wives Weekend in 2009 as a fitting tribute and way to carry on her work and commitment to clergy wives.
Last October more than 75 Orthodox clergy wives from jurisdictions across the United States enjoyed the 2nd Annual Clergy Wives Weekend at the Antiochian Village. The schedule reflected Kh. Joanne’s holy and holistic approach to life – "we need to pray; we need to play. We need to enjoy the fellowship for this short time without parish responsibilities, family responsibilities or other cares of this world." The weekend was a tremendous success, and now the Coordinating Committee is happy to announce the 2011 Clergy Wives Weekend!
Date: Friday evening October 28 – Sunday October 30
Theme: Clergy Wife: Mother, Sister, Daughter, Friend
A Clergy Wife can find herself in the predicament of asking, “Who am I really?” In the midst of the roles she may feel called to fulfill, or the roles she might feel pressured by others to take on, it is a good thing to be reminded of who she is in her relationship first with God, as well as the Theotokos, and others in her life. What are the challenges to being who we are? What does it mean to be a mother, daughter, sister and friend?
Speakers: Mother Christophora, Abbess of Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Ellwood City, PA
Kyriaki K. FitzGerald, PhD and Presbytera, licensed psychologist in Massachusetts and a certified Pastoral Counselor
The Coordinating Committee: Laila Ellias, Mira Filipovich, Janet Shadid, Becky Touloumes, Valerie Zahirsky, Stefanie Yazge, and Fr John Abdalah.
Questions? Contact Stefanie Yazge: 724-832-1101