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Registration is Still Open for Fall Courses at the Classical Learning Resource Center

The Fall school term fast approaches, and registration is still open for classes at the Classical Learning Resource Center (CLRC). Six years ago, the Center was founded by Antiochian Orthodox Christians John and Anne Van Fossen of Naples, ID, with the blessing and encouragement of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph. Sixteen of the twenty instructors, and well over half of the students, are Orthodox. Currently, the CLRC is offering online classes in Classical Greek and Latin, Literature and Composition, Math, History, Great Books, Mythology, Science, and Modern Languages. There are also a wide variety of catechetical offerings, including classes in Early Church Theology, the History and Meaning of Icons, the Divine Liturgy, Byzantine Chant and more. 

The CLRC is not a school, per se; rather, it is a portal that connects great teachers with valuable courses to homeschooling parents that need them. The CLRC is there to come alongside parents with the resources they need in providing an exceptional education for their children. Firmly rooted in the Orthodox faith, and dedicated to the principles of Classical education, the CLRC fills an important and ever-growing niche in the realm of homeschool education, and has been recognized for its excellence by leaders of the classical homeschooling movement—both within and without the Orthodox Church  

Listen to Bobby Maddex’s recent interview with Anne Van Fossen on Ancient Faith Radio

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

Metropolitan Joseph installs new officers (R to L): His Grace Bishop John (Spiritual Advisor), Dianne O’Regan, Kh. Suzanne Murphy, Fadia Juzdan, and Melinda Bentz. (Missing: Sheryl VanderWagen)Metropolitan Joseph installs new officers (R to L): His Grace Bishop John (Spiritual Advisor), Dianne O’Regan, Kh. Suzanne Murphy, Fadia Juzdan, and Melinda Bentz. (Missing: Sheryl VanderWagen)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)

Memory Eternal! + Archpriest Louis Mahshie

Memory Eternal! Archpriest Louis Mahshie, longtime proistamenos at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Akron, OH, reposed early this morning, August 27, 2015. Funeral arrangements are pending at this time. Father Louis is survived by his wife Khouria Corinne and their children and grandchildren. Condolences may be sent to mail@stgeorgeakron.com
 
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS
Funeral arrangements are as follows:
His Grace Bishop Anthony will preside at all services, which will take place at St. George Orthodox Church, 3204 Ridgewood Road, Akron, OH 44333, or call (330) 666-7116.

Monday, August 31st
Visitation 3-8pm
Funeral for Clergy at 7pm

Tuesday, September 1st
Visitation 9-10am
Divine Liturgy followed by the Funeral Service 10am
A Meal of Mercy follows (a private, family interment takes place after the meal)

Overnight accommodations can be made at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn; call 330-867-5000.
For more information or questions, please contact assistant Pastor Fr. John Al-Assaf, yohanna-1965@hotmail.com.

Memory Eternal! + Nicholas Hamaty

Memory Eternal! Nicholas Hamaty of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Washington, D.C., passed away on Thursday August 20, 2015, at the age of 90.
 
Nicholas Hamaty served the church his entire life. However it was in 1954 that he undertook his first major task when he, along with several others, organized the St. George Choir. The choir was the stepping stone in building the SOYO organization of Washington, D.C., which elected Nick to be its first and second president. Nick was also elected as President of the Eastern Region SOYO during his second term as President of D.C. SOYO. He held this office for two terms, and for his faithful service His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony Bashir of thrice blessed memory awarded him the highest honor presented by the Archdiocese to a layman at that time, the Certificate of Meritorious Service.
 
Nick went on to be elected to NAC SOYO as an Eastern Region Delegate. In 1958 and 1959 he was elected to the offices of Treasurer and Vice President of NAC respectively. He continued to be active at St. George Church his entire life, serving on the parish council for many years and being active in all areas which supported the health and promotion of the Orthodox Church. In 2005 he was appointed by the parish council as a Life Member with voting rights, the only one to hold this position in the entire 107 years history of St. George of Washington, D.C.
 
One of the greatest rewards of Nick's work in the Church was meeting Joyce Farrah. In 1957, Nick and Joyce were married . He was a beloved husband for 58 years, as well as father, grandfather and uncle. His family, friends and his church were his life. He was loved by all who met him and he will be greatly missed. "Well done, thy good and faithful servant."

Village to Host Annual Clergy Wives Weekend: October 23-25, 2015

Mother Christophora, speaking at a previous Clergy Wives RetreatMother Christophora, speaking at a previous Clergy Wives RetreatThe 2015 Clergy Wives Weekend will take place October 23-25, 2015 at Antiochian Village. This pan-Orthodox gathering was established in memory of Kh. Joanne Abdalah, who was concerned about the well-being of women married to clergy. A balanced life was how she envisioned the best way to live in God's grace through all that life brings to clergy wives and their families. In that spirit, the Weekend seeks to provide time for fellowship, time for prayer, time for leaning, and time to just relax.

We are very happy to be welcoming back this year's speaker: Mother Christophora, the Abbess of the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration in Ellwood City, PA.

The information sheet and Registration Form can be downloaded here. Questions can be directed to Kh. Stefanie Yazge, by sending email to ClergyWivesWeekend@gmail.com.

October 28-30: Missions Institute of Orthodox Christianity Conference, "Speaking to Secular America"

Fr. Luke Veronis, Board Member for the Orthodox Christian Mission Center, writes:

Please mark your calendars for a special conference that touches upon an extremely relevant topic for all our churches. On October 28-30 at Hellenic College Holy Cross, the Missions Institute of Orthodox Christianity will hold the conference "Speaking to Secular America: How the Church is Reaching Out to the Non-Religious of our Society," which will be held in conjunction with the Installation of the 21st President of HCHC, Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos.

Speakers and Topics include:

"Speaking to Secular America" Keynote Address by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America

"Hellenic College Holy Cross Reaching Out to the World" Inauguration address offered by V. Rev. Christopher T. Metropulos, DMin, as the 21st President of Hellenic College Holy Cross

"Welcome and Introduction to 'Speaking to Secular America'" Fr. Luke A. Veronis, Director of the Missions Institute of Orthodox Christianity, Adjunct Instructor at Hellenic College Holy Cross, Priest of Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Webster, MA

Congratulations, Francis Maria Scholarship Winners!

Scholarship winner Justine Younes, SOYO President of the Diocese of Ottawa, Eastern Canada and Upstate New YorkScholarship winner Justine Younes, SOYO President of the Diocese of Ottawa, Eastern Canada and Upstate New YorkOn behalf of Metropolitan Joseph, SOYO, and the Department of Youth & Parish Ministries, The Very Rev. Dr. Joseph Purpura announces the winners of the 2015 Francis Maria Scholarship recipients.

Each of the following people were awarded a scholarship in the amount of $2,500, on July 25, 2015 at the Archdiocese Convention in Boston. Congratulations!

2015 Francis Maria Scholarship Winners

Elizabeth Waters
Thomas Joseph Perry
Mary Catherine Huneycutt
Layla Najjar
Steven Andrew Pisarchuk
Nicole Nassif
Anastasia Trenham
Natalie Saliba
Justine Younes
Emily Webster
Gabriel Z Smith

Get Ready for the Church School Year! Christian Ed Materials and Order Form Now Available for Download

The updated Christian Education Materials and Order Form is available from the Antiochian Archdiocese Publications Center, now managed by the Antiochian Village Bookstore.

 
Resources are listed for students from preschool ages all the way through high school. There are also supplementary materials, resources for youth work, adult education study texts, catechism materials, and a selection of Bibles. Be sure to see the revised Billing and Shipping/Handling sections of the Order Form.

Patristic Nectar Publications Releases Lecture Series Featuring St. Raphael of Brooklyn

Patristic Nectar Publications has launched a new lecture series by Fr. Maximos (Constas), visiting professor at Hellenic College and Holy Cross, and Fr. Josiah Trenham of St. Andrew [Antiochian] Orthodox Christian Church in Riverside, CA. Titled ​"Saints, Sanctity and Saint Raphael of Brooklyn," the series consists of four lectures.

In the lectures, Fr. Maximos (Constas) and Fr. Josiah Trenham explore the subject of what constitutes a saint of the Church. In two lectures Fr. Maximos explores the nature of holiness, and then both Fr. Maximos and Fr. Josiah deliver lectures on the particular holiness of St. Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn.

  • Lecture 1: The Intense Expectation of Encountering Christ 
  • Lecture 2: The Qualities of the Saints
  • Lecture 3: The Holiness of St. Raphael of Brooklyn
  • Lecture 4: St. Raphael of Brooklyn - The Good Shepherd                             ​
  • ​Bonus Lecture - Father Maximos on the Jesus Prayer

Young Orthodox Professionals Retreat in Santa Fe, NM + October 16-18, 2015

Sanctifying Time and Space
Privilege and Responsibility as an Orthodox Young Professional
October 16-18, 2015 + Santa Fe, NM
www.youngprofessionalsretreat.com
Retreat Facebook page

Keynote Speaker: Archimandrite Gerasim
Dean, St. Seraphim's Cathedral, Dallas

In addition to the keynote presentation and breakout sessions, the retreat will also offer activities including a fall color hike in Santa Fe National Forest, exploring historic downtown Santa Fe, evening activities and worship at Holy Trinity Antiochian Orthodox Church.

For more information, including registration, travel and hotel information and a complete schedule, please visit www.youngprofessionalsretreat.com.

Newly Published: Broken Promises and White House Meetings by Metropolitan Philip and Dr. Najib Saliba

Now available to order from the Antiochian Village Bookstore: Broken Promises and White House Meetings, featuring Dr. Najib Saliba and His Eminence Metropolitan Philip Saliba of blessed memory.

From the Book:

In part one of this book , Dr. Najib Saliba factually portrays the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict in an eloquent and easy way to understand for both novices wishing to learn about the intricacies of the dispute as well as people who already have a basic knowledge of the region and its politics.

In Part two, we turn to the impressions of our late archbishop, Metropolitan Philip Saliba, who shepherded our archdiocese from 1966 until his death in March of 2014. The metropolitan wanted to leave the readers with lasting impressions of his many visits with the various presidents of the United States during his 48 year tenure as the primate of the (Antiochian) archdiocese.

Order online from the Antiochian Village Bookstore.

Memory Eternal! + George Abodeely

Dedicated educator, church leader, and proud family man;

George Abodeely, 85, died July 30, 2015 (at the Grace House) in Windham NH, with three generations of family members at his side. He was the beloved husband of Constance A. “Connie” (Coury) Abodeely with whom he celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on November 14, 2014. He was formerly of Andover, MA and was a well-respected educator in the Tewksbury School system.   

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, June 23, 1930, George was the fourth child of the late Michael and the late Nahie (Missad) Abodeely. He attended Lowell (MA) schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1948. He went on to graduate from Lowell State Teacher’s College in 1952 with a degree in Education, and received his Master’s in Education from Fitchburg State University. Later, he received Certification from Boston University’s Guidance and Counseling Institute.

 Prior to his retirement, George served as Assistant Principal at the Tewksbury Middle School, where he taught for over 24 years. Previously, he served as Guidance Counselor for the Tewksbury School system, and before that as a teacher at the Foster School in Tewksbury.

St. Ignatius Orthodox Church, Twin Falls, Idaho: A Parish Pilgrimage to Alaska

By Mary Lou Panatopoulos

“I want to go to Alaska some day; it’s on my bucket list,” said one member of our parish to Fr. Michael Habib in early summer of 2014. By August, Fr. Michael had secured the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph and planned a pilgrimage to Alaska for the parish members of St. Ignatius of Antioch Orthodox Christian Church in Twin Falls, Idaho, for the first week of June 2015. (View the photo gallery of the trip.)

As we approached the final hours before the trip, we received our first surprise! Khouria Masha’s water broke less than 36 hours before we were schedule to fly to Alaska. The obvious decision was made that Fr. Michael would definitely not leave with us for Alaska on June 1. Little Maximus Joseph Habib arrived on May 31, 2015 (the eve of the trip).

Fall Meeting of Archdiocese Board of Trustees and Order of St. Ignatius Governing Council

The 2015 fall meeting of Archdiocese Board of Trustees and Order of St. Ignatius Governing Council will be held from October 22-25, hosted by St. Michael Church in Van Nuys, CA in conjuration with St. Nicholas Cathedral.

For more information, including registration, sponsorship forms and lodging, please visit www.stmichaelvannuys.org/fallmeeting.

Assembly of Bishops to Host September Youth Gathering in Conjunction with Chicago Meeting

His Grace Bishop Thomas, Diocese of Charleston, Oakland & the Mid-Atlantic, writes:

A Youth Gathering will take place on Tuesday September 15, 2015, during the Assembly of Bishops Meeting in Chicago. Please pass the word – All young people are invited.

When: Tuesday evening, September 15, 2015
Where: Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral - 5701 North Redwood Drive - Chicago, IL 60631
Who:  High school and college students from the Greater Chicago area with the bishops of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox bishops of the United States
What:  A dialogue between our Orthodox youth and the bishops of the Assembly

As of now I believe there will be:

1. A service – led by the Assembly of Bishops
2. Perhaps a discussion with the youth prior to the service to gather questions and prepare them for the event and help them to get to know each other
3. A Question and Answer period with a panel of bishops and the high school and college students
4. Food to follow

Please get this news out, and bring your young people to this event.

A Pascha of Love: Celebrating the Ministry of Economos Antony Gabriel

Although the date for the retirement of Economos Antony Gabriel and his last day of service at St. George Orthodox Church in Montreal, Quebec, was set for July 19, the celebration of the Paschal love began since the first minute of the announcement, even though it did not cease all the years of his ministry at our parish.

The announcement raised the congregation to a mystical celebration; private calls, events, lunches and dinners, but the most important was the celebration of Fr. Antony’s 75th Birthday. A private dinner was organized by the Parish Council headed by Ms. Diane Nemer and was held at 40 Westt in Pointe-Claire, Montreal. The attendees who were honored and blessed by the presence of His Grace Bishop Alexander and the Rev. Mark Wyatt of our sister parish St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church, felt the ambiance of the peace from above; a peace of spirit and mind, tenderness, and grace, mutual love and respect. Joyful laughter mixed with sadness and tears were in the hearts of the attendees and filled their conversations.

2015-2016 SOYO Officers Elected at Archdiocese Convention in Boston

SOYO with Patriarch John X and Metropolitan JosephSOYO with Patriarch John X and Metropolitan JosephThe following NAC SOYO Officers were elected for 2015-2016 terms at the recent Archdiocese Convention in Boston:

President: Kamal N. Hourani - from the Diocese of Worcester and New England - President@TeenSOYO.org
Vice-President: Munir Pavez - from the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America - Vice-President@TeenSOYO.org
Secretary: Rebekah Bandy - from the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast - Secretary@TeenSOYO.org
Treasurer: Gianmarco Petrelli - from the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest - Treasurer@TeenSOYO.org

Preparations Continue for the 53rd Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese Convention: Miami, July 23-30, 2017

Saint George Cathedral in Coral Gables, Florida will host the 53rd Biennial Antiochian Archdiocese Convention in South Florida, July 23-30, 2017. Please join us! Visit often the 2017 Archdiocese Convention Website and like the 2017 Archdiocese Convention Facebook page for updates and more information.

If you missed the Miami 2015 Video Presentation in Boston, view it on now on YouTube. Don't miss the special guest appearance by His Grace Bishop Antoun.

Your Miami family awaits you in 2017!

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2017 Convention on Facebook

2016 Diocesan Parish Life Conference Dates Announced

The dates of Diocesan Parish Life Conferences in 2016 are listed below:

Diocese of Charleston/New York
St. Mary Church, Johnstown, PA and St. Michaeal Church, Greensburg, PA (to be held at the Antiochian Village)
June 29-July3, 2016

Diocese of Los Angeles/Eagle River
St. George Church, Phoenix, AZ
June 29-July 3, 2016

Diocese of Miami
St. Andrew Church, Pensacola, FL
June 15-18, 2016 

Diocese of Ottawa
St. George Church, New Hartford, NY
June 30-July 3, 2016

Diocese of Toledo
Basilica of St. Mary, Livonia, MI
June 22-26, 2016

Diocese of Wichita
St. Anthony Church, Tulsa, OK
June 15-18, 2016

Diocese of Worcester
St. George Church, Lawrence, MA
June (exact date TBD), 2016

New Opportunities for Theological Education Available Through St. Vladimir's Seminary

Gregory Abdalah of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Phoenix, shares his experiences with fellow D.Min. studentsGregory Abdalah of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Phoenix, shares his experiences with fellow D.Min. studentsSt. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary is now accepting applications for students who want to enroll in its Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Program and comprise the “2019 Cohort,” which will commence training in Summer 2016. Potential students may explore this innovative residential program that uses distance-learning and onsite intensives by perusing the D.Min. Program page, or by contacting Director of Admissions Archdeacon Joseph Matusiak or Program Director Priest Sergius Halvorsen, Ph.D. for more information.

Applicants for the new cohort may also apply for aid, through the Danilchick Family Endowment for Pastoral Studies. The fund, set up by the Reverend Protodeacon Peter M. Danilchick and his wife, Tanya, will help support qualified D.Min. students with their tuition, through need-based scholarships.

Available on YouTube: Watch the Speech of Oratorical Festival Winner Salena Ibrahim

Fr. Mousa Haddad of St. Mary Orthodox Church, Palos Heights, IL writes:

In the Oratorical Festival of the 52nd Convention of the Antiochian Archdiocese, held in Boston, MA, Salena Ibrahim of St. Mary Orthodox Church competed against all the winners from the other dioceses and impressed the judges once again with her amazing speech, winning first place!

Great job​. We are very proud of you!!! It takes a lot of hard work and determination to prepare for these competitions, and to compete at the diocesan and archdiocesan level. May God bless you and be with you always​. Mabrouk!!!

View Salena's speech on YouTube.

View all Photo Galleries: Convention and Patriarchal Visit 2015

The editors of Antiochian.org have created an aggregate of the photo galleries published during His Beatitude Patriarch John's visit. Go here to view the collection of galleries, "Convention and Patriarchal Visit 2015."

Memory Eternal! + Marie Ansara

Marie Ansara, 89, has returned to her heavenly home on July 28, 2015 in Farmington Hills, Michigan. She was born on November 22, 2015 in the town of Aita El-Fokhar, Lebanon where she grew up in a loving family with 6 siblings. For the past 38 years she made Michigan her home where she was surrounded by wonderful family and friends. She is survived by her brother Andrew Ansara and her two sisters Violette Matta and Nazek Kehdy. She was a tremendously devoted and loving aunt as well as great-aunt to many nieces and nephews. After a long battle with illness she is finally reunited with her beloved parents, brother and sisters who preceded her in death and whom she served with immense care and passion.

Marie was a lifelong member of St. Mary's Orthodox Church in Livonia Michigan where she will be laid to rest. The viewing will be held at the church on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 from 5-6 pm for immediate family. Visitation will follow from 6-8 pm.

The funeral will be held on Thursday July 30, 2015, at St. Mary's Church with final viewing from 10-11 am and funeral services will begin at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request that donations in her memory be made to "St. Mary's Building Fund".

May she rest in peace and may her memory be eternal!

Michigan SOYO Teens Participate in Pan-Orthodox Mission Outreach

The young members of our parish—the SOYO of the Basilica of Saint Mary in Livonia, MI—just returned from a trip that made history. We were all so blessed to participate, support, and watch this holy work take place!

On July 18, our twelve teens: Ibrahem Alrabady, Melissa Ansara, Celine Barghout, Pascal Barghout, Hani Kandalaft, Marisa Khamis, Joseph Nicolas, Michael Nicolas, Elena Saliba, Natalie Samaan, Katerena Sirhan, and Kaila Ziadeh, and two trip leaders, Christina Stavros and Michael Ansara, traveled four hours north on the first ever, 2015 SOYO Summer Mission Trip, to help "build up" the first Orthodox church in Traverse City, MI, the Archangel Gabriel Greek Orthodox Church. To our knowledge, this is the first mission trip, ever, in the history of our parish and, perhaps, the first time one mission parish has offered to help a mission parish in another Orthodox jurisdiction build their church.

New York Times Article Tells Story of Middle East's Suffering Christians

On July 22, 2015, The New York Times published an extensive story by journalist Eliza Griswold, detailing the history and current situation for Christians in the Middle East. In the article, titled "Is This the End of Christianity in the Middle East?", Griswold tells the stories of families relocated and villages torn asunder; of people killed, injured, or traumatized. The writer's narrative helps the reader grasp the enormous political and philanthropic challenges faced by the Christians of the region.

Read the full story