"You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God." + 2 Cor. 9:11
What is the Antiochian Heritage Foundation and why was it created? It is a new approach to cultivate the tremendous talents which the faithful of this Archdiocese have. The dreams and visions are accomplished through the generosity and help of our philanthropists and humanitarians who believe in the growing need in our North American Archdiocese, in order to reaffirm their faith and rebuild their spiritual lives.
For donors, it is about leaving a legacy and ensuring that their gifts support the values and causes most important to them. These might also include the various projects for the Antiochian Village as well as the needs of the Archdiocese and its clergy. The aim here is to empower the Archdiocese and donors to fulfill their respective missions. A carefully structured, planned giving program reassures potential donors of the wisdom of their decisions.
The Antiochian Archdiocese, as the overseer of our people, tries to provide for all of our faithful the expected services needed for this and the next generation. A larger scale approach will help achieve the goals that will enrich our lives. To accomplish this mission, Metropolitan Philip has chosen Economos Antony Gabriel as Chairman of this department.
Recently, Economos Antony Francis Gabriel of the Antiochian Heritage Foundation of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North American wrote a letter to His Holiness Pope Francis, expressing his appreciation for his leadership and ministry:
October 11th, 2013
His Holiness Pope Francis
00120 Vatican City
"Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord"
Ever since you stepped out on the balcony after your election, I knew you were going to be someone different. So far your actions and your words has validated my initial perception. You indeed are an extraordinary human being.
You've met with our Patriarch, His Beatitude John X, and my dear friend Archbishop Silouan (Musi) from Argentina. His Eminence spoke lovingly about your relationship with him and it warmed my heart quite deeply.
Your comments on the Orthodox Liturgy, your admonition to the Bishops, that they are not "Princes", your acceptance of those of a different orientation, your little car, your shoes, your cross, your living quarters... should I go on? All indicate a man of God whose first love is that not only of our Blessed Lord but of his children, who are in His image. You understand in the depth the common humanity that we all share and even the fact that you proclaimed that you are a sinner, sheds light on the luminosity of your person. Shedding the trappings of your high office, you descend charismatically to touch by grace "even the least of these my brethrens."
As a priest of over 50 years, you have touched my heart deeply as the Bishop of Rome. Since the inauguration of your Archpastoral ministry until this moment, it is evident that you see the urgent need of reformation of archaic rules, regulations and laws. How refreshing to see this coming from the Bishop of Rome.
"Preserve the past to protect the present so that we can build the future"
The Antiochian Heritage Foundation honored Dr. George J. Farha as the Foundation's “Person of the Year” on Tuesday July 30th, 2013. Following the convention in Houston, His Eminence Metropolitan Philip travelled to Wichita to attend the event; following the celebration of Vespers on Tuesday evening, he presented Dr. George J. Farha the specially designed “Person of the Year” plaque signed by our Primate and Economos Antony Gabriel.
Well over 350 people attended the dinner in honor of Dr. Farha. Archpriest Father Paul O’Callaghan was the Master of Ceremony. Economos Antony Gabriel made a presentation on the Antiochian Heritage Foundation as well as giving remarks about Dr. George Farha. Brenda Farha gave her personal expression of gratitude for this honor. She is certainly a gracious woman.
On Tuesday, July 30, 2013, His Eminence Metropolitan Philip presented Dr. George J. Farha with the Antiochian Heritage Foundation’s 2013 “Man of the Year” award.
Born in Merj-Auon, Lebanon, Dr. Farha immigrated to the United States to pursue his baccalaureate degree at West Virginia University, and his doctorate of medicine degree at Tulane University Medical School. After graduating medical school, Dr. Farha came to Wichita where he met his wife Brenda. Since beginning practice in Wichita, he has always brought Christ into his practice by taking care of the patient first and treating all patients with the best care possible.