2007 Parish Life Conference for the Eastern Dioceses
With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP and presided over by His Grace Bishop THOMAS, the 2007 Parish Life Conference for the Eastern Diocese was held July 4-8 at the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn, in Hunt Valley, Maryland. The conference was hosted by Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church in Linthicum, Maryland.
On Wednesday evening, the clergy and their families enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner hosted by Holy Cross's sister parish, St. Mary's, in Hunt Valley. The meal was graciously prepared and served by members of the parish.
Thursday's events included the Antiochian Women of the East Brunch and Idea Fayre, Teen Soyo and Fellowship of St. John the Divine Meetings, Global Melting Pot Fondue Dinner, and the ever-popular Bible Bowl. The adult team from St. John Chrysostom, York, Pennsylvania took first place, while the team from Virgin Mary, Yonkers, won in the teen competition.
Friday showcased the Oratorical Presentations. Paul Juzdan from Little Falls, New Jersey won the Senior Division while Christina Fakes also from Little Falls won the Junior Division. Teen Soyo events that day included a rock climbing excursion, and pool party.
An Awards Breakfast was held on Saturday, honoring Creative Arts Festival and Bible Bowl winners, along with scholarship recipients, and Teen Soyo award winners. In addition, Friday evening Vespers were served according to the Western Rite.
During the course of the conference, in addition to Bible study, attendees had the opportunity to choose from seven different workshops on topics such as missions, families, and Christian education.