Who are these people with the Crosses?


I would like to take a few minutes before Sayidna inducts these people in the Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch to explain to you a little about our ministry.

The Order of St. Ignatius is the fund raising philanthropic ministry of the Antiochian Archdiocese. It is a spiritual movement manifested through sacrificial giving. It would be nice if the work of the church could be accomplished without money, but the reality is that all of our programs, departments and institutions require funds to run.

The Order contributes 38% of the Archdiocesan annual budget and distributes funds outside the Archdiocese on its
behalf.

There are over 3,700 men and women who contribute $500 or $1,000 annually. 314 members made a lifetime commitment of $15,000 and are considered Life Members. Annual distribution 1.5 million, over 20 million since inception 32 years ago.

Why St. Ignatius?

Ignatius was one of the first bishops of the see of Antioch the spiritual source of our Archdiocese and a martyr for the faith. St. Ignatius said that, as the tree is known by its fruit, so they who claim to belong to Christ are known by their actions. In other words we put the lessons of Advent and the Nativity wreath into practice! Don’t just sit their do something!

The members of the Order of St. Ignatius believe that they can do more good together than any one person acting alone. They stand before the altar of Christ and pledge their gifts for the rest of their lives. As Christ called his apostles by name so Sayidna will call each by name before placing the Cross around their neck. We wear the cross to remind us of the sacrifice the he has made for our salvation.

Where does the money go?

  • $200,000/yr. Clergy Retirement
  • $1,500/yr. to Married Seminarian
  • All Departments
  • 37% Missions & Evangelism
  • Camp scholarships
  • College Conference
  • $25,000 annually to IOCC
  • Antiochian village & camp
  • 70% of member’s annual contribution returned to the parish.

When you see the people with the crosses you know that you can count on them. If we don’t who will?