Metropolitan PHILIP Presides Over South Florida Ground Breaking


There will be an official visit to South Florida by His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP on the weekend of February 12th -14th, 2010 at St. Philip Orthodox Church.  Metropolitan PHILIP will be accompanied by His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN, Bishop of Miami and Assistant to the Metropolitan. His Eminence will preside over a weekend of activities celebrating: 

  • The official Ground Breaking of the new Germack Hall which is named after the late Mr. and Mrs. John and Hooda Germack, who left $1,000,000 to St. Philip Church for the construction of the new Hall. 
  • The launch of the St. Philip Antiochian Orthodox Church Home for Children Program.  This program was spearheaded by Mr. Richard Zakka, Chairman of the Ground Breaking Committee. 

On Friday night, February 12th 2010, His Eminence will preside over a private meeting with the Pastor, Parish Council, and Building Committee members of St. Philip Orthodox Church at the Coral Ridge Yacht Club on the Intracoastal Waterway.  The dinner is hosted by Salim Khoury, Chairman of the Parish Council, and his wife Deborah. 

On Saturday, February 13th, 2010, His Eminence will preside over a luncheon with the parish children at St. Philip Orthodox Church, 4870 Griffin Road, Davie, FL 33314, while the Parishioners and guests from around the country will enjoy a Golf Tournament, sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. David and Terri Dorta, at the Bonaventure Country Club.  David Dorta is the Chairman of the Building Committee and his wife, Terri, is the Choir Director at St. Philip Orthodox Church.  

On Saturday evening, February 13th, 2010, a Black Tie Gala/Banquet will be held in the Commodore Hall at the Bahia Mar Beach Resort and Yachting Center and Hotel on Ft. Lauderdale Beach.  Cocktails begin at 7:00 PM. and will be followed by a formal dinner, after which the attendees will enjoy and dance to a 12 piece orchestra celebrating Valentine‚Äôs Day. There will be door and other prizes awarded during the evening together with a surprise celebrity appearance

On Sunday morning, February 14th, 2010, the Matins Service will begin at 9:00AM, at St. Philip Orthodox Church which will immediately be followed by a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at 10:00AM.  At the end of the service, there will be a brief ceremony to induct new members to The Order St. Ignatius, in addition to another ceremony.  At 12:15 PM, all the attendees will gather outside at the location of the New Hall where His Eminence and His Grace, together with the Pastor, Father Nicholas Ozone, and visiting clergymen, Archdeacon Hans Al-Hayek, Archdeacon David Nimer, and Deacon Basil Ritchie of St. Philip will bless the ground breaking and the New Home for Children Program with a special prayer.  Using golden shovels, His Eminence, His Grace, Fr. Nicholas, and other dignitaries, including Mayor Judy Paul, Town of Davie will symbolically break the ground signaling the official commencement of construction work. 

After the Ground Breaking, all guests will gather in the existing Germack Hall at St. Philip Orthodox Church for a catered luncheon, brief speeches, benediction and dismissal. 

For additional information please contact Fr. Nicholas Ozone, Pastor of St. Philip Antiochian Orthodox Church, 4870 Griffin Road, Davie, FL 33314 at: (954) 584-4030, or on his cell at (954) 804-2563.