Order of St. Ignatius News
God bless us all with health and happiness this season and always. This month throughout our Archdiocese parishes will be adorned in red as members of The Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch don their membership crosses suspended by a red ribbon, a symbol of the blood which the Martyr Ignatius shed for Christ. The Cross and ribbon remind us that sacrificial giving is our obligation as an Antiochian Orthodox Christian.
In celebration of St. Ignatius Sunday, which falls this year on December 20, members of The Order in each parish will wear their crosses and pins, act as greeters, read the Epistle, take up the collection, help with the Communion line, give a homily, host the coffee hour for their parish that day. It is hoped that members will speak with those in their parish unfamiliar with The Order and explain the good works that are accomplished through membership.
In their Autumn newsletter, the Antiochian Village Camp shares this appreciation:
"The Order of St Ignatius in 2009 donated $175,000 for camp scholarships to our eight Antiochian Archdiocese camping programs. We would like to thank the members of the Order for their generosity, especially the $100,000 of scholarship funding that was assigned to campers at the Antiochian Village."
The Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch gathered in Houston, Texas for our Fall Governing Council Meeting on October 16, 2009. Our meeting was held in conjunction with a banquet hosted by St. George Church, Houston in honor of His Eminence, Metropolitan PHILIP in order to raise funds for the newly established Convent of St. Thekla. The funds will be used to build a permanent structure for the convent at the Antiochian Village. Mother Alexandra, the Acting Abbess for the convent was present during the weekend gathering.
AABA President, Olivia A. Waishek announcing receipt of a $10,000 grant for the project from The Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch.
North American Vice Chair, Mary Winstanley O’Connor, along with the members and guests of the American Arabic Benevolent Association, danced the Dubki at a fundraiser for Cheriton Heights, a senior housing project in W. Roxbury, Massachusetts.
His Grace, Bishop ALEXANDER, Diocese of Ottawa, NY State and Eastern Canada visited the parish of St. Mary, Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 4, 2009. Following the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, three new members were inducted into The Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch including the Pastor of St. Mary Church, V. Rev. Fr. Antony Hughes. Other new members are Melissa Sayeg and Paul Nahas shown here with their sponsors, Michael Marge, Raymond Sayeg and Kh. Carol Hughes.
His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP inducted new members to the Order of St. Ignatius on September 20, 2009, at St. George Church in Norwood, MA. Pictured left to right are Marlene Lupaczyk, Linda Thomas, Joseph Eysie, Andrew Howard, Joan Cassidy, Kh. Erin Kimmett, Christine Byron, Hellas Assad, and Fr. Joseph Kimmett.
The Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch will meet in Houston, TX on Friday, October 16 in conjunction with the Archdiocese Board of Trustees meetings. Our host parish, St. George Church, Houston, has made hotel arrangements with Hilton Post Oak Houston, 2001 Post Oak Boulevard, Houston, TX 77056. Please make your room reservations directly with the hotel. The phone number is 713-961-9300.
The Order experienced a successful week with 23 inductions/upgrades, including 5 Life Members, 5 Commanders and 13 Knights/Dames. It was a positive experience for all who attended. Those who were present enjoyed a beautiful reception and dinner chaired by Sandra Love from St. Michael in Van Nuys, our host parish. Her selection for decoration and menu were wonderful.
Dan Abraham introduced The Order DVD, “The Miracle of The Order,” produced by Joey Wihbey. It was well received and we hope to distribute it soon. We were visited at our meeting on Tuesday by the teens attending the convention for leadership training. They came to express their thanks for all the Order has provided and will continue to provide for their benefit. They presented Dan and Kathy Abraham with SOYO Anniversary tee shirts.
Archdiocese member and Order of St. Ignatius Historian Judy Braun has put together a collection of photo albums open to all Antiochians. On her Public Gallery, browsers can currently find eight albums from the Archdiocese convention. Headings include the Oratorical Festival, the Board of Trustees Luncheon, and the Grand Banquet. All can be viewed at: http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/AOCAphotos
“I love taking pictures and I love editing them!” notes Judy, for whom photography is a serious hobby. “Originally, I had 1,500 photos of the Convention that needed editing.” Mother of three and grandmother of two, Judy attends St. Athanasius Church in Goleta, California, where she often photographs weddings and parish events. Her work can also be viewed on the St. Athanasius website.
Judy plans on adding to the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese (“AOCA”) Picasa page, as she attends and photographs different events in the life of the Archdiocese.
The Order of St. Ignatius mourns the passing of Nasseb M. Maliba, who departed this life on May 22, 2008 at the age of 93. He was one of the early members of the Order and has dedicated his efforts over the years to bringing new Life Members in to the order. He was also a honorary member of the Archdiocese Board of Trustees and is a recipient of the Antiochian Gold Medal. May his Memory be eternal!
Bishop THOMAS inducts Bill "Paul" Bennett (left), Darrel Bender (center) and Heather Dorian Bender (right) into the Order of St. Ignatius following the Sunday of Orthodoxy vespers on March 16, 2008.
February 17, 2008
by Dan Abraham, Chair of the Order of St. Ignatius
First Address to The Order at Montreal ‘07
My road to Montreal tonight was definitely unexpected and certainly marked with unusual curves. Twenty years ago this month Kathy and I arrived in Montreal to spend our honeymoon. I had a twinkle in my eye and a thick wallet. Today I am pleased to say I still have a twinkle in my eye! Kathy and I joined The Order together. She was at the time very active in NAC. I was working. I watched her work, travel, engage the youth, and serve our Archdiocese. I don’t remember when exactly, but I heard Metropolitan PHILIP state that each of us must leave our footprint in the sand of time. It hit home. Working wasn’t good enough. I had done my time on our local Parish Council and served in various other capacities; but, that was yesterday. What am I doing today?
Officers: Daniel Abraham, Chair; Mary Winstanley O'Connor, Vice Chair; Darlene Haddad, Treasurer; Gayle Malone, Secretary
This past Sunday, the Antiochian Archdiocese commemorated the special work done in the name by the great saint of Antioch by the Order of St. Ignatius. The Order is people of purpose, like St. Ignatius himself who wrote, "
toil together, suffer together, rejoice together as servants of God." The Order is people who put feet to their faith, whether by funding missionary efforts, disaster relief, campus ministries, local outreaches to unwed mothers and kids on the street or by subsidizing our Clergy Benefits Fund or the Holy Trinity Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
"St. Ignatius instructs us to put our faith into action. I want to tell you about a project that exemplifies what the Order is all about. This feast is all about the birth of a child who changes a whole nation and the woman who gave him birth despite what people would think. Can you imagine what would happen today? The Tree House, which gets its name from the live giving tree (cross), got its start from a grant from the Order. So consider giving yourself and others a Christmas gift and make The Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch your choice. You will be glad you did. Be an example to our children that the church is a good investment."
+ From a homily prepared for this special day. Read the rest here!
Our Archdiocese celebrates the feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch on Thursday, December 20.