Order of St. Ignatius News
TEMPE, AZ --- On February 4-5th, 2010, Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), in partnership with a very generous grant from The Order of St. Ignatius, gathered a group of Board members and priests, from across five different SCOBA jurisdictions, to form the first-ever OCF Regional Chaplaincy Network. In order to meet the pastoral needs of the 270 local OCF chapters throughout the United States and Canada, OCF has broken the country into nine different regions. A Regional Chaplain and a Student Regional Representative will represent each of these regions. Together these roles will assist with the development of new and existing OCF chapters.
“Identifying a group of talented and committed spiritual leaders to help build this network is a critical step in helping OCF create a spiritual safety net for our students as they leave home for college,” remarked Fr. James Coles, the OCF North American Chaplain.
Besides the organizational administration of this new network, the group discussed ideas and plans for Chaplain training and resources. Fr. Kevin Scherer, the OCF Executive Director said, “It’s our hope that this new network will not only help grow new OCF chapters, but resource those that are struggling to develop and stay connected to other Orthodox students across the country.”
Antiochian seminarian Matthew Howell writes:
To His Eminence, Metropolitan PHILIP,
All the Right Reverend Bishops of our Archdiocese,
Mr. Daniel Abraham, the members of the governing council North American Officers, all the Diocesan officers, and all the members of the Order of St. Ignatius:
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
As we continue preparing ourselves for the incarnation of our Savior, and as we celebrate the joyous feast of St. Nicholas of Myra, we are reminded over and over again that Advent is not only a time of Christmas shopping, house decorating, or cookie baking. It is a time of giving and a time of thanksgiving. We give of our time, treasure, and talent in order to enliven our church and family lives, and we thoughtfully thank God for his many wonderful blessings in our lives.
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!