Order of St. Ignatius News
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.
July 1, 2007: Plymouth, MA: Diocese of Worcester Parish Life Conference
By His Grace Bishop ANTOUN
(L-R) Mary Winstanley O'Connor (North American Secretary of The Order), Kh. Erin Kimmett, Marlene Lupacyzk, Bishop Antoun, Leeann Plouffe, Michael Marge, Christine Bezreh (Diocese of Worcester Chair of The Order) and Jamil
June 29 - July 1, 2007: Portland, OR: Diocese of Los Angeles Parish Life Conference
By His Grace Bishop JOSEPH
The Order of St. Ignatius held its first meeting "On the Road" on January 27, 2007 at St. George Church in Jacksonville, FL, in conjunction with the Southeast Diocese mid-winter meetings. The Southeast Diocese Order chair, Hikmat Saoud worked diligently and enthusiastically along with The Order members of her parish to host this first informational meeting. Bishop ANTOUN, an ardent Order supporter and the presiding hierarch, and over 100 people participated in this event.
Historically, the Governing Council meets twice a year, coinciding with the Archdiocese Board of Trustee meetings. The spring meeting alternates between the Archdiocese headquarters in Englewood N.J. and the Antiochian Village in Bolivar, Pennsylvania. The fall meeting is held at the invitation of a parish, generally in conjunction with an event pertinent to that community. As a result very few members and non-members actually get to see the Governing Council at work. Consequently, the concept of additional informational meetings held in communities that have not seen the work of the Order was developed.