The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Women of North America was founded in 1973 through the Vision of His Eminence Metropolitan Philip (Saliba) of Thrice-Blessed Memory. Today, it is an organization of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese and is led by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph. Our purpose is to develop among the women a spirit of Christian leadership, awareness, and commitment; to foster a genuine expression of love and service through works of charity; and to install a sense of fellowship and a deeper understanding of our Holy Orthodox Faith. We are a "Sisterhood Serving Christ Through Serving Others."
The Antiochian Women are organized according to Dioceses, but come together for communication and collaboration through the North American Board (NAB), which consists of officers, coordinators, and delegates from each Diocese. On this website, we post information on our programs (Religious, Humanitarian, Membership), our grants, and spiritual resources, which includes the lives of the women saints and "How to Read the Bible in a Year." Back issues of our newsletter, DIAKONIA, and our religious programs, SOPHIA, can also be found on this site in PDF format.
His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph once said, "When everyone left our Lord Jesus Christ alone on the cross, the women were there. Can you see how important the women are? You are the myrrhbearing women!"
We welcome women from the ages of 19 to 99, and urge you to join us in our ministry, remembering that EVERY woman in the Antiochian Archdiocese is an "Antiochian Woman"!
The Fall 2016 issue of DIAKONIA is now available online. This issue highlights the Diocese of Ottawa, Eastern Canada & Upstate New York. The issue contains:
- Holding onto the Truth by His Grace Bishop Alexander
- Be Heavenly as Your Father is Heavenly by Fr. Maximos Saikaly, DOECUNY-AW Spiritual Advisor
- A message from the Diocesan President Géhane Ephtimios Zahran
- Profiles of diocesan officers
- Chapter reports, photos and happenings
...and more! Download (PDF) here.
The Antiochian Women are excited to announce the theme of our 2017 Project:
“Strengthening the Ministries of our Church."
This theme is a distillation of the sweeping vision which Metropolitan Joseph readily shared with us at the summer meetings in July, 2016. His Eminence spoke with farsighted boldness and passion about the many challenges and opportunities which lay before our God-protected Archdiocese. His vision is of a vigorous Church actively proclaiming our faith in Jesus Christ and lovingly ministering to the broken world around us. This is already a description of the ministries in many of our parishes, but to keep moving forward while broadening our active ministries, we must reinforce and strengthen our foundations.
(Note to all parishes: Please send the money you collect for the 2017 Project to your Antiochian Women diocesan treasurer by June 1, 2017. See “Additional Directions” file for your diocesan treasurer’s contact information. Thank you.)
by His Grace Bishop John, from The Word Magazine, September 2016
Metropolitan Joseph strolled into the meeting of the North American Board of the Antiochian Women after spending over an hour with the archdiocese teen leadership. With what at least one of our women described as "a heavy heart," Metropolitan Joseph shared with the women that the Archdiocese will need more clergy to serve when our aging clergy retire, and we need monastics, people to build and maintain homes for the aged, people to take care of the unborn and their mothers, Christian educators for the young, as well as people to do all kinds of other ministries.
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