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 month of March, designated as Antiochian Women Month by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, is a time when the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Women of North America encourage their sisters in Christ to participate in the Liturgy and minister in their parishes and their communities.
Learn more about Antiochian Women and download the resources below.
The Winter 2017 issue of DIAKONIA is now available online. This issue highlights the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest. The issue contains:
- Using our Prayer Books by His Grace Bishop Anthony
- Information about the 2017 NAB Common Act of Mercy
- A message from the Diocesan President Cynthia Beckes O'Connor
- Profiles of diocesan officers
- Chapter reports, photos and happenings
...and more! Download (PDF) here.
January 17, 2017
Saint Anthony the Great
Dear Sisters in Christ:
Christ is in our midst!
With Thanksgiving and the Feasts of the Nativity and Theophany having been celebrated, I know with certainty that the chapters in each of the dioceses have been active in humanitarian acts of mercy. From the beginning of the school year through the winter months, so many families had so many needs. The Antiochian Women are continuous sources of compassion and financial help in their individual communities.
As NAB Humanitarian Coordinator, one of my responsibilities is to propose an Act of Mercy appropriate for all Antiochian Women chapters of our Archdiocese for participation in common. As you will remember, we have encouraged participation in some very worthy Common Acts of Mercy in the past, with support for The Treehouse (Wichita, KS) and supplying IOCC Emergency Kits being the latest ones.
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