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Department of Christian Education to Offer Two Teacher Training II Courses in September

Wed, 2017/08/16 - 7:59pm

The Antiochian Department of Christian Education will be offering two Teacher Training II courses on September 9 and 23, 2017. Teacher Training II is divided into elementary and middle school/high school sessions. Each covers techniques and tools appropriate to the ages you are teaching. Classes include "Enriching the Classroom Experience," "Child Development and the Exceptional Learner," "Creative Expressions," and " Adolescent Needs" and "Moral Issues."

Please contact the host parish for more information or to register. If you are interested in hosting a training session at your parish, please contact the office at or at 717-747-5221.

Host: St. Paul Orthodox Church, Brier, WA
Date: Saturday, September 9
To register or for more information, please contact: Anne Beach at
Please register by September 1

Host: St. Elias Orthodox Cathedral, Ottawa, ON
Date: Saturday, September 23
To register or for more information, please contact: Kelly Hamwi at

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Memory Eternal! + Archpriest Joseph Sakkab, Emeritus

Mon, 2017/08/14 - 1:19pm

Memory Eternal! With sadness and with hope in the Resurrection, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, and the Sakkab family, wish to convey the news of the falling asleep in the Lord of Archpriest Joseph Sakkab, Emeritus, after fifty-seven years of faithful service in the holy priesthood.

Father Joseph reposed on Thursday, August 10, 2017, at the age of 95. He leaves behind his faithful wife Khouria Samira; his children, Deacon Simon, Laila, Pauline, and Fady; and nine grandchildren. Viewing will be held on Sunday at 6 p.m. at St. Philip Antiochian Orthodox Church and the funeral service will be held on Monday, August 14, 2017, at 10 a.m. at St. Philip Antiochian Orthodox Church in Edmonton, Alberta.

Read a reflection by Fr. Joseph, "Share Your Faith with Confidence."

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Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos + August 15

Sun, 2017/08/13 - 2:00pm

Shudder, O ye heavens! and, O earth, give ear unto these words: God descended once before for our sake; He descends again today for His Mother.
--from The Lamentations at the Bier of the Mother of God, Tone 5

O thou most Holy Virgin, who knew not wedlock, the heavens rejoice in thy glorious falling asleep, the hosts of angels are glad, and the whole earth crieth out in joy, singing to thee the funeral song, O Mother of the Lord of all, thou who hast delivered human kind from its ancestral condemnation.
--Orthros of the Feast, Tone 4

The Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos: an introduction by Archpriest Ayman Kfouf
Worshipping the Virgin Mary? An Orthodox Understanding, by Christopher Holwey
Teachings and traditions for the Feast of the Dormition
St. John of Damascus on the Dormition
A Description of the Theotokos by St. Maximus the Confessor
Tender Love and the Dormition: Frederica Mathewes-Green on Ancient Faith Radio
Mary, Our Cause of Rejoicing, by His Grace Bishop Basil

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Faithtree Resources Releases "13 Reasons: Why We Must Engage with Our Teens"

Fri, 2017/08/11 - 4:22pm

Van Nuys, California. (August 4, 2017)  Faithtree Resources, a teaching ministry of St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church in Van Nuys, CA, has released their latest resource for clergy and families, a free eBook entitled: 13 Reasons: Why We Must Engage with Our Teens. (Download a free copy) 

The 20+ page resource is Faithtree’s response to the popular Netflix series "13 Reasons Why," a teen-oriented drama about a high school student who takes her own life. The series aired this year and has not only caused a national stir, but as new research indicates, may have significantly increased the number of teens now researching and contemplating their own suicides. In an article in The Atlantic, Google reported queries about suicide rose by almost 20 percent in the 19 days following the wake of the show’s release. This represents between 900,000-1.5 million more searches than usual regarding the subject.

“Our goal in creating this resource was to respond to the overwhelming demand we’ve received to help our clergy and families as they have the really hard conversations with the teens in their lives, especially in regards to this series.” said Faithtree Executive Director, Michelle Moujaes. She went on to say, “The realities our teens are facing are changing so rapidly. We as adults can really struggle to offer solid guidance and wisdom. Our team also understands that articulating our rich theology on issues like suicide, rape, bullying, loneliness and identity isn’t always easy for a lot of us. It only made sense to collaborate with a seasoned Orthodox counselor and theologian like Dr. Mamalakis to help give us the words.  This eBook lays a framework and provides strategies to help prepare our adult leaders to have those hard conversations in a way that is effective, and God willing, truly transformative.” 

Faithtree worked with Dr. Philip Mamalakis, Ph.D., LMFT, M.Div. and Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology who wrote the eBook. Hundreds of clergy, parents, church school administrators, doctors, and teachers have downloaded the resource already.

To learn more about other offerings from Faithtree Resources, log on to Faithtree's website or email

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Orthodox Christian Translation Society Accepting Proposals for Translation Projects

Thu, 2017/08/10 - 8:48pm

The Orthodox Christian Translation Society (OCTS), a non-profit organization committed to facilitating the entire process of creating high-quality Orthodox translations from project conception to publication and distribution, is accepting proposals for future translation projects.

OCTS accepts proposals from skilled translators and then selects projects to support. Once a project is chosen, OCTS commits to support that project financially from beginning to end. This includes translation, editing, publication, and distribution. Each translator is supported financially according to a method which best suits his or her needs; this may include hourly compensation, compensation based on length of the text, or royalty payments made at the time of sales. In this way, OCTS provides opportunities for skilled translators to commit their time to Orthodox translation work while also supporting themselves and their families or monastic communities.

OCTS is a pan-Orthodox organization. Bishop Basil (Essey) of the Antiochian Orthodox Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America and Mother Gabriella of Dormition of the Mother of God Orthodox Monastery in South-Central Michigan are on the OCTS Advisory Board.

Recent OCTS publications include the following:

  • Place Your Hope in the Lord: The Poetic Spiritual Life of Father Lazar (translated from Serbian to English by Milena Taylor)
  • The Singing Heart: A Book of Quiet Reflections, by Ivan Ilyin (translated from Russian to English by Alexandra Weber)
  • Holy Week to Pentecost: A Bilingual Coloring Book for All Ages (bilingual English/Spanish coloring book)

In addition, a translation into Icelandic of Metropolitan Kallistos' Ware’s book The Orthodox Way is currently underway.

The deadline for proposal submissions is October 1, 2017. For more information about submitting a proposal, visit OCTS at their website.

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SAVE THE DATE! St. Emmelia Orthodox Homeschool Conference in Three Locations

Wed, 2017/08/09 - 2:30pm
Download the flyer!

December 1–3, 2017 WEST
Location: St. Nicholas Ranch, Dunlap, CA
Keynote: Fr. Josiah Trenham
Theme: The Courage to Homeschool

January 19–21, 2018 SOUTH
Location: St. Constantine, Houston, TX
Keynote: Dr. Philip Mamalakis
Theme: Parenting Toward the Kingdom

April 19–22, 2018 EAST
Location: Antiochian Village, Bolivar, PA
Keynote: Fr. Josiah Trenham
Theme: Be Not Afraid

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Metropolitan Joseph Appoints Bishop Nicholas to Lead the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast

Thu, 2017/08/03 - 6:37pm

August 3, 2017

The Reverend Clergy of the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast:                        

Blessings and greetings to you and your families in the name of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ, as we embark on the blessed Dormition Fast.

I would like to start this letter by thanking my dear brother His Grace Bishop Antoun for all the years of hard work in the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast. He touched all of our hearts with his dedication and support as he earned his gray hair: “Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.” (Proverbs 16:31)

As you all know, His Grace has decided to retire this year. I have spent months thinking about the right person to guide the clergy and laity of the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast. After much contemplation and prayer, I have decided that His Grace Bishop Nicholas will be your bishop.

You all know His Grace and his dedication to and focus on spreading the word of God. His Grace, as the Bishop of the Diocese of New York and Washington D.C. for the past six years, has proven to be an effective shepherd and father to all clergy and laity, especially to the teens and young adults. Furthermore, His Grace has been a successful and trustworthy administrator, especially in the past six years as the Assistant to Metropolitan Philip of thrice blessed memory and to me.  I am confident that he will do the same in the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast.

I see him on the one hand as a shepherd of souls, who will listen to people at a deep contemplative level and help them mature spiritually, and on the other hand an effective administrator to manage the Diocese of the Southeast.  I have known Bishop Nicholas for decades and have recognized the priority he places on serving the faithful of this Archdiocese, which makes him the right person for the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast. I pray that the Holy Spirit, through your prayers, will guide him all of the years to come.

As such, His Grace Bishop Nicholas has full authority over the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast. Therefore, during every service and every set of petitions that call for the commemoration of the Metropolitan, Bishop Nicholas is to be commemorated, whether he is present or not. These commemorations, which are as follows, are effective immediately:

For our Father and Metropolitan Joseph and our Bishop Nicholas, for the venerable Priesthood, the Diaconate in Christ, for all the clergy and the people, etc.

Among the first be mindful, O Lord, of our Father and Metropolitan Joseph and our Bishop Nicholas, whom do thou grant unto thy holy churches etc.

However, when the Metropolitan is present, as it is customary in all parishes, the commemorations are for the Metropolitan alone. In addition, I have included His Grace’s official picture for the use in your parishes.

Wishing you, your families, and your parishioners all of God’s blessings, I remain,

Your Father in Christ,


Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of all North America

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Convention Audio Now Available at Ancient Faith Radio

Wed, 2017/08/02 - 3:34pm

Ancient Faith Radio has released several audio recordings from the recently concluded biennial Antiochian Archdiocese Convention in Miami, in their "Specials" podcast section. Hosted by St. George's Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Coral Gables, the 53rd Convention was held from July 23–30, 2017 and commemorated the ministry of His Grace Bishop Antoun, who was retiring after decades of service to the Archdiocese. The audio recordings include the spiritual talks of Fr. Andrew Damick, the Bible Bowl contest, and the Keynote Address by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph.

Listen to all five presentations on Ancient Faith Radio.

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Worcester Diocesan Family Camp is October 13-15 in Contoocook, NH

Tue, 2017/08/01 - 7:50pm

The Diocese of Worcester and New England Family Camp is an opportunity for your family to get away from everyday life and take a weekend as a family to grow closer to Christ, in the beautiful setting of the St. Methodios Faith & Heritage Center in Contoocook, NH on the shore of Clement Pond. At Family Camp, eating a meal together as a family is the norm, not the exception.

Not your typical vacation, Family Camp offers a mini-vacation without maps, lines for popcorn, or decisions over where to eat. Our flexible schedule gives you the choice of "doing it all" from canoeing to volleyball, or just taking it easy and savoring a good view from the waterfront.

Because you're at camp, the day is measured not so much by hours, but by prayer—the day is bookmarked with Matins and Vespers in the camp chapel dedicated to St. George, with services sung by everyone present. Family Builder sessions offer practical, down-to-earth resources for keeping our families strong.

Some of our families come to meet up with families of far-away friends; others have come and made friends and come back to reunite. Either way, in addition to family time, our moms, dads and kids also enjoy meeting and spending time together.

Families with children of all ages are welcome at Family Camp. Please see the links below for more details, registration information and tentative schedule. We hope to see you in New Hampshire!

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Memory Eternal! + Georgia Marx

Tue, 2017/08/01 - 7:20pm

Memory Eternal! + Georgia Marx, mother of Fr. Meletios Marx of St. Joseph Orthodox Church in Houston, TX, reposed on Monday, July 24, 2017, and will be buried from St. Joseph on Thursday, August 3.

Born in Galveston, Texas on March 27, 1941, Georgia received a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology from North Texas State University in 1962. She dedicated a large part of her life to working with children who had speech impediments. She had a strong love of God and was very active in church. She had ten green thumbs and was a member of a neighborhood garden club where she won numerous blue ribbons for floral design. Needlepoint was another passion of Georgia’s, and her stich mastery was often displayed at local shops. She loved good food, socializing with friends and family, and old movies, particularly, John Wayne’s The Quiet Man. Equal to her love of family was her love of cats and the fighting Irish of Notre Dame.

Georgia is preceded in death by her father, George Caros, her mother, Ellen Caros Mestikas, and her stepfather, Christos Mestikas. She is survived by her beloved husband of 54 years, Melvin Marx III; her daughter Diane Marx, of High Point, N.C.; her son Fr. Meletios (Melvin) Marx IV, his wife Kristi, and grandson Noah of Cypress, Texas; her brother Christopher Caros, and his wife Brenda of Sugar Land, Texas; and her Goddaughter Eleana Vavasour of Houston, Texas. She also leaves behind nieces, a nephew, and many cousins whom she dearly loved.

Condolences may be sent to Fr. Meletios, Kh. Kristi, and their son Noah, at

The schedule of services on Thursday, August 3, is as follows: Visitation at 10:00 AM, Funeral Service at 11:00 AM, Meal of Mercy at 12:00 Noon (all at St Joseph Church), followed by Interment at 2:00 PM in the Orthodox Section at Forest Park Cemetery Westheimer in Houston. May she be granted Paradise, and may you be granted long life.

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Aspiration Studios Announces 2017 Premiere Date for Documentary BECOMING TRULY HUMAN

Tue, 2017/08/01 - 1:44pm

Nashville, Tenn. (July 18, 2017) – Aspiration Studios has announced the newest title they will bring exclusively to churches and various non-theatrical venues late this summer. BECOMING TRULY HUMAN, the first feature film about America's religiously unaffiliated, will be programmed in venues beginning August 22, 2017. The video will be an important feature of the Archdiocese's Becoming Truly Human program that is being implemented throughout parishes in North America.

BECOMING TRULY HUMAN is a documentary that looks at the rise of the "Nones" (those who check "none of the above" on religion surveys). Multiple research groups report that this group has risen from roughly 6% of the U.S. population in the 1990s to 25% as of 2015. To date, little research exists on this growing demographic.

The film offers a cinematic portrait of eight "Nones," each of whom shares his or her journey from religious affiliation to religious non-affiliation. The film hears from each individually and as a group, as they share their respective views about religion, the world, God, the afterlife, and much more. Woven throughout, one None, Basil, shares how his quest for spiritual wholeness ultimately led him from religious non-affiliation to something else entirely.

"Our research has found that because 'Nones' are outside of religious circles, they rarely voice their thoughts on religion or even have the opportunity to do so," said Nathan Jacobs, writer and director of BECOMING TRULY HUMAN. "It's a powerful experience for these 'Nones' to hear what others are thinking and know they are not alone."

The film will be released in churches and alternative venues through TheatriCast, the demand-driven distribution initiative from Aspiration Studios. Freestyle Digital Media will handle the digital release of the film, which is timed to later in 2017.



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Dormition Fast Begins on August 1st

Sun, 2017/07/30 - 12:20pm

The Theotokos, the Virgin Mary, was “blessed amongst women,” and she was chosen “to bear the Savior of our souls.” Orthodox Christians consider her to be the Queen of all the saints and angels.

Knowing that she is eternally present at the throne of God interceding for mankind, we pray for her love, guidance, and protection. Every year the Orthodox Church sets aside the first fourteen days of August in honor of the Virgin Mary. This fast period is climaxed on August 15th, when the Church gathers to celebrate the Great Feast of the Dormition (Falling-Asleep) of the Theotokos.

More resources for the Dormition Fast:

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Memory Eternal! + Kh. Helen Kahle

Wed, 2017/07/26 - 5:47pm

Memory Eternal! + Khouria Helen S. Kahle, 87, of Emmaus, PA, passed away July 26, 2017 at Lehigh Center, Macungie. She was the wife of the late Very Rev. John (Robert) Kahle (+2008), the founding pastor of St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church in Emmaus, PA.

Born in Emmaus, Helen was the daughter of the late John and Kathryn (Slota) Sikorski. She was a graduate of Emmaus High School, Class of 1948, and Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing in 1951. Helen served several medical practices as a registered nurse for many years.

She is survived by her sons, Robert Kahle and his wife, Karen, James Kahle and his wife, Rebecca; and daughters Anne Boyle, Susan Crouthamel and her husband, David, Karen Buss and her husband, Mark, Patricia Domyan and her husband, Mark, Barbara Parker and her husband, Peter; fourteen grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and her sister, Julia Kooker. 

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

  • Sunday, July 30: Viewing 3-5 pm at Bachman Kulik Reinsmith Funeral Home in Emmaus, PA (225 Elm St.), with a Trisagion Memorial at 4:30pm
  • Monday, July 31: Viewing 10-11 am, Funeral 11 am at St. Paul Orthodox Church in Emmaus (156 E. Main St.)

Khouria Helen's obituary can be read on Contributions in her memory can be made to St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church in Emmaus, PA.

May her memory be eternal!

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Classical Learning Resource Center Joins Forces with St. Raphael School

Wed, 2017/07/26 - 2:57pm



Listen to the Ancient Faith Radio interview about CLRC and St. Raphael

The Classical Learning Resource Center (CLRC) was founded eight years ago by Antiochian Orthodox Christians, Subdeacon John and Anne Van Fossen of Naples, ID, with the blessing and encouragement of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph. The CLRC provides live, interactive, online classes in a wide variety of subject areas. It serves both homeschooled students and students in public and private schools. Eager learners connect with outstanding instructors in a dynamic educational community. CLRC teachers currently include six instructors with PhDs, ten with MAs, an abbess, and a priest. All of the administrative staff, eighteen of the twenty-two teachers, and about half of the students are Orthodox.

This year the CLRC is joining forces with another Orthodox provider of online classes – the St. Raphael School. Saint Raphael School is a warm community of Orthodox educators, parents, and students. The center of the St. Raphael school is its integrated, literature based, liberal arts curriculum which is firmly rooted in the Orthodox faith.

Combining their efforts will allow the Classical Learning Resource Center and St. Raphael School to more effectively provide parents with the resources they need to craft an exceptional education for their children.

Registration for Fall 2017 is still open for both the Classical Learning Resource Center and St. Raphael school.



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Be a Part of the Convention Via Facebook Live!

Wed, 2017/07/26 - 11:23am

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There has never been a better time to "like" and "share" the Antiochian Archdiocese Facebook page! All week long the team will be live streaming events from the floor of the 53rd Biennial Antiochian Archdiocese Convention (#AC2017Miami), hosted by St. George Cathedral and taking place at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood (Miami), Florida.

For the first time ever, Metropolitan Joseph's address to the General Assembly on the state of the Archdiocese will be carried live on Friday, July 28, at approximately 11 am EST. Additionally, watch for the speeches by the seven regional Oratorical Festival diocesan winners on Saturday morning, July 29, at approximately 11 am EST. They will be speaking on the Conference theme, "My house shall be a house of prayer for all nations."

Facebook visitors will also be able to view the live presentations offered at the Grand Banquet on Saturday, July 29, where His Grace Bishop Antoun will be honored for his eight decades of service to the Orthodox Church.

View the Schedule of Events
Watch all Facebook videos from the Convention

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Summer 2017 Issue of DIAKONIA Available Online

Mon, 2017/07/24 - 8:04pm

The Summer 2017 issue of DIAKONIA is now available online. This issue highlights the Diocese of Worcester and New England. The issue contains:

  • Greetings from His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph and His Grace Bishop John
  • A message from Spiritual Advisor Fr. Ed Hughes
  • A message from the Diocesan President Cindy Hayes
  • Profiles of Worcester officers
  • Chapter reports, photos and happenings

...and more! Download (PDF) here.

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