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Patriarch John and Metropolitan Joseph to Speak at D.C. Event: "The Future of Orthodox Christianity in Syria and America"

Thu, 2017/10/19 - 10:30am

The Orthodox Convent of Our Lady, Seydnaya, Syria (photo: De Agostini/C. Sappa)







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What place do Christians and the Antiochian Church have in the future of Syria? What role has the Church played in humanitarian assistance to the millions in need? Why is Orthodoxy finding renewed appeal in Western countries? For answers to these and many other questions regarding the future of Orthodox Christianity in Syria and America, Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom will host a conversation with His Beatitude, John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, and His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph, Metropolitan of All North America and Archbishop of New York. Hudson Senior Fellow Samuel Tadros will moderate the conversation.

The Hudson Institute is a non-profit American think tank based in Washington, D.C. An independent research organization, the Institute promotes ideas and dialogues for the advancement of global security, prosperity and freedom.

For more information, view the Hudson Institute video or visit the Institute website.

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Antiochian Women 2018 Project: "Strengthening the Ministries of our Church--VOCATIONS"

Wed, 2017/10/18 - 5:01pm

"Vocation" is defined as "a strong feeling of suitability for a particular career or occupation; a calling, mission, or purpose." At our 53rd Biennial Convention in Miami, His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH told us that "we are here for a purpose, and that purpose is to bring people together to praise God."

As we think of the definition of “vocation” in relation to the Church, we realize that it does not refer just to ordained or monastic vocations, but that there are many people who are doing holy work by dedicating their lives to ministries of various kinds. These ministries are inspired by the Holy Spirit and instituted by our Lord for the well-being of the Church and the salvation of souls. “And Christ, Himself, gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-12).

Our Project this year will focus on these ministries and on supporting those who undertake them as a Godly VOCATION -- Our goal is to inspire and support vocations as well as to raise money to fund and encourage all of the excellent work that is being done throughout our Archdiocese by dedicated and self-sacrificing men and women.

His Grace Bishop JOHN wrote:

“Metropolitan JOSEPH has asked the Antiochian Women to promote vocations in our
Archdiocese. The spiritual growth of our people as well as the success of the Metropolitan’s
visionary plan for our Archdiocese depend on recruiting and developing people to enter into the
various vocations of our Church. The vocations include but are not limited to service in the
parish as pastors, youth workers, Christian educators, church musicians, monastics and
administrators. Vocations also include serving the community as nurses, physicians, social
workers, institution developers and administrators, as well as counselors. Some vocations will
call people to other countries and traveling ministries as teachers, coaches, and missionaries.”
(DIAKONIA, summer 2017)

We want our Archdiocese to flourish; we want many more men and women to dedicate their lives to vocations of ministry in the Name of Christ Jesus. However, a firm financial foundation is necessary in order to support these ministries. Let us work hard this year to raise these needed funds. THANK YOU!

Kh. Suzanne Murphy
Vice President of the North American Board & NAB Project Coordinator

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Two Antiochian Scholars to Participate in Public Forum on Religious Freedom

Tue, 2017/10/17 - 4:50pm

Livestream Link: tune in Friday night, 7:30 Central Standard Time

Leading religious scholars will explore how Christian identity is shaped by the current culture in a free and public forum, "Religious Freedom in the Culture War," on Friday, October 20, 2017. The event is sponsored by North Park University in Chicago, IL, and is the second such forum in the University’s "Engaging Orthodoxy" Series, being made possible by the John C. Kulis Foundation.

Offering the main address is Princeton’s Dr. Robert P. George; Dr. George holds the Princeton McCormick Chair in Jurisprudence and is former Chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Prominent Antiochian Orthodox New Testament scholar Dr. Edith M. Humphrey of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will offer the reply.

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Bradley Nassif, an Antiochian Orthodox theologian and professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at North Park University.

Dubbed “the country’s most influential conservative Christian thinker” by The New York Times, Dr. George will address what it means to be a Christian “in a culture that is forced upon us today," and whether or not Christians can express their faith in public places of employment without violating the law. The topic is relevant for people of all Christian affiliations who are working as public school teachers, business owners, health care professionals, psychologists, government workers, religious leaders, and employees in all areas of commerce.

The event is open to the public. A Q & A session for the audience and livestreamed listeners will follow the forum presentations. Follow the livestream on Friday night, October 20 from 7:30-9:30 pm.

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His Beatitude Patriarch John to Visit the United States in October, 2017

Mon, 2017/10/16 - 7:13pm

Patriarch John X (left) and Metropolitan JosephEnglewood, NJ   His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America, is pleased to announce the visit of His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, to the United States on October 21–31, 2017.

(View the full schedule.)

The purpose of the visit is to meet with the leadership of the United Nations as well as members of the current administration of the United States to: 1) promote a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis, 2) highlight the current humanitarian crisis, and 3) discuss the future of Christians in Syria and the Middle East. His Beatitude will also be an honored guest at the “In Defense of Christians” Summit in Washington, D.C., from October 24–26. The Summit is titled "American Leadership and Securing the Future of Christians in the Middle East."

His Beatitude has grown increasingly concerned over the last six years as the situation in Syria has worsened. One of the key goals of his visit is to ensure that American and international decisionmakers understand that the Antiochian Patriarchate represents a strong network of Christian churches in Syria and the Middle East, and that this is a constituency which is committed to peace.

As an historic and highly regarded institution in the Middle East, the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church can contribute to a peaceful resolution to the current conflict.

Another one of His Beatitude’s goals will be to highlight the very effective humanitarian arm of the Patriarchate, the Department of Ecumenical Relationships and Development (DERD). DERD is the largest independent local NGO operating inside Syria and like the Patriarchate, is completely independent of government involvement. DERD seeks to “offer help to those who are in dire need, ensuring that efforts are made to provide service to all, to spread the spirit of humanity, justice, tranquility and peace among those affected, regardless of race, religion or ethnicity.”

While there has been tremendous media interest in the Syrian Refugees (which number approximately 2.5 million), the situation is even more dire within Syria. The UN estimates that there are currently 6.5 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) inside of Syria, with more than half of those being children. It is this population which DERD seeks to reach. DERD now ministers to approximately 3 million Syrians annually, and seeks to go and have mercy, as did the Good Samaritan. In that spirit, almost 90% of those it serves are of the Muslim faith. (View the video clip about DERD, and contribute directly online.)

For questions regarding the visit of His Beatitude Patriarch John X or for press inquiries, contact Sonia Tower at: or (212) 308-3696.

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Memory Eternal! + Very Reverend Archpriest George Rados

Sun, 2017/10/15 - 7:51pm

Fr. George RadosUpdated, October 17
Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!

It is with a deep sadness tempered only by the certainty of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, that we announce the falling asleep in the Lord of the Archpriest George M. Rados on Sunday, October 15, 2017.

His funeral will be held at Ss. Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church, 10620 River Road, in Potomac Maryland, on Monday and Tuesday, October 23–24. His Grace Bishop ALEXANDER will preside.

The schedule of services is as follows:

Monday, October 23

  • 1:00pm – 6:00pm Wake
  • 7:00pm The Funeral Service (for a Priest)

Tuesday, October 24

  • 10:00am Divine Liturgy, Followed by the Funeral Service (for a layman)
  • 1:30pm Burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 13801 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD
  • 3:00pm The Meal of Mercy will be offered at Ss. Peter and Paul Church Hall

All donations in Fr. George's memory should be made out to Ss. Peter and Paul Church earmarked: "Fr. George Rados Memorial Fund"

May the Lord God receive him and remember his Priesthood in His Heavenly Kingdom.


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Memory Eternal! + Bishop Antoun

Thu, 2017/10/12 - 12:14pm






Memory Eternal! + Bishop Antoun of Thrice-Blessed Memory

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” Is 40:8

Dear Brother Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy, Esteemed members of the Archdiocese Board of
Trustees, and Christ-loving Faithful,

Blessing and greetings to you in the Name of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus!

With profound sadness, yet hope in the Resurrection, I announce the passing into eternal life of my beloved brother, Bishop ANTOUN. Words cannot begin to describe our debt of gratitude to His Grace nor our sense of loss at his falling asleep.

As our senior, and for many years our only, auxiliary bishop, he traveled the width and breadth of our God-protected Archdiocese. He was sincerely loved by all – young and old – and he will be greatly missed. All of us who were blessed to witness his retirement banquet this past July in Miami were greatly moved by the effort he made to be with his people one last time. Now we are comforted and assured that he will eternally pray for his people at the throne of God.

All churches in the Archdiocese are directed to hold Trisagion Prayers of Mercy this Sunday in memory of Bishop ANTOUN and all are asked to pray for His Grace in their public and private prayers throughout the next forty days. We are diligently working on the arrangements for the funeral and burial and will post them once they are final.

As I continue to attend the meetings of the Holy Synod this week at the Holy Patriarchal Monastery of Saint Elias Shwayya, Lebanon, be assured of my paternal love and prayers as we mourn the passing of His Grace.

Your Father In Christ,
Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of all North America


The following tribute to His Grace Bishop Antoun premiered at the Saturday evening banquet of the 2017 Archdiocese Convention, July 29, 2017.

Metropolitan Joseph's Funeral Address

Letter of Condolence from Assembly of Bishops Chairman: His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North America

Letter to Patriarch John X from His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America

Letter of Condolence from the Ukranian Orthodox Church of the United States of America:
Metropolitan Antony and Archbishop Daniel

Interview with His Grace Bishop John in the September 2014 edition of The Word magazine

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Metropolitan JOSEPH Requests Prayers for Those Impacted by California Fires

Wed, 2017/10/11 - 2:59pm

Englewood, NJ — His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH, along with all of the clergy and faithful of the Antiochian Archdiocese, is praying fervently for those being impacted by the wildfires raging in northern California. His Eminence has been in constant communication with Father George Baalbaki, the pastor of our parish of Saint Nicholas in San Francisco, who has been in contact with his own parishoners as well as the other parishes in the area. Father George was able to report that the faithful in the area are safe, but many have indeed been forced to evacuate and some have suffered property damage.

Sayidna JOSEPH notes: “We know that our Lord commanded a pillar of fire to protect his people and spoke to Moses from a bush that was burning but not consumed. I ask all of our faithful people to fervently beseech the very same Lord to extend his right hand from His holy dwelling place on high and speedily quench these fires through His divine might. On behalf of all of my brother hierarchs, our clergy, and laity, I offer our prayers and support to those who are being impacted. We will be with you.”

Please continue to monitor for updates as to how we can help those are suffering from these devastating wildfires.

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Schedule for the Historic Visit of His Beatitude Patriarch John X to New York

Wed, 2017/10/11 - 2:58pm

Make your plans now to join His Beatitude Patriarch John X of the Orthodox Church of Antioch and All the East, as well as His Eminence and Beatitude, Patriarch Bechara Peter Cardinal Rai of the Maronite Church, for a festive luncheon celebrating their historic visits to New York on Sunday afternoon, October 29, 2017. Proceeds will support the victims and relief efforts of the ongoing war in Syria. Sponsorships are available.

That morning at 11:00 a.m., Patriarch John will celebrate the Patriarchal Divine Liturgy at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Brooklyn, 355 State Street. His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, primate of the Antiochian Archdiocese, and other hierarchs, clergy and faithful, will join him. Orthros will begin at 9:45 a.m.

A special rate has been secured at the Marriott New York Brooklyn Bridge for out-of-town guests. Space is limited, so please do not delay: make your reservations here today!

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His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH's Address at the Funeral of His Grace Bishop ANTOUN

Tue, 2017/10/10 - 8:45pm

Archieratical Address of His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH
Delivered at the Funeral of His Grace Bishop ANTOUN

Beloved Brother Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy, and Christ-loving Faithful:

I embrace all of you with paternal love, as we come together this evening to pray for our beloved Bishop ANTOUN to his eternal rest.

I return to you from the meetings of the Holy Synod of Antioch, and I bear with me the fervent prayers and heartfelt condolences of our Father-in-Christ, His Beatitude Patriarch JOHN X, as well as my brothers, the venerable Metropolitans of our Holy Patriarchate. We belong to one Antiochian family, and I can relay to you that the loss of our beloved Bishop ANTOUN is profoundly felt by all. 

I stand before you this evening with great reverence and immeasurable affection for my dear brother and concelebrant, and I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the years I was blessed to call him a friend and a mentor.

I stand before you this evening beholding our Bishop ANTOUN, and I reflect on the image he now presents to us of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ:

+He is vested as a high priest , as one whose hands offered the Bloodless Sacrifice, and as one who fervently and tearfully offered prayers and supplications for his people;

+He is crowned as a king, not as one who lorded authority over others, but as one who always led as though he were the servant of all;

+He holds the Book of the Gospels as a prophet, as one who expounded with authority the Word of God;

+And he bears the staff of a shepherd, as one who was always there to guide his precious sheep and guard them with his own life.

While His Grace was a wonderful example of all of these Christ-like images, I will most remember Bishop ANTOUN as a shepherd. We read in the Gospel of John that the Good Shepherd loves the sheep: knowing each of them by name, protecting them from thieves and wolves, and providing them with abundant life.

As a good shepherd, His Grace did indeed love all of us – the hierarchs, clergy, and faithful. He offered himself wholeheartedly to us, and we could always count on his steadfastness, his courage, and his selflessness.

He had a particular love for the clergy. He gave many wonderful years to the formation of seminarians and raised up for this Archdiocese a generation of bishops and priests. He knew them by name and loved them. They knew his voice and loved him in return – even if the sound of that distinctive voice was sometimes stern and correcting, they knew his heart was that of a shepherd guiding and caring for them. 

Who can forget the beautiful relationship he had with the children of our church? They were drawn in by this kind and gentle shepherd. His face would beam with joy as he led them in his favorite song – "You Are My Sunshine." I find it hard not to be moved to tears when I think of the banquet here in Miami, and I can still hear the voices of the young people singing to their beloved Bishop ANTOUN.

In these recent days, I found myself rereading a beautiful interview Bishop ANTOUN gave to Bishop JOHN for The Word magazine. In reading his account of his long life of service to this Archdiocese, I called to mind the sacrificial love of the Good Shepherd described by Our Lord. His Grace reminisced about his arrival in the United States in 1959 and described the development of his longtime friendship with His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP into a dynamic partnership that transformed our Archdiocese.

With his sacrificial love, he worked side by side with His Eminence in building a new headquarters for the Archdiocese, creating the Antiochian Women, Teen SOYO, and The Order of Saint Ignatius, establishing the Antiochian Village, and welcoming the Evangelical Orthodox Church and countless others home into the green pastures of Holy Orthodoxy.

In the interview, His Grace beautifully remarked: “Since my consecration as a bishop, I traveled throughout the Archdiocese. All of my work brought me happiness. The love of my life is this Archdiocese, her people, and especially the clergy.” These are words of a true shepherd who gave himself to his flock with love and joy.

One of my favorite verses of Scripture comes from Psalm 54: “Oh that I had wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.” The context of the Psalm is the betrayal of a close friend, one with whom the psalmist walked to the house of God and took sweet counsel, and can be said as a prayer during times of tribulation.

This morning, Sayidna ANTOUN does indeed fly away to be at rest but not out of a desire to leave us behind. To the contrary, he was our close friend and never betrayed us, nor did we betray him. He is our faithful companion, and far from leaving us orphaned, he will take his rest, while never ceasing to intercede for us at the throne of the Almighty God. And he also now flies away to be rejoined for all eternity to his most faithful friend, His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP. We are assured that they will be forever united in loving prayers for us, their grateful flock.

I stand before you this morning, and I grieve with you the passing of this great man of God; but we grieve not as ones who have no hope, but as faithful sheep knowing that our shepherds, Sayidna PHILIP and Sayidna ANTOUN, will continue by their prayers to guide us to the abundant life that is found in Christ’s Holy Church.

To the faithful of this Archdiocese, and particularly this diocese of Miami and the Southeast, I offer my paternal love and my solemn oath to live up to the example of this godly shepherd in caring for you, my beloved flock. And I have complete confidence in my brother, His Grace Bishop NICHOLAS, that he will do likewise as he takes up the ministry of his venerable predecessor.

To the family and loved ones of our beloved Bishop ANTOUN, I offer – on behalf of my brother hierarchs and the clergy and faithful of this God-protected Archdiocese – heartfelt condolences and all of my love and prayers. We also offer our gratitude for your sharing of him with us, for his sacrifices on our behalf could not have come without your sacrifices as well.

Your Grace Bishop ANTOUN, your legacy of love will never be forgotten. We shall never lose our gratitude for all of your joy, your sincerity, your self-sacrifice, and of course your sunshine. As you fly away to take your rest at the right hand of the Most High and to live in the Light that shall never be overtaken by night, remember us—your grateful and loving children—in your holy prayers.

May your memory be eternal, my brother and concelebrant!

+Metropolitan JOSEPH

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October 2017 Edition of The Word Now Available

Sun, 2017/10/08 - 5:40pm
Click cover to download:  october_2017_word_for_archdiocese.pdf Magazine Date:  10/2017

The October 2017 issue of The Word is now available and contains the following articles:

Marriage Crowns of Victory, Royalty, and Martyrdom
by Nicholas Mamey

Stewardship: Getting Completely Wet
by John Kaloulis

Principles of Child Rearing
by John D. Dalack, PhD

The Martyrdom of Saint Ignatius of Antioch
by Julia Ritter

A Ministry of Mentorship
by Thomas G. Saba

Doors Open, Lights On, Floors Swept, Priest Paid
by Fr. Joseph Huneycutt

A Word About a Great Man of God
by Economos Antony Gabriel

Some Thoughts on Orthodox Unity in North America
by Archpriest Michael Laffoon

...and more!

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Funeral Arrangements for Bishop ANTOUN of Thrice-Blessed Memory

Sat, 2017/10/07 - 2:22pm
NOTE: The Facebook livestream of Tuesday's services will begin at approximately 7:00 p.m. Eastern time, on the Archdiocese Facebook page. The page is public; users do NOT need a Facebook account to watch the livestream.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Visitation/Viewing at Saint George Cathedral, 320 Palermo Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida
7:00 p.m. - Funeral Service (Order for a Bishop) at Cathedral
Mercy Meal in Cathedral Hall after Funeral Service

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
8:30 a.m. Final Visitation at Cathedral
9:00 a.m. - Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at Cathedral
Funeral Service (Order for a Layman) immediately after Liturgy
Mercy Meal in Cathedral Hall after Funeral Service
Afternoon Departure of casket to Pennsylvania via Miami International Airport

Thursday, October 12, 2017
10:00 a.m. - Burial Service at Antiochian Village in Bolivar, Pennsylvania
Mercy Meal at Antiochian Village

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the "Bishop ANTOUN Memorial Fund" earmarked for and payable to "Camp Saint Thekla" (Camp of Diocese of Miami and the Southeast). All donations will be collected at the Cathedral on October 10–11, 2017.

Transportation and Hotel

Nearest Airport: Miami International Airport - ten minutes to Saint George Cathedral

Hotel Information (all hotels few minutes from Saint George Cathedral):

Courtyard by Marriott
2051 S LeJeune Road
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Last day to book in block: 10/6/17 (rooms may be available but at a higher rate after this date)
Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate:
Courtyard Miami Coral Gables for 149.00 USD per night.
Telephone (305) 443-2301) reference "SAINT GEORGE CATHEDRAL BLOCK" or
Book online: Book your group rate for St. George Cathedral Group

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables
50 Alhambra Plaza,
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Last day to book in block: 10/5/17 (rooms may be available but at a higher rate after this date)
$119 single/double occupancy
Telephone (1-888-421-1442 toll free) reference "SAINT GEORGE CATHEDRAL"
Hyatt Booking link

Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables
180 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Telephone (305) 441-2600

Biltmore Hotel Miami Coral Gables
1200 Anastasia Avenue
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Telephone (855) 311-6903

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Axios! Axios! Holy Synod of Antioch Elects Two New Metropolitans

Thu, 2017/10/05 - 5:02pm

His Grace Bishop Ignacio (Semaan)The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Basilios (Kodseie)By the grace of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Synod of Antioch, under the presidency of His Beatitude Patriarch John X, elected two new metropolitan archbishops in its current session at St. Elias Patriarchal Monastery in Shwayya, Lebanon. His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, primate of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, participated in the elections.

His Grace Bishop Ignacio (Semaan) is the new metropolitan of the Archdiocese of Mexico, Central America, Venezuela and the Caribbean. He succeeds His Eminence Metropolitan Antonio (Chedraoui) who reposed in the Lord this past June, after leading his archdiocese for 51 years. Sayidna Ignacio served as an auxiliary bishop in Mexico for the past six years and as patriarchal vicar of the widowed archdiocese.

According to the Mexican Archdiocese, Sayidna Ignacio received a bachelor's degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Damascus; He received a degree in Theology from the Institute of St. John of Damascus, University of Balamand, Lebanon, in 2001. He was director of the Choir of Byzantine Sacred Music of that institution from 1997-2001. He also studied in the Department of Liturgics of the University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Basilios (Kodseie) is the metropolitan-elect of the Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand, Oceana and the Philippines. He also served as the patriarchal vicar of the widowed archdiocese following the repose of His Eminence Metropolitan Paul (Saliba) this past July, after leading the Australian Archdiocese for 18 years. Fr. Basilios has served as pastor of the Church of the Dormition in Mount Prichard, Sydney, New South Wales. Details of Fr. Basilios' consecration to the sacred episcopacy are still being formulated.

Sayidna Joseph congratulates both men on behalf of the hierarchs, clergy, board of trustees and laity of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America. Metropolitan Joseph prays, and asks for the prayers of the Archdiocesan clergy and faithful, to Almighty God that He will bless the new ministries of Metropolitan Ignacio and Metropolitan-elect Basilios and all of the clergy and faithful of the Archdioceses of Mexico and Australia.

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Blessed Namesday to Bishop Thomas!

Thu, 2017/10/05 - 7:10am

His Grace Bishop Thomas' namesday is October 6, Thomas the Apostle of the Twelve. Many years, Master!
Readings and Inspiration from the Diocese of Charleston
Read about St. Thomas the Apostle

Thomas, the faithful servant and disciple of Christ, filled with divine grace, cried out from the depth of his love: "You are my Lord and my God!"
Kontakion — Tone 4

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Metropolitan Joseph Requests Prayers for Las Vegas Victims and Families

Wed, 2017/10/04 - 9:10am

Englewood, NJ — His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH sends heartfelt condolences and prayers to the families and loved ones of the victims of the horrific violence that took place in Las Vegas. His Eminence, while overseas for a meeting of the Holy Synod of Antioch, reached out to Fr. John Nicholas Ozone, pastor of Saint Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church in Las Vegas, to offer love and support. Thanks to God, Fr. John was able to report to His Eminence that none of the flock were victims of the atrocity, and that he and his parish were in constant communication with local authorities to offer their assistance if need be.

His Eminence notes: “On behalf of my brother hierarchs, our reverend clergy, and Christ-loving faithful, I ask our Lord to grant rest to the souls of those who lost their lives, healing to those who were wounded, and comfort to those who are grieving. Our hearts break at seeing such acts of evil, and we can never allow ourselves to grow accustomed to their images. We must work more and more fervently in our own lives to model Christ’s love, forgiveness, and compassion and, as St. Seraphim of Sarov taught, acquire the Holy Spirit that thousands around us will be saved – thus to do our own small part to heal the wounds of the society in which we live.”

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SOYO Special Olympics Awareness Day is Sunday, October 15

Tue, 2017/10/03 - 11:39am

On October 15, 2017, the North American Council of Teen SOYO sponsors the 37th Annual Special Olympics Awareness Day. Every August, Teen SOYO hosts and funds an annual week‐long camp for Special Olympics Athletes at the Antiochian Village. Over the past 36 years, Teen SOYO has fostered a camping experience like no other. Our camp demonstrates a unified environment where teen SOYO members from across the Archdiocese come together with coaches from Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) and enthusiastic athletes for an intense week of sports training and witness to Christ. All resources may be downloaded on SOYO's Special Olympics web page.

Through your generous donations, SOYO Special Olympics Sports Camp has grown immensely through the years. This year, we experienced a record number of athletes in attendance, and have accomplished an astounding 36 years of SOYO Special Olympics Camp. Over these 36 years, we have hosted more than 8,000 athletes and coaches, and over 1,150 of our teens have been blessed by working as SOYO Coaches or Volunteers. It is our pleasure to have the opportunity to serve, pray, and play with these Special Olympics Athletes, and we look forward, with your help, to continuing this important ministry.

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Liturgical Texts Posted for Canadian Thanksgiving, October 9

Mon, 2017/10/02 - 8:01am

His Grace Bishop Alexander serves Holy Communion during the Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Church in Montreal, Quebec.Each year, on the second Monday of October, Canada celebrates its Thanksgiving holiday as "a day of general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed." Its origin dates to 1578.

The Antiochian Archdiocese has 18 Canadian parishes. For the holiday, they are encouraged to open and offer worship and thanksgiving to God for all of His gifts. To that end, the Online Liturgical Guide has provided Liturgical Texts of Great Vespers with special hymnography for the holiday, as well as "Glory to God for All Things: An Akathist of Thanksgiving," composed in Russia under Communistic oppression as a reminder to the suffering clergy and faithful of God's blessings in this life and the life to come. Parishes can offer one or the other service on Sunday night, October 8.

On Monday morning, October 9, parishes can celebrate the Eucharist, which literally means "to give thanks," in the Divine Liturgy. The Variables contain Epistle and Gospel readings that are a call to thanksgiving, as well as the famous Thanksgiving Day sermon "Thank You, O Lord!" delivered by Fr. Alexander Schemann just weeks before his repose in 1983.

In the coming weeks, the Online Liturgical Guide will also post Liturgical Texts for American Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 23.

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October 2017: Archdiocese Youth Month

Thu, 2017/09/28 - 9:09am

October is the month when the Archdiocese introduces teens to the many opportunities to minister in the Church. The youth "are encouraged to read the Epistle, chant and sing in the choir, assist in church school, and give sermons approved by the priest," explains Department of Youth Chairman The Very Rev. Dr. Joseph Purpura. 

Another way teens can get involved in their parishes is to participate in the Creative Arts, Bible Bowl, and Oratorical Festivals. This year’s theme, selected by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, is "They continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers." (Acts 2:42)

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Real Break Registration Opens for College Students

Wed, 2017/09/27 - 5:08pm

During the 2018 Spring Break, college students have the opportunity to make a real change for those less fortunate through Orthodox Christian Fellowship's Real Break program.

Real Break is an alternative spring break service-learning program designed to provide college students with life-transforming experiences that strengthen their faith and broaden their Christian world-view. OCF offers several trips to locations all around the globe where students have the opportunity to serve and minister to the poor with compassion and humility.

Register today!

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Memory Eternal! + Lorraine Husson-Ferris

Wed, 2017/09/27 - 4:57pm

Memory Eternal! + Lorraine Husson-Ferris, daughter of the late Fr. Nicholas and Kh. Mary Husson, quietly fell asleep at the age of 95 early this morning in Wichita, KS. She was preceded in death by her husband George and her three sisters: Beulah Farha of Wichita, KS, Vivian Coury of Garden Grove, CA, and Virginia Farah of El Paso, TX (whose Virginia H. Farah Foundation has supported numerous Antiochian Orthodox projects for many years).

Lorraine is survived by five children and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. The funeral will be served this Saturday, September 30, 2017 at St. Mary Orthodox Church in Wichita, KS. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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Christian Education Department Kicks off Sunday School Year with New Resources

Tue, 2017/09/26 - 5:18pm

The Christian Education team of the Antiochian Archdiocese, headed by Director Carole Buleza, is passionate about transmitting the faith to the next generation, and the resource-rich Christian Education section on reflects this. An extensive upgrade to the Christian Education pages launched to coincide with the start of the Sunday School year includes an entirely new Creative Festivals 2018 section for 2017-2018.

Highlights of the new material available are:

In the main Christian Education section, the latest teacher training events are featured. 

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