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Church School Teacher Development Workshop

St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, West St. Paul, MN, will welcome AODCE Director Carole Buleza to conduct a teacher development workshop this spring. Please join us on Saturday, May 4, 2019, to learn more about serving your parish community as a church school teacher or substitute.

Courses for the day include "Overview of Orthodoxy," during which we’ll review the foundational doctrines of our Faith and interactive ways of teaching our children as they grow. "New Methods in Teaching" will have us discussing lesson planning, productive classroom environments and brain-based learning. Our final course, "Moral Issues," will allow us to explore topics our older youth face and the Orthodox perspective on each.

To register for this event, please see the attached documents or contact Christina Worrall at worral.christina@gmail.com or 571-334-2306.

If you are interested in hosting a teacher training for your parish, please contact Leslie Atherholt at aodce.events@gmail.com or 717-747-5221.

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Spring 2019 Issue of DIAKONIA Available Online

The Spring 2019 issue of DIAKONIA, the newsletter of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Women of North America, is now available online. This issue features the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America, and includes a message from His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph. Sayidna writes, "Every year, the Metropolitan gives the Antiochian Women a project for a charitable and worthy cause. Over the decades, we have helped those within and those without the Archdiocese, both here and overseas. This year we have a special project that will touch the lives of both adults and children in our Archdiocese. That project is the building of a new Cathedral at the Antiochian Village.

In this issue, Bishop Basil also reflects: "The ministry of women within and to the Body of Christ, whether to Our Savior personally or to the least of His brethren, has been shown forth in so many lives of the saints—most especially of the Most Holy Mother of God, the Myrrh-bearing Women, and other female saints of the Church."

Also included are messages from Spiritual Advisor Fr. Christopher Morris, President Jaclyn Al-Hanna-Ferris, introductions to the diocesan board, and reports and photos from diocesan chapters. Read the issue here!

2019 Midwest Diocesan Spring Gathering is March 1-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


WHAT: 2019 Midwest Diocesan Spring Gathering

WHEN: March 1-3

WHO: All Diocesan Delegates

WHERE: Best Western Plus Airport Inn and Suites

HOSTED BY: St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
                          Flint, MI

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Winter 2018-2019 Issue of DIAKONIA Available Online

The Winter 2018-2019 issue of DIAKONIA, the newsletter of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Women of North America, is now available online. This issue features the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest, and includes a message from His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph. His Eminence writes: As we begin 2019, let us reflect on the critical role played by the Theotokos in our salvation...in both of our "new year" celebrations, we see the honor the Church pays to the Theotokos, and, I believe, to all women through her.

In this issue, Bishop Anthony also reflects:

In our lives as Orthodox Christians following the example of the Apostles, the saints, and all those who passed down the faith to us, we are called always to give thanks.

The issue also contains introductions to the diocesan officers and coordinators, a message from Diocesan President Kh. Jeanette Gallaway and Spiritual Advisor Fr. Joseph Abud, and numerous reports and photographs from the Diocese's parish chapters of Antiochian Women.

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Blessed Nameday to Bishop Anthony!

January 17 is the celebration of St. Anthony the Great, and the nameday of His Grace Bishop Anthony of the Diocese of Toledo. May God grant him many years!

Apolytikion of St. Anthony the Great, Tone 4 

Thou didst become like the zealous Elijah in his condition, and followed John the Baptist in his upright ways, becoming a dweller in the wilderness and an establisher of the universe by thy prayer, O Father Anthony. Wherefore, intercede thou with Christ God to save our souls.

2018 Nativity Greeting from His Grace Bishop ANTHONY

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Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
December 25, 2018

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

المسيح يولد! تمجده!

Christmas is many things, which includes a story of two kings. One is from the world and the other King comes from heaven.

The first king, Herod, was not confident. He thought his power had to be protected. Although he was wealthy, sat on a throne, and looked down on others, he was afraid of everyone. Instead of bringing smiles to people's faces, he brought tears to their eyes. When he heard from the wise men that a baby Boy was born of a Holy Woman in the countryside, a Savior who would serve and save the people, Herod's fear got the best of him and he was in a "furious rage." He looked everywhere to find this newborn King.

Midwest Clergy Gather in Toledo

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St. George Cathedral in Toledo recently had the pleasure to host Bishop Anthony and the Diocese of Toledo's annual fall gathering. A highlight of the event was the blessing of Bishop Anthony's new residence. Enjoy the pictures!

Register Now! 21st Annual Midwest Diocese Basketball Tournament

The 20th Annual Midwest Diocese Basketball Tournament will be held in Canton, Ohio, on January 18–20, 2019. This year, His Grace Bishop Anthony and the faithful of the Diocese of the Midwest joyfully welcome participation from churches of the Mid-Atlantic Diocese, led by His Grace Bishop Thomas.

The host is St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, and accommodations are available via the Courtyard by Marriott in Canton at a group rate of $89.00 per night. 

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Diocese of Toledo Announces Clergy Retreat and Fall Gathering

St. George Cathedral in Toledo is pleased to host this year's Clergy Retreat and Fall Gathering, October 18–22, 2018. Bishop Anthony will preside and has requested the presence of all clergy, along with organizational leaders and representatives from each parish. 

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The Journey of Marriage Retreat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session 1: The Journey of Marriage, an Orthodox Understanding

Session 2: Avoiding "the Four Horsemen," A Christian Approach to
Managing Conflict

Session 3: Parenting Toward the Kingdom

*Childcare is available for children ages 8 and below. Please email
Lindsey Birdsall at yaya@orthodoxky.com to reserve a spot.*

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St. Mary to Host Basketball Tournament, Founders' Day Celebration with Bishop ANTHONY

On behalf of St. Mary Orthodox Church of Palos Heights, IL and the Diocese of Toledo and Midwest, you are invited to our Pan-Orthodox Midwest Basketball Tournament, to be held on August 24–26, 2018.

Over this same three days, our parish of St. Mary will be also celebrating our Fifteen Year Anniversary Founders' Day Weekend. His Grace Bishop ANTHONY will preside over the festivities, and the miracle working Iveron Icon will bless us with a visit on August 25 and 26.

The weekend includes a welcoming event, the basketball tournament, Hafleh and Awards Ceremony, and more! All other information (age limit, pricing, addresses, etc.) is included in the attached forms below. 

Please mail registration form, waiver of liability, and registration fee to the following mailing address:

Young Adult Ministry
St. Mary Orthodox Church
6330 W. 127th St.
Palos Heights, IL. 60463

Memory Eternal! + Nicola Haddad

Englewood, NJ — June 13, 2018

"I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live." (John 11:25)

We are saddened to inform you of the passing into eternal life of Mr. Nicola Haddad, father of Archdiocese Board Member Ms. Darlene Haddad, who reposed in the Lord at the age of 88 on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Funeral arrangements are listed below.

Nicola died peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by his family. Born December 19, 1929 in Salt, Jordan to Deifallah and Fathiah Haddad, he was the beloved husband for nearly fifty years of Yasmin Haddad, the loving father of Nick Jr. (Rana), Nancy (Nabil) Khoury, Donna (George) Conopeotis, Darlene, and Michael; proud grandfather (Jiddo) of Jennifer, Dina, Hala, Haya, Linda, Diana, Nicholas, Albert, Amanda, Theodore, Alexandra and Katherine; caring brother to Jameel Haddad and Nada Khalifeh, and the late Tamam Nasser and late Iteiwi and Fadwa Haddad. He is also survived by his loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

Bishop ANTHONY'S Pastoral Letter for Pentecost, 2018

May 27, 2018
Great Feast of the Descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost

Beloved Clergy and Laity of the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest:

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Today we proclaim with immense joy we have seen the True Light and have received the Heavenly Spirit for with the presence of the Spirit is the fulfillment of Christ’s promise and the completion of hope. For, the Holy Spirit provides all things. 

As we meditate upon the mystery of this Great Feast, let us focus on the intimacy of the union of the three-person Godhead in the undivided Holy Trinity. As the hymnographer explains, “the Father timelessly hath begotten the Son, equal to Him in eternity and the throne; and the Holy Spirit was in the Father, glorified with the Son, one Might, one Substance, one Godhead.”

20th Annual Midwest Diocese Basketball Tournament is a Slam Dunk

On January 19-21, 2018, St. George Church of Canton, Ohio hosted the 20th Annual Midwest Diocese Basketball Tournament. Twenty years ago, Canton's Teen SOYO initiated this tournament and it has grown over the years to become a mini-convention drawing youth from around the diocese. His Grace Bishop ANTHONY presided over the weekend, ordaining Deacon Anthony Westerman of Louisville, KY during Sunday's Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. Bishop ANTHONY also presented the Archdiocese Meritorious Service Award to Mrs. Sadie Kannam of Canton on behalf of His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH.

Deacon Anthony presented a retreat on Friday evening titled "The Armor of God," tying in his own personal experience as a U.S. Marine who is now looking forward to become a future chaplain in the U.S. Navy. On Saturday, basketball games were held among three divisions with much excitement amid cheers and encouragement. Following Great Vespers on Saturday evening, Canton SOYO President Mareena Michael welcomed everyone to the Awards Banquet and Hafli that topped off a beautiful day of great sportsmanship and fellowship.

Love and Forgiveness

By Fr. George Shalhoub
Pastor, The Basilica of St. Mary, Livonia, MI

This Sunday marks what we call in our Holy Orthodox Church Cheese Fare Sunday or Forgiveness Sunday, before we enter into our Great Fast. There are a variety of fasts, but our church subscribes fasting from meat and dairy until Easter Sunday.

This week the nation also celebrates the Feast of Love, Valentine’s Day. Everyone wants to be in love, but does nothing about it. This Sunday’s Gospel of St. Matthew, 6:14 states “If you forgive others for their trespasses, our heavenly Father will also forgive yours.” This is a commandment and not a suggestion, because Great Lent is a period of reflection of how we are loved by God and how we should love God in return.

Love has everything to do with forgiveness, with respect, with loyalty, and commitment through times of sadness and happiness. Therefore, this kind of love is more than a feeling. The love of Christ is unconditional and when we love one another in an unconditional fashion, we are emulating Christ. It is easy to be in love when things are good, but the real test is to be loving when you are down and out.

2018 Clergy Retreat and Spring Gathering is April 20-22

Bishop ANTHONY is pleased to announce this year's Clergy Retreat and Spring Gathering, hosted by St. George Church in Troy, Michigan, April 20–22, 2018. All clergy are expected to attend Thursday evening's session with His Grace. Delegates and other parish representatives will meet Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21.

Please see the attached forms for a schedule of events, hotel information, and a registration form.

The Simplicity of Christmas

By Fr. George H. Shalhoub

It is truly a wonderful time of the year. As we approach the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the question on many minds, especially children is: what kind of gift am I getting for Christmas? And adults agonize over what kind of gifts are we giving? In between these questions, often asked with a sigh, we hear exhaustion from families as they pace the malls of America looking for the perfect gift to give. Gift giving with the right meaning and attitude is wonderful, but this message is often lost in the obligation of holiday, forgetting the “real reason for the season.”

The reality is still the same, Christmas has never changed. It is the birth of our Lord, and always will be. When we exchange gifts with one another, the gifts should be an expression of one’s own gratitude, to God first and then to our loved ones.

Bishop Anthony's Pastoral Letter for Nativity, 2017

Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ 2017

Dear beloved Clergy and Faithful of our Midwest Diocese,

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!
ُ المسیح ُ وِلد!َ فمجدوه!

Home, family, friends, decorations that adorn both hearth and hearts, the texture, feel and color of love that, somehow, is renewed in us this time of year, is our greatest blessing. Christmas is composed of the rhythm, rhymes, and hymns that carry more of a presence than a present.

Jesus Christ comes into the world prepared for Him through the prayers of many generations of faithful people. His birth in a wilderness cave begins our rebirth in the wilderness of a world that has failed to find happiness, peace on earth, and goodwill toward men and women.

Memory Eternal! + John George Burbules, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.)

John George Burbules, COL USA (Ret.), 84, of Sellersburg, Indiana, fell asleep in the Lord on Thursday morning, December 14, 2017 after a brief illness. He had a Christian ending to his life – painless, blameless and peaceful.

John’s life was simple. He served his God. He served his country. And he served his family and friends. Each with endless dedication and tremendous love. The rest of his story lives on with the thousands he’s touched.

A long-time member of St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church in Louisville, Kentucky, he served in various offices on the Parish Council, and – for decades – taught Bible Study and Catechism classes. Those whose lives he touched remember his humility, grace and humor.

A Reflection On Our 45th Thanksgiving in America November 2017: What Are You Grateful For?

Father George and Nouhad Shalhoub of the Basilica of St. Mary in Livonia, Michigan, offer this 2017 Thanksgiving reflection.

Beloved,

This Thanksgiving season marks our 45th anniversary of being part of the most wonderful community and family in a church that houses us all. Over these last 45 years, we have done what our faith calls us to do—have a conversation about Thanksgiving, not just the holiday, but truly giving thanks. Those many years ago, we drove from Toledo to Detroit, one week married and one day a priest on February 6, 1972? For what? To be a parish priest. But how? I didn’t know. Was there a community? I wasn’t sure. Was there a building? No. Was there a place for us to sleep or hold church services? No. How many people were there? About a dozen families all with the same desire—to do what God wants us to do— build a church. For 45 years, we expressed loyalty, for it is the core of love, to be lived in season and out of season. Loyalty stands by prayer and prayer strengthens and invites us to live and trust in God, unconditionally.

Fire Tears Through St. Matthew Church in Ohio

Just days before the celebration of its patron, a fire tore through the nave and vestry of St. Matthew Church of North Royalton, Ohio. Damage was so extensive that the pastor, Fr. Andrew Harmon, said repairs could take one year. As a result, the community held divine services for the feast of St. Matthew at a nearby funeral home.

In a letter to the community, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph wrote: "I learned with shock and sadness of the fire that broke out in your sanctuary this past weekend. My shock and sadness were followed by my paternal pride in learning of the faith and resilience shown by all of you in the wake of this tragedy. Befitting your calling as Orthodox Christians, you have not ceased your rich liturgical life and have made plans to celebrate your patronal feast this evening with joy and hope in Our Lord. May the Grace of God received through your commitment to life of the Church bring your sacred community together to meet the challenges that have been set forth for you!"

​Bishop ANTHONY Keynote Speaker for Reformation Conference at St. Nicholas, Grand Rapids

Christians around the world are​ poised to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation​ on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 It was on that day in the year 1517 that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany, beginning what now know as Protestant Christianity.

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Grand Rapids, MI ​is ​set to host a conference reflecting on ​this occasion, on Monday, October 30 and Tuesday, October 31, 2017. The gathering is entitled, "That They May be One: A Time of Remembrance & Reflection on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation​.​​"​ While we Orthodox were not involved in the​ Reformation, it has influenced the world we live in to a great extent,​ and we have definite views on the issues that both led to and came out of the Reformation. We are inviting the Christian community in our area to hear our perspectives and to hear theirs. Following opening remarks by host pastor Fr. Michael Nasser, and the mayor of Kentwood (where St. Nicholas is located) Stephen Kepley, His Grace Bishop​ ​ANTHONY will be offering the ​k​eynote ​a​ddress at 7 PM at October 30​. ​We have employed a variety of means to invite the Christian community ​of our area, including a direct mailing to almost 1,000 churches in a three county area.​ The goal of this conference will be to engage in dialogue within our Christian community with a view toward greater interaction and development of respectful relationships.​