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Antiochian Women of the East (AWE)


November 23, 2017

Dear Reverend Fathers and Beloved Sisters in Christ,

Christ is in our midst! He is and ever shall be!

I pray that you and your families are well as we continue the advent season looking forward to the birth of Christ, the only son of God, born of the Virgin Mary. May Jesus Christ bring to all of you good health and peaceful lives.

My name is Rula Osama Khoury and I attend St. George Cathedral in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. On June 29, 2017 at Parish Life Conference, in Morristown, New Jersey hosted by St. George Church of Little Falls, I was elected as the new president for the Antiochian Women of the East (AWE). AWE consists of the Diocese of New York and Washington, D.C., led by His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH, and includes 15 churches and missions and the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland, and the Mid-Atlantic, led by His Grace Bishop THOMAS, and includes more than 30 churches and missions. Please see my attached biography.

I am honored to serve you as your new president first foremost with the help from God and with the support of our AWE Executive Board. We are also blessed to have the Very Reverend Father Don Shadid continue as our Spiritual Advisor. The AWE Executive Board members include:

  • Antiochian Women of the East CrestAntiochian Women of the East CrestRula Osama Khoury, President
  • Angela Saliby, Vice President
  • Khouria Loukia Dixon, Secretary
  • Khouria Rima Zafaran, (re-elected as Treasurer)
  • Maria Koropsak, Religious Coordinator
  • Hope Sabbagh, Humanitarian Coordinator
  • Pam Hennawi, Membership Coordinator
  • Nancy Tentzeras, Social Media Coordinator

Read Rula's full letter HERE.












April 14, 2018

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

The AWE Lenten Retreat took place on March 23-25, 2018 at Antiochian Village. The retreat was dedicated to the memory of Khouria Stefanie Yazge, who passed away on June 29, 2017.

We began the retreat with the fifth Akathist Hymn, where chanters sang in English, Arabic, and Greek to honor our Most Holy Theotokos.  Following the service, we had a nice Lenten dinner and fellowship. In the evening, we watched “What Dreams May Come” which fit well with the topic of the retreat, Life After Death. Special thanks goes out to Father Anthony Yazge for popping popcorn for the movie!

The following morning, Khouria Janet Shadid and Miriam Yazge, spoke fondly of Khouria Stefanie as they paid tribute to her life and accomplishments during the introduction to the retreat. Our retreat presenter, Father Paul Matar, provided thought provoking and edifying talks on the Orthodox view of life after our departure from this world.

Throughout the weekend, we paid tribute to Khouria Stefanie’s memory by playing one of her favorite hymns, the 9th Ode of the Paschal Canon- “The Angel Cried,” providing her signature recipe and sample of chocolate mint brownies, and offering an icon card of Christ with Khouria Stefanie’s favorite Bible verse, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord, because He is holy” (Joshua 24:15). Later on in the weekend, ladies toasted to Khouria Stefanie’s memory, with one of her favorite beverages, margaritas. May her Memory be Eternal!

Other highlights of the weekend included having a general meeting with all the ladies during Saturday’s luncheon. We announced the proposed project to commission a new Liturgy to be composed by Nazo Zakkak, in memory of Khouria Stefanie. The project was so well received that our women began donating funds on that very day!

We also enjoyed the beautiful services of matins and vespers on Saturday and the Feast of the Annunciation on Sunday. It was a beautiful weekend with 87 in attendance. The efforts of AWE president, Rula Khoury, AWE Spiritual Advisor, Father Don Shadid, AV event coordinator, Allison Taylor, and the other AWE officers, helped make this weekend a relaxing and spiritually uplifting event for all who attended.

Your Sister in Christ,
Rula Khoury, AWE President 


Maria Koropsak, Religious Coordinator for the Antiochian Women of the East, writes:

"Bishop JOHN has given his blessing for the Book Club selection. Our NAB President, Dianne O' Regan, has also approved. The book is entitled, Becoming a Healing Presence by Dr. Albert Rossi. The book can be ordered from Ancient Faith Bookstore. Dr. Albert Rossi is a licensed clinical psychologist and Christian educator who has spoken and written widely on these topics. He is currently the Director of Field Education and serves as the resident clinical psychologist at St. Vladimir's Seminary. A quote from Dr. Rossi from the conclusion of the book: 'Becoming a Healing Presence is a code phrase for loving others as best we can....'
Read Maria's full letter.
Order the book.


Khouria Suzanne Murphy, Vice President of the North American Board and NAB Project Coordinator, writes:
"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."
AW Prayer (PDF)587.45 KB
Summary of Duties of Diocesan Officers & Coordinators (PDF)801.37 KB
2018 AWE Lenten Retreat Schedule (PDF)583.5 KB
2018 AWE Lenten Retreat Flyer (PDF)304.26 KB
President Rula O. Khoury Biography (PDF)265.81 KB
Letter from AWE President Rula Khoury (PDF)793.41 KB
AWE Parish and Head Clergy Listings (XLS Download)8.22 KB
NAB Project Form (PDF)301.68 KB
2017-2019 AWE Officers Contact List (PDF)76.05 KB
AWE 2018 PLC Ladies Reports (PDF)2.14 MB
Vice-President Angela Saliby 2018 Project Letter (PDF)482.04 KB
Khouria Rima's Treasurer Letter 03.19.2018 (PDF)356.01 KB