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Dioceses of Charleston and New York Parish Life Conference, June 30-July 4, 2010, Allentown, PA

Click here for the website of the host parish, Allentown's St. George Church.

Click here for the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland, and the Mid-Atlantic.

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Diocese of Worcester Parish Life Conference, June 18-20, 2010, Worcester, MA

Click here for the website of the host parish, Worcester's St. George Cathedral.

Click here for the website of the Diocese of Worcester and New England.

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2010 DOWAMA Parish Life Conference

Online registration is now available for the 2010 DOWAMA Parish Life Conference at St. Elijah Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Parish Life Conference will take place June 16-19, 2010. For more information or to register, please visit

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Diocese of Miami Parish Life Conference, June 16-20, 2010, Jacksonville, FL

Click here to visit the webpage for the conference, hosted by Jacksonville's St. George Church.

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Dioceses of Los Angeles and Eagle River Parish Life Conference, June 30-July 4, Tucson, AZ

Click here for the conference website, hosted by Tucson's Holy Resurrection Church.

Click here to visit the website for the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West.

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Diocese of Ottawa Parish Life Conference, July 1-4, 2010, Montreal, Quebec

Diocese of Ottawa, Eastern Canada and Upstate New York
57th Annual Parish Life Conference

hosted by
St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church
Montreal, Quebec CANADA
July 1st to July 4th 2010

Online information and registration is now available at the conference web site. For more information, please contact PLC2010@STNICHOLASMTL.ORG.

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IOCC Responds to Haiti Earthquake

An appeal from Metropolitan PHILIP

January 14, 2010

IOCC URGENT ACTION APPEAL: Relief for the Beleaguered People of Haiti

For the people of Haiti, the hemisphere’s poorest country, life was difficult enough before the massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake that devastated the capital of Port-au-Prince on Tuesday.

Since news of the earthquake came to light, IOCC staff have been contacting partners active in Haiti and attempting to reach Orthodox parishes on the island to coordinate our response to the growing need.  Like many Haitians who have been struggling to reach their loved ones, IOCC is finding direct communication difficult – symptomatic of the widespread destruction and ruined infrastructure that is now beginning to be revealed.

Given the magnitude of the quake and the poverty that already existed before the disaster, IOCC has mobilized its disaster response team and is preparing to respond to the tremendous needs in close coordination with our Orthodox and ecumenical partners. Listen to Ancient Faith Radio's interview with IOCC Executive Director Constantine Triantafilou here.

Please help the people of Haiti!

  • Make an online gift to assist the victims of disasters around the world, like the Haiti Earthquake, by giving to the IOCC International Emergency Response Fund, at
  • Assemble hygiene kits and emergency clean-up buckets to be shipped to places like Haiti – or wherever disasters strike. For information on hygiene kits, go to
  • Pray for the people of Haiti and those who have lost loved ones in this disaster and for the safety of those who are working to assist them.  See:

Metropolitan PHILIP and Metropolitan JONAH Meet in Englewood, NJ on January 4, 2010

On Monday January 4th, 2010, His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP, Primate of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America hosted a meeting with His Beatitude Metropolitan JONAH, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA).

The meeting was held at the headquarters of the Antiochian Archdiocese in Englewood, New Jersey. Also attending was Very Rev. Leonid Kishkovsky, the OCA Director of External Affairs and Interchurch Relations.

The two hierarchs discussed several topics of utmost importance to the Orthodox faithful in America. Among the topics discussed were the following two items of special significance:

January 2010 Newsletter: The Benefits of Baptism

Dear Friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

We continue our work on the Gospel of John as viewed primarily from the teachings of St. John Chrysostom. Yet, considering the significance of the Season of the Baptism of our Christ, the Son of the living God in Whom His Father was well pleased, we thought it might be helpful to present a few thoughts regarding Baptism from his writings. It gives a small taste of our next project – the Book of Romans. Sadly, there is only space for Verse 18. However, perhaps it will inspire further reading about our own Baptism in the Orthodox Study Bible: Old and New Testaments, while reminding us of His eternal love for all mankind – both Jew and Gentile.

See the attached PDF file for this month's full teaching.

The Best of The Word

The Word magazine is a beloved ministry of our Archdiocese, founded in Arabic in 1905 by St. Raphael of Brooklyn and in 1957 made an English language publication by Metropolitan Antony Bashir. At The Best of The Word, you'll find thought-provoking articles that share the blessed work being done in the Antiochian Archdiocese, and the wisdom of her workers.

Some recently posted recommendations to get you started: Mother Alexandra's The Founding of the Convent of St. Thekla at Antiochian Village; Bishop THOMAS's Care at the End of Life: What Orthodox Christianity Has To Teach; and Roberta Royhab's The Children Are Not Afraid.

December is St. Ignatius Month

God bless us all with health and happiness this season and always. This month throughout our Archdiocese parishes will be adorned in red as members of The Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch don their membership crosses suspended by a red ribbon, a symbol of the blood which the Martyr Ignatius shed for Christ. The Cross and ribbon remind us that sacrificial giving is our obligation as an Antiochian Orthodox Christian.

In celebration of St. Ignatius Sunday, which falls this year on December 20, members of The Order in each parish will wear their crosses and pins, act as greeters, read the Epistle, take up the collection, help with the Communion line, give a homily, host the coffee hour for their parish that day. It is hoped that members will speak with those in their parish unfamiliar with The Order and explain the good works that are accomplished through membership.

Click here for resources. And if you can’t find what you are looking for, e-mail

December 2009 Newsletter: The Incarnation of Christ - The Mystery of Salvation

Dear Friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

THE NAME JESUS: We properly unite the word Nativity with the prophecy of Isaiah (OSB- Is. 9:5) and the marvel of Mary giving birth to her son, though she knew no man. We rightly praise her as the mother of our God – the Theotokos. For within her womb, she held the uncontainable divine person Jesus – the Word of the Father, and the “I” of the I Am – the Existing One (Ex 3:14).

See the attached PDF file for this month's full teaching.

Orthodox, Catholic and Evangelical Leaders Release Manhattan Declaration

His Grace Bishop BASIL, a signatory to the Declaration, highlights this news release:

Washington, D.C., Press Conference Unveils 4,700-Word Statement Signed by More Than 125 Orthodox, Catholic & Evangelical Leaders

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2009—Today a group of prominent Christian clergy, ministry leaders and scholars released the Manhattan Declaration, which addresses the sanctity of life, traditional marriage and religious liberty.  The 4,700-word declaration issues a clarion call to Christians to adhere to their convictions and informs civil authorities that the signers will not - under any circumstance - abandon their Christian consciences.  Drafted by Dr. Robert George, Dr. Timothy George and Chuck Colson and signed by more than 125 Orthodox, Catholic and evangelical Christian leaders, the Manhattan Declaration is available at

The story is also covered today in the New York Times, and by the Orthodox Church in America.

The full declaration can be read and signed by clicking here.

Dept. of Stewardship Releases Draft Documents for Parish Councils

The Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Stewardship has just released online two very important documents for your parish to download, review, field test and comment on prior to official publication. (Some referenced articles and appendices are still to be published online.) These pilot projects should prove vital to your local Stewardship efforts. Click here for more information.

The Quiet Cradle

By Janice Bidwell

As a cradle Orthodox Christian, for most of my life I’ve been quiet about my faith. My silence did not stem from apathy or ignorance, but rather from peace. There was never any reason to break my silence, until now when others want to listen.

November 2009 Newsletter: An Orthodox Response to Nominalism

Dear Friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Nominalism is a way of thinking, a view point, that dominates Western thought. But more, it is a paradigm shift from what the Apostles preached, the Bible speaks, and the Church taught. To Orthodoxy, it is a darkening veil forming over the eyes of Christians and non-believers that denies Orthodox universal truths. It prefers to view people as but mere individuals able to be known only by their responses to environmental surroundings, political situations, or social upbringing – things over which they have no control. This thereby gives one the opportunity to excuse himself from poor choices and accountability. Such over emphasis on individual perspectives, experiences, and emotions, can weaken the all-important, on-going, interaction that exists between one’s soul and body – and the individual person – interacting with Jesus, our Christ. Thus Nominalism can be a stumbling block to what the Lord delivered to the Apostles.

See the attached PDF file for this month's full teaching.

Archdiocese Launches Dept. of Planning and Development

The Antiochian Archdiocese has launched the new Department of Planning and Development. To learn more about this effort, and read Metropolitan PHILIP's letter of appointment, click here to visit their new web page.

Order of St. Ignatius Web Section Updated

The Order of St. Ignatius and the Dept. of Internet Ministry have worked together to improve the content and presentation of the web section dedicated to the Order, the philanthropic organization of the Antiochian Archdiocese. Click here to visit, and learn more about the Order!

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