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Who We Are

“The Order of St. Ignatius, from the start, have been people of vision….”

Consider the Antiochian Village where so many young lives touched by God and turned around through the love of dedicated camp counselors. Years ago, that summer camp was just a plot of land in the Pennsylvanian hills. Because of the generosity of the Order, it is now heaven on earth for young people from Mexico to Canada.

What about the Heritage and Learning Center? It preserves the history of Orthodoxy's journey to North America and serves as a retreat for the faithful throughout the year.

The Order is people of purpose, like St. Ignatius himself who wrote …toil together, suffer together, rejoice together as servants of God… The Order is people who put feet to their faith, whether by funding missionary efforts, disaster relief, campus ministries, local outreaches to unwed mothers and kids on the street or by subsidizing our Clergy Benefits Fund or the Holy Trinity Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Come, be a part of our vision for the future and find a new and deeper expression of your faith. - Metropolitan Philip of Blessed Memory

The Order: Our challenge in the next century

You've heard that membership has its privileges. Well, the Order of St. Ignatius prefers to think that serving Christ is our privilege. As members of the Order, we're simply doing what the Scriptures refer to as “a reasonable service.” Giving doesn't make us special, it makes us Christ-like.

But that's just half of it. Giving also changes lives. It builds homes for the homeless, clothes and feeds the poor, keeps kids off of troubled streets and gives unwed women an alternative to terminate pregnancy. Sounds like there's more than just a few benefits to membership…don't you think? In the coming years, the goal of the Order is simply to increase its giving and to expand the possibilities.

Won't you come along?

The Order of St. Ignatius welcomes all those who are faithful to the Orthodox Church and her teachings that are at least 18 years old.

Membership in The Order is available for life at three different ranks:

Knight or Dame is granted with a minimum annual gift of $500.

Knight Commander or Dame Commander is granted with a minimum annual gift of $1,000.

There is also a one-time induction fee of $60 to cover the costs of the handbook, pin, certificate and other related materials. New members are inducted at their local parish, Parish Life Conferences, and the Archdiocesan Convention by a bishop.

Donations are made directly to The Order of St. Ignatius which does not include, nor should it take the place of, contributions to the local church or to the Archdiocese.

A Life Member is one who wishes to make a gift of at least $15,000. This gift can be donated in full or in three equal and consecutive annual donations of $5,000 each. This is a one time gift to The Order and the principal is invested and the interest is used for our philanthropy.

An Associate Membership can be conferred on an Orthodox Christian who meets the financial and spiritual criteria but who is not a member of the Antiochian Archdiocese.

In all the above categories, donations of stock are also accepted in lieu of the monetary donation. Please contact the Administrator at the Archdiocese for more information, 201-871-1355, EST or e-mail:

If a member requires an Acknowledgement of Contribution letter for the IRS please include a note with the annual donation to the Administrator at the Archdiocese.

Honorary Membership can be conferred on individuals outside the Archdiocese for distinguished service to the Archdiocese or to society in general.

If you're ready to join, or would like more information talk to your priest, another parishioner who is a member or call the Administrator at the Archdiocese. The Order is a not-for-profit organization of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America with tax-exempt status.

For more information or a membership application, e-mail us at, or write: The Order of St. Ignatius, Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese, PO Box 5238, Englewood, NJ 07631-5238.

The Order of St. Ignatius Today

I came not to be served but to serve.

Comments from Members…

The Order today is about people like you and me… who care… who want to make a difference in our world for our Lord.

When they sent back pictures of the little children and pregnant mothers who had received desperately needed medical assistance from a clinic we funded in Mexico, My heart just melted. In those faces I saw Christ and remembered His words, …when I was sick, you comforted me… - A member from Houston

One of the teenagers in our parish attended camp last summer through a scholarship offered by the Order. Not only has his life turned around, but he has become a tremendous encouragement to teenagers and adults alike in our parish. - A member from Pittsburgh

I live in Los Angeles. Nobody needs to tell me about the importance of Fr. Duane's ministry to people on the street and in prison. What could be a more appropriate than funding an effort to keep young people out of prison? - A member from Los Angeles

How the Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch Helps the Local Parishes

Many times, members of the Order are asked, “Why should I join The Order? What does The Order do for my local parish? Here are some of the many reasons how the Order makes an impact on the local parish and why everyone should consider membership in this wonderful ministry.

The Retired Clergy Fund receives an annual donation from The Order. The parishes do not have to contribute to their pastors' retirement as the Archdiocese, funded by the Order, handles this.

The Antiochian Village Camp Scholarships are provided by The Order; two one week sessions for each parish for children to attend. This is an expense the parish does not have to incur for two of its Church School children.

Improvements to the Antiochian Village Camp and Heritage & Learning Center are partially funded by The Order for the upkeep of both of these facilities. These facilities are available for use by all members of the Archdiocese. The parishes, on their own, simply would be able to do this.

The annual College Conference is subsidized by The Order so that our college students can meet in a spiritual and social atmosphere at Antiochian Village.

The Department of Christian Education is partially funded by the Order. This department works with our parishes and missions to insure that the proper Orthodox curriculum and teaching methods and tools are used for our children.

The Youth Workers Ministry is subsidized by the Order so that regional youth workers can attend an annual conference to dialogue with other Orthodox youth workers. They bring this information back to the parish youth workers who work with our Teen SOYO groups.

The Deparment of Missions & Evangelism is a recipient of the Order's philanthropy. This department oversees the formation of new missions and small parishes; in essence, it helps to grow the Archdiocese.

The Clergy Counseling Center is funded by the Order. This center helps our clergy when certain dilemmas arise that require professional attention. Before this center was established, clergy would have to seek outside help on their own.

For more information or a membership application, e-mail us at, or write: The Order of St. Ignatius, Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese, PO Box 5238, Englewood, NJ 07631-5238.