Antiochian Women’s Project, 2013: Tornado Relief Fund


For 2013, the Antiochian Women have been tasked by His Eminence Metropolitan Philip to continue the ongoing Project: “The Antiochian Village Tornado Relief Fund.”

On June 1, 2012, a tornado traveled eight miles down Highway 711 through the townships of Ligonier and Bolivar in Western Pennsylvania. At 5:20 p.m., the tornado stuck the Antiochian Village with winds of 110 miles per hour. In a matter of seconds, the tornado damaged or destroyed 50 acres at the Village, including 22 buildings and hundreds of trees. Of these buildings, six were girls’ cabins which were completely destroyed. The remaining buildings have required varying degrees of repair – from new roofs to collapsed walls.

The appraisers have determined the monetary cost of the damage to the Antiochian Village at well over one million dollars. While insurance paid for a portion, the Archdiocese has been required to cover the remainder. There were also many areas that were not covered by insurance, including the removal of downed trees and replacement of these trees for privacy purposes that surround the girls’ cabins.

Since its founding in 1979, the Antiochian Village has been a place of guidance and prayer for the Archdiocese. Over 1,000 children attend the camp each year to learn, grow, pray and play in an Orthodox setting, and the Conference and Retreat Center greets over 10,000 guests on an annual basis.

We ask for your support of this worthy project to bring the Antiochian Village back to its former glory and to restore it to its rightful place as the “Holy Mountain” of the Antiochian Archdiocese.  

To donate, please contact the Antiochian Women's organization at your local church OR contributions may be mailed to the Treasurer of the North American Board of the Antiochian Women at the following address (please make checks payable to the "North American Board" and note "Project" in the memo portion):

Sherry Abraham Morrow

4738 Cobblestone

Wichita, KS 67204

Additional information about the Project can be accessed via the Antiochian Women's page or by contacting NAB Project Coordinator Dianne O'Regan (doregan@stites.com) or NAB Treasurer Sherry Abraham Morrow (sherryam2@gmail.com).