News and Events


Beginning Fall 2012, this page will no longer be maintained. News and photographs of our events can now be found in the quarterly Newsletter.

For upcoming events click on Calendar.

2012 Parish Life Conference (June) Meeting
Our Summer meeting was held on Friday, June 22, during the Parish Life Conference at the Cliff House Resort in Ogunquit, Maine, hosted by St. George Church, Norwood.

Newsletter – Summer 2012 issue

  • Photos from this meeting will be included in the next Newsletter

2012 Spring Meeting

Our Spring Meeting was held on Saturday, April 28, 2012. Host parish was St. George Church, Lowell.


2012 Winter Meeting

Our Winter Meeting was held on Saturday, February 25, 2012. Host parish was St John of Damascus, Dedham.


2012 Pre-Lenten Retreat

The Pre-Lenten Retreat was held on Saturday, February 11, 2012, at St. George Church, Norwood. Our speaker was His Grace, Bishop John, whose topic was “Relationships - Discovering Myself in God and in My Neighbor" 


2012 Welcome Reception for our New Bishop John

A Welcome Reception for our new bishop, His Grace, Bishop John, was held Thursday, January 5, 2012, at St. John Cathedral, Worcester, with a buffet prepared by the Antiochian Women of the Diocese.


2011 Fall Meeting

The Fall Diocesan Meeting was held on October 29, 2011. Host parish was St. George Church, West Roxbury.


2011 Seminarians Welcome Reception

The Antiochian Women sponsored a reception on Sunday, September 25, to welcome all the Antiochian seminarians studying at Holy Cross in Brookline, MA. Special guest was our Bishop-Elect, Rt. Rev. Fr. John Abdalah. Host parish was St. George, West Roxbury.


2011 Parish Life (June) Meeting

The summer Diocesan General Assembly meeting was held on Friday, June 17, 2011, during the Parish Life Conference at the Resort & Conference Center of Hyannis, MA, hosted by St. John of Damascus Church, Dedham. His Grace, Bishop Thomas, presided. The meeting included election of officers for 2011-2013 – see our Officers and Coordinators page.


2011 Spring Meeting

The spring Diocesan Meeting was held on March 5, 2011.  Host parish was St. George Church, Lawrence.


2011 Pre-Lenten Retreat

This year’s Pre-Lenten Retreat was held Saturday, February 12, 2011, at St. George Church in Norwood. Featured speaker was Presvytera Maria Mossaides, Executive Director of Cambridge Family and Children’s Service and one of Massachusetts Law Weekly’s “Top Women of Law.” The title of her talk was  “The Reluctant Presvytera: My Life’s Journey in the Church.”


2010 Fall Meeting

The fall Diocesan Meeting was held on October 30, 2010. Host parish was St. Mary Church, Cambridge.


Celebration Honoring V. Rev. Fr. Ed Hughes

On Sunday, September 19, 2010, at St. George Church in West Roxbury, a very special  celebration was held to honor our longtime Spiritual Advisor, the Very Reverend Ed Hughes, and to thank him for his continued ministry to the Antiochian Women of this diocese.


2010 Parish Life (June) Meeting

The summer Diocesan meeting was held on Thursday, June 18, 2009, during the Parish Life Conference at the Sturbridge Host Hotel in Sturbridge, MA, hosted by  St. George Cathedral in Worcester. His Grace, Bishop Thomas, presided, and we also welcomed Cindy Nimey, NAB President.


2010 Spring Diocesan Meeting

The spring meeting was held on March 6, 2010. Host parish was St. Mary Church, Pawtucket, RI


2010 Pre-Lenten Retreat

This year’s Pre-Lenten Retreat was held at St. George Church, Norwood. Our featured speaker was Mother Alexandra, who spoke briefly about her life and calling to be a nun, her conversion to Orthodoxy, and the new Convent of St. Thekla at the Antiochian Village, before talking about the retreat’s theme, “Back to the Future with St. Ignatius of Antioch.”  More than 70 people - women, men and teens – enjoyed her wit and were inspired by her insights.

For photos and more about her visit, see http://www.antiochian.org/node/22259.


2009 Fall Diocesan Meeting

The fall diocesan meeting was held on Saturday, October 31, 2009. Host parish was St. George Cathedral in Worcester.


2009 Parish Life Conference (June) Meeting
The summer Diocesan meeting was held on Thursday, June 25, 2009, during the Parish Life Conference at the Wyndham Hotel in Andover, MA, hosted by St. George Church in Lawrence.


DIAKONIA
The Officers and Coordinators of our diocese, and several photos from our May meeting, are featured in the Summer 2009 issue of DIAKONIA, the quarterly newsletter of the North American Board of the Antiochian Women.


2009 Spring Diocesan Meeting
The spring diocesan meeting was held on Saturday, May 2, 2009. Host parish was St. Mary, Cambridge.


2009 Spring Fling
On April 4 we had our Spring Fling at the Russian Icon Museum in Clinton, followed by lunch at a nearby restaurant. The Museum is beautiful, and the icons were magnificent. The two special exhibits we saw were “Two Museums, One Culture,” with icons on loan from the State Tretyakov Gallery,in Moscow, and “Palekh: From Icons to Souvenir Boxes to Icons”, items made with the Russian folk handicraft of miniature painting. We were fortunate enough to have the museum’s curator as our very informative tour guide. There were only 12 people in our group, but all agreed that it was such a wonderful trip that many are making plans to go back.


2009 Lenten Retreat
This year’s Lenten Retreat was held Saturday, March 7, at St. George Church in Norwood. Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou, Asst. Professor in the Department of International Relations at Boston University, and Faculty Coordinator of the M.A. Program in International Relations and Religion, spoke eloquently on the topic, Orthodox Christian Unity: What, Why, Why Not Yet?


2009 Winter Diocesan Meeting
The winter diocesan meeting was held on Saturday, January 31, 2009. Host parish was St. John of Damascus, Dedham.

  • Click here to read the Secretary's Minutes from the meeting.
  • Click here to see photos.
  • Click here to see the sixth issue of the Newsletter.

2008 Fall Diocesan Meeting

The fall diocesan meeting was held on Saturday, November 15, 2008. Host parish was St. George Church in West Roxbury.

  • Click here to read the Secretary's Minutes from the meeting.
  • Click here to read an addendum to the June Secretary's Minutes.
  • Click here to see photos.
  • Click here to see the fifth issue of the newsletter.

2008 Parish Life Conference (June) Meeting

The summer Diocesan meeting was held on Thursday, June 26, 2008, during the Parish Life Conference at the Mariott Hotel in Providence, RI, hosted by St. Mary Church, Pawtucket.

  • Click here to read the Secretary's Minutes from the meeting.
  • Click here to see photos from the meeting.
  • Click here to see the fourth issue of the Newsletter.

2008 Spring Diocesan Meeting

The spring diocesan meeting was held on Saturday, April 12, 2008. Host parish was St. George Church in Lowell.

  • Click here to read the Secretary's Minutes from the meeting.
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2008 Pre-Lenten Retreat

On Saturday March 1st a retreat was held at St. George Church of Norwood. The day started with Divine Liturgy followed by registration. Fr. Deacon Seraphim Solof then led us in the topic of the retreat; Church Teaching and Contemporary Bioethical Issues. The talk focused on such topics as stem cell research, cloning, organ transplant and other current issues. Father started the session with a survey of stem cell research and cloning before we broke for lunch. Following a lunch prepared by the women of St. George we heard about issues regarding organ transplants and euthanasia. Father was very informative and many women commented on how pleased they were to have attended. Many questions were asked to which Father answered with expertise. (Thanks to Louise Ferguson, Religious Coordinator, for this report)

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2008 Winter Diocesan Meeting

The winter diocesan meeting was held on Saturday, February 9, 2008. Host parish was St. George Church in West Roxbury

  • Click here to read the Secretary's Minutes from the meeting.
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  • Click here to see the second issue of the Newsletter.

 

New Publication
Our Public Relations officer, Pam Samara, recently inaugurated a new quarterly newsletter designed to keep us informed about what the Antiochian Women are doing in the individual parishes of our diocese. To see the first issue, click here. To open this file you need Adobe Reader. If you don't have it, you can get it free by clicking Get Adobe Acrobat Reader. Pam needs regular submissions from every parish to keep this newsletter interesting and informative. Please send your meeting ideas, photos, book reviews, fund raising ideas, member news, etc. to pms AT townisp DOT com.


2007 Fall Diocesan Meeting

The fall diocesan meeting was held on Saturday, October 13, 2007. Host parish was St. George Cathedral in Worcester.

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2007 Parish Life Conference (June) Meeting

The summer Diocesan meeting was held on Thursday, June 28, 2007, during the Parish Life Conference at the Radison in Plymouth, MA.

  • Click here to read the Secretary's Minutes from the meeting.
  • Click here to see photos from the meeting.

2007 Pre-Lenten Retreat

This year's annual Pre-Lenten Retreat was held on Saturday, February 10, 2007, at St. George Orthodox Church, 6 Atwood St., Norwood MA. The theme was "To Be or To Have, this is the Question - Humanity's Destiny According to the Holy Scripture," and the leader was Rev. Fr. Eugen Pentiuc. Fr. Eugene is professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages and chair of the Religious Studies Department at Hellenic College and Holy Cross Seminary in Brookline, MA. Fr. Eugen guided us through a thought-provoking look at the rich imagery and metaphor presented in the Biblical account of creation and assisted us in understanding God's purpose for humanity. (The title has to do with Genesis 2:7, which says "humanity became a living breath.")

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2007 Winter Diocesan Meeting

The winter diocesan meeting was held on Saturday, January 20, 2007. Host parish was St. John of Damascus Church in Dedham.

  • Click here to read the Secretary's Minutes from the meeting.

2006 Fall Diocesan Meeting

The fall diocesan meeting was held on Saturday, September 30, 2006. Host parish was St. George Church in Lawrence.

  • Click here to read the Secretary's Minutes from the meeting.
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2006 Parish Life Conference Meeting

The summer regional meeting was held on Friday, June 23, 2006, during the Parish Life Conference at the Margate on Winnipesaukee, Laconia, New Hampshire. Host parish for the conference was St. George Church, West Roxbury, MA.

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2006 Pre Lenten Retreat

The Pre Lenten Retreat was held on Saturday, February 25th, at Hellenic College/ Holy Cross Seminary in Brookline. The theme was "Living with a Mission Mindset: Receiving God’s Love and Sharing It." The guest speaker was Fr. Luke Veronis, Adjunct Professor at St. Vladimir’s Seminary & Holy Cross Seminary and former missionary in Albania.

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2005 Parish Life Conference Meeting

The Antiochian Women meeting was held on June 24, in Danvers, MA. It was a fruitful meeting.

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2005 Pre-Lenten Retreat

The Pre-Lenten Retreat was held on Saturday, March 5, at Hellenic College/Holy Cross Seminary. The theme was Jesus I know, and Paul I know, but who are you? (Acts 19:15) The guest speaker was the V. Rev. Michael Abdelahad, Dean of St. George Cathedral, Worcester.

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