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Preparations Continue for the 53rd Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese Convention: Miami, July 23-30, 2017

Saint George Cathedral in Coral Gables, Florida will host the 53rd Biennial Antiochian Archdiocese Convention in South Florida, July 23-30, 2017. Please join us! Visit often the 2017 Archdiocese Convention Website and like the 2017 Archdiocese Convention Facebook page for updates and more information.

If you missed the Miami 2015 Video Presentation in Boston, view it on now on YouTube. Don't miss the special guest appearance by His Grace Bishop Antoun.

Your Miami family awaits you in 2017!

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2016 Diocesan Parish Life Conference Dates Announced

The dates of Diocesan Parish Life Conferences in 2016 are listed below:

Diocese of Charleston/New York
St. Mary Church, Johnstown, PA and St. Michaeal Church, Greensburg, PA (to be held at the Antiochian Village)
June 29-July3, 2016

Diocese of Los Angeles/Eagle River
St. George Church, Phoenix, AZ
June 29-July 3, 2016

Diocese of Miami
St. Andrew Church, Pensacola, FL
June 15-18, 2016 

Diocese of Ottawa
St. George Church, New Hartford, NY
June 30-July 3, 2016

Diocese of Toledo
Basilica of St. Mary, Livonia, MI
June 22-26, 2016

Diocese of Wichita
St. Anthony Church, Tulsa, OK
June 15-18, 2016

Diocese of Worcester
St. George Church, Lawrence, MA
June (exact date TBD), 2016

2015 Department and Organization Convention Reports

Reports from the Departments and Organizations of the Antiochian Archdiocese prepared for the 2015 Archdiocese Convention are now available online in PDF format.

Click on each link to access a PDF file that may be viewed online, downloaded or printed.  Adobe Reader is required to view PDFs, and may be downloaded for free at get.adobe.com/reader.

Metropolitan Joseph's Call to the Convention

Letter from His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph regarding the 2015 Archdiocesan Convention to be published in the church bulletin and distributed to all parishioners:

May 14, 2015

To: Our Beloved Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy, Archdiocesan Trustees, Department Heads, Organization Presidents, Parish Councils and Faithful of this God-protected Archdiocese:

Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!

It is with this joyful proclamation of the Risen Lord that we send to you this official Call to the 52nd biennial Archdiocesan Convention. We direct your attention to the following matters:

Register Today! Archdiocese Convention in July Will be Historic

 

 

 

 

 

St. Mary Orthodox Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts is proud to host this year's biennial Antiochian Archdiocese Convention from July 19 through July 26, 2015, in beautiful Boston, Massachusetts. This historic city's significance in American history is a fitting backdrop as we celebrate our own history of Orthodoxy in America, the 100th anniversary of the falling asleep of St. Raphael of Brooklyn. Making this event even more historic will be the presence of his Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, presiding, and the first North American Archdiocese Convention under his Eminence Metropolitan Joseph.

Historic Boston Convention: "Something for Everyone"

North American Chair of the Order of St. Ignatius and Boston attorney, Mary Winstanley-O'Connor, will have an eventful year in 2015. Along with co-chair Raymond Sayeg, she is serving as co-chair of the committee responsible for the 52nd Antiochian Archdiocese Convention, which will be hosted by her home parish, St. Mary Orthodox Church in Cambridge, MA with The Very Rev. Antony Hughes. Antiochian.org asked her about the plans for the Archdiocese's "family reunion," which will be held in history-rich Boston, and will be led by Metropolitan Joseph for the first time.

Tell us about your hometown of Boston, and what conference-goers can look forward to this summer?

Boston is the cradle of democracy, rich in the history of the founding of our country, and home of the site of the Boston Tea Party. People are able to walk the Freedom Trail, visit the Old North Church from which the lanterns were hung to warn the troops as to whether the British were coming by land or by sea, and to visit the Paul Revere House.

Bidding Deadline for 2019 Archdiocesan Convention

The Department of Conventions and Conference Planning would like to inform parishes of the deadline for submitting bids to host the 2019 Archdiocese Convention is February 1, 2015. Parishes interested in bidding or obtaining information about the bidding process can contact the DCCP co-chairs, Carol Jazzar or Raed O. Sweiss. Please visit www.antiochian.org/conventions for contact and bid information.

52nd Antiochian Archdiocese Convention

St. Mary Orthodox Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts is proud to host the 52nd biennial Antiochian Archdiocese Convention from July 19 through July 26, 2015, in beautiful Boston, Massachusetts. This historic city's significance in American history is a fitting backdrop as we celebrate our own history of Orthodoxy in America, the 100th anniversary of the falling asleep of St. Raphael of Brooklyn. Making this event even more historic will be the presence of His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, presiding, and the first North American Archdiocese Convention under His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph.

For more information, please visit the convention website at www.acboston2015.com, or visit the Convention page on Facebook.

Hotel Contacts for Antiochian Conference Planning

The Department of Conventions and Conference Planning is providing the following contact information in order to assist parishes in their  conference and convention planning and bids. The following hotel chains have on file an organization resume that will provide historical data and history for our Archdiocese. The DCCP encourages that these individuals be the first point of contact for events at their respective hotels and resorts.

Marriott Hotels & Resorts (Including the Gaylord Resorts):

Bob Perry
Account Executive
Phone: 847-372-5593
Email: robert.k.perry@marriott.com

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts:

Jeffrey F. Perrin, CMP
Director, Strategic Accounts - The Americas
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
9801 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819
Phone: 407-370-3351 Cell: 407-230-8888
Email: Jeffrey.Perrin@hyatt.com

2015 Festivals to Commemorate Anniversary of St. Raphael's Repose

The 2015 Oratorical Conference theme for the Antiochian Archdiocese has been announced as the "100th Anniversary of the Falling Asleep of Saint Raphael." Bishop Raphael (Hawaweeny), much beloved by the American Syrian community he served during the early years of Orthodoxy on the North American continent, reposed in 1915 and was canonized in 2000 as St. Raphael of Brooklyn. This year's Creative Arts, Bible Bowl, and Oratorical Festivals held across the U.S. and Canada will feature his life and legacy.

Update: Special Nominating Convention Hotel and Registration Information

The Department of Conventions and Conference Planning has released the following details regarding the Archdiocese Special Nominating Convention being held June 5th in Chicago, IL. (See here for introductory information on upcoming May and June leadership meetings and the convention.)

June 3 Update from Raed Sweiss, Department of Conventions and Conference Planning

Rev. Fathers, Members of the Archdiocese Board of Trustees and Delegates,

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago on Wednesday, June 4th and Thursday, June 5th, 2014 for the Special Convention. Below are a few items to note for your upcoming meeting:

1) Registration will be open from 6 pm – 9 pm on Wednesday, June 4th and from 7 am – 10 am on Thursday, June 5th. We encourage everyone to pick up their badges on Wednesday night to elevate any rush on Thursday morning.

2) A GOVERNMENT ISSUED PHOTO ID is required to pick up your badge and needs to be shown whenever you enter the General Assembly along with your badge.

3) A continental breakfast will be provided on Thursday morning at 8 am as part of your registration.

Wishing you safe travels to Chicago!

2014 PLC Theme is Love the Lord - Love Your Neighbor

It's time to register for your diocese's regional Parish Life Conference (PLC)!

This year's conferences are spread out across five weekends in June and July. On June 11-15, the Diocese of Wichita and the Diocese of Miami will kick off the PLC season in San Antonio, TX and Orlando, FL. Shortly thereafter on June 19-22, the Diocese of Worcester will convene in Boston, MA. Fort Wayne, IN, will be the site for the final June conference with the Diocese of Toledo's PLC on June 25-29. Finally, the Dioceses of Los Angeles and Eagle River, Charleston and New York, and Ottawa, will all meet from July 2-6, combining Fourth of July celebrations with Parish Life Conferences.  

Visit the Conventions and Conference Planning page for full information.

As always, this year's theme, love for God and neighbor, will be the focus of the Creative Festivals, a highlight of the conferences. Youth and organizational meetings, spiritually edifying speakers and services, and social events for kids and adults alike, all make the PLCs one of the Archdiocese's most established and popular traditions.

To facilitate your parish participation in the Creative Arts, Bible Bowl and Oratorical Festivals, all resources are available in the Festivals 2014 section of Antiochian.org. Additionally, ads for the souvenir journals can be purchased and registrations can be submitted through the Department of Conventions and Conference Planning's Antiochian Events pages.

 

 

Archdiocesan Leadership Meetings and Special Nominating Convention

The Archdiocese communicated the following details regarding historic May and June meetings to all clergy and parishes on April 8, 2014:

The dates and location have been set for a special Archdiocesan Synod Meeting, Board of Trustees meeting and the Special Nominating Convention. The location will be Chicago, Illinois, in order to facilitate air travel from all parts of the Archdiocese. The specific hotel will be announced, and all meetings will take place at that hotel. (See here for hotel and registration updates from April 29.)

The new date and location for the Special Board of Trustees and Archdiocesan Synod meetings were motivated by the need to convene the Special Nominating Convention. This makes it necessary to cancel the meetings which were originally scheduled at the Antiochian Village for the weekend of May 29-31.

The schedule of meetings is as follows:

Tuesday May 13, 2014, 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. – Special meeting of the Archdiocesan Synod.

Wednesday May 14, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. – Special Board of Trustees Meeting.

Wednesday June 4, 2014, 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. – Meetings of the Archdiocesan Synod and/or Archdiocesan Board of Trustees (as needed)

Thursday June 5, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Special Assembly to nominate candidates for the office of Metropolitan

Updated Convention and Conference Planning Manuals Available

The Department of Convention and Conference Planning has provided updated manuals to assist in the planning of Diocesan Parish Life Conferences and the Bienniel Archdiocesan Convention. Both manuals are available as PDF downloads:

These and other Convention and Conference planning resources are always available at www.antiochian.org/DCCP/Downloads.

 

Department of Conventions and Conference Planning Meets

On November 16, 2013, the Department of Convention and Conference Planning (DCCP) held its department meeting in Oakbrook, IL. The meeting was attended by the department co-chairs, representatives from Antiochian Events (Online Registration), the Diocese Conference Coordinators, the Department of Youth Chair, and the NAC Fellowship of St. John the Divine President.

During the meeting a presentation was made by Marriott International to discuss ways the hotel chain can best work with the department and it's Coordinators in order to receive the best possible prices for conferences and conventions. Other items on the agenda were a review of the new Conference Planning Manual, and presentations by each Diocese Conference Coordinator, as well as discussions with the Department of Youth and the NAC Fellowship on finding ways to increase attendance at Antiochian Archdiocese conferences and conventions.

November 2013 Edition of The Word Now Available

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The November 2013 issue highlights the 51st Convention of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, held with great joy in July 2013 in Houston, Texas.

See this link to re-visit the Convention with Antiochian.org's commemorative photo gallery.

Included in the issue are texts of the reports given by Archdiocesan organizations and departments to the General Assembly;

Texts of the resolutions of the General Assembly;

The proposed budget for the fiscal year ending January 31st, 2015;

A speech given by Oratorical Contest finalist Daniella Batarseh; and more!

Photo Gallery Tells Houston Convention Story

A photo gallery of the 51st Antiochian Archdiocese Convention, hosted by Fr. James Shadid and the parish of St. George Orthodox Christian Church in Houston, TX, is available on Antiochian.org. In addition to the biannual General Assembly meetings, liturgical celebrations, exhibits, youth activities, and department meetings were held at Houston's largest hotel, the Americas Hilton.

Special events emphasized the uniquely Southern character of this year's gathering. Families enjoyed a Country Western Dinner and Dance on Thursday evening. On Friday night convention goers attended the Mardi Gras Masquerade Dinner/Dance and the Grand Banquet and Hafli on Saturday night. In the week's culmination, His Eminence Metropolitan Philip presided over the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on Sunday, with all eight Auxiliary Bishops of the Antiochian Archdiocese assisting.

See the photos here. Our thanks to the dedicated Houston Convention organizers for providing this photography.

Houston Convention Continues with General Assembly

General Assembly, 2013General Assembly, 2013On Thursday, July 25, the General Assembly was convened by His Eminence Metropolitan Philip at the 51st Antiochian Archdiocese Convention being hosted by St. George Church in Houston, Texas. The Assembly was graced by the welcome presence of His Eminence Metropolitan Paul of Australia, and His Eminence Metropolitan Silouan of Argentina. The meeting opened at 10:30, and it was announced that a quorum of delegates was present. Much productive business was accomplished, and many reports and videos were presented.

(See below for updates from the conclusion of the Assembly.)

Parish Life Conference Season Begins June 5

There is still time for you to register for your diocese's "family reunion" this summer, your regional Parish Life Conference (PLC)! The theme for this year, "The End of History...The Last Judgment," will be the focus of the Creative Festivals, a highlight of the conferences. Youth and organizational meetings, spiritually edifying speakers and services, and social events for kids and adults alike, all make the PLCs one of the Archdiocese's most established and popular traditions. Visit the Conventions and Conference Planning page for full information.

First up is the Diocese of Wichita PLC, kicking off on June 5 in Kansas City. St. Basil Orthodox Church hosts the PLC at the Westin Kansas City Hotel in downtown Kansas City, "one of America's Best downtowns" according to Forbes magazine.

Register Now: Summer Conference Season Kicks Off Soon

Kids Club flyer for Houston ConventionKids Club flyer for Houston ConventionHouston, Texas, and the parish of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, are playing host to the 51st Antiochian Archdiocese Convention, with Southern-themed events planned for every age. Since June 1st is the last day for Early Bird Registration, and June 28th is the last possible day to reserve a room, the time to act is now. In the meantime, there's still time to sign up for a Parish Life Conference (PLC) in your diocese; these kick off in early June and continue until the first week in July.

"Young Bob Packet....always the teacher with a collection of historical hysterical! Beloved by high school and college students alike! Who better to volunteer to guide our teens and clergy wives through the one and only WWI Museum in Kansas City during the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America Parish Life Conference." Diocese of Wichita, June 5-8, Kansas City

"Fine dining, New Orleans style, means lots of tasty seafood! Tour the city, the river, and the bayous of New Orleans, LA."  Diocese of Miami, June 12-16, New Orleans, LA.

2013 Archdiocese Convention in Houston Open for Registration

St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Houston, TX is honored to be the convention host! The site of the convention is Hilton Americas Hotel in downtown Houston. 

EVENTS WILL INCLUDE:

  • International Welcome Reception
  • Country Western BBQ & Dance
  • Mardi Gras Masquerade
  • 21/40 Camp Reunion
  • Daily Kid's Club
  • AND MORE!!!

ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE FOR:

  • Events
  • Hotel Reservations
  • Souvenir Journal
  • Vendor Tables
  • Sponsorship Opportunities

Visit the Convention website to register today!