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Holy Nativity Orthodox Church Hosting Fall Conference October 27-28

Holy Nativity Orthodox Church in Langley, BC is hosting their annual fall conference from October 27–28, 2017. We are excited to welcome Dr. Timothy Patitsas, from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, as our speaker for this event. Dr. Patitsas will be speaking on his recent writing on ethical living in the Orthodox tradition, titled "A Feeling for Beauty." Three sessions will be interspersed with vespers and matins services at Holy Nativity. Conference cost is $50/person or $75/couple.

Sessions:
First Session: A Feeling for Beauty: The Aesthetic Ground of Orthodox Ethics
Second Session: Eros, Agape, and the Mystery of the Twofold Anointing
Third Session: Shame and Sacrifice: The Practical Goals of Orthodox Soul Therapy

Schedule:
October 27, Friday
Vespers: 6:00 pm
First Session: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Coffee & Dessert: 8:30 pm

Annual Clergy Wives Weekend to be Held at Antiochian Village, October 20-22, 2017

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Come to this pan-Orthodox gathering and be refreshed and restored! As always, this weekend offers an opportunity for clergy wives to rededicate ourselves to our own personal spiritual journeys as we participate with our husbands and families in the various vineyards where God has led us. We are reminded of the efforts and the memory of Kh. Joanne Abdalah, for whom care and nurturing of clergy wives was always a priority. Likewise this year we will celebrate and remember Kh. Stefanie Yazge, whose dedication to clergy wives and their families will be remembered on Friday evening specifically by her children—Matt, Mark, and Alexis—as we open our session.

Details

Speaker: Mother Christophora, Abbess Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration, Ellwood City, PA

Group Facilitator: Deacon Seraphim Moslener: Gifts for the Journey: Faith, Hope and Love

Teacher Training II Event in New Jersey Rescheduled

The training that was to take place on Saturday, October 14 at St. George Orthodox Church, Little Falls, NJ, has been postponed due to illness. The tentative date for the event is Saturday, November 18, 2017. This date will be confirmed shortly.

Carole Buleza and Fr. George Alberts will lead participants through training tracks for elementary or middle school/high school teachers. The day will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. Claire Levash is the contact at St. George, churchschool@stgeorgenj.com.

If you are interested in hosting a training in your parish, please contact Leslie at 717-747-5221 or at aodce.events@gmail.com.

Memory Eternal! + Archpriest Joseph Sakkab, Emeritus

Memory Eternal! With sadness and with hope in the Resurrection, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, and the Sakkab family, wish to convey the news of the falling asleep in the Lord of Archpriest Joseph Sakkab, Emeritus, after fifty-seven years of faithful service in the holy priesthood.

Father Joseph reposed on Thursday, August 10, 2017, at the age of 95. He leaves behind his faithful wife Khouria Samira; his children, Deacon Simon, Laila, Pauline, and Fady; and nine grandchildren. Viewing will be held on Sunday at 6 p.m. at St. Philip Antiochian Orthodox Church and the funeral service will be held on Monday, August 14, 2017, at 10 a.m. at St. Philip Antiochian Orthodox Church in Edmonton, Alberta.

Read a reflection by Fr. Joseph, "Share Your Faith with Confidence."

Miraculous Holy Fire Comes from Jerusalem to Salt Lake City

Photo: Nicole Boliaux, Deseret NewsPhoto: Nicole Boliaux, Deseret NewsEvery year, on the eve of Great and All-holy Pascha, the Holy Fire miraculously lights inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher for the Greek Orthodox Christian Patriarch to distribute to the clergy and faithful anxiously waiting outside the tomb of our risen Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Some of them take this light by candle to distribute that very day throughout the Middle East, Greece and even Russia.

But this year, for the first time ever, the miraculous Holy Fire traveled via charted airplane from Moscow to New York, and faithful Orthodox Christians have shared it throughout North America, driving from parish to parish. Ss. Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church received this blessing with great joy, and the event received local media coverage. (Flame from Jerusalem lights faith in the hearts of S.L.'s Antiochian Orthodox worshipers) The clergy and faithful purchased lanterns to take the Holy Fire home with them. 

"The reality is, this holy fire means nothing if a fire doesn't kindle within your hearts," Fr. John Mahfouz, Assistant Pastor, said. “May we have the light, the holy light, burning within us. May we have the light of Christ within us and repent.”

Blessed Name's Day to Metropolitan Joseph!

We extend our prayers and love to His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph on the occasion of his Name's Day on April 30, 2017 (St. Joseph of Arimathea, Second Sunday after Pascha). May God grant him many years!

Learn more about Joseph of Arimathea
Read about Metropolitan Joseph

Coming Soon to Treasure Valley, ID: Orthodox Spring Retreat is May 5-6

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY
"Learning to Love, as God Loves"

WHERE:  Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church, 
211 E. Carlton
Meridian, ID


WHEN:  
Friday, May 5, 20176:00pm–8:30pm
                   Saturday, May 6, 20178:00am–3:00pm

WHO:  The Very Rev. Gregory Horton, guest speaker

Spring 2016 Issue of DIAKONIA Available Online

The Spring 2016 issue of DIAKONIA is now available online. This issue highlights the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West, and the Diocese of Eagle River and the Northwest. The issue contains:

  • Pastoral Message from His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph
  • Photos and first person stories
  • Profiles of diocesan officers

...and more! Download (PDF) here.

Just Released: God is Wonderful in His Saints, a Unique Collection of Akathist Hymns

Father Michael Shanbour, pastor of Three Hierarchs Orthodox Christian Mission in Wenatchee, WA, reports that their "small mission church in Wenatchee, WA is honored to offer a beautiful, new compilation containing Akathist Hymns to thirty beloved Orthodox saints, many published for the first time (see complete list below)." God is Wonderful in His Saints is a handsome 6" x 9" hard case volume with sewn binding printed by Thomson Shore (536 pages). Each Akathist is preceded by an icon and brief life of the saint. Instructions are also provided on how to pray an Akathist.

God is Wonderful in His Saints has the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph. Bishop Basil of the Diocese of Wichita has also recommended this "very fine publication" to his Clergy Brotherhood.

Order online; shipping is free! 

Antiochian Village Music Project Features Archival CD Recordings

HEAR HIS VOICE AGAIN!

Available for the First Time ever!
Father John Namie of Blessed Memory
The Divine Liturgy Audio CD
Antiochian Village 1981
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+Original recording from 1984
+Live "Welcome Night" 1984
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All proceeds to benefit the building fund of Three Hierarchs Mission, Wenatchee, WA, Fr. Michael Shanbour, Pastor
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Metropolitan Joseph Visits St. Ignatius Church + Twin Falls, ID

Karen Hefner writes:

On the weekend of August 22-23, 2015, our little parish of St. Ignatius of Antioch Orthodox Church in Twin Falls, Idaho was graced with the presence of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph. Our father and chief shepherd celebrated the baptism of our newest member, Maximus Joseph Habib, new infant son of Fr. Michael and Kh. Masha Habib.

Special guests attended from throughout the Orthodox communities in our surrounding area, as well as many others both of our Orthodox faithful and non-Orthodox alike. The visiting clergy included, Fr. Mark Fenn, Archdeacon George Shishim, Deacon Mark Townsend, Deacon Christopher Payne, Deacon John Mahfouz, Subdeacon Thomas Rice, Subdeacon Peter Samore and Subdeacon Matthew Romero.

On Saturday, August 22, the church was overflowing with more than 90 people when the metropolitan arrived. Parish members joyfully rang the bells and the choir sang, "Blessed is he who cometh in the Name of the Lord" and "Eis polla eti, Destpota," as they and all those present welcomed Sayidna for the first time as the Metropolitan of the Antiochian Archdiocese. Although crammed into our little church, there was great excitement among the faithful as we witnessed the sacraments of Baptism, Chrismation and Eucharist being bestowed upon little Maximus Joseph by our Metropolitan.

Registration is Still Open for Fall Courses at the Classical Learning Resource Center

The Fall school term fast approaches, and registration is still open for classes at the Classical Learning Resource Center (CLRC). Six years ago, the Center was founded by Antiochian Orthodox Christians John and Anne Van Fossen of Naples, ID, with the blessing and encouragement of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph. Sixteen of the twenty instructors, and well over half of the students, are Orthodox. Currently, the CLRC is offering online classes in Classical Greek and Latin, Literature and Composition, Math, History, Great Books, Mythology, Science, and Modern Languages. There are also a wide variety of catechetical offerings, including classes in Early Church Theology, the History and Meaning of Icons, the Divine Liturgy, Byzantine Chant and more. 

The CLRC is not a school, per se; rather, it is a portal that connects great teachers with valuable courses to homeschooling parents that need them. The CLRC is there to come alongside parents with the resources they need in providing an exceptional education for their children. Firmly rooted in the Orthodox faith, and dedicated to the principles of Classical education, the CLRC fills an important and ever-growing niche in the realm of homeschool education, and has been recognized for its excellence by leaders of the classical homeschooling movement—both within and without the Orthodox Church  

Listen to Bobby Maddex’s recent interview with Anne Van Fossen on Ancient Faith Radio

St. Ignatius Orthodox Church, Twin Falls, Idaho: A Parish Pilgrimage to Alaska

By Mary Lou Panatopoulos

“I want to go to Alaska some day; it’s on my bucket list,” said one member of our parish to Fr. Michael Habib in early summer of 2014. By August, Fr. Michael had secured the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph and planned a pilgrimage to Alaska for the parish members of St. Ignatius of Antioch Orthodox Christian Church in Twin Falls, Idaho, for the first week of June 2015. (View the photo gallery of the trip.)

As we approached the final hours before the trip, we received our first surprise! Khouria Masha’s water broke less than 36 hours before we were schedule to fly to Alaska. The obvious decision was made that Fr. Michael would definitely not leave with us for Alaska on June 1. Little Maximus Joseph Habib arrived on May 31, 2015 (the eve of the trip).

2017 Diocese of Los Angeles/Eagle River Parish Life Conference

The 2017 Diocese of Los Angeles and Diocese of Eagle River Parish Life Conference will be hosted by St. Michael Church in Van Nuys, CA. Dates are Wednesday to Sunday, July 5–9, 2017.

More information is available here.

West Coast Enthronement Gala Celebration + Saturday January 31, 2015

By the grace of God we invite you to prayerfully participate in the

Diocese of Los Angeles and the West
Enthronement Gala Celebration

of

HIS EMINENCE METROPOLITAN JOSEPH
Archbishop of New York and
Metropolitan of North America
Saturday January 31, 2015

Sheraton Universal Hotel ≈ Universal City, California
Benefitting St. Nicholas Camp and Youth Education Programs

 

View the full schedule. Note: the Program Book deadline for ad submissions has been extended to December 28th.

IOCC Distributes Learning Resources to Needy U.S. Kids

Bishop David, OCA Diocese of Sitka and Alaska, blesses 8000 books donated by IOCC for Alaska's childrenBishop David, OCA Diocese of Sitka and Alaska, blesses 8000 books donated by IOCC for Alaska's childrenOctober 2, 2014: Baltimore, MD

International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is working to promote literacy and learning for underserved youth in America. More than $773,000 in new books and reading materials were distributed by IOCC recently to children participating in tutoring, after school and early childhood education programs in four of the six states with the highest poverty rates in the United States – states that also rank near the bottom in educational outcomes for their children.

IOCC's U.S. Program provided brand new books and educational materials to Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and New Mexico – states where nearly one in five families fall below the poverty level of $23,834 for a family of four. Books have also been provided for Detroit area children through the Council of Orthodox Churches of Detroit and for Alaska's underserved children through the Orthodox Church in America's Diocese of Sitka and Alaska. In Detroit, more than one in four families and a staggering 39% of children live in poverty, according to the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey.

Read the full story and donate to the project

Camp St. Innocent: New Antiochian Camp in Western Canada

By The Very Rev. Michael Gillis

During the last week of August, with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, Camp St. Innocent (CSI) took place, the first ever Antiochian camp in Western Canada. The camp took place at the Gull Lake Centre, an excellent facility located about eighty-five miles south of Edmonton, Alberta.

The camp was sponsored by St. Philip Church in Edmonton and Annunciation Church of Calgary, but campers also came from Saskatoon, and Vancouver. There were 23 campers in total, which for a first camp seems to be a pretty good turnout. This is especially true if you consider the long distances some of the campers had to travel to come to camp. The campers from Saskatoon drove for over seven hours and the campers from Vancouver about twelve hours.

Women's Retreat in Canada Convenes Sept. 19-21

The 14th Annual Orthodox Women's Retreat in Canada will be held at the Entheos Retreat Centre just outside of Calgary, Alberta, on September 19-21, 2014.

"We are thankful to once again be able to offer this weekend filled with spiritual nourishment, and to provide an opportunity for the women in our Church community to worship, learn and to share in each other's lives," notes the brochure, which also includes a registration form and the schedule for the weekend.

Retreat Speaker The Very Rev. David Hovik, pastor of St. Andrew (Antiochian) Orthodox Church in Arlington, Washington, will be addressing the theme, "The Bible: Our Book."

Archbishop Joseph Elected Metropolitan of All North America

His Eminence Archbishop Joseph has been elected Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America by the Holy Synod of Antioch, led by His Beatitude Patriarch John X, meeting in Balamand, Lebanon on Thursday, July 3, 2014. Axios!

His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph was consecrated to the Holy Episcopacy on June 30, 1991 at the St. Mary Cathedral in Damascus, after many years of serving as a deacon and a priest. His Eminence was born in Damascus, Syria, in 1950. He was consecrated with the title, Bishop of Katana in Syria, and served as Patriarchal Assistant and Secretary of the Holy Synod of Antioch. In 1995, he was sent by Patriarch Ignatius IV of blessed memory to America. Here in our Archdiocese, Bishop Joseph was assigned to the West Coast Chancery by Metropolitan Philip of blessed memory. After self-rule status was awarded to our Archdiocese, Bishop Joseph was enthroned at St. Nicholas Cathedral by Metropolitan Philip as the first Bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West on September 12, 2004. On December 11, 2011, at the Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos in the Patriarchal Monastery of Our Lady of Balamand in Lebanon, Patriarch Ignatius elevated Bishop Joseph to the rank of Archbishop, in honor of his many years of service as a bishop both in our Archdiocese and in the Patriarchate of Antioch.

Read A Message from Metropolitan Joseph today, with instructions for services.

Read Metropolitan Joseph's full biography here.

View photo galleries of Metropolitan Joseph from the Diocese of the West, including the ongoing 2014 Parish Life Conference.

Gallery Features Highlights from Unity Conference

From June 25–28, 2014, the Patriarch of Antioch and All the East His Beatitude John X joined with the Fathers of the Holy Synod to call the faithful from around the world to the Hill of Balamand for a conference on Antiochian unity. Appropriately, the Conference concluded with the joyous celebration of the Feast of Ss. Peter and Paul, patron saints of the Antiochian Church. (Read the text of Patriarch John's homily.) 

Antiochian.org has assembled a collection of photographs highlighting the Unity Conference. Additionally, the Patriarchate of Antioch's website has published photo galleries and written reports of the historic events in both Arabic and English, and galleries are also available on the Patriarchate's Facebook page. The sizable North American delegation, pictured here with Patriarch John X, was composed of bishops, priests, key department heads, and organization leaders. Members of the group will begin returning home on Monday, June 30.

Parish Life Conference Season Begins with a Splash

The first two Parish Life Conferences (or PLCs) for the Antiochian Archdiocese have kicked off the summer PLC season with a splash! From June 11-14 in San Antonio, Texas, host parish St. Ephraim the Syrian Antiochian Church is overseeing a lineup of events for attendees from the Diocese of Wichita, including talks by Keynote Speaker Sister Vassa Larin, as well as excursions to local attractions such as the River Walk and Sea World San Antonio. Also enjoying water access are the faithful of the Diocese of Miami, who are being hosted on June 11-15 by the St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church of Orlando at the Crown Plaza Hotel, with its proximity to lakes and the Atlantic coast. 

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.

 

 

New Podcast with Antiochian Priest Features the Inner Life

January 20, 2014

The Very Rev. Michael Gillis, rector at Holy Nativity Orthodox Church in Langley, British Columbia, will be offering regular spiritual reflections in his new podcast on Ancient Faith Radio (AFR), “Praying in the Rain.”  Drawing on the wisdom of both ancient and contemporary Church Fathers, Fr. Michael will ponder "the struggles, the ironies, and the disciplines of the spiritual life," notes AFR. Written versions of many of Fr. Michael’s musings can be found at his blog site as well.

Memory Eternal! + Erick Kinnick

His Grace The Right Rev. Basil, Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America, writes:

Memory Eternal! Erick Kinnick, son of Fr. Bernard and Kh. Karen Kinnick of St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church of Spokane, WA, reposed in the early morning of Christmas Day at the age of fifty-one. Please join me in praying a rope for the repose of Erick's soul, saying, "O Lord Jesus Christ, grant rest to the soul of Thy departed servant." May he be granted Paradise, and may you be granted long life.

Fr. Michael Habib Featured as "The New Priest in Town"

Fr. Michael HabibFr. Michael HabibBy Times-News Reporter

"The rich smell of incense greeted me when I walked into the St. Ignatius of Antioch Orthodox Christian Church in Twin Falls. There were about three rows of chairs in front of an elaborately decorated wall.

The Rev. Michael Habib said this wall is called an iconostasis, which is a wall of icons and religious paintings that separates the nave from the sanctuary in a church.

The smell of incense, he said, was used during worship to help raise their prayers to God."

Read the rest of the story about Fr. Michael Habib, published in the Idaho media outlet MagicValley.com.