"You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God." + 2 Cor. 9:11
What is the Antiochian Heritage Foundation and why was it created? It is a new approach to cultivate the tremendous talents which the faithful of this Archdiocese have. The dreams and visions are accomplished through the generosity and help of our philanthropists and humanitarians who believe in the growing need in our North American Archdiocese, in order to reaffirm their faith and rebuild their spiritual lives.
For donors, it is about leaving a legacy and ensuring that their gifts support the values and causes most important to them. These might also include the various projects for the Antiochian Village as well as the needs of the Archdiocese and its clergy. The aim here is to empower the Archdiocese and donors to fulfill their respective missions. A carefully structured, planned giving program reassures potential donors of the wisdom of their decisions.
The Antiochian Archdiocese, as the overseer of our people, tries to provide for all of our faithful the expected services needed for this and the next generation. A larger scale approach will help achieve the goals that will enrich our lives. To accomplish this mission, Metropolitan Philip of Blessed Memory chose Economos Antony Gabriel as Chairman of this department.
This past June 25 to the 28th, 2014, the North American Archdiocese participated in a conference at the Balamand University entitled: UNITY IN ANTIOCH. On Sunday, June 29th, the conference culminated with a massive Hierarchal Liturgy under a large tent celebrating the Feast of Ss. Peter and Paul, the Patrons of our Patriarchate.
This worldwide Conference of Antiochians was called by His Beatitude John X to bring together Antiochians to engage in dialogue, exchange ideas, and to unite the Family of Faith. Consistent with the theme "Unity in Antioch," His Beatitude invited all the Patriarchs of Antioch and All the East: the Melkite, Syriac Orthodox, the Maronite and the Syriac Catholic. Each spoke about the need for unity among the Christians of the Middle East, especially in view of the tumult in their region, and as well as the command of Jesus. This was certainly a gracious act on the part of His Beatitude, and most likely the first such event! They also met before the Holy Synod, demonstrating their desire to pursue unity.
In the Synod itself there were interesting presentations, each called an “Axis,” which dealt with the following themes:
Economos Antony Gabriel and Mr. Khalil Kardous attended the historic Antiochian Unity Conference held at beautiful Balamand, Lebanon, from June 23-30, 2014, to represent the Antiochian Heritage Foundation. The V. Rev. Fr. Gabriel met with His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East at his Balamand residence, representing North American Archdiocese clergy with V. Rev. Fr. Thomas Zain, Vicar General, and V. Rev. Fr. Timothy Ferguson, Protosyngellos (pictured).
The Ancient Church on New Shores: Antioch in North America, authored by Economos Antony Gabriel, is a comprehensive history of the Antiochian Archdiocese that emphasizes the virtues of perseverance, struggle, and determination. The book, presented to the Archdiocese by His Eminence Metropolitan Philip of Blessed Memory and offered by the Department of Publications, is a lucid recounting that relates the struggles of the Antiochian Archdiocese's founders in North America to the strivings of Saints Peter and Paul, the founders of the Holy See of Antioch.
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