Metropolitan Joseph Presides at Fifth Annual Syrian Relief Dinner and Prayer Service
On Sunday, April 2, 2017, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph presided at the fifth annual Syrian Relief Dinner and Prayer Service, held this year at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Pittsburgh, PA. His Grace Bishop Thomas was in attendance, along with other Antiochian clergy and hierarchs and clergy from other jurisdictions. The International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) Pittsburgh Metropolitan Committee organized the service and dinner.
The money will be distributed to programs that aid displaced Syrians internally, as well as to relief efforts that assist refugees in Lebanon, Greece and Jordan, said IOCC spokeswoman Kristen Fianni.
“We have a good cause,” journalist Paula Reed Ward quoted His Eminence as saying, in her article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, titled "Orthodox churches join together to raise money for Syrians." “We are here to praise God," the Metropolitan continued. "We are not here to judge our brothers. Those who are doing violence, everywhere, they are judging.”