(First published in The Word, September, 2011)
Your Eminence, Your Graces, Beloved Clergy,
Esteemed members of the Board of Trustees of our God-Protected Archdiocese,
Beloved members of the Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch, Members of the Antiochian Women,
Members of the Fellowship of St. John the Divine, Members of SOYO, Parish Council Members,
And all the faithful of our Archdiocese,
It seems like yesterday that we were in Palm Desert, California, to celebrate the work of this Archdiocese and the various departments which we have established for the edification of our Church.
This year the theme for our Parish Life Conferences and Archdiocese Convention is taken from the Anaphora of the Liturgy of St. Basil the Great: “Be mindful, Oh Lord, of the priesthood, the diaconate, and every priestly rank.”