Order of St. Ignatius News


Helping the Most Vulnerable with Support from the Order of St. Ignatius

Iraqi refugees and disadvantaged Syrian children receive health and school kits at a public school in Syria. Many of the kits were assembled by Orthodox Christians and delivered by IOCC through its kit program. (Photo credit: IOCC Syria)Iraqi refugees and disadvantaged Syrian children receive health and school kits at a public school in Syria. Many of the kits were assembled by Orthodox Christians and delivered by IOCC through its kit program. (Photo credit: IOCC Syria)A massacre at one of Iraq's largest churches in October, 2010 and continued attacks in predominantly Christian areas of central Baghdad highlight the continued danger for Iraq's Christian community. Many of Iraq's million and a half Christians wonder if they can continue to remain in their homeland.

In 2010, with support from the Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch and others, IOCC provided more than 1,500 Iraqi families in Baghdad with food and personal hygiene items and is currently seeking new ways to assist vulnerable families in the country.

An estimated 7,500 people received critical assistance in areas that have been the target of some of the greatest violence since 2003. Some of the families receiving assistance have been displaced by violence within Iraq and are unable to return back to their homes – some of which have since been destroyed.

St. Ignatius Mission in Boca Raton Celebrates First Anniversary and Metropolitan Philip's 80th Birthday

Sun... beach... palm trees... mansions... yachts... Rolls Royces... Rolex… Gucci... Versacci…this is Boca Raton, Florida.

The Divine Liturgy celebrated every Sunday at 10am on a huge college campus… this is the Mission of St. Ignatius of Antioch in Boca Raton, Florida.    

The Mission of St. Ignatius of Antioch is based on Florida Atlantic University (FAU) on Glades Road in Boca Raton, Florida.  FAU is a University which boasts over 28,000 students.  St. Ignatius Boca at FAU may be the first Antiochian Orthodox Christian ministry ever established to serve upon a college campus in the history of this great Archdiocese.  This Orthodox mission maintains unlimited growth potential where the hope is “to bring America home to Orthodoxy!”

Camping Scholarship Applications Now Available

The Order of St. Ignatius Camping Scholarship Forms have been mailed to every parish of the Antiochian Archdiocese.  Each parish is provided the opportunity to assign $700 in camping scholarships to the young people of their respective parish.  The Order of St. Ignatius commits $175,000 annually to camp scholarships.  More than 700 young people received scholarships from the Order of St. Ignatius in 2010.  The scholarships may be used at any of the eight camping programs in the Antiochian Archdiocese.  For more information regarding the Order of St. Ignatius Camping Scholarships, please speak with your parish priest.

Annual Order Christmas Reception with Metropolitan Philip

The Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch from The Diocese of New York gathered with His Eminence Metropolitan Philip, North American Chair, Dan Abraham and his wife, Membership Co-Chair Kathy Abraham, at St. George Parish Hall in Little Falls, New Jersey for an annual Christmas reception on the evening of Saturday, December 18, 2010. The reception was hosted by V. Rev. Elias Bitar, the Parish Council and the Members of The Order from St. George Church.

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Order of St. Ignatius Renews Grant for Chinese Translation of Lives of Saints

30th Sunday after Pentecost
December 19, 2010

Order of St. Ignatius awards $3000 grant renewal for continued Chinese translation of Lives of Saints

The Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch, at its governing council meeting held in Jacksonville, Florida on October 22, 2010, approved a $3,000 grant renewal to the Orthodox Fellowship of All Saints of China.

This grant comes with the archpastoral blessing of Metropolitan Philip at a critical juncture after the inaugural publication of the Chinese translation of the January volume of the Prologue from Ohrid by St. Nikolai of Zica, supplemented with additional lives of selected saints from other synaxaria.

The grant will make possible the uninterrupted translation and publication of subsequent monthly volumes of this invaluable work for the daily spiritual nourishment of the Chinese speaking Faithful and inquirers into the Faith from other confessions, in and outside of China.

As a supplement to the grant, consider sponsoring for a specific daily reading of the Prologue from Ohrid, for the good health or in memory of loved one, for a names day, wedding anniversary, day of repose, or any other special occasion, which will be noted on the bottom of each sponsored entry of the Prologue, and those reading the daily devotion for that day can pray for your loved ones. Check feast days available for sponsorship at http://prologue.orthodox.cn/prayers.html.

St. Ignatius Sunday + December 19, 2010

We look with joyous anticipation to the Nativity of our Lord. We are also honored that Metropolitan Philip has designated December 19 as the day to honor The Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch. Attached are three documents (Word format):

  1. "Ready for Presentation" Homily
  2. Biography of St. Ignatius
  3. Anonymous Giving

I ask that our Diocesan Chairs send these documents to a member of The Order of each parish in your diocese AND parish priest with a request that a presentation be made this coming Sunday, preferably by a member of The Order or alternatively, the parish priest. 

I have also attached for your review a brief on How we give through the Order of St. Ignatius. This should be helpful in response to those who ask about joining anonymously. 

Our DVD should have been sent to each parish for viewing this Sunday. 

I thank each of you for your commitment and service to The Order and to our Antiochian Archdiocese. We are blessed that so many people have come forward to give generously and from their heart to those in need. We believe and witness God combining our individual gifts and then multiplying them so that combined we can do what none can do alone. This is the "miracle of The Order."

May our Lord bless you and your family and grant you a joyous Nativity and a healthy, happy, and peaceful 2011. 

New Inductions at St. Nicholas Cathedral + Brooklyn, NY

Over the weekend of December 4-5, His grace Bishop Thomas inducted new members into the Order of St. Ignatius at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn, New York, on the occasion of their patronal feast.

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New Induction at St. Nicholas Cathedral, Los Angeles: December 5, 2010

Mark L. Simon being Inducted to The Order by Bishop JOSEPH on December 5, 2010 at St. Nicholas Cathedral, Los Angeles, CAMark L. Simon being Inducted to The Order by Bishop JOSEPH on December 5, 2010 at St. Nicholas Cathedral, Los Angeles, CA
Bishop JOSEPH presenting the cross to Mark L. SimonBishop JOSEPH presenting the cross to Mark L. Simon
(L-R) Michael C. Srour (Diocese of Los Angeles, Vice Chair), Bishop JOSEPH, Mark L. Simon(L-R) Michael C. Srour (Diocese of Los Angeles, Vice Chair), Bishop JOSEPH, Mark L. Simon

Order Inductions in Wilkes-Barre, PA

from the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader:

An induction ceremony for the Order of Saint Ignatius was recently conducted at St. Mary’s Antiochian Orthodox Church, Wilkes-Barre. Eileen Attar was inducted by Bishop Thomas Joseph. Members of the Order, first row, are Nancy Tenneriello, Suanne Moses, Eileen Attar; George Morrash, Anne Fautrakis, Joanne Tenneriello, and Simon Saba. Second row: Anne Hester, John Moses, Jacqueline Mazzatosta, Marion Obeid, Dan Norman, and Peter Attar. Third row: Todd Mokhiber, Bishop [Thomas] Joseph, and the Very Rev. Dr. David Hester, pastor.

Order Offers Funding for After-School Program

The Order of St. Ignatius recently presented a $10,000 check to St. Nicholas Cathedral in Los Angeles, California for an after-school computer lab for children in inner-city Los Angeles.

Grant from the Order Helps American Arab Benevolent Association Break Ground on Project

The American Arab Benevolent Association broke ground on its new affordable housing building on October 6, 2010 in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. The Order awarded a grant to the AABA for its cultural center to be located in the facility. Among the officials are Olivia Waishek, (third from left,) President of AABA and a member of St. Ignatius of Antioch, and Mayor Tom Menino, City of Boston (second from left.)

Order of St. Ignatius Governing Council Meeting + October 22, 2010

The Order of St. Ignatius Governing Council meeting will take place on Friday October 22, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront - $109.00 per night
225 East Coastline Drive ,
Jacksonville, Florida, USA 32202 
Tel: +1 904 588 1234    Fax: +1 904 634 4554

For more information, please contact the Order.

New Induction in Brier, WA

His Grace Bishop Joseph recently inducted new member Teresa Vaux-Michel into the Order of St. Ignatius at St. Andrew Church in Brier, Washington.

L to r: Bishop Joseph, Fr. James Bernstein, Bill Tsoukalas, Teresa Vaux-Michel (new member), Bob Armstrong (sponsor)L to r: Bishop Joseph, Fr. James Bernstein, Bill Tsoukalas, Teresa Vaux-Michel (new member), Bob Armstrong (sponsor)

L to r: Bob Armstrong (sponsor) Teresa Vaux-Michel (new member) Bishop Joseph Fr. James Bernstein Bill TsoukalasL to r: Bob Armstrong (sponsor) Teresa Vaux-Michel (new member) Bishop Joseph Fr. James Bernstein Bill Tsoukalas

Induction and Church School Donation in Yakima, WA

His Grace Bishop Joseph inducts Gary Writer into The Order

Bill Tsoukalas, Los Angeles Diocesan chair of the Order, presents a check from the Order to Elizabeth Fitzgerald for St. John of Kronstadt Orthodox Christian School in Yakima, Washington

(L-R): Fr. Timothy McCoy, Bishop Joseph, Fr. Joseph Copeland, Gary Writer, Bill Tsoukalas, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Demetri Landvoy

Order of St. Ignatius Releases Statement of Budgeted Project Contributions for 2011 and 2012

The Order has published their Statement of Budgeted Project Contributions, for the fiscal years ending January 31, 2011 and 2012. The document is available as a PDF file at Projects Supported by the Order. The Statement from the Order budgets for total project contributions of $1,419,000 in 2011 and $1,233,000 in 2012.

Photos from Teen SOYO Leadership Training

 

Daniel Abraham, North American Chair, speaking at the Teen SOYO Leadership Training that is a continual Project of The Order.Daniel Abraham, North American Chair, speaking at the Teen SOYO Leadership Training that is a continual Project of The Order.

 

V. Rev. Fr. Joseph Purpura, Department of Youth Ministry Chair, looking on as Daniel Abraham answers questions from the teens of the Archdiocese.V. Rev. Fr. Joseph Purpura, Department of Youth Ministry Chair, looking on as Daniel Abraham answers questions from the teens of the Archdiocese.

Pictures from Diocese of Los Angeles Parish Life Conference Order of St. Ignatius Dinner

His Grace Bishop JOSEPH is presented an Icon of our Lady of Saidyna for his 15th Anniversary as Diocesan BishopHis Grace Bishop JOSEPH is presented an Icon of our Lady of Saidyna for his 15th Anniversary as Diocesan Bishop

8 Inductions to the Order at Diocese of Worcester Parish Life Conference

On June 20 at the Diocese of Worcester Parish Life Conference in Sturbridge, MA, His Grace Bishop Thomas inducted 8 new members in to the Order of St. Ignatius. Pictured left to right are Marc El Houssan, Nicholas Kean, Marlene Houssan, George Matook, Miriam Hyder, Nicholas Kourey, Stephen Barber, and Lauren Barber.

Order of St. Ignatius Encourages Giving to Camp Scholarships

Joanne Hakim, Administrator for The Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch, reports: "At the recent board of directors meeting in New York, the amount of dollars that The Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch contributed to camp scholarship was reported. A member of the board asked how many children were able to attend camp as a result of the Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch’s contribution. The answer to that question follows:

'The Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch, as you know, contributes a significant portion (over 10%) of its annual revenue to our Camp Scholarship program. Beginning in 2009, we increased our commitment to $175,000 annually. Since inception the Order has contributed over $1,700,000 for scholarships to our camp children.'

However, what is most important is human lives impacted. For the 2010 camping season over 700 young people will receive scholarship assistance from The Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch. We thank all of our Orthodox brothers and sisters who have joined The Order and ask everyone in our Self-Ruled Archdiocese to consider joining. One new member = one new camper = one soul saved!"

For more information, contact the Order of St. Ignatius or Antiochian Village.

Three Order Inductions + St. Mark Church, Irvine, CA

On April 25, 2010, His Grace Bishop JOSEPH inducted three new members into the Order of St. Ignatius at St. Mark Church in Irvine, California. Two of the new inductees entered the Order as life members.

Order Dinner + April 24, 2010

On April 24, 2010, the Order of St. Ignatius of the Los Angeles Diocese held a dinner in Orange Country with 52 members and guests in attendance:

Seven New Members Inducted in Boston

Seven new members were inducted into the Order of St. Ignatius on April 18, 2010 at St. George Church in Boston, Massachusetts:

Fares Abi-Esber, Valerie Irving (Life), Reem Elias Ozone, Metri Metri, Lara Lakis (Life), Susan Saliba, Wahib Saliba (representing Dr. Toni Choueiri)Fares Abi-Esber, Valerie Irving (Life), Reem Elias Ozone, Metri Metri, Lara Lakis (Life), Susan Saliba, Wahib Saliba (representing Dr. Toni Choueiri)