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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)

Spring Governing Council Meeting

The Order of St. Ignatius Governing Council will be meeting on Friday, May 21, 2010 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City, New York.

OCF Forms Regional Chaplaincy Network

L. to r.: Fr. Mark Leondis, Fr. George Gartelos, Fr. Nicholas Hadzellis, Fr. Martin Kraus, Fr. Alex Micich, Fr. Kevin Scherer, Fr. James Coles, Fr. Michael Ellis, Fr. Peter Paproski, Fr. Anthony Salzman, Dn. Paul Zaharas and Sbdn. John MahfouzL. to r.: Fr. Mark Leondis, Fr. George Gartelos, Fr. Nicholas Hadzellis, Fr. Martin Kraus, Fr. Alex Micich, Fr. Kevin Scherer, Fr. James Coles, Fr. Michael Ellis, Fr. Peter Paproski, Fr. Anthony Salzman, Dn. Paul Zaharas and Sbdn. John MahfouzTEMPE, AZ --- On February 4-5th, 2010, Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), in partnership with a very generous grant from The Order of St. Ignatius, gathered a group of Board members and priests, from across five different SCOBA jurisdictions, to form the first-ever OCF Regional Chaplaincy Network.  In order to meet the pastoral needs of the 270 local OCF chapters throughout the United States and Canada, OCF has broken the country into nine different regions.  A Regional Chaplain and a Student Regional Representative will represent each of these regions.  Together these roles will assist with the development of new and existing OCF chapters.

“Identifying a group of talented and committed spiritual leaders to help build this network is a critical step in helping OCF create a spiritual safety net for our students as they leave home for college,” remarked Fr. James Coles, the OCF North American Chaplain.

Besides the organizational administration of this new network, the group discussed ideas and plans for Chaplain training and resources. Fr. Kevin Scherer, the OCF Executive Director said, “It’s our hope that this new network will not only help grow new OCF chapters, but resource those that are struggling to develop and stay connected to other Orthodox students across the country.”

Order Induction in Eagle River, AK

His Grace Bishop JOSEPH visited St. John Cathedral in Eagle River, Alaska in December 2009:

Diocese of Los Angeles Chair Bill Tsoukalas addressing the Faithful of St. John Cathedral – Eagle RiverDiocese of Los Angeles Chair Bill Tsoukalas addressing the Faithful of St. John Cathedral – Eagle River
Induction of Tim Terrell into the Order of St. IgnatiusInduction of Tim Terrell into the Order of St. Ignatius

Seminarian Thank You Letter to the Order

Antiochian seminarian Matthew Howell writes:

To His Eminence, Metropolitan PHILIP,

All the Right Reverend Bishops of our Archdiocese,

Mr. Daniel Abraham, the members of the governing council North American Officers, all the Diocesan officers, and all the members of the Order of St. Ignatius:

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

As we continue preparing ourselves for the incarnation of our Savior, and as we celebrate the joyous feast of St. Nicholas of Myra, we are reminded over and over again that Advent is not only a time of Christmas shopping, house decorating, or cookie baking. It is a time of giving and a time of thanksgiving. We give of our time, treasure, and talent in order to enliven our church and family lives, and we thoughtfully thank God for his many wonderful blessings in our lives.

Los Angeles Order Chapter Annual Dinner

The Los Angeles Area Fellowship chapter of the Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch will hold its annual dinner on Sunday evening, January 31, click here for more information.

Order of St. Ignatius Mid-Winter Meeting

The Order of St. Ignatius Mid-Winter meeting: Saturday, January, 30, 2010 Sherman Oak, CA. For Hotel reservations Click Here or Call the hotel: 866.490.2065 – group code: Order of St. Ignatius.

December is St. Ignatius Month

God bless us all with health and happiness this season and always. This month throughout our Archdiocese parishes will be adorned in red as members of The Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch don their membership crosses suspended by a red ribbon, a symbol of the blood which the Martyr Ignatius shed for Christ. The Cross and ribbon remind us that sacrificial giving is our obligation as an Antiochian Orthodox Christian.

In celebration of St. Ignatius Sunday, which falls this year on December 20, members of The Order in each parish will wear their crosses and pins, act as greeters, read the Epistle, take up the collection, help with the Communion line, give a homily, host the coffee hour for their parish that day. It is hoped that members will speak with those in their parish unfamiliar with The Order and explain the good works that are accomplished through membership.

Click here for resources. And if you can’t find what you are looking for, e-mail theorder@antiochian.org.

New Members Inducted in Langely, BC

Imad Shami (sponsor), Rima Shami, Ghassan Kebaien (new member), Fr. Michel Boghos, Bishop JOSEPH, Antoine Hindeleh (new member), Anton Bishouty (sponsor), Bill TsoukalasImad Shami (sponsor), Rima Shami, Ghassan Kebaien (new member), Fr. Michel Boghos, Bishop JOSEPH, Antoine Hindeleh (new member), Anton Bishouty (sponsor), Bill TsoukalasOn October 25, 2009, Bishop JOSEPH inducted three new members into The Order of St. Ignatius at Holy Nativity Mission in Langley, British Colombia.

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Antiochian Village Camp Thanks Order for Support

In their Autumn newsletter, the Antiochian Village Camp shares this appreciation:

"The Order of St Ignatius in 2009 donated $175,000 for camp scholarships to our eight Antiochian Archdiocese camping programs. We would like to thank the members of the Order for their generosity, especially the $100,000 of scholarship funding that was assigned to campers at the Antiochian Village."

Order of St. Ignatius Governing Council Meets in Houston

New Knight of The Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch, Adel Foteh.New Knight of The Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch, Adel Foteh.The Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch gathered in Houston, Texas for our Fall Governing Council Meeting on October 16, 2009.  Our meeting was held in conjunction with a banquet hosted by St. George Church, Houston in honor of His Eminence, Metropolitan PHILIP in order to raise funds for the newly established Convent of St. Thekla. The funds will be used to build a permanent structure for the convent at the Antiochian Village.  Mother Alexandra, the Acting Abbess for the convent was present during the weekend gathering.

Metropolitan PHILIP Inducts Five New Members to the Order

On October 18, 2009, His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP Inducted five new members into the Order of St. Ignatius at St. George Church in Houston, Texas:

Two Members Inducted in Torrance, California

On Sunday, October 11, 2009, two new members were inducted into the Order of St. Ignatius at St. Matthew Church in Torrance, California.

American Arabic Benevolent Association Acknowledges Grant from The Order at Recent Event

AABA President, Olivia A. Waishek announcing receipt of a $10,000 grant for the project from The Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch.

 

North American Vice Chair, Mary Winstanley O’Connor, along with the members and guests of the American Arabic Benevolent Association, danced the Dubki at a fundraiser for Cheriton Heights, a senior housing project in W. Roxbury, Massachusetts.

Bishop ALEXANDER Inducts Three New Order Members in Cambridge, MA

St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church, Cambridge, MA October 4, 2009. Bishop Alexander and, L to R: Michael Marge, Raymond Sayeg, Melissa Sayeg, Paul Nahas, Fr. Antony Hughes, Kh. Carol HughesSt. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church, Cambridge, MA October 4, 2009. Bishop Alexander and, L to R: Michael Marge, Raymond Sayeg, Melissa Sayeg, Paul Nahas, Fr. Antony Hughes, Kh. Carol HughesHis Grace, Bishop ALEXANDER, Diocese of Ottawa, NY State and Eastern Canada visited the parish of St. Mary, Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 4, 2009.  Following the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, three new members were inducted into The Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch including the Pastor of St. Mary Church, V. Rev. Fr. Antony Hughes.  Other new members are Melissa Sayeg and Paul Nahas shown here with their sponsors, Michael Marge, Raymond Sayeg and Kh. Carol Hughes.

Metropolitan PHILIP Inducts New Members at St. George Church in Norwood, MA

His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP inducted new members to the Order of St. Ignatius on September 20, 2009, at St. George Church in Norwood, MA. Pictured left to right are Marlene Lupaczyk, Linda Thomas, Joseph Eysie, Andrew Howard, Joan Cassidy, Kh. Erin Kimmett, Christine Byron, Hellas Assad, and Fr. Joseph Kimmett.

Order of St. Ignatius Governing Council Meeting on October 16

The Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch will meet in Houston, TX on Friday, October 16 in conjunction with the Archdiocese Board of Trustees meetings. Our host parish, St. George Church, Houston, has made hotel arrangements with Hilton Post Oak Houston, 2001 Post Oak Boulevard, Houston, TX 77056.  Please make your room reservations directly with the hotel.  The phone number is 713-961-9300.