St. George Cathedral  in Coral Gables, Florida held its Annual Middle Eastern Festival on February 8 - 9, 2014, and a wonderful time was had by all! It truly was a Christian atmosphere and an opportunity for people to "Explore the Middle East in Coral Gables....where family and fun meet!"
To view the full gallery of photos and memories of this year's festival, please visit www.stgmiami.org/festival.html .
The St. George Cathedral Debke Troupe showcased their new and exciting routine which awed those who attended. Children's activities, games for all ages, delicious foods, delightful sweets and much much more truly made the weekend a great one!
The Rev. Philip Rogers of Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church  in Lafayette, LA, reports that the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast had the diocese's annual Delegates Meeting in Atlanta, GA on January 24-26, 2014. During the weekend, the members of Teen SOYO, the Fellowship of St. John, the Antiochian Women, and the clergy all had fruitful meetings.
"This year's gathering was also special because we celebrated the 10-year anniversary of Camp St. Thekla , the Diocese camp," noted Fr. Philip. To celebrate this milestone, St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church  in Atlanta hosted a full day of camp with Matins, special Christian Education lessons, an afternoon with Color Wars, Great Vespers and an evening program with presentations from former campers and staff about the importance of Camp St. Thekla in their lives. Over 65 campers from around the Diocese and a number of parents and other camp supporters all participated in the event.
MEMORY ETERNAL! The Very Rev. John Elias was born in 1939 in Hafa, Latakia, Syria. He passed away on February 11, 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida. Father John faithfully served the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese in America for 40 years in the following parishes:
St. Mary's Yonkers, NY; St. Thomas in Sioux City, Iowa; St. George in Akron, OH; St. George in El Paso, Texas; St. Mary in Omaha, NE; and St. George in Jacksonville, FL, where he served from 1992-2001.
Archpriest John was preceded in death by his parents: Nassim and Badia; his sisters Yvonne, Azizeh, and Mother Antonina. He is survived by his wife, Kh. Nawall Elias; his children Yvonne, Jany (husband), Azizeh, Zaharia (husband), Nassim, Dana (wife); his grandchildren: Reema, Nicole, John, Alina, Michael, Christopher; his brothers Aziz and Spiro, and his sisters Hind and Nadia. Father John was a beloved priest, son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. May his memory be eternal. Christ is Risen!