During the weekend of October 14th through 16th, the Archdiocesan Board of Trustees held their Spring meeting at the Sheraton Hotel in Framingham, Massachusetts, hosted by St. George Cathedral of Worcester. In addition, the Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch held their meeting during that same weekend.
The Archdiocesan Board of Trustees dealt with many important issues, including a review of the financial report as of September 30, 2011. By the grace of God, and through the most careful fiscal management, the financial report shows a surplus on a year-to-date basis; however, the budget anticipates that there will be a small deficit for the entire year.
The Board heard reports on the outstanding work being done by the following departments:
1. Department of Youth Ministry
Very Rev. Joseph Purpura
2. Antiochian Village Camp
Very Rev. Anthony Yazge (read by Robert Laham)
3. Financial Report
Mr. Robert Laham, Department of Finance, Treasurer
Mr. Sameh Khouzam, Controller
4. Antiochian Village Council
Mr. Robert Laham
5. Antiochian Village Heritage & Learning Center
Mr. Paul Finley, Director (read by Robert Laham)
6. Antiochian Orthodox Christian Women of North America
Mrs. Violet Robbat, President
7. The Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch
Mrs. Mary Winstanley O’Connor, Chairperson
8. Report on Lay Ministries
Dr. Anthony Bashir
9. Report on the Department of Planning and Development
The Very Rev. Antony Gabriel, Economos
In addition, the Board heard a final report on the 2011 Archdiocese Convention from Very Rev. Nicholas Dahdal, pastor of the host parish of St. George in Cicero, Illinois. The convention was a financial success, and Fr. Nicholas presented the Archdiocese with the Archdiocese share of the proceeds. The Spring meeting of the Archdiocese Board of Trustees will be held from June 1-3, 2012 at the Antiochian Village. There was also a report by Mrs. Jane Tadros which summarized the results of the 2011 Parish Life Conferences.
On Saturday evening, a dinner was held under the sponsorship of the University of Balamand in Lebanon.
The weekend concluded on Sunday morning with the celebration of Matins and the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at St. George Cathedral in Worcester.