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St. Mary of Palos Heights, IL Wins 2014 Bible Bowl

Representing the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest this year at the annual NAC Bible Bowl was St. Mary Church of Palos Heights, Illinois, located in Chicago's South Side. Team St. Mary, composed of members Salena Ibrahim, Marlena Sweiss, Sandra Khouri, and Elizabeth Khouri, achieved a near perfect score of 104 points (out of 105). Under the leadership of their coach, Kh. Delia Haddad, and their clergy, Fr. Mousa Haddad and Fr. Malek Rihani, team St. Mary won first place. Afterwards, the team was congratulated by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph and Bishop Anthony of the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest.

The Bible Bowl is one of the components of the Creative Festivals hosted by the Fellowship of St. John the Divine, in which teams of youth prepare ahead of time to be quizzed on a topic in a competitive setting. This year's theme, "The Gospel of Luke," drew its inspiration from Luke 10:27: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself."

Congratulations to the team!