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Welcome to the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest, part of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. The Diocese of Toledo is led by His Grace Bishop Anthony and includes more than 45 churches and missions in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. 

 

Midwest Diocese PLC Award Winners

The 2015 Diocese of Toledo Parish Life Conference was held from June 24-28 and hosted by St. Nicholas Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Photos from the 2015 Diocese of Toledo Parish Life Conference

Award winners from the 2015 Midwest Diocese Parish Life Conference:

CREATIVE WRITING

1st Grade

  • 1st Place: Emma Stahlbert, St. George, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • 2nd Place: Moe McArthur, St. George, Toledo, Ohio
  • 3rd Place: Gianni Khoury, St. George, West St. Paul, MN

2nd Grade

  • 1st Place: Grant Johnson, St. Matthews, N. Royalton, OH
  • 2nd Place: Elay Maalouf (2), St. George, Cicero, IL
  • 2nd Place: Phillip Haddad (2), St. Mary, Palos Heights, IL
  • 3rd Place: Marky George, St. George, Akron, Ohio

Available on YouTube: Watch the Speech of Oratorical Festival Winner Salena Ibrahim

Fr. Mousa Haddad of St. Mary Orthodox Church, Palos Heights, IL writes:

In the Oratorical Festival of the 52nd Convention of the Antiochian Archdiocese, held in Boston, MA, Salena Ibrahim of St. Mary Orthodox Church competed against all the winners from the other dioceses and impressed the judges once again with her amazing speech, winning first place!

Great job​. We are very proud of you!!! It takes a lot of hard work and determination to prepare for these competitions, and to compete at the diocesan and archdiocesan level. May God bless you and be with you always​. Mabrouk!!!

View Salena's speech on YouTube.

Memory Eternal! + Marie Ansara

Marie Ansara, 89, has returned to her heavenly home on July 28, 2015 in Farmington Hills, Michigan. She was born on November 22, 2015 in the town of Aita El-Fokhar, Lebanon where she grew up in a loving family with 6 siblings. For the past 38 years she made Michigan her home where she was surrounded by wonderful family and friends. She is survived by her brother Andrew Ansara and her two sisters Violette Matta and Nazek Kehdy. She was a tremendously devoted and loving aunt as well as great-aunt to many nieces and nephews. After a long battle with illness she is finally reunited with her beloved parents, brother and sisters who preceded her in death and whom she served with immense care and passion.

Marie was a lifelong member of St. Mary's Orthodox Church in Livonia Michigan where she will be laid to rest. The viewing will be held at the church on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 from 5-6 pm for immediate family. Visitation will follow from 6-8 pm.

The funeral will be held on Thursday July 30, 2015, at St. Mary's Church with final viewing from 10-11 am and funeral services will begin at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request that donations in her memory be made to "St. Mary's Building Fund".

May she rest in peace and may her memory be eternal!

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