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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. 

 

May 17: IOCC Syrian Relief Benefit in Grand Rapids, MI

The Syrian civil war is one of the worst humanitarian crises in history. Over 200,000 people have died including more than 10,000 children. You can help by contributing to an event to benefit the International Orthodox Christian Charities' Syrian Relief Fund. The event takes place on May 17, 2015 at St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church in Grand Rapids, MI and will feature keynote speaker Mark Ohanian, who oversees approximately 300 relief workers on the ground in the Middle East including the IOCC's response to the Syrian civil war. Event donations may be made at www.iocc.org/grandrapids.

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Local News Coverage Features Kentucky Mission Parish

(Austin Anthony/photo@bgdailynews.com)(Austin Anthony/photo@bgdailynews.com)On April 11, 2015, Holy Saturday, a story by reporter Laurel Wilson was posted in the Bowling Green, Kentucky Daily News. In the piece "Vespers commemorates taking Jesus from the cross," Ms. Wilson wrote about Holy Week observances in the Antiochian parish there, Holy Apostles Orthodox Mission, with Fr. Michael Nasser. 

"An important part of Orthodox Holy Week is the Vespers of Holy Friday, a service to remember the unnailing of Jesus from the cross," the article noted, and quotes Fr. Michael as saying that 'It's easy to think we're doing a re-enactment. That's not what we're doing. We stop and we remember ... where they had to take the nails that had been impounded in the body of Jesus. We weren't there and we were not to imagine that we were, but Joseph and Nicodemus were, and we remember that moment for them.'"

Read the full piece here.

Antiochian Parish Featured in Toledo Newspaper

The St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church in Sylvania, Ohio, was recently featured in a newspaper article in The Blade, a premier Toledo publication. Archpriest Ayman Kfouf spoke with Religion Editor TK Barger about the commemorations of Holy Week and Pascha, and queried him for his thoughts about the crisis in the Middle East.

St. Elias is not "an ethnic church that is closed upon itself and that tries to alienate itself from the world," Fr. Ayman said. "Rather, our mission is to unify ourselves with the world and serve the world, because that is the mission of the Orthodox church, and the community. That's what we're doing in Toledo."

Read the full interview.

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