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Welcome to the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America, part of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. The Diocese of Wichita is led by His Grace Bishop Basil and includes more than 50 churches and missions in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming.

 

2015 DOWAMA Parish Life Conference Concludes

DOWAMA Clergy preparing for Saturday's Divine LiturgyDOWAMA Clergy preparing for Saturday's Divine LiturgyHis Grace Bishop Basil writes:

Many years and most sincere thanks to Fr. George and Khouriya Raghad Shawareb and the congregation of St. Elias Church in Arvada, Colorado for hosting the most enjoyable 2015 DOWAMA Parish Life Conference on June 10-14, 2015.

The Diocese of Wichita's auxiliary organizations will be headed by the following persons for the 2015-2016 year:

  • Fr. Richard Petranek, proestos of the Council of Deans
  • Mr. A.B. Bayouth, president of the Fellowship of St. John the Divine
  • Mr. Munir Pavez, president of SOYO
  • Mrs. Deanna Bottei, president of the Antiochian Women
  • Mr. Barry Busada, chair of the Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch

Next year's PLC will be hosted by St. Antony Church Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Winning Video from Diocese of Wichita 2015 Creative Festivals

The video above won first place in the video category of the Diocese of Wichita's 2015 Creative Arts Festival. It was produced by Dimitri Hermantas and Danny Saber of St. George Houston, Texas.

Update on the Archdiocese of Bosra-Hauran

His Grace Bishop Basil writes:

Update on the situation in our Sister Diocese of Bosra-Hauran:

Clergy of the Archdiocese

His Eminence Metropolitan Saba of Bosra (lives at the Chancery in Al-Sweda)
Archimandrite Isaac (serves Ira)
Priest Peter (serves Al-Sweda and Jbeb)
Priest George (serves Daraa)
Priest Peter (serves Znebe)
Priest Philip (serves Al-Osilha, Adara and Shahba)
Priest George (serves Salkhad, Aramman, Malah, Anz and Om Aromman)
Priest Simeon (serves Al-Korayya, Tisiya and Maarbeh)
Priest Elias (serves Izraa and Mothbeen)
Priest Timon (serves Kharaba and Rakham)
Priest Paul (retired)
Deacon Joseph
Rami (to be ordained to the holy diaconate)
Anas (to be ordained to the holy diaconate

Most affected parishes of the Archdiocese

Daraa: Half of the families fled to Damascus; 45 families lost their homes.
Kharaba: Only 36 families remain while 160 families fled to Al-Sweda and Ira.
Jbeb: Only 18 elderly people remain while all others fled to Damascus or Al-Sweda.
Al-Osilha: Half of the families remain while the other half fled to Al-Sweda.
Maarbeh: All of the parishioners fled and are now refugees.
Rakham: All of the parishioners fled and are now refugees.
Tisiya: All of the parishioners fled and are now refugees.
Smej: All of the parishioners fled and are now refugees.

Most of the Archdiocese's relief work is now being done in Sweda and Daraa.

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