Ss Peter and Paul Orthodox Church
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
Ben Lomond, California
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2019 Annual Spring Retreat Diocesan Antiochian Women’s Retreat in Southern California
April 12-14, 2019

Location: Camp St. Nicholas, Frazier Park, CA
Retreat Speaker: V. Rev. Fr. George Ajalat


Online Registration here

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Did you know you can help our Women's Group raise money for charities just by shopping online?  Go to the Donate link above on the website and click on Fundraising. See how easy it is for you to help at no extra cost to you!

Women's Group Book Study

The Thursday morning Book Study has concluded.  We read and discussed “The Sweetness of Grace,” by Constantine Palmer.  If you want to read the book, there are a few copies around to borrow and thoughts questions to go along with each chapter. A new book study may start up if there is interest.  Let one of the officers know.

"Do you know that we have an Antiochian Women's Book Club?
Each year a book is selected for AW across our Archdiocese to read together with the ladies of their parish family.
Book Clubs are a great opportunity for fellowship & learning about our faith. We even provide questions for your discussions!"
       --Antiochian Women North America

Women's Group Coffee Meet-up

Our monthly Bakery Meet-Up is postponed until after Lent…..but, we can still meet!  

Sarah Steiger will be hosting a meet up at her house on Thursday, 3/21 at 10am at 142 Brown Gables Rd. (across from Church South lot).  Enter driveway and turn right towards gray house.

Bring your Lenten reading and a favorite Lenten recipes/cookbook to share!

Let Sarah know if you plan to come.  You can text or call her at 831-588-7526.




The latest Antiochian Women's Newsletters are available online.  Check them out below:

Diocese of Los Angeles and the West: Winter Newsletter 2019

Archdiocese Newsletter:   Diakonia Winter Newsletter 2018

Anitochian Women Blog


Antiochian Women Blog, Diocese of Los Angeles & the West

The purpose of this blog is to reach out to the women in our diocese, and to encourage each other to read Orthodox articles written by clergy and laity from Orthodox perspective.   The blog will be updated every Sunday morning.  Our spiritual advisor, Father David Hovik is contributing great church Father quotes.

Sunshine Ministry


"Let Us Pray Without Ceasing":    Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2

Do you want to be a "Prayer Warrior"?  do you know someone in need of our prayers? 

Check out the new  SUNSHINE MINISTRY

2019 Antiochian Women's Project

 "Building A New Cathedral" 

Metropolitan JOSEPH's inspiration is to build a new and beautiful cathedral on the grounds of the Village. Not only does the building of a new cathedral give form to Metropolitan PHILIP's metaphor of a beating heart in the center of our Archdiocese, but a new and inspiring cathedral will also satisfy several practical and pressing needs. This vision of Metropolitan JOSEPH is one that I'm sure the Antiochian Women will be eager to help bring into reality.​

Women Saints

For more information about Women Saints or Antiochian Christian Women, click on these links below:

Constitution & By-laws for Saints Peter & Paul Women's Group

Past Women's Group Officers

2014-2016 Women's Group
President: Karla Newberry
Vice-president: Monica Zweers
Treasurer: Amy Nicholas
Secretary:  Laurel Beck
Women's Group Minutes

2010-2012 Women's Group
President: Janelle Machnee
Vice-President: Ginny Petras
Treasurer: Brooklyn Grube
Secretary: Anna Marie Joudy
Women's Group Minutes

2012-2014 Women's Group

President:  Leanne Albers

Vice-President:  Monica Zweers
Treasurer:  Kh. Ellen Steiger
Secretary:  Linda Young
Women's Group Minutes

2009-2010 Women's Group
President:  Kh. Terri Beck
Vice-President: (vacant)
Secretary: Linda Young
Treasurer: (vacant)
Spiritual Enrichment Coordinator: (vacant)
Women's Group Minutes
Local Chapter Dues

Dues are normally sent to our local diocese chapter at the beginning of the year (January or February) for next year (money is due by November 1st every year). Annual dues for each parish are $250.00, of which $75.00 go to the North American Board Treasury. All churches are expected to have an active Antiochian Women chapter and to contribute to the diocese by paying these dues. Dues help cover administrative costs and most importantly, fund Archdiocese charitable works. In 2010, the Archdiocese gave over $5000.00 to charitable causes from our dues money.

About the Antiochian Women

The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Women of North America was founded in 1973 through the vision of His Eminence, Metropolitan PHILIP (Saliba) — since 2008, we simply refer to our organization at “The Antiochian Women.” We are one of the official organizations of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. Our purpose is to work among the women of our Archdiocese to develop a spirit of Christian leadership, awareness, and commitment; to foster a genuine expression of love and service for each other and to the world around us through works of charity; to instill a sense of companionship among our sisterhood; and to foster a deeper understanding of the heritage and traditions of the Orthodox Church.

Our Antiochian Women organization brings the women of our Archdiocese together for prayer, charitable works, and mutual support as we strive to fulfill our calling in Christ to serve others. This goal gives us our official motto: “A Sisterhood Serving Christ Through Serving Others.” The Antiochian Women organization operates fundamentally at the local parish level, with a board of officers at the diocesan level. All of our efforts throughout the Archdiocese are harmonized and coordinated by the oversight of our North American Board (NAB), which consists of the officers from each diocesan organization and officers elected from our membership to serve as officers of the NAB.

The Antiochian Women communicate through our web page (, through e-mails, and by information shared through mailings to our parishes. Timely information about activities and programs are distributed, such as scholarships for women, special charitable projects, and spiritual resources such as the lives of women saints and Bible study material. We also publish newsletters, DIAKONIA and SOPHIA, that keep the members of Antiochian Women inspired and informed. Back issues can be found on our website in PDF format.

Regional Projects

2018: Strengthening the Ministries of Our Church
2017: Strengthening the Ministries of Our Church
2016: Hungry Children at Home and Abroad and IOCC Emergency Kits
2015: Nurturing the Seeds of Orthodoxy Across North America
2014: Orphans of the War in Syria
2013: Village Tornado Relief Fund

2012: Convent of St. Thekla
2011: Convent of St. Thekla
2010: Convent of St. Thekla
2009: Children With Special Needs
2008: Retired Clergy

Information & Resources

“When everyone left our Lord Jesus Christ alone on the cross, the women were there. Can you see how important the women are? You are the myrrh-bearing women.” -- His Grace Bishop JOSEPH

Mission Statement: The mission of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Women of Ss. Peter and Paul is to provide the opportunity for service, fellowship and ministry for the women of our parish. -- 2001

AOCWNA Resources and Information:

Antiochian Women Handbook


Weekly Services

Please check monthly calendar for full listing of Lenten services

8:20 am Orthros
9:30 am Divine Liturgy
10:30 Church School

6:00 am Orthros

6:00 pm Vespers
(Paraklesis 4th Wed)


9:00 am Orthros

6:00 pm Great Vespers

7:00 pm Compline

Great Lent:

O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, meddling, lust of power and idle talk. But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant. Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own sins and not to judge my brother, for Thou art blessed unto ages of ages. Amen. (The Prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian)


Annunciation of the Theotokos (March 25)

Scripture Readings
Monthly Calendars

March 2019*amended-see yellow circles

2019 Fasting Calendar


A schedule of Great Lent services and a booklet explaining fasting and Great Lent are available in the narthex

SIGN-UP now for:   Antiochian Women Lenten Retreat - April 12-14,  Frazier Park

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Reverend Father Nathan Thompson - Priest
Ss Peter & Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church
P.O. Box 458       
(9980 Highway 9)
Ben Lomond, CA 95005

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