“Strengthening the Ministries of our Church."
This theme is a distillation of the sweeping vision which Metropolitan Joseph shared with us.
His Eminence spoke with farsighted boldness and passion about the many challenges and opportunities which lay before our God-protected Archdiocese. His vision is of a vigorous Church actively proclaiming our faith in Jesus Christ and lovingly ministering to the broken world around us.
This is already a description of the ministries in many of our parishes, but to keep moving forward while broadening our active ministries, we must reinforce and strengthen our foundations.
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, and on the last Sunday of each month there will be an article written by one lady from our Antiochian Women’s group, which will discuss a personal story about “how God touches us in our life, and if there were time where we strongly felt or experienced His presence, love and providence”.
There is no doubt that we all have stories to share, and that would be a huge blessing to strengthen each other in our journey of faith, and to support each other.
Our beloved spiritual advisor, Father David Hovik is contributing great church Father quotes every Sunday, which will appear on the top of the blog.
Your Sister in Christ,
Religious Coordinator, Antiochian Women-Diocese of LA & the West
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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.
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 (http://www.antiochian.org/women), 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.
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
“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: http://www.antiochian.org/women
Antiochian Women Handbook