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Archdiocesan Hierarchs, Lay Leaders Conclude Successful 2016 Fall Meetings

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The Hierarchs, Board of Trustees, Governing Council of the Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch, and Antiochian Village Council, all met the weekend of October 28–30, 2016 in Wichita, KS for the annual Fall Meetings of the Antiochian Archdiocese. They gathered under the leadership of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph and through the hospitality of His Grace Bishop Basil of the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America. They discussed many issues and topics related to the spiritual growth of the Archdiocese and the administration of the parishes in each diocese. All the hierarchs of the Archdiocese were present.

Simultaneously, the Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch held meetings to plan new ways to foster growth; the Order is especially concerned about how to encourage new generations of members for the philanthropic work of the Archdiocese. They considered implementing new giving levels such as a junior level, and instituting a new category of a one-time life membership. The Governing Council also held lengthy discussions on the best way to communicate the various projects and charitable giving to both current and prospective members.

The Archdiocesan Board of Trustees met Friday evening and Saturday morning. His Eminence addressed the Board with an inspiring speech outlining the progress that's been made since the spring meeting at the Antiochian Village earlier this year as well as plans for future initiatives. He reiterated his desire to develop a monastic life in the Archdiocese and offered new visions for senior-citizen homes at the Antiochian Village and other places. He also revisited his dream of a television station. Sayidna Joseph inspired the board members to be involved and appointed many of them to be liaisons to the various Archdiocesan departments so that they can be more involved and help everyone achieve their goals.

The weekend concluded with the celebration of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at St. George Cathedral in Wichita.

(Photos by Kelli Kouri; news release by Fr. Thomas Zain)