July 2-6, 2014, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
This summer from July 2-6, 2014, immerse yourself in your rich Maronite faith by joining together with hundreds of other Maronites from around the country in Pittsburgh, America’s Most Livable City, for the 51st Annual Maronite Convention. This year’s gathering is hosted by Our Lady of Victory Maronite Church. With the theme “Walking by Faith, Not by Sight” the convention promises to deepen your faith through workshops, music, prayer, catechesis, religious education, and fellowship with others. Don’t miss it! Below are some highlights:
On Wednesday, July 2, you will be welcomed to town with a Jazz Night featuring the Soiree Band, a Pittsburgh-based horn band that prides itself in the versatility of its live performances at some of the city’s finest eateries. On Thursday, July 3, a special workshop about the music of the Maronite Liturgy will be presented in the afternoon by Fr. Geoffrey Abdallah. In the evening, entertainment will include an evangelical and classical concert performed by Gina Morgano, a parishioner at Our Lady of Victory Maronite Catholic Church in Pittsburgh, and a performance by Lebanese singing sensation Nicolas El-Osta and pianist Fadi Abi-Hashim.
On Friday, July 4, our nation’s Independence Day, Samir Edmond & Band will perform a “Touch of Lebanon” in the evening to celebrate our own rich musical and cultural heritage that has become part of America’s rich cultural diversity. During the day, three workshops will be held, including Dr. Anne Borik’s “Prayer in Motion – Eat Healthy, Be Happy, Live Holy,” and an all-day seminar on catechesis and religious education. Fr. Tony Khawli will also share his personal journey during his presentation, “Homecoming.”
On Saturday, July 5, a morning workshop on the life of St. Rafka and the history of her religious order will be presented by Mother Marta Bassil and Sister Lea, followed by a panel discussion about developments in the Middle East and their impact on Lebanon and Syria, moderated by Chorbishop Seely Beggiani and Bishop Elias Zaidan. The Grand Banquet will be held that evening, with entertainment once again from Nicolas El-Osta and an evening of dinner and dancing. The convention schedule allows plenty of time for exciting excursions to local sites, a tour of Our Lady of Victory, and just enjoying the city’s majestic three rivers and thriving cultural district.
The annual Maronite convention is proudly sponsored by the National Apostolate of Maronites, or “NAM.” NAM is the official lay apostolate of the Maronite Church of the USA. The only lay apostolate of its kind in the Maronite World, it was established in 1964 and has held a national convention every year since. NAM was established before the presence of a Maronite Bishop or diocese in the USA to help unify and organize the Maronite faithful in order to petition Rome for a Maronite Bishop. Since 1966, NAM has served the then Diocese of St. Maron and now serves both our Maronite Eparchies and our Eparchial bishops.
NAM's mission is two-fold: Unite and Preserve. NAM serves as a uniting "umbrella" for the Maronites spread all over the country. NAM helps to preserve the beautiful and rich traditions of the Syriac Antiochene Maronite Church handed on to us by St. Maron and his descendants. Through its many programs, the apostolate helps nurture interest in our spiritual, cultural and ethnic roots. For many, NAM's most important events are its national and regional conventions, where the Maronite Faithful are gathered along with our bishops and clergy for spiritual renewal, educational growth and social and ethnic fellowship.
REGISTER TODAY! For more information and to register, visit the NAM website at http://www.namnews.org/. See you in Pittsburgh!
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July 10, 2013
Dear People of God,
His Holiness Pope Francis has accepted my resignation and appointed as my successor the Reverend Abdallah Zaidan, MLM, Rector of Our Lady of Mt. Lebanon-St. Peter Maronite Cathedral, Los Angeles, CA.
Rev. Zaidan's appointment was released to the press on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at noon Rome time (6:00 a.m. Eastern Time). The details of his ordination, which will take place in Lebanon, will be released soon. The Newly-Ordained Bishop will be installed in St. Louis, our Eparchial headquarters. More information will follow as soon as I return from the Maronite Convention.
We thank the Holy Father and our Patriarch for their blessings. Please pray for me as well as our new bishop.
Bishop Robert J. Shaheen