On December 10, 2017, we held the first Annual Christmas Reception for our pledgers at the Mor Aphrem Center in Paramus, NJ. Jack Darkjy, the President of the AEC Committee, started off the event by calling His Eminence Mor Dionysius John Kawak up for an opening prayer. Then, His Eminence spoke regarding the mission of the archdiocese and its goals, alongside a PowerPoint presentation.
After his speech, he invited board members from various committees to speak about their developments and achievements.
To conclude the presentation, Saydna offered a closing prayer, along with words about our church, its history, and its fathers. He also spoke about how far we have come and the suffering from the genocide in 1915, the “Sayfo,” and how now we are facing other obstacles in the new world. He spoke of how we must do what we can to save our youth during these troubling times.