Under the auspices of His Eminence Mor Dionysius John Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar of the Eastern United States, Mor Aphrem Center hosted a junior youth retreat Between 23 – 25 November 2018, the participants were around 75 Syriac youth from all the parishes in New Jersey area.
The Theme of the Retreat was: (And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins) ”1 Peter 4:8”. The retreat’s program was set up and administrated by Very Rev. Fr. Joseph Chamoun, Very Rev. Fr. Andrew Bahhi, Mr. Robert Ayaz (the youth director in New Jersey area) and several Syriac youth volunteers. The retreat includes spiritual education, bible studies, workshops,
and sports activities. To conclude the retreat program all the participants attended the Holy Liturgy on Sunday at St. Mark’s Cathedral.