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Archdiocesan Executive Council Holds its Last Session for 2011

The Archdiocesan Executive Council held its last session of 2011, meeting on December 19th at the Archdiocesan Complex in Teaneck to discuss two major issues at hand. These include the Youth Director position for the Archdiocese and amendments to the parish by-laws.

His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim and the Council membership received a progress report on the Youth Ministry initiative and the selection process for a Youth Director. Naim Ghassali, Chairman, along with the committee membership reported to His Eminence that they have already interviewed two candidates for the position. The chairman explained that the interview process was intense and required several meeting with the candidates and is still on-going. A job description has been developed and requirements for the position clearly spelled out. The committee membership asked the council to submit additional names since the feeling was two candidates was not sufficient. The job description document will be forwarded to the Council membership for their reference. A discussion was held concerning the funding for the position and included the individual churches participation in underwriting the cost and private sponsorships.

Jack Darakjy, who is spearheading the parish by-laws amendment effort, reported that the initiative is on schedule. Several amendments have been made and an updated draft of the document will be forwarded to the Council membership for further review before finalizing the parish by-laws.
His Eminence thanked Dr. Yamo Deniz, Council President for all his efforts. The Archbishop also thanked the Council membership for all their hard work during 2011. He also gave special recognition to Council member Abboud Shakarjy, who travels from Washington DC to attend these meetings, wishing him and all the Council membership God’s Blessings.

In his benediction, His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim asked the Almighty to bless His Holiness Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, our beloved Patriaich, wishing His Holiness good health as we embark on 2012 and all the challenges that the new year will present.

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