On Thursday, June 20th, 2019, under the auspices of His Eminence Mor Dionysius John Kawak, the Archdiocese of the Syriac Orthodox Church for the Eastern United States held its Second Annual Family Retreat at the Sandy Cove Ministries in Maryland. The Retreat included spiritual, fun activities and programs for adults, youth and kids.
The event kicked off with a blessed welcome speech by His Eminence. The keynote speaker, was Rev. Fr. Anthony Messeh, from our Sister Coptic Orthodox Church, he was present to discuss the retreat’s theme topic, “And you shall be witness to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8).
The present clergy (Very Rev. Fr. Joseph Chamoun, Very Rev. Fr. Andrew Bahhi and Very Rev. Fr. Augeen Alkhouri) participated in the program by presenting lectures and spiritual evenings. At the ending of the Retreat on Saturday, June 22nd, His Eminence assisted by the Clergy celebrated the Holy Qurobo and everyone received the Blood and Body of our Lord Jesus Christ.