Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch

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His Eminence Visits Chicago, Illinois

Friday the 8th through Sunday the10th of July, 2011; His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim, paid a pastoral visit to our parish of St. John the Baptist in Villa Park, Illinois.
During the three-day stay there, the parishioners of St. John shared H.E. in many important activities, that brought enthusiasm and joy to the parish: H.E. spent some time visiting the sick in hospitals and homes.

He visited also bereaved families who lost loved ones, and offered them his condolences coupled with his wishful regards.
H.E. seized the chance of being there, to get to know our Syriac Iraqi refugees, assuring them of his concerns and support.

On Saturday evening, he met with the Board of Trustees of the Church, and showed his appreciation for the good job they’re doing for the parish.

Sunday Morning, H.E. celebrated the (Qourobo) Holy Liturgy, assisted by the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Yacoub Youhanoun. During the Qourobo, H.E. ordained Deacons to serve on the Holy Altar of the Lord. After the celebration, everyone was invited for a communal lunch for the happy occasion. During lunch the board of the Church surprised all with a cake celebrating the first anniversary of Fr. Youhanoun’s assignment as their formal parish priest.

His Eminence expressed his joy and satisfaction for the faithful work Rev. Father Youhanoun, the Church board and the parishioners are accomplishing.

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