7.02.2014
51st Annual Maronite Convention
July 02-06, 2014
Our Lady of Victory
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


  7.01.2015
52nd Annual Maronite Convention
July 01-05, 2015
St. Maron
Cleveland, Ohio

NAM 2014
Workshop Activity

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  • WORKSHOPS

    Thursday July 3rd  10:30 am – 12:00 noon
    LEADERSHIP

    Mr. Tony Charaf (Senior Vice President and Chief Cargo Officer Delta Air Lines, Non-Profit Board Member – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Carter Center and Red Cross Atlanta, GA Chapter) 

    An inspirational speaker and devout Maronite, Mr. Charaf will share with the attendees his life experiences as an executive of a Fortune 500 company and discuss the many leadership challenges facing all spiritual groups.  Despite his high profile position as an executive, Mr. Charaf maintains focus on his faith and devotion.  Find out how you can develop and utilize crucial leadership skills in your own career and within your community of faith.

    Thursday July 3rd  3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
    MUSIC AND THE MARONITE LITURGY

    Fr. Geoffrey Abdallah, Rector – Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Seminary 

    From his truly unique perspective as Rector of the Seminary and Eparchial Music Director, Fr. Abdallah shares his enthusiasm for the beauty and richness of the Maronite Liturgy.  Our liturgical music is an incredible testament to the richness of our culture.  Come and experience the beauty that is the Maronite Liturgy.  Let the poetry that is our music fill your senses and soothe your soul.

    Friday July 4th  10:30 am – 12:00 noon
    HOMECOMING” – A PERSONAL JOURNEY

    Fr. Tony Khawli, O.L.M. 

    From the beginning of his entertainment career on the Lebanese show “Studio Elfan” and his performances in front of audiences throughout the world, to the decision to dedicate his life to Christ, Fr. Khawli tells us of his own very intimate journey toward his spiritual home.  Do not miss the presentation of this wonderful story.

    Friday July 4th 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
    PRAYER IN MOTION – EAT HEALTHY, BE HAPPY, LIVE HOLY

    Dr. Anne Borik 

    As a medical doctor practicing in Phoenix, AZ, Dr. Borik will share her personal prayer ministry and the importance of uniting ‘Health with Holiness’.  Recently, Pope Francis recommended Prayer as Medicine. He said, “I would like to prescribe a medicine to all of you.  It is the Rosary, it is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and it is Prayer.”  In her practice, Dr. Borik takes care of many sick patients who are suffering from cancer, strokes, depression, anxiety, heart disease and many other ailments.  By using SLOW sign gestures to pray the words along with music and movement, our prayer comes alive in motion and can improve the healing process.  ‘Prayer in Motion’ is a VERY POWERFUL way to pray that opens one fully to the movement of the Holy Spirit.  From a healthcare perspective, ‘Prayer in Motion’ is like Miracle-Gro for the brain.

    Friday July 4th  All Day Program 10:30 am – 12 and 3:30  – 5:00 pm
    SEMINAR ON CATECHESIS AND RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

    Deacon Lou Peters and Cathy George 

    This is a two-session workshop, one morning and one afternoon. Catechesis and the religious education of both adults and children are among the primary missions and tasks of the Church.  Topics will include the following:

    • The Trinity, the Holy Mysteries, our Church family, the Commandments, Maronite Liturgy, First Penance and Eucharist, the Bible, the Creed, Church history, and the world’s religions.
    • Foundational principals of religious education
    • The basic tenets of the Catholic Faith
    • An overview of basic concepts of Christian education
    • The documents of the recent Maronite Patriarchal Synod on Christian education
    • An overview of the revised Maronite religious education series Faith of the Mountains; and using the Liturgy and liturgical calendar in catechesis.

    Saturday July 5th  10:30 am – 12:00 noon
    LIFE OF ST. RAFKA & HISTORY OF HER RELIGIOUS ORDER

    Mother Marta Basil and Sister Lea

    This presentation, delivered by present messengers from St. Rafka’s own religious order, will review of faith-filled story of St. Rafka’s journey.  Declared a ‘Saint for the Whole Church’ on 10 June 2001 by Pope John Paul II, St. Rafka was blind and paralyzed but she kept smiling and thanking God for His grace of letting her participate in His Passion.  Her face reflected peace and tenderness until the end of her days.

    Saturday July 5th  3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
    DEVELOPMENTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND THEIR IMPACT ON LEBANON AND SYRIA

    Moderator: CHORBISHOP SEELY BEGGIANI; BISHOP ELIAS ZAIDAN, M.L.M; DR. SAM NADER; and DR. MOUNZER FATFAT

    Panel discussion on how Middle Eastern Christians are coping amidst daily turmoil and unrest all over the region.  The development of what is often referred to as ‘Arab Spring’ is a phenomenon that continues to sweep through several countries of the Middle East.  Attendees will receive information on the current state of affairs from well-informed ‘hands-on’ panelists regarding the status of social, economic and political relationships in the region.