Thursday July 3rd 10:30
am – 12:00 noon
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
Fr. Geoffrey Abdallah, Rector – Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite
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
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 –
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
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
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.