World Maronite Youth Days - Lebanon

Sister Therese Maria and 40 of our USA young adult Maronites are in Lebanon for for World Maronite Youth days (WMYD) with the Patriarch. They will share and celebrate the unique beauty of our Maronite faith and roots. The theme for WMYD is: "Be Strong and Courageous."
Sister Therese presented to the English speaking participants sharing on the Maronite Liturgy.

During the WMYD, July 15 - 25, 2017, the dynamic activities planned in the program include daily catechesis, interactive discussions, sport and art activities, exhibitions, opportunity for adoration, quiet prayer and confession, social gatherings, and optional touring of various religious and historical sites throughout Lebanon.


National MYO Workshop, Minneapolis MN

Sister Therese Maria (who serves as the Eparchial Coordinator for MYO) attended and assisted at the National MYO Workshop in Minneapolis, MN from July 3-8. The theme for this year's retreat was "Homecoming" and the dynamic speakers, talks and activities centered on body image, relationships, the Sacred Mysteries and coming home to God's loving and merciful heart. 
Sr. Therese Maria led morning prayer, facilitated a discussion on cultivating spirituality with the chaperones and gave an interactive presentation to the teens on our identity (as children of God), mission (to love and be loved) and destiny (Heaven). Sister also had great fun teaching the teens how to make knotted twine rosaries. Here are some photos of the teens coming from across the country to attend the 2017 National Workshop.


NAM 2017 – South Carolina

By Sr. Natalie Sayde Salameh

The Maronite Servants of Christ the Light attended this year’s National Apostolate of Maronites (NAM) Convention in Greenville, South Carolina from June 28th to July 2nd, 2017. We were blessed with the opportunity to meet and join with over 600 of our Maronite parishioners who attended from all over the US.

We had a table in the exhibit area where we were able to speak with many people one on one. This year the layout of our table was a little different. A devoted parishioner from our Maronite parish of St. Joseph’s in Atlanta, Cecilia Romero, had crocheted an assortment of baby items which she generously donated to the sisters as sale items on our table. This attracted a lot of attention, especially the dressed-up baby doll model. 

This year’s Convention offered an outstanding array of activities for the Maronite Young Adults (MYA). The sisters, especially Sr. Therese Maria, were busy facilitating Theology on Tap, discussions and luncheons, two of which were with Bishops Gregory and Elias. 

The workshops offered on each of the days were of the highest quality. We had Dr. William Rabil explain the medical aspects of our Lord’s crucifixion as depicted in the Shroud of Turin. Chorbishop Michael Thomas, Vicar General of the Eparchy of St. Maron, gave a beautiful presentation on the sacred dignity of the vocation of marriage. Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Carl Anderson, gave a well-attended workshop on building a civilization of love in the Middle East. My personal favorite workshop was the one delivered by Mother Olga Yaqoob, Foundress of the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth, who highlighted so movingly the many great feats that Mary can accomplish in our lives when we simply place our trust in her maternal care. 

We attended the evangelical concert of Lebanon’s Christian singer, Abeer Nehme, who moved the audience to tears by her strong faith, radiant joy and sweet angelic voice. Abeer was remarkable as she charmed the crowd with hymns sang in English, Arabic, Syriac and even Armenian.

May God bless the efforts and work of all those involved in this year’s Convention. It was a great success. We look forward to attending next year in Houston, Texas, God willing.  


Fatima -- the Immaculate Heart of Mary

“Jesus wishes to establish devotion to my Immaculate Heart in the world.
I promise salvation to those who embrace it.” (Our Lady of Fatima, June 13, 1917

This years’ centennial commemoration of the Fatima apparitions reminds us of the urgent call to prayer, conversion, and consecration contained in the message of Our Lady.  I would like to highlight the Five First Saturdays devotion that Our Lady asks for as a small effort to encourage you to take up this prayer on behalf of peace in the world, and peace in your heart.
Our Lady of Fatima explained the Five First Saturdays to Sr. Lucia dos Santos, one of the visionaries, “Tell them that I promise to assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation all those who, in order to make reparation to me, on the First Saturday of five successive months: go to Confession, receive Holy Communion, say five decades of the rosary, and keep me company for a quarter of an hour, meditating on the mysteries of the rosary.  
More information on this devotion can be found at http://www.marian.org/13th/firstsaturday.php