His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of the Great City of God Antioch and All the East joined His Eminence Metropolitan Saba and many clergy and faithful of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America in Phoenix, AZ, last week for the 100th Convention of the Archdiocese. His Beatitude conveyed greetings from the Holy Synod and Faithful of the Patriarchate around the world. He also shared with us the hardships of the Orthodox Community in the historic territory of the Patriarchate, particularly in the wake of the devastating earthquake earlier this year, which completely destroyed the Cathedral in Antioch.
Abbot Theodore attended the Convention from July 25-28, and took part in the meeting of the Western Rite Vicariate, chaired by His Grace Bishop John, on the 25th. He also took part in the meeting of clergy with the Patriarch and the Metropolitan that day and in the General Assembly on the 27--28th.