Following the words of Jesus and the example of Saint Anthony the Great,
we, the Antonine Sisters, leave everything behind to follow God, our sole treasure.
The life that we received from God we give back to Him through service and devotion.
Like Mary, the first consecrated woman, we live joyfully to proclaim the greatness of the Lord
who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.


Guild of St. Anthony of the Desert Annual Recognition Dinner

On April 10, the Antonine Sisters gave their 10th Annual Recognition Dinner for the Guild of St. Anthony of the Desert. There were 200 members present to enjoy the Lebanese dinner, which was prepared and served by the Sisters. Prior to the dinner, welcoming remarks were made by Msgr. Anthony Spinosa, Rector of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon, Sister Marie Madeleine Iskandar and Dr. Elias T. Saadi.
In 2002, friends of the Sisters formed the Guild of St. Anthony to help financially support the Adult Day Care, which consistently receives top ratings by the State of Ohio. The Day Care has its own fleet of buses, which picks up the elderly in the morning and delivers them home in the afternoon after a day full of activities.
Sister Marie Madeleine Iskandar is the Superior of the convent and Director of Adult Day Care. Sister Celine Nohra, RN, MSN is the Assistant Director and is pursuing a PhD in Nursing at Kent State University. Sister Claudette Bou Saade is the Activity Coordinator for the Day Care, and Sister Kawsar Choufani, Sister Cosette Ghanem, and Sister Nancy Najjar assist at the Day Care and are also pursuing their education.
The ministry of these beautiful Sisters is based on the most difficult words of the Gospel of Jesus, “Go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” They serve the people of the local community, Maronites and non-maronites alike, with untiring care and dedication.
The sisters would like to thank all the people who attended the dinner and acknowledge the individuals whose help and support make the fundraising dinner a successful event year after year. These people include the Advisory Board members, especially Mrs. Carol Desmond, Deacon Joseph Nohra, and Dr. & Mrs. Elias T. Saadi. A special thank you also to Mrs. Shirley Sunderlin for the elegant dinner set-up, to Mrs. Joann Pavlidis for the beautiful linens, and to all the clergy whose presence and support has been overwhelming this year.
Membership in the Guild of St. Anthony is open and available by contacting The Antonine Sisters at 2675 North Lipkey Rd., North Jackson, OH 44451. Phone 330-538-9822. E-mail
Website: You will be included in the Sisters’ daily prayers and invited to their annual Recognition Dinner in the spring.

Submitted by Dr. Elias T. Saadi.


Al Massih Kam!

And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?" Looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; -- it was very large.
Entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you." (Mark 16: 1 - 7)

The Antonine Sisters wish you a happy and blessed Easter. May the joyful news of the resurrection fill your heart and enlighten your mind so that you may be a living witness of the Living God. Christ is risen, He is truly risen!