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.


Antonine Feastday

January 17 is the Feastday of Saint Anthony the Great, the patron saint of the Antonine Order of religious women and men. Every year for this feast, the Antonine communities celebrate throughout the world by getting together for worship and fellowship. The Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the intentions of all the order's members and benefactors. During liturgy, a spiritual renewal of vows takes place where each member renews her personal commitment to God through the Antonine constitution.
Here in North Jackson, we celebrated on Saturday January 15, in unity with the majority of the members and the general council of our order who were celebrating at the Mother House in Roumieh, Lebanon. As usual, we started our day with the prayer of the Divine Office followed by a profound reflection on "Seeking the Face of God" by Father Nadim Helou, pastor of Saint George Maronite Church in Uniontown, PA. After adoration, confessions, and the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, we were joined for lunch by Chorbishop Michael Kail, Pastor of Saint Maron Church in Youngstown, OH and by Monsignor Anthony Spinosa, Rector of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon in North Jackson, OH.

Traditional Text for the Spiritual Renewal of Our Vows:
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
In the presence of the Holy Trinity, the blessed Mother of God, Mary, Saint Joseph, Saint Anthony the Great, and all the angels and saints, I renew my vows of obedience, chastity and poverty and I promise to keep them according to the constitution of our congregation, by God’s grace, the protection of the Blessed Virgin, Saint Joseph and our father Saint Anthony the Great. Amen.



We invite you to check out our latest newsletter which features the sisters in the various ministries with the older adults and those with physical and mental disabilities.
Starting with a special message from our director, Sister Marie Madeleine Iskandar, we take you on a brief and exciting journey of the latest happenings at our Adult Day Care center.
Click on the "Summer/Fall 2010" link under Newsletters!


Uniontown Visit

On New Year's Day, we accepted gladly Father Nadim Helou's invitation for visiting Saint George Maronite Catholic Church in Uniontown, PA.
We enjoyed our trip to Uniontown, the delicious food prepared by Father Nadim and the company of a few other guests. Most importantly, we were happy to join our prayers to those of the Maronite faithful in Uniontown by attending the 5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy. Together we prayed for a prosperous New Year, a time of blessings for all and for a better understanding of the concept of peace we are called to live.
Happy New Year!