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.


2012 Maronite Regional Youth Workshop

The 2012 Maronite Regional Youth Workshop took place the weekend of February 18 & 19. The 200 youths and advisors participating in the workshop visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon on Saturday February 18 to spend some time praying and reflecting on the love of God for each of them. Our sisters joined the youths at the shrine for prayer, liturgy and lunch. Everyone enjoyed the delicious soup and salad donated by the sisters and prepared by sister Kawsar. Following lunch, the youths had a reconciliation service planned then they returned to Our Lady of the Cedars Maronite Church in Fairlawn, OH for the rest of evening. The workshop concluded with Sunday Divine Liturgy at Saint Maron Church in Cleveland, OH.


News from Saint Maron Church

On Saturday, February 4 and Sunday, February 5, 2012 the Maronite Christian Formation (MCF) students of Saint Maron Church in Youngstown, Ohio, held their first sleepover. Seventeen students, grades 1 thru 6, gathered for an afternoon and evening filled with prayer, games, and fellowship... and of course, pizza! Saturday evening completed with a movie, popcorn and ice cream before it was time for lights out. The weekend was capped off by the children taking part in the 8:30 a.m. liturgy by serving, reading and singing. Finally came the awards ceremony. Gifts and certificates were presented by Sister Celine Nohra, Director of Religious Education, to different students and classes based on regular attendance and participation. After all recognitions were given, the children were "let loose" to their parents and families.

The idea came into the works back in the early fall by St. Maron's MCF Committee, now in its second year. The committee, comprised of two Antonine Sisters, two MCF teachers and another parishioner planned the event with the approval of our pastor, Chorbishop Michael Kail. The first sleepover was a huge success; and both the children and chaperones are looking forward to the next one!

Submitted by Kalyn Sharrow, MCF teacher.