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The '''Antiochian Village''' is a center for Orthodox activities located in Bolivar, Pennsylvania.  It is under the jurisdiction of the [[Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America]] and consists of a conference center and a camp.  It was the site of the [[Ligonier Meeting]] in 1994.
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The '''Antiochian Village''' is a center for Orthodox activities in Bolivar, Pennsylvania that was founded in 1978.  It is under the jurisdiction of the [[Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America]] and consists of a conference center and a camp.  It was the site of the [[Ligonier Meeting]] in 1994.
  
"The Village" hosts Orthodox as well as external events and retreats.  The [[Orthodox Christian Fellowship]] East Coast College Conference takes place at the conference center each DecemberThere is an annual Sts. [[Thekla the Protomartyr|Thekla]] and [[Raphael of Brooklyn|Raphael]] Pilgrimage every fall.  St. Thekla is the patron saint of an outdoor chapel on the camp grounds, and St. Raphael is buried just next to the outdoor chapel.  The Antiochian Archdiocese has many of its national delegate's meetings at the conference center, due to the central location and facilities that are conducive to host such meetings.
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==Conference and Retreat Center==
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The conference center has one hundred guest rooms, meeting rooms, a banquet hall, dining facilities, and a theological research library.  The Saints Peter and Paul chapel is also located within the center.  In 2004, the Antiochian Village Heritage Museum was opened, featuring historical artifacts of Orthodox significance, such as [[icons]] and [[vestments]].
  
The Antiochian Village Camp program holds both a summer and winter camp each year.  The summer camp consists of four 2-week sessions from June to August each yearApproximately nine hundred campers between the ages of 9 and 17 attend the camp in one summerSome main parts of the summer camp program are daily services in the St. Ignatius chapel, Christian education classes, a challenge course, an overnight camping program, and afternoon sports and activities. There are two 4-day winter camp sessions for older campers (12 to 17 years old) over long weekend breaks from school in the winter.  Winter camp includes a day trip to go snow tubing and various outdoor winter activities.  The camp also has a family camp for families to attend together, and in 2005 started the Vill''edge'' Adventures program for 16 to 18 year old campers.  In the summer of 2006, there will be "Sacred Arts Camps" for [[Byzantine Chant|Byzantine Chanting]] and [[Iconography]].
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"The Village" hosts Orthodox as well as external events and retreats.  The [[Orthodox Christian Fellowship]] East Coast College Conference takes place at the conference center each DecemberThere is an annual Sts. [[Thekla the Protomartyr|Thekla]] and [[Raphael of Brooklyn|Raphael]] Pilgrimage every fallSt. Thekla is the patron saint of an outdoor chapel on the camp grounds, and St. Raphael is buried just next to the outdoor chapel.  The Antiochian Archdiocese has many of its national delegate's meetings and its biennial Clergy Symposium at the conference center, due to the central location and facilities that are conducive to host such meetings.
  
In addition to [[Thekla the Protomartyr|St. Thekla]] and [[Raphael of Brooklyn|St. Raphael]], the camp's patron [[saints]] are the child saint [[Artemius of Verkola|Artemius]], [[Herman of Alaska|St. Herman of Alaska]] and [[Ignatius of Antioch|St. Ignatius of Antioch]]. The [[reliquary]] at the St. Ignatius Chapel includes [[relics]]
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==Camping Program==
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The Antiochian Village Camp program holds both a summer and winter camp each year.  The summer camp consists of four 2-week sessions from June to August each year. Approximately one thousand campers between the ages of 9 and 17, as well as sixty staff, attend the camp every summer.  Some main parts of the summer camp program are daily services in the St. Ignatius chapel, Christian education classes, a challenge course, an overnight camping program, and afternoon sports and activities.  There are two 4-day winter camp sessions for older campers (12 to 17 years old) over long weekend breaks from school in the winter.  Winter camp includes a day trip to go snow tubing and various outdoor winter activities.  The camp also has a family camp for families to attend together, and in 2005 started the Vill''edge'' Adventures program for 16 to 18 year old campers.  In the summer of 2006, there will be "Sacred Arts Camps" for [[Byzantine Chant|Byzantine Chanting]] and [[Iconography]].
  
The camp's five patron [[saint]]s are St. [[Thekla the Protomartyr|Thekla]], St. [[Artemius of Verkola|St. Artemius]], St. [[Herman of Alaska|St. Herman of Alaska]], St. [[Raphael of Brooklyn|Raphael]], and St. [[Ignatius of Antioch|Ignatius]].  St. Raphael is buried on the grounds of the Village, and a portion of St. Herman's [[relics]] are enshrined in St. Ignatius Chapel at the Antiochian Village, along with relics of St. [[Moses the Ethiopian]] and others, which exude a sweet fragrance.
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In addition to [[Thekla the Protomartyr|St. Thekla]] and [[Raphael of Brooklyn|St. Raphael]], the camp's patron [[saints]] are the child saint [[Artemius of Verkola|Artemius]], [[Herman of Alaska|St. Herman of Alaska]] and [[Ignatius of Antioch|St. Ignatius of Antioch]].  The [[reliquary]] at the St. Ignatius Chapel includes [[relics]] of St. Herman, [[Moses the Ethiopian|St. Moses the Ethiopian]], and others.
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The camp is currently conducting a capital campaign called "Village 2010" to raise money for many neccesary upgrades to facilities.  The St. Ignatius Chapel will be expanded, five new cabins will be built, a new dining hall will be created, as well as numerous other projects.
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
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The Antiochian Village was the vision of His Eminence [[Philip (Saliba) of New York|Metropolitan Philip]] of the Antiochian Archdiocese.  The 280-acre grounds were purchased from Camp Fairfield, a Presbyterian camp, in 1978, and the first camping season was the summer of 1979.  The Conference and Retreat Center was built in 1985 and doubled in size in 1990.  Fr. John Namie was the first camp director from 1979 to 1988.  The current director is Fr. Michael Nasser, who has been at the camp since 1997.
  
 
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Revision as of 23:54, April 19, 2006

The Antiochian Village is a center for Orthodox activities in Bolivar, Pennsylvania that was founded in 1978. It is under the jurisdiction of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America and consists of a conference center and a camp. It was the site of the Ligonier Meeting in 1994.

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Conference and Retreat Center

The conference center has one hundred guest rooms, meeting rooms, a banquet hall, dining facilities, and a theological research library. The Saints Peter and Paul chapel is also located within the center. In 2004, the Antiochian Village Heritage Museum was opened, featuring historical artifacts of Orthodox significance, such as icons and vestments.

"The Village" hosts Orthodox as well as external events and retreats. The Orthodox Christian Fellowship East Coast College Conference takes place at the conference center each December. There is an annual Sts. Thekla and Raphael Pilgrimage every fall. St. Thekla is the patron saint of an outdoor chapel on the camp grounds, and St. Raphael is buried just next to the outdoor chapel. The Antiochian Archdiocese has many of its national delegate's meetings and its biennial Clergy Symposium at the conference center, due to the central location and facilities that are conducive to host such meetings.

Camping Program

The Antiochian Village Camp program holds both a summer and winter camp each year. The summer camp consists of four 2-week sessions from June to August each year. Approximately one thousand campers between the ages of 9 and 17, as well as sixty staff, attend the camp every summer. Some main parts of the summer camp program are daily services in the St. Ignatius chapel, Christian education classes, a challenge course, an overnight camping program, and afternoon sports and activities. There are two 4-day winter camp sessions for older campers (12 to 17 years old) over long weekend breaks from school in the winter. Winter camp includes a day trip to go snow tubing and various outdoor winter activities. The camp also has a family camp for families to attend together, and in 2005 started the Villedge Adventures program for 16 to 18 year old campers. In the summer of 2006, there will be "Sacred Arts Camps" for Byzantine Chanting and Iconography.

In addition to St. Thekla and St. Raphael, the camp's patron saints are the child saint Artemius, St. Herman of Alaska and St. Ignatius of Antioch. The reliquary at the St. Ignatius Chapel includes relics of St. Herman, St. Moses the Ethiopian, and others.

The camp is currently conducting a capital campaign called "Village 2010" to raise money for many neccesary upgrades to facilities. The St. Ignatius Chapel will be expanded, five new cabins will be built, a new dining hall will be created, as well as numerous other projects.

History

The Antiochian Village was the vision of His Eminence Metropolitan Philip of the Antiochian Archdiocese. The 280-acre grounds were purchased from Camp Fairfield, a Presbyterian camp, in 1978, and the first camping season was the summer of 1979. The Conference and Retreat Center was built in 1985 and doubled in size in 1990. Fr. John Namie was the first camp director from 1979 to 1988. The current director is Fr. Michael Nasser, who has been at the camp since 1997.

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