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The '''Antiochian Village''' is located a center for Orthodox activities in Bolivar, Pennsylvania, and 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. The camp takes place at It was the site of the Antiochian Village Conference Center[[Ligonier Meeting]] in 1994.
==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 current director of Saints Peter and Paul chapel is also located within the camp is Frcenter. Michael Nasser In 2004, who has served in that capacity since 1997. the Antiochian Village includes a summer camp (ages 9 – 17)Heritage Museum was opened, a family camp, a winter camp (grades 7 – 12)featuring historical artifacts of Orthodox significance, such as [[icons]] and a teen camp (Vill''edge'' Adventures, ages 16 – 18)[[vestments]].
"The mission 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 the Protomartyr|Thekla]] and [[Raphael of Brooklyn|Raphael]] Pilgrimage every fall. St. Thekla is the patron saint of an outdoor chapel on the Antiochian Village camp grounds, and St. Raphael is buried just next to present to young people a living experience the outdoor chapel. The Antiochian Archdiocese has many of its national delegate's meetings and its biennial Clergy Symposium at the Holy Orthodox Faithconference center, in their relationship with God due to the central location and other campers in an uncluttered, natural environmentfacilities that are conducive to host such meetings."
==Camping program==The Antiochian VillageCamp 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's five patron '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 [[saintIconography]]s are . In addition to St. [[Thekla the Protomartyr|Thekla]], and St. [[Artemius Raphael of VerkolaBrooklyn|ArtemiusRaphael]], St. the camp's patron [[saints]] are the child saint [[Herman Artemius of AlaskaVerkola|HermanArtemius]], St. [[Raphael Herman of Brooklyn|RaphaelAlaska]], and St. [[Ignatius of Antioch|Ignatius]]. St. Raphael is buried on the grounds of the Village, and a portion of St. Herman's The [[relicsreliquary]] are enshrined in at the St. Ignatius Chapel at includes the Antiochian Village, along with [[relics ]] of St. Herman and St. [[Moses the Ethiopian]] and others. The camp is currently conducting a capital campaign called "Village 2010" to raise money for many necessary upgrades to facilities. The St. Ignatius Chapel will be expanded, five new cabins will be built, which exude a sweet fragrancenew dining hall will be created, as well as numerous other projects.
==History==
The Antiochian Village was the vision of His Eminence Metropolitan [[Philip (Saliba) of New York|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. Under his directorship, the camping program grew from a two-camper session to an ACA accredited camping program that served hundreds of Orthodox Youth each summer.
 
After a succession of directors, Fr. Joseph Purpura was the director from 1993-1996, during which time the Ligonier meeting was held.
Fr. Michael Nasser was made director in 1997. He grew the camp from a three-session summer program into the current format of four fortnight-long summer sessions, as well as two winter camp sessions, two family camp sessions, an iconography camp, a chanting camp, Village Adventures, and the Village Roadtrip. Through his work the camp now reaches out to over 1000 Orthodox youth throughout North America. One of his final moves was to start the Village 2010 campaign. The current director is Fr. Anthony Yazge. He took up this position in 2007, having previously participated in the camping program as session priest. ==Directors==*1979-1988: Fr. John Namie *1989: Fr. Matthew George *1990-1991: Fr. Paul Finley *1992: Fr. George Alberts *1993-1996: Fr. Joseph Purpura *1997-2006: Fr. Michael Nasser *2007-present Fr. Anthony Yazge  ==External Linkslinks==*[http://www.antiochianantiochianvillage.org/ Antiochian Village]*[http://www.antiochianvillage.org/villagecampcamp/about/ history.html Antiochian Village CampHistory]
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