The bishops of the Assyrian Church of the East in the United States meet recently ahead of the 33rd annual National Youth Conference. Attending the meeting were: His Grace Mar Aprim Khamis, Bishop of the Diocese of the Western USA; His Grace Mar Awa Royel, Bishop of the Diocese of California and Secretary of the Holy Synod; and His Grace Mar Paulus Benjamin, Bishop of the Diocese of the Eastern USA.
The three bishops held their meeting on Wednesday, July 30th, at the premises of the St. Mary’s Assyrian Church of the East in Los Angeles, California. The bishops discussed many topics effecting the life of the Church in the United States. Some of the matters discussed were: 1) the National Executive Committee of the Assyrian Church of the East Youth Association (ACEYA); 2) the Constitution of the ACEYA; 3) the importance of transmitting the faith of the holy Church to our youth, particularly the promotion and use of the Assyrian language among our younger generation; 4) currents events in the life of the Church in the States; 5) matters relating to the clergy (priests and deacons) serving the parishes of the US.
Some of the more notable outcomes of this meeting was the unanimous agreement to convene a meeting of all of the priests of the Assyrian Church of the East serving in the United States, to be held in the early fall of this year, possibly in October. The bishops also set their next joint meeting to be held at the same period.
The bishops will participate in the 33rd annual youth conference of all of the parishes of the Assyrian Church of the East in the United States, which will be convened on Thursday, July 1st thru Tuesday, July 6th, in Los Angeles, California. The theme of the conference this year is the 33 Years of the Life of Christ, commemorating the 33rd annual conference. Four hundred youth are registered to attend, in addition to many clergy, parents and chaperones. Further reports on the youth conference will be forthcoming.