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Title: NATIONAL APOSTOLATE


1
  • NATIONAL APOSTOLATE
  • OF
  • MARONITES

2
Mission Statement
  • The National Apostolate of Maronites (NAM)
    serves as a unifying force among the laity of the
    Maronite Church in the U.S.A. and as a common
    link between the clergy and the laity. NAM helps
    preserve the Syriac-Maronite traditions by making
    people aware of the rich heritage of the Maronite
    faith and by fostering pride in the Maronite
    Church.

3
National Apostolate of Maronites
  • The National Apostolate of Maronites was the
    first Maronite related organization in the United
    States formed in 1963.
  • The official organization of the laity of the
    Eparchies of St. Maron and Our Lady of Lebanon
    and since 1967.
  • The only Apostolate and largest non-political
    organization of its kind in the entire Maronite
    World.

4
Purpose
  • Preserve Maronite Spirituality, Heritage
    Traditions as given to us by the Disciples of St.
    Maron.
  • To be a uniting force for all Maronite clergy
    laity of the USA. With 2 Eparchies, NAMs
    unifying aspect has been an important Apostolate
    bridging both Eparchies.

5
History
  • In the early 1960s, Maronites established the
    National Association of Maronites (original name)
    which would be a vehicle to secure the
    appointment of a Bishop and establish a Diocese.
    The NAM convention was held in Washington D.C. in
    May, 1964, where now Bishop Robert Shaheen was
    ordained the first United States born Maronite
    priest.
  • In 1966 Bishop Francis M. Zayek was appointed the
    First Apostolic Eparch for the Maronites of the
    USA and in 1971 in Detroit, MI as the first
    Bishop in the United States.
  • The Apostolate developed financial independent
    stability enabling it to increase its service
    projects to the Church and a growing number of
    members and participants in the national and
    regional conventions.

6
NAM in 2009
  • The possibilities are endless with the increased
    support of our Eparchs Clergy, and most
    importantly with a greater grassroots membership
    support!

7
PROGRAMS
  • SCHOLARSHIPS
  • AWARDS
  • RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
  • VOCATIONS
  • YOUTH YOUNG ADULTS MINISTRY
  • SPIRITUAL RETREATS
  • CEDAR TREE PROGRAM
  • BONE MARROW
    ASSISTANCE
  • MARONITE OUTREACH
  • CONVENTION

8
Scholarships
  • PAUL NAOMI KASSOUF NAM SCHOLARSHIP
  • Two 2,000 scholarships awarded annually to
    graduating high school seniors whose parents are
    active members of NAM.
  • JOHN A. SOLOMON MEMORIAL NAM SCHOLARSHIP
  • Two 2,000 scholarships awarded annually to
    graduating high school seniors who are active
    participants in their MYO.
  • THOMAS JENNY AYOUB MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
  • One 2000 Scholarship awarded annually to a
    college student.

9
AwardsGold and Silver Massabki
  • Highest honor bestowed upon NAM members named
    after 3 martyred Maronite brothers who refused to
    renounce their faith.
  • Awarded annually to those NAM members who have
    contributed time, talent treasure on a local,
    regional or national level.
  • The National Gold Massabki is awarded annually
    for each Eparchy presented at the Annual
    Convention by the Eparchial Bishop
  • The Silver Massabki is awarded at the parish
    level with the recommendation of the parish
    pastor.

10
Awards Faith of the Mountain
  • Presented to an individual young adult member of
    NAM, ages 18-25, who has contributed his or her
    time, talent and treasure to his or her Maronite
    Church and has exhibited Maronite leadership.
  • Awarded on the local and regional levels.

11
Religious Education
  • Helped fund the publishing of the Maronite
    catechism series, Faith of the Mountain, and the
    new adult resource book, Captivated by Your
    Teachings, written by Rev. Anthony J. Salim.
  • Additional periodic funding of other
    books/materials such as Homily Helps and coloring
    books for children.

12
Vocations
  • Recognizes the need for Eparchial vocations.
  • Established Vocation Poster Essay Contest to
    make religious education students aware of
    vocations and perhaps recognize their own
    religious vocation.
  • Hosts all Clergy and Seminarians at all NAM
    Conventions and events.
  • Multimedia Project

13
Youth Ministry
  • The Maronite Youth and Young Adult organizations
    (MYO and MYA) primary purpose is to promote the
    spiritual welfare of its members, to strengthen
    youth groups in the Maronite faith, to have
    prayer days, to learn more about each other and
    to grow socially and intellectually. Their goal
    is to build a community of teens and adults. In
    this community, they strive opportunities for the
    development of personal faith, service to others
    and systematic instruction in our Maronite
    religious tradition
  • Initially established in 2003 at the NAM
    convention in Brooklyn, NY is now is now a
    spiritual, cultural and social organization,
    which strives to foster unity among the young
    adults of the Maronite church. The young adults
    are the bridge to the future and the role models
    to the youth of Maronite heritage.

14
Spiritual Retreats
  • As an Apostolate, NAM recognizes the importance
    of Spiritual Awareness.
  • Regional Retreats are held throughout the country
    during different times of the year.
  • Few other retreats are held by delegates on a
    local level

15
Cedar Tree Program
  • 500 Cedar Trees have been planted in the NAM
    CEDAR GROVE in the Arz al Rab section of
    Becharre, Lebanon. This was undertaken with the
    International Committee for the Preservation of
    The Cedars.
  • The purpose of this program was not only to
    reforest the historic cedars, but it also
    reflects NAMs commitment to our heritage and
    culture and was concluded in 2004 and is now
    being re-vitalized by the Board to continue the
    tradition.

16
Conventions
  • Very important part of NAMs agenda by bringing
    our Maronite family together.BEIT MAROUN.
  • Annually sponsors the National Convention and
    several Regional Conventions.
  • Goals Spiritual Renewal, Education, Ethnic
    Pride and Fun!
  • These conventions are a time of rejuvenation
    where we Celebrate our identity
  • Take pride in our heritage!
    Meet and reunite with friends and relatives

17

NAM Membership
  • The Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon reported over
    24,000 registered Maronites 30,000 in the
    Eparchy of St. Maron.
  • It is estimated that you can triple these figures
    to account for those Maronites in cities where
    there is a Maronite parish who are not registered
    members.

18
Join!
  • Your membership WILL make a differenceYOU can
    keep the flame burning!
  • Contact your parish Delegate or the NAM office to
    BECOME A MEMBER TODAY!

19
NAM Office
  • P.O. Box 717Yonkers, NY 10702
  • Phone 914-964-3070
  • Fax 914-964-3071
  • Email nam_at_namnews.org
  • Website www.namnews.org

20
Associations/Affiliations
  • Order of St Sharbel www.usamaronite.org/pdf/SaintS
    harbel.pdf
  • Maronite Voice www.stmaron.org/maronite_voice.htm
    l
  • The Antonine Sisters www.antoninesistersadultdayc
    are.com
  • National Shrine www.ourladyoflebanonshrine.com
  • St. Maron Publications www.stmaron.org/pubtoc.html
  • Noursat/Telelumiere www.telelumiere.com/eng/index
    .html
  • MYO/MYA www.maroniteyouth.com/info.htm

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Order of Saint Sharbel
  • Mission
  • The Order of St. Sharbel is a congregation of
    lay benefactors pledging their spiritual strength
    and financial support to assist in educating
    seminarians and in caring for the retired clergy
    of both eparchies. They meet annually at the
    National NAM Convention
  • Goals
  • Grow the Maronite Church in the United States.
  • Financially assist Our Lady of Lebanon Seminary
  • Assist the Eparchies in the financial burden of
    retired
  • clergy

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Order of Saint Sharbel (cont)
  • For more information, contact
  • Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon
  • 1021 South 10th Street
  • Saint Louis, Mo 63104
  • Tel 314-231-1021
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