The National Youth Assembly and Clergy Laity Assembly was held in Belleville, Ontario from May 26 to June 1, 2017. Four member of GOYA Regina attended the Youth Assembly and enjoyed the activities and presentations tremendously. Two members of our Philoptochos attended along with 2 members of St. Paul’s Council together with Fr. Spiridon Vandoros. The conference began with a video message from His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. Greetings were also given by His Excellency Mr. Yiorgos Marcantonatos, Ambassador of Greece to Canada, His Excellency Pavlos Anastasiades, High Commissioner of Cyprus to Canada and His Worship Mayor Taso Christopher who is of Greek descent.
This year there were presentations on the following topics:
- All of us are Children of God – How to be Saved
- Raising Saints – Parents and Children
- Strategies for Communities – Good Management
- Reconnecting Families with the Church – Hardware and Software
- Finances of the Communities and the Salvation of People – Tithing
- Orthodox Faith & Greek Education – Connecting Salvation with Greek Education
Hi Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios also met privately with the presidents of the various communities in attendance.