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"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths"

Proverbs 3:5-6

SOYO Great Friday Vigil

SOYO traditionally holds the Vigil at the tomb of Christ in the Church from the end of great Friday Vespers until the start of the Rush Service of Pascha, pausing only for the serves of Great Friday evening and Holy Saturday morning. 

More information on the Vigil can be found here.

Great Friday Pamphlet PDF

Great Friday Flyer PDF

Diocesan SOYO Nomination Forms Now Available

SOYO Officer Nomination Forms

All Teens running for SOYO office on the North American or Diocesan level must have a nomination form signed and turned in prior to elections.  All forms must be signed by both the teen running and their parent signifying they understand the commitment being made and the requirements of the office.

Diocesan SOYO 2015 Nomination Form

NAC Teen SOYO is now on social media!  Like our Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @NACSOYO to stay updated with all things SOYO!

The 2015 Special Olympics Coaches Application is now available, as well as the Adult Volunteer Application.  

Each year SOYO, through a collaborative national effort, raises all the money needed to host a group of around 300 made up of athletes, coaches, and volunteers for one week free of charge at the Antiochian Village.  This year, the SOPA/SOYO Multi-Sports Training Camp will run from August 9-15 with SOYO coaches and volunteers arriving August 7 and departing August 16.  

For more information, visit the Special Olympics Page.
The 2015 Francis Maria Scholarship Application is now available. 

Each year our Archdiocese grants four or more $2,500 scholarships for students in undergraduate college degree programs.  Last year six were granted. 

The scholarship is particularly focused towards those young people that have been active in their Church and youth group during their teen years.

Go to our scholarship page for more information

Fr. Joseph Purpura's new Twitter account is: @FrPurpura
follow to get news on Teen SOYO and the Youth activities of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.

SOYO Monthly Reports of NAC SOYO
NAC has begun sharing its Monthly Reports.  Read the ....
  • November 2014 NAC SOYO Monthly Report here
  • October 2014 NAC SOYO Monthly Report here
  • September 2014 NAC SOYO Monthly Report here

2014 Fall Archdiocese Board of Trustees Report 

The Very Rev. Dr. Joseph F. Purpura present the Department of Youth and Parish Ministries Report to the Archdiocese Board of trustees on Saturday October 25, 2014.  Read the Report here.

earlier reports may be read here.

October is Youth Month

Each October the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese Celebrates its youth and creates opportunities for youth to become more active in the Liturgical life of the Church.  Read more..

NAC SOYO Officers:

President: Jordan E. Kurzum,



Vice President: Daniella Batarseh,
Treasurer: Alex A. Wakim,
Secretary: Peyton M. Powers,
Spiritual Advisor: Fr Fouad Saba,
Chairman of the Archdiocese Department of Youth and Parish Ministries: V. Rev. Dr. Joseph F. Purpura:
North American Council of SOYO

P.O. Box 389
Westwood, MA 02090
Phone number: 1-781-255-1757