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Diocesan and NAC SOYO Nomination Forms, now available for  those hoping to run for Diocesan and or NAC SOYO Office


Special Olympics Teen SOYO Coach Applications
Teens looking serve as 2016 Special Olympic Coaches this year may download the 2016 Coach application here.

Former SOYO members wishing to come and serve as volunteers at SOYO Special Olympics may download their application here.

Francis Maria Scholarship Application

The 2016 Francis Maria Scholarship Application in the amount of $2,500 is now available to any young person that will be in their first four years of college in the fall of 2016.  Members from any parish of the Antiochian Archdiocese are eligible
to apply and may down the application here.

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CrossRoad 2016 Applications Available Now! Calling all high school juniors & seniors who may be interested in applying to this 10-day summer program at Hellenic College Holy Cross!.

January is SOYO Education Month
Teens in each parish are encourage to hold discussions on current topics affecting their daily lives.  Check out the following resources for possible discussion topics:

Purity, Virginity and Chastity
SOYO members struggle daily to try to live a life of purity in relation to Jesus Christ.  Though life may present many struggles and even failures to each of us, teens look to live a life rooted in Christ.  Even when one fails to emulate the life of Christ and the Virgin May, teens struggle daily to stay on or get back on the path of Salvation through Jesus Christ.

The following document is offered as a source of help to teens and adults in this daily struggle.
Purity, Virginity and Chastity Packet

Teens are asked each January to set time aside to discuss the struggle and stratergies of making good choices and or if needed getting back on the right path.

Sacred Gift of Life Sunday
Teens across the Archdiocese, each January on the Sunday closest to the Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion - Roe vs Wade (January 22), hold discussions and give sermons presenting the Church's teaching on the Sacredness of Life.

While people may have failed to make good choices in the past on this most important issue of life, SOYO chooses to help educate a generation of teens to make good choices with how they use their body and how they treat life - given as a gift from God.

The point of this material is not to pass judgment on those that have chosen to abort life, but as a source of help for teens to better understand this gift, as given by God.
Sacred Gift of Life packet

Resource and discussion Packet

Special Olympics Awareness Day 2015

On Sunday October  18th SOYO Teens from across the Archdiocese asked for your help to raise over $65,000 through SOYO Awareness Day.

Special Olympics Sports Camp - hosted, paid for, and Sponsored by NAC Teen SOYO

Parishes should send in all money collected to:

NAC SOYO Special Olympics
Department of Youth and Parish Ministry
PO Box 389
Westwood MA 02090

Checks should be made payable to "NAC SOYO Special Olympics"

Hold the Date - March 19, 2016
SOYO Day of Service
Each parish is asked to hold a service project on Saturday March 19, 2016 and share their good work on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram under the #SOYOService .  For more information click here.

2015-2016 SOYO Officers elected at the

Archdiocese Convention in Boston

SOYO with Patriarch JOHN X and Metropolitan JOSEPH

2015-2016 Newly elected NAC SOYO Officers

President: Kamal N Hourani - from the Diocese of Worcester and New England -

Vice-President: Munir Pavez - from the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America -

Secretary: Rebekah Bandy - from the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast -

Treasurer: Gianmarco Petrelli - from the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest -

"As for me and my house we will serve the Lord."

Joshua 24:15

2016 Bible Bowl and Oratorical Information Sheet pdf

We Congratulate the 2015 Francis Maria Scholarship Recipients:

Each of the following people were awarded a scholarship in the amount of $2,500, on July 25, 2015 at the Archdiocese Convention in Boston.

2015 Francis Maria Scholarship 

Elizabeth Waters

Thomas Joseph Perry

Mary Catherine Huneycutt

Layla Najjar

Steven Andrew Pisarchuk

Nicole Nassif

Anastasia Trenham

Natalie Saliba

Justine Younes

Emily Webster

Gabriel Z Smith

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!

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.

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: Kamal N Hourani,



Vice President: Munir Pavez,
Treasurer: Gianmarco Petrelli,
Secretary: Rebekah Bandy,
Spiritual Advisor: V. Rev. Fr. Michael Laffoon,
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