On May 26th, 2018 The Very Rev Archimandrite of the Ecumenical Throne Damaskinos Alazrai, after a formal invitation, attended two Graduation events for two of our Orthodox Youth in Southern California.
The First, Zeyna Madanat (in Rancho Cucamonga) , an active member of the youth group in Southern California, and one of the directors of the Sunday School at Al Bishara Orthodox Church, she graduated top of her class from High School.
The Second, Yazan Khouri (in Santa Clarita), a valued member of our youth from the valley region and also the son of the departed Deacon Basilios Khouri, graduated from California State University Northridge. For both Yazan, and Zeyna, Father Damaskinos has awarded them the honorary certificate of the Southern California Youth Ministry.
On the same night, he presented another honorary certificate of the Vicariate to Presbytera Hayfa Khouri, The Mother of Yazan Khouri, for being an outstanding mother during a rough period of time for her family when her husband, Deacon Basilios, passed away.