Theme: “With Faith & Love, Draw Near”
With the blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel, the Auxiliaries of the Romanian Orthodox
Episcopate of America invite you and your family to the first Family Life/All-Auxiliaries Conference
being held July 4–7, 2013 at the Vatra Romaneasca.
This will be the 65th time that ARFORA will gather, the 62nd time that our young people (AROY) will do so
and the 48th meeting of the Brotherhood. In addition, the Planning Committee has prepared a program for
the entire family that includes workshops on a variety of themes and for all stages in life, a series of
workshops particularly for Clergy and Church School Teachers, a Bible Challenge and Oratorical Festival
to encourage us to think more deeply about our faith and begin to articulate it to others, tours of the Vatra
(our “hearth”) as well as a rich array of worship services, community building events, and opportunities to
socialize and enjoy the company of our family and friends. Come and enjoy an Old-fashioned RomanianAmerican Picnic with music and activities for the whole family on Thursday July 4th, a Cultural Talent Show on Friday evening—Romanians Got Talent, graciously hosted by the parishioners of St. Mary’s, Chicago, and a Cotillion Dance on Saturday evening. Overall, we have tried to create an event that honors our past while also meeting the needs of our present and provide a model for moving forward to the future.