Pre-School Opening Ceremony- Archdiocese of the Syriac Orthodox Church for the Eastern United States

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22 September 2013
New Jersey: On Sunday September 8, 2013 His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim officially opened the first Archdiocesan Pre-School in a brief ceremony at the Church of the Virgin Mary in Paramus, New Jersey. The Pre-School, a five day a week program geared to youngsters three and four years old, will operate from the Church of the Virgin Mary utilizing the church’s suitable Sunday school facility. A staff of eight will be hands on guaranteeing the standard of quality noted in the school’s philosophy statement.

In his address to the audience, His Eminence said “we wish the staff good luck and pray for their success, hoping this service which we are rendering to the community will flourish abundantly through their efforts.”

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At the conclusion of the formalities, all those in attendance, including the local members of the clergy and the president of the Archdiocese executive Council, walked from the church to the class rooms and viewed the area. His Eminence spent time with the children, parents and teachers and concluded with everyone singing the Abun dbash-ma-yo (Lord’s Prayer).

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