On January 29, 2022, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with the priest and members of the parish council of St. James of Saroug Parish in California.His Eminence Archbishop Mor Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, attended the meeting.Rev. Fr. John Kouki welcomed His Holiness on behalf of the parishioners. The president of the council then gave a brief report on the situation of the parish and the different activities that are done in it. They spoke about the ministry to the youth and the needs of the parish. His Holiness gave his blessings and instructions to improve and further develop the work in the parish.