Three New Diocesan Bishops Consecrated for the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America
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December 6, 2004 –
Three New Diocesan Bishops Consecrated for the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of
Over the weekend of December 3rd through 5th, 2004, three new diocesan bishops were consecrated for the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of
The three new diocesan bishops, and their dioceses are as follows:
His Grace, THOMAS (Joseph), Bishop of
of the East.
His Grace, MARK (Maymon), Bishop of
His Grace ALEXANDER (Mufarrij), Bishop of
of Eastern Canada and Upstate
These consecrations are an important step in the implementation of the Self-rule status that was granted to this Archdiocese by the Resolution of the Holy Synod of Antioch which was approved on October 9th, 2003, and signed by every member of the Holy Synod. Subsequent to that resolution, the General Assembly of the Archdiocese met in a Special Convention in
The three new bishops will assume their diocesan responsibilities effective January 1st, 2005, and they will be enthroned in their respective Cathedrals some time after that date. The first enthronement of a diocesan bishop under self-rule status occurred on September 12th, 2004, when His Grace JOSEPH, Bishop of Los Angeles and the Diocese of the West was enthroned by His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP at St. Nicholas Cathedral in
It is clear that the Holy Spirit is working in a powerful way as the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese in
We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to Our Father in Christ, Patriarch IGNATIUS IV, and the members of the Holy Synod of Antioch for their continuing support of the North American Archdiocese. In addition, we thank our Metropolitan PHILIP for his vision and untiring leadership which inspires us to greater works for the Glory of God. We pray that our Lord will guide and protect Bishop THOMAS, Bishop MARK, and Bishop ALEXANDER as they assume their positions as shepherds of their dioceses. We pray that God will grant them all Many Years!