The Falling Asleep of Very Reverend Archpriest John George Khoury of St. George in W. St. Paul, Minnesota


The Very Reverend Archpriest John George Khoury of West St. Paul, beloved pastor emeritus of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church of West St. Paul, MN fell asleep in the Lord at his home, Tuesday, May 2nd. Father Khoury was 76 years old. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Vergeen, three sons, Elias, George and Antoine, and one daughter, Ferial of Los Angeles. He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter Zarafat in February. Father Khoury had 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

Father John Khoury was born on July 27, 1929 in Maarrat, Syria, the son of Father George Khoury and Zarafat Khoury. He was married in 1951 and in 1952 ordained to the Orthodox priesthood at the Patriarchal Cathedral in Damascus, Syria by Archbishop Makarios, Archbishop and president of Cyprus.

Father Khoury served parishes in his native Syria and Lebanon before coming to the United States in 1968. In 1969 he was named pastor of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church then located on the West Side of St. Paul. He supervised the building of the new buildings and move to West St. Paul in 1972 and 1984. Father Khoury retired from the active ministry in 1997 but remained active in the parish as pastor emeritus up until the time of his death.

The Funeral Service for a priest during Pacha will begin on Monday evening, May 8 at 7:00 pm and the Divine Liturgy and Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday morning at 10:00 am. All Services will be held at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, located at 1250 Oakdale Avenue in West St. Paul. The burial will take place at the family Church of St. Elias in Maarrat, Syria where Father Khoury’s great grandfather, grandfather, father and uncle, all priests of the Orthodox Church, are also interred beneath the Altar.

May his memory be eternal!