About Bishop Nicholas


Bishop Nicholas was born in Damascus, Syria, January, 1963. He attended the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary. He also attended the French Lycée Laïque elementary and middle school, and the Omia High School.

In February, 1981, he emigrated to the US, where he began a course of study at Northeastern University. Eventually he earned several degrees, including Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering; Master of Science in Computer Engineering; and a Specialization Certificate in Object-Oriented Design, Architecture, and Coding. He has also attended many professional engineering conferences and courses and conferences on psychology and human behavior.

Bishop Nicholas worked for nearly 20 years as a Computer Engineer at several companies, such as ViewLogic Systems and Synopsys Co. in the Electronics Design Automation industry. He was also promoted to the highest technical ranks as a Lead Software Architect, Principal Software Engineer, and Software Engineering Manager. He represented his companies in many conferences in Sweden, France, England, Germany, Italy, and USA, and also served as a lecturer on Electronics Circuitry, Circuit Theory, and Digital Computers, to EE Bachelor of Science students at the Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA.

Bishop Nicholas also holds a Master of Divinity degree, awarded with Highest Distinction, from studies undertaken between September 2002 to May 2005 at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He speaks Arabic and English fluently. His second language in Syria was French, which he has used, along with Hebrew, Ancient Greek, New Testament Greek, and Modern Greek, to conduct research on theological subjects.

Bishop Nicholas was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by His Eminence Metropolitan Philip, April 23, 2004, and to the Holy Priesthood by His Grace Bishop Antoun, January 9, 2005. He was assigned to St. Philip Antiochian Orthodox Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, by His Eminence Metropolitan Philip for the period August 2005 to December 2011. He was elevated to the dignity of Archimandrite by His Eminence Metropolitan Philip on February 14, 2010, and was consecrated to the bishopric as the Bishop of Brooklyn on Sunday, December 11, 2011 at the Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos in the Patriarchal Monastery of Our Lady of Balamand, Balamand, Lebanon. Bishop Nicholas resides at the Archdiocese Headquarters, Englewood, NJ, serves the Diocese of New York and Washington DC, and is the Assistant of Metropolitan Philip. Bishop Nicholas plans to complete, in the 2016, the Doctor of Ministry program at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. His name day is December 6 (St. Nicholas the Wonderworker).