The Antiochian Archdiocese of Mexico's website reports , "With the grace of God and under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East, to which His Eminence Archbishop Antonio Chedraoui is representing and taking part in our Archdiocese as a Reverend person protected by God, has appointed Reverend Archimandrite Ignatius Samaan to the episcopal dignity as auxiliary bishop, with the Archdiocese itself under the instruction of S. E. Archbishop Antonio Chedraoui.
Rev. Archimandrite Samaan Ignacio was born in 1975 in Damascus, Syria. In 1996, he studied a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Damascus, and later a degree in Theology from St. John of Damascus Institute, University of Balamand, Lebanon, in 2001. He was director of Sacred Music Byzantine Choir of the institution during the years 1997-2000. He also completed studies in the Department of Liturgy at the University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
He received the diaconate on December 20, 1999 by the hand of His Beatitude Ignatius IV, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, the September 12, 2001, was ordained a priest, together with the appointment of Archimandrite. The same year he was appointed Episcopal Vicar of His Eminence, Metropolitan Anthony Chedraoui, Archbishop of Mexico, Venezuela, Central America and the Caribbean, a role that he has played to date, besides being the Dean of the Cathedral of St. George City Mexico.
As part of the activities related to his pastoral work, is the publication of the Sunday bulletins, the organization of the Archdiocese website, translations of liturgical texts into Spanish and the publication of several books, and the formation of the choir St. George's Cathedral, which to date has recorded five compact discs of sacred music of the Orthodox Church in Spanish.
Pending the official statement from the Holy Synod, announced this news to our people look forward to Bishop-elect a ministry filled with divine grace, to "rightly preach the word of truth."
Worthy! Worthy! Worthy!
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