Secretariat of the Holy Synod of Antioch Announces Election of 12 New Auxiliary Bishops

23/6/2011

A statement released by the Secretariat of the Holy Synod of Antioch at the Patriarchal Monastery of Our Lady of Balamand on June 23, 2011, announced that the Holy Synod of Antioch has elected 12 new Auxiliary Bishops. Its regular session convened on June 21, 2011, and subsequent statements were released announcing the elections. The translation of the official communique reads, in part:

After prayer and calling upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, especially because we are still in the atmosphere of Glorious Pentecost, and asking the blessing of Our Lady the Virgin, protectress of the monastery, the fathers of the Synod began discussion of the agenda covering various ecclesial, local, national, and ecumenical topics.

The fathers gave their attention to all the issues that concern the faithful from spiritual, pastoral, social, and national perspectives. Together they carefully studied pastoral needs in the home countries and the diaspora in order for the Church to have an effective presence in serving her children, paying heed to their needs and concerns.

The Synod elected these bishops to be entrusted with the service and pastoring of souls in the patriarchal residence and the archdioceses of the home country and the diaspora. Those elected are:

Archimandrite Doctor Nicholas (Baalbaki)- the patriarchal residence in Damascus
Archimandrite Constantine (Kayal)- the patriarchal residence in Damascus
Archimandrite Isaac (Barakat)- the patriarchal residence in Damascus
Archimandrite Antonius (Fahd)- Archdiocese of Akkar- Tartous
Archimandrite Demitrius (Sharbak)- Archdiocese of Akkar- Safayta
Archimandrite Iliya (Tohme)- Archdiocese of Akkar- Marmarita
Archimandrite Ignatius (Samaan)- Archdiocese of Mexico
Archimandrite Ignatius (al-Hoshi)- Archdiocese of Western Europe- Berlin, Germany
Archimandrite Ephrem (Maalouli)- Archdiocese of Western Europe- London, UK
Archimandrite Romanos (Daoud)- Archdiocese of Brazil- Sao Paulo
Archimandrite Morcos (Khoury)- Archdiocese of Brazil- Sao Paulo
Archimandrite Hanna (Shafic) Haikal – Archdiocese of Western Europe

Each of them will be attached to the archdiocese to which they were appointed after they receive episcopal consecration from the hand of Patriarch Ignatius IV.

Read the statement in English translated by Notes on Arab Orthodoxy here.

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