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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Axios, Sayidna Joseph!

North American Antiochian Orthodox minutiae:

American Antiochians have a new Metropolitan

+Joseph is Syrian-born, and related to +Ignatius, who was Patriarch before +John. Not actually being, ahem, "Self-Ruled," we submit three candidates to the overseas Synod. +Joseph, with his familial connections and recent elevation to archbishop, was widely regarded as a fait accompli. He was something of a sphinx during the dust-up several years ago over the actual status of our bishops. He appears to be an active and engaged bishop from a healthy diocese, and a loyal servant of the Church. May God grant our new Metropolitan many years of service! It has been 38 years since the American Antiochian Archdiocese had a new Metropolitan.

Here are pictures of +Joseph, +Basil and +John, all children of Syrian parents. HBD'ers will note the heavily Greek ancestry.






















Here is a picture of the Diocese of Toledo/Midwest's Bishop Anthony. He is of Serbian and Lebanese ancestry and played quarterback in his high school (he is over six feet tall). I call him the Doctor Who of our Archdiocese. My daughter thinks he's awesome.





















My bishop is +Antoun, old country Lebanese. He is our reposed +Philip's lifelong friend and a passionate follower of Christ. +Antoun is the one who told +Anthony to get into the bishopric, ready or not.




5 comments:

Bert said...

Come on man, you're doing it again.

Anonymous said...

Basil did not actually get the most votes at the convention. It was nearly a tie between him and Joseph, with the latter having a slight lead, together garnering about 80% of the vote. John had about 10%.

The Anti-Gnostic said...

Thank you. You speak with some more assurance than my source, so I'll edit the post.

Anonymous said...

It's also been 48 years since a new metropolitan, not 38.

The Anti-Gnostic said...

Dear God. I'm not sure I even want that fact public.