On Saturday morning, 06/11/2016, His Eminence, Archbishop Timothy Matta Alkhouri, Patriarchal Vicar of Damascus, celebrated the Holy Liturgy in the Cathedral of the Mother of the Zunoro(belt) in Homs, Syria. During the celebration, and at the request of His Eminence, Archbishop Mor Dionysius John Kawak, the Patriarchal Vicar for the Archdiocese of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Eastern United States of America, Archbishop Alkhouri ordained Deacon(Ewangeloyo) Ibrahim Barakat as a priest for the church of St. Philoxenus of Mabug in Roanoke, Virginia. Present were H.E. Bishop Mor Theophilus Philip Barakat, Bishop of Homs, Hama and Nabek for the Syriac Catholics Church, in addition to some priests and deacons.
H.E. Alkhouri thanked the Lord Almighty for the blessings and the love poured on the newly- ordained priest, and extended the blessings of His Holiness, Mor Ignatius Aphrem II too. He thanked His Eminences, Mor Selvanus El-Nemeh and Mor Dionysius Kawak, who joined prayers in the spirit. Rev. Fr. Ibrahim Barakat accepted the congratulations of the Clergy and laity at the hall of the church.