Our Archbishop

9-seidna-john+ Dionysius John Kawak
Archbishop, Patriarchal Vicar

Archdiocese of the Syriac Orthodox Church for the Eastern USA

EDUCATION
2013 Diakonia and Church Development 3-month program
Arhus, Denmark
2002 Intensive University Training on Peacebuilding

Summer Peace-Building Institute (SPI)
Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) – Virginia, USA

1993 Masters in Eastern and Oriental Liturgy

The Pontifical Oriental Institute – Rome, Italy

1990 Bachelors in Theological Studies

St. Ephrem the Syriac Theological Seminary – Ma’arat Saydnaya, Syria

1984-1989 Studied Economics at School of Economics
University of Damascus – Damascus, Syria
ORDINATIONS & POSITIONS
July 2015 Patriarchal Delegate for the Archdiocese of the Eastern USA
2015 Patriarchal Assistant
21-3-2010 Ordained Archbishop for the Patriarchal Office
1998 Decorated with the Holy Cross
10-07-1994 Ordained Priest
24-12-1989 Monastic Profession

 

PASTORAL MINISTRY
July 2015 – Present Patriarchal Delegate for the Archdiocese of the Eastern USA
2015 – Present Patriarchal Assistant
2015 – Present Director of Ecumenical Department
2015 – Present Director of Youth Department
2010 – Present Co-founder of St. Ephrem Patriarchal Development Committee (EPDC)
2008 – 2015 Director of the Patriarchal Office
Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate – Damascus, Syria
2006 – 2008 Parish Priest
Saint Aphraim Syriac Orthodox Church – Washington, D.C., USA
2005 – 2006 Parish Priest

Saint Mary Syriac Orthodox Church – Ma’arat Saydnaya, Syria

1995 – 2015 Director of the Patriarchal Choir

Saint Ephrem the Syriac – Damascus, Syria

1995 – 2015 Spiritual Adviser of the Patriarchal Center for Christian Education

Damascus, Syria

 

TEACHING MINISTRY
1996-2006 Professor of Liturgy and Liturgical Theology
St. Ephrem the Syriac Theological Seminary – Ma’arat Saydnaya, Syria
ECUMENICAL COMMITMENT
1995 – Present Patriarchal Representative of the Syriac Orthodox Church
Conferences, seminars and meetings on the subjects of: Christian Education, Ecumenical Relations and Christian-Muslim Dialogue
2002-2006 Member of the Program on Health Services and the Program for Refugees, Migrants and Displaced Peoples
Middle East Council of Churches (MECC)
2002-2006 Member of the Committee on Developing Human Resources
Middle East Council of Churches (MECC)
2006 Member of the Preparatory Committee for Prayer
World Council of Churches (WCC) Ninth General Assembly
Porto Alegre – Brazil
1998-2006 Member of the Committee on the Development of the Curricula for Christian Education in the Ministry of Education of the Syrian Arab Republic
2003-2004 Coordinator of the Youth Commission of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the Middle East

 

LANGUAGES
Fluent in Arabic, Syriac and Italian with good command of English and French
RESOURCES
Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate http://www.syrian-orthodox.com/news.php

The Religious Center (Sunday School, Damascus) https://www.facebook.com/groups/221380089223/

St. Ephrem Choir http://bit.ly/26ecMwN

EPDC https://www.facebook.com/epdc.syria/