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Demolition Now in Process at Midland Avenue

Demolition work at the existing Archdiocesan Center Building on Midland Avenue in Paramus is in progress and on schedule. The interior of the five floor building is being demolished and being prepared for renovation to accommodate the new Archdiocesan Center. According to Biniamin Malki, Archdiocesan representative on site, the fourth and fifth floors are completely demolished and the remaining floors will require a week each with the exception of the first floor which will take approximately three weeks. Mr. Malki said, “Barring any unforeseen issues, we should be ready for the renovation to begin by the end of November.” The demolition work…

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His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim Ordained Dr. George Kiraz Deacon (Ewangeloyo)

On Sunday evening, October 14 at St. Mark’s Cathedral, His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim ordained Dr. George Kiraz Deacon (Ewangeloyo) in a grand ceremony which included numerous clergy and deacons from the archdiocese. Guests at the ordination ceremony included Syriac scholars from Ivy League Universities from the United States and Europe, notably Dr. Sebastian Brock and Dr. Margaret McVey.

In his address, His Eminence praised Dr. Kiraz for his contributions to the Syriac Orthodox worldwide community and his commitment to our Holy Church noting that Dr. Kiraz is truly worthy of being an Ewangeloyo. The Archbishop said that Dr. Kiraz is…

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Annual Oriental Orthodox-Roman Catholic Consultation

The annual Oriental Orthodox -Roman Catholic Consultation was held at the Divine Compassion Spirituality Center in White Plaines, New York Monday, October 15th – Tuesday, October 16th.

Meetings held on both days were chaired by the two co-chairs of the Consultation; His Excellency Howard Hubbard, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Albany, NY and His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim, Archbishop of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch for the Eastern USA. Archbishop Aphrem Karim was accompanied by Rev. Fr. Eli Shabo and Rev. Fr. Joseph Chamoun. In addition to the Roman Catholic members of the consultation, participants included representation from the…

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New Sunday School Curriculum Resources

The journey to creating an innovative curriculum for the Syriac Orthodox Church has been a long one. After decades of efforts from many people, Parables & Books has been working diligently for the past year on a new unified Sunday school curriculum to be implemented by both the archdioceses of the East Coast and West Coast of America. This monumental endeavor marks the first time a curriculum of such magnitude will be produced.

In its final form, eight distinct grade levels will be available complete with student workbooks, teachers’ manuals and various supplemental materials including posters, additional activity/coloring pages and more….

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Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim anoints Syriac Scholar Andreas Juckel into the Syriac Orthodox Church

Born into a Protestant family in East Germany, Andreas Juckel grew to love and adore the Syriac Orthodox Church and informed His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim that he wanted to convert. On Sunday, October 14th, at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Teaneck, New Jersey, the Archbishop, in a very joyous ceremony, witnessed by several fellow Syriac Scholars and a Cathedral filled with our Syriac Orthodox faithful, His Eminence, at the foot of the altar, anointed and accepted Professor Juckel into the faith. Several Clergy and deacons of the Archdiocese, including the newly ordained Ewangeloyo George Kiraz, took part in the service….

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An Archbishop is Consecrated for the Gulf Countries

On Friday, the 26th of October 2012, His Holiness, Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East for the Syrian Orthodox Church, paid a pastoral visit to the Mount of Lebanon Archdiocese. H.H. celebrated the Holy Liturgy at St. Gabriel’s Church in A’ajaltoun, Lebanon. During the Liturgy, H.H. ordained Very Rev. Nathanael Yousif an Archbishop, Patriarchal Vicar to the United Arab Emirates and the Arabian Gulf region. Delegates from the United Arab Emirates and from Germany joined parishioners from Lebanon, Syria and Iraq to attend this holy occasion. Raban Nathanael was given the Episcopal name Mor Bartholomew…

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