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25425FLASH News: 123rd Patriarch for the Universal Syria Orthodox Church of Antioch.

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  • SOCM News Bureau
    Mar 31, 2014
    FLASH News
    31 Mar’14

    123rd Patriarch of Universal Syria Orthodox Church of Antioch.

    Universal Holy Synod held on 31 March 2014 at St. Jacob's Syrian Orthodox Monastery , Atchaneh, Lebanon chaired by the Catholicose Aboon Mor Bsalious Thomas I elected Metropolitan Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim archbishop of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch for the Eastern United States of America as he 123rd Patriarch of . Universal Syria Orthodox Church of Antioch.

    Once installed, he will be known as Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II Karim.

    Born in Qamishli, Syria on May 3, 1965 to a Syriac family, Cyril entered St. Ephrem’s Theological Seminary in Lebanon in 1977. From 1984 to 1988 he pursued higher studies at the Coptic Theological Seminary in Cairo, Egypt, receiving a Bachelor of Divinity degree upon graduation.

    In 1985 Cyril took the vows of a monk and was elevated to the sacred priesthood. From 1988 to 1989, he served as both the secretary of Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, and as a teacher at St. Ephrem’s Theological Seminary in Damascus, Syria. In 1989 he entered St. Patrick’s College in Maynooth, Ireland from where he received a licentiate of Sacred Theology degree in 1991 and his Doctrine of Divinity degree in 1994.

    On January 28, 1996,he was consecrated as Metropolitan and Patriarchal Vicar of the Archdiocese of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch for the Eastern United States by Patriarch Ignatius Zakka Iwas at St. Mary’s Syriac Orthodox Church in Kamishli, Syria. Cyril arrived in the United States on March 2, 1996, and was officially installed at St. Mark’s Syriac Orthodox Cathedral in Teaneck, New Jersey.

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