On behalf of the entire St. Tikhon’s Community we would like to offer a very heartfelt AXIOS and Many Years to His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, newly elected Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America. Metropolitan Joseph is a longtime supporter and friend of the St. Tikhon’s Community being awarded an honorary doctorate from the seminary in 2010 for his many years of dedicated leadership to the church in North America. Upon his recent visit in January of this year his Eminence remarked that he very much looks forward to his annual visit stating, "When I come to St. Tikhon's, I do not feel like a visitor. I feel like I am at home."
The prayers of the St. Tikhon’s Community will be with His Eminence Joseph and the entire Antiochian Archdiocese as we rejoice in their recent election knowing that the entire Church will benefit greatly from his archpastoral leadership.
Included below in it’s entirety is the announcement from the Antiochian Archdiocese.
[Taken from Antiochian.org]
His Eminence Archbishop Joseph has been elected Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America by the Holy Synod of Antioch, led by His Beatitude Patriarch John X, meeting in Balamand, Lebanon on Thursday, July 3, 2014. Axios!
His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph was consecrated to the Holy Episcopacy on June 30, 1991 at the St. Mary Cathedral in Damascus, after many years of serving as a deacon and a priest. His Eminence was born in Damascus, Syria, in 1950. He was consecrated with the title, Bishop of Katana in Syria, and served as Patriarchal Assistant and Secretary of the Holy Synod of Antioch. In 1995, he was sent by Patriarch Ignatius IV of blessed memory to America. Here in our Archdiocese, Bishop Joseph was assigned to the West Coast Chancery by Metropolitan Philip of blessed memory. After self-rule status was awarded to our Archdiocese, Bishop Joseph was enthroned at St. Nicholas Cathedral by Metropolitan Philip as the first Bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West on September 12, 2004. On December 11, 2011, at the Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos in the Patriarchal Monastery of Our Lady of Balamand in Lebanon, Patriarch Ignatius elevated Bishop Joseph to the rank of Archbishop, in honor of his many years of service as a bishop both in our Archdiocese and in the Patriarchate of Antioch.
Read A Message from Metropolitan Joseph today, with instructions for services.
Read Metropolitan Joseph's full biography here.
View photo galleries of Metropolitan Joseph from the Diocese of the West, including the ongoing 2014 Parish Life Conference.
Read the announcement from the Patriarchate of Antioch here.