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Abdalah, Michaels and Ozone Elected as Auxiliary Bishops for Antiochian Archdiocese

The Antiochian Archdiocese announced today that its Synod had elected not two, but three archimandrites of the Archdiocese to serve as additional auxiliary bishops in the Archdiocese. Archimandrite John Abdalah will serve as the auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Worcester and New England; Archmandrite Anthony Michaels will serve as the auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest; andArchmandrite Nicholas Ozone will serve as the auxiliary bishop of Brooklyn and assist Metropolitan Philip at the Archdiocesan headquarters in Englewood, NJ.

Metropolitan Philip made the announcement at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy that marked the end of the Biannual Archdiocesan Convention being held in Chicago this week.

Fr. John is from Massachusetts and is a graduate of St. Vladimir's. He is the long-time Editor of the WORD magazine.  For the past 16 years Fr. John has been the pastor of St. George Cathedral in Pittsburgh. A widower since 2008, Fr. John has three adult children.

Fr. Anthony is from Michigan, and is also a graduate of St. Vladimir's Seminary. He perhaps most well known as one of the members of KERYGMA and as a youth director, prior to his ordination in 2004. He is currently serving a parish in Ft. Wayne IN.

Fr. Nicholas was born in Syria, and emigrated to the United States in 1981. After a professional career in electronics he graduated from Holy Cross Seminary. He too was ordained in 2004 and currently serves a parish in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

-Mark Stokoe



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