Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese
of the British Isles and  Ireland

"the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch."

[Acts 11:26] 


Antiochian Orthodox Deanery of the United Kingdom and Ireland
Registered Charity No. 1057533

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After the decision of the Holy Synod of Antioch on 15th October 2013 the communities on this site all belong to the Archdiocese of the British Isles and Ireland.  The existing charity will serve them until a new charity for the Archdiocese can be set up, ie., after the first Metropolitan Archbishop is elected and enthroned. COMMUNIQUE TEXT.

Fr. Philip

After a recent meeting with the Cathedral Council it was agreed unanimously (as in the Deanery) that Fr. Philip Hall should be our candidate for the first Metropolitan of this Archdiocese, and to be presented as such to the Holy Synod of Antioch in due course. Please pray for him, for us and, of course, for the Holy Synod when it next meets, (probably in June 2014). This historic action in unity of the Deanery and the Cathedral community in London is a cause of great rejoicing for the Antiochian Orthodox communities in the British Isles and Ireland. Now begins the important task of making Fr. Philip better known to those who will bear the important responsibility of making this decision, hopefully next year in June.  We have received supportive references from His Eminence Metropolitan Kallistos Ware (English)  (Arabic) and Mother Photina of the Pokrov Skete, (metochion to Valaam), Saint Mars de Locquenay, France (English)  (Arabic).

Arabic Fr. Philip


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Archdiocesan Web Site

Arhdiocesan Web Site

St. John Chrysostom is the Patron Saint of our Archdiocese


Parish Web Sites (outside UK & Ireland)

St. Ignatios Nice

St. Ignatios the God-bearer, Nice

Parishioners at Pascha

Parishioners at Pascha

Fr. Marcel writes:-

His late Eminence, Bishop Gabriel (Saliby) Metropolitan of the diocese gave his blessings for us, on the 22th of November 2005, to found the parish in the city of Nice in the South of France. The parish is dedicated to Saint Ignatios the God Bearer.

The first celebration took place on the 19th of November 2006, practically one year after the blessing, witch allowed us to go into the administration paper work in order to establish the cultuelle* association. Then,  we began to celebrate in a little church dedicated to Sainte Marguerite (Marina), an Antiochian martyr of the third century ! Glory to God our Savour.

* a form of representation to the French state (ed.)