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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Deanery Newsletter

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of "Cornerstone" below:-


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Cornerstone Archive (2008 -2013)

Summer 08/ Autumn 08 / Winter 08 / Spring 09 / Summer 09 / Autumn 09 / Winter 09 / Spring 10 / Summer 10 / Autumn 10 / Winter 10 / Spring 11 / Summer 11 / Autumn 11 / Winter 11 / Spring 2012 / Summer 2012 / Autumn 2012 / Winter 2012 / Spring 2013 / Summer 2013 / Autumn 2013 / Winter 2013



Pan-Orthodox Vespers
Vigil of the Annunciation
at the Greek Cathedral, London

The Dean's Sermon


Fr. Gregory's paper on the Diaconate commissioned by the Theological Committe of the Assembly of Bishops


The Dean's Interview (American Archdiocesan Site)



"Building Castles in the Air"
by Fr. Jonathan
Archived Articles

"Moral Pluralism and the Crisis of Secular Bioethics:  Why Orthodox Christian Bioethics has the Solution"



An Orthodox Approach to Mission

"Casting the Net"
Fr. Chrysostom MacDonnell

Another Essay by Fr. Chrysostom

"The Lamp of the Body - the Mind of Man in Orthodox thinking"
Christ of the Isles "The Golden Age of Christianity in Britain and Ireland and Orthodoxy today"span>

an essay by Kenneth Parker being the transcript of a Conference paper presented at St. Botolph's, London on 10th January 2009
Evangelism "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants"

"Missionary Parishes" - an article by Fr. Gregory (link)
Bible "Our Conviction of the Truth of Scripture - an Appraisal of Fundamentalist and Evangelical Approaches to Scripture" by Michael Millard

Resource Documents


A Discussion Document for the Deanery - Funding the Mission

Further material may be found
on the
Annual Archive page.