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Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of the British Isles and Ireland

Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East

'... And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch'

Acts 11:26

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parish-map-2015Before 1995 there was just one Antiochian Orthodox community in the British Isles and Ireland: the Cathedral of St. George in London.  After that date the Deanery comprising (now) some 14 parishes and 4 missions was added, initially belonging to a Vicariate of Europe and subsequently  to the Archdiocese of Europe.  As the communities grew, the Church of Antioch recognised that the continent Europe constituted an impossibly large Archdiocese.  The idea gained momentum that it should be subdivided.  Our Archdiocese was created by the Holy Synod of the Church of Antioch on 17th October 2013, being one of three new Archdioceses created out of the former Archdiocese of Europe.  Then began a long period of consultation and deliberation leading to the election of Archimandrite Silouan Oner to be the first resident Metropolitan at a meeting of the Holy Synod on 24th June 2015.  Fr. Silouan was ordained to the episcopate on Sunday 30th August at the Monastery of St. George, Al-Humraiyah in Syria.  He will be enthroned in the Cathedral of St. George, Redhill Street, London (NW1 4BG) on Saturday 27th February at 4.30 pm.  Many years Master!