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Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of the British Isles and Ireland

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Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East

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Acts 11:26

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Doncaster Ordinations


On 23rd December in Doncaster, His Eminence Metropolitan Silouan ordained the servant of God Michael Cerghit to the diaconate and the servant of God James Shipgood to the subdiaconate.

Both will serve the parish of St Columba and St Kentigern, Doncaster.

An album of the ordination pictures is available here.

Peace in the Middle East Conference

Press Release No:18/41
17 December 2018

Mutual respect is crucial to the peaceful co-existence of religions in the Middle East

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)

From 14th to 16th December, the Conference of European Churches and Cumberland Lodge held a conference titled “Towards Peaceful co-existence in the Middle East: challenges and opportunities,” which took place at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park, United Kingdom, and was co-hosted by the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.

Participants from a broad range of Middle Eastern and European Churches discussed issues such as religious and cultural diversity. A central issue was how states treat people of different religious affiliation, respecting the rights of every person, including their Freedom of Religion or Belief. They emphasised that states need to implement equal status for and treatment of all its citizens, instead of continuing with a system of a majority granting certain minority rights. In order to achieve this, a principle of “moderate secularism” – that is moving towards secular laws and state institutions, not society – might be a way forward, establishing state neutrality towards people and communities of all religions and beliefs.

The President of CEC, Rev. Christian Krieger, stated: “We are aware that in Europe, when we talk about justice for minorities, we also look for everyone to have the status of equal citizens. This point, as our partners in the Middle East have stressed, requires more attention and clarification.”

The conference also addressed other concrete challenges and opportunities in countries such as Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria. Participants expressed a need for churches to continue a peaceful and constructive dialogue amongst themselves and with other faiths. In two days, they reflected on a variety of issues relevant to dialogue, such as language differences and different understandings and concepts.

The contribution of a living Christian presence in the Middle East is important to counter religious hatred, violence and terrorism. Participants stressed that education is one of the key elements in overcoming prejudices. The need to become advocates for each other’s human rights remains a common task for all Christians and people of good will. While the notion of tolerance has different interpretations, an agreement could be reached that people should try to move from mere tolerance to respect, valuing the contribution of everybody.

In his greetings, His Beatitude John X Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, read by Metropolitan Silouan, said, “By the grace of God, we, as Christians, have been living in the East for two thousand years, and we have coexisted with our Muslim brothers and sisters for many centuries. The actions happening today in the East, from intimidation to kidnapping and desacralizing, affects both Muslims and Christians, sheikhs, priests and bishops alike. Differences of religion do not separate us, but rather enrich us in many areas of life.”  Full text here: from the Patriarch to the Conference.

The Conference of European Churches will continue its advocacy work to support the needs of Churches in the Middle East, including interfaith dialogue.

Archdiocesan Conference 2019

Next Year’s Archdiocesan Conference will be from Monday 27th May 2019 to Wednesday 29th May 2019.  The Conference theme will be: “Working in the Lord’s Vineyard – Nurturing Children and Converts in the Faith.”  In 2019 we shall have a new venue:- Yarnfield Park Conference Centre, Stone, Staffordshire.  Full details may be found in the Booking / Application Form and Poster links below.  The detailed programme will be published later.  There is a discount for early booking, so please don’t delay!

Archdiocesan Conference 2019 Application Form

Archdiocesan Conference Posters 2019



The Pilgrimage to Ilam for St Bertram

The annual pilgrimage to Ilam for St Bertram, organised by Fr Samuel and our Dresden parish, took place on Saturday 4th August 2018.  Here are some pictures of the Liturgy, the Shrine and the Blessing of the Waters.

Ordination of Deacon Filip to the Priesthood

On Sunday 29th July at the Church of St Dunstan Poole, Sayedna Silouan ordained Deacon Filip Lommaert to the Priesthood.  Pictured here (right) with Fr Filip (centre) and the bishop is the parish priest, Fr Chrysostom.  An album of a  selection of the ordination photos may be found here.  The photographs are copyrighted to Nick Ward and you can see the full collection on his web site here – Ikonick Images

Memory Eternal, Fr Peter!

FUNERAL: Fr Peter’s Funeral took place in York on Tuesday 7th August 2018 in the chapel of the City Cemetery.  Fr Michael (Alexander), Fr Aethelwine (Richards), Deacon David (Hoskin), Fr Gregory (Hallam), Fr Samuel (Carter) and Fr David (Carnelly) officiated.  Fr Peter was laid to rest in the Cemetery.  “Well done thou good and faithful servant!”

ARCHIVE: Fr. Peter Ford fell asleep in The Lord on the evening of 9th July in Derby Hospital after acute respiratory failure. It was the culmination of a long series of crippling illnesses which he had met with his usual cheerfulness, fortitude and unflagging faith in his Saviour. For once it is no exaggeration in saying that he will be sorely missed by all who felt the touch of his gentle love ….

more here … IN MEMORIAM

Colchester Parish Appeal for St Martin’s Church

Our community in Colchester have launched an appeal to buy an historic Church. Desiring to bring this building back to life as a place of worship, Sayedna Silouan has given his enthuastic support and blessing to accomplish this task for the glory of God.

Can you help with your prayers and financial support?  There has been a special website created, and a Facebook page.  Any donations can be made via the PayPal link on the donate page or by cheque or bank transfer, of course cash donations are welcome too!

Ireland at the Crossroads

The Irish Republic is at the crossroads.  On 25th May it will vote in a referendum whether or not to repeal an article in its constitution that protects the life of the unborn.  The Orthodox Church stands resolutely opposed to abortion in conjunction with most (but sadly not all) other Christian groups.  In this ARTICLE our priest in the Republic (Fr John Hickey, opposite) sets out his own position as a faithful priest and pastor of our Church.


Pro Life Campaign