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Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of the British Isles and Ireland

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Acts 11:26

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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

5th Anniversary of Abduction – We Continue to Pray

On Saturday 21st April it will be 5 years since the tragic abduction by terrorists of their Emminences Metropolitan Paul and Archbishop John, both of Aleppo in Syria.

The Church never ceases to pray for these honourable and courageous men who were on a peace mission when their car was attacked.

We pray for forgiveness of their malefactors and for the bishops’ safe return to their families and the Church.  Lord have mercy!

Blessed are the Peacemakers

Published below is the text of the peacemaking appeal, which was agreed upon during a telephone conversation between Pope Francis of Rome and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on April 14, 2018.

The text was signed by His Beatitude Pope and Patriarch Theodore II of Alexandria and All Africa, His Beatitude Patriarch John X of the Great Antioch and All the East, His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos of the Holy City of Jerusalem and All Palestine, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, His Holiness Tawadros II the Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark in All Africa and the Middle East, and His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II of Antioch and All the East.

Joint Statement

Blessed are the peacemakers, 
for they will be called children of God (Mt 5:9)

Impelled by a sense of responsibility for the millions of Christians that God has entrusted to our spiritual care and for the wellbeing of the entire human family, which shares a common destiny, we join together to speak out at this time of heightened international tension.

The ongoing hostilities in the Middle East, which in recent years have brought immense suffering, claimed the lives of many thousands of people and caused the flight of millions of refugees, now threaten to turn into a global conflict.

Our world has reached a point where there is a real danger of a breakdown in international relations and cooperation for the common good of the human family.
Clearly, the horrors of the world wars of the last century can hardly be compared with the dire consequences of a world war at the present time.

In the face of this terrible threat, we appeal to all world leaders to recognize their responsibility before their respective nations, before mankind and before God.
We likewise appeal to the countries of the United Nations, and particularly members of the Security Council, to recall their duties towards the family of nations, and we implore them, in the name of God, to overcome their disagreements and to work together for peace in the world.

Together we call upon the political leaders to avoid a further escalation of tensions, to eschew confrontation and to embrace dialogue.

Source: Antioch Patriarchate Facebook page

The Ordination of Michel Touma to the Diaconate

The servant of God Michel was ordained by Sayedna Silouan to the diaconate at the Cathedral of St George, London on the Feast of Our Lord’s Nativity, 2017.

Deacon Michel has taught in the Sunday School at the Cathedral, he assists in the diocesan “Followers” program for your people and he has also helped in the publishing of the Cathedral Newsletter.

He is a theology graduate of Theology from the Theological Institute at the University of Balamand, as is his wife, Diaconisssa Mireille.  They have three children, Esther, Andrew and Angela.

A photoalbum of the ordination is available here.