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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His Eminence Metropolitan John

(now our Patriarch, His Beatitude, JOHN X of Antioch and all the East)



Metropolitan John 

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A Pastor of great hope

His Eminence Metropolitan John has distinguished himself in the service of God and in the building up of His Church in the Middle East over many years.  Countless testimonials are presented to us of how by the grace of God he educated the young, cared for the suffering, renewed the monastic life and led his people as a Godly bishop in the spiritual patrimony and tradition of Antioch.  And now he comes to Europe!

The people of God in his churches here rejoice that such a man of great hope, a true pastor of Christ, should have been given to us by the Holy Spirit through the Holy Synod of Antioch.  We shall pray for, support and follow our shepherd as he with us begins the great task set before us of building a house where all may find Christ.  Many years Master!

Encyclicals, Sermons and Addresses
June 2008  
Metropolitan John greets the people of his new diocese
Metropolitan addresses the congregation at his enthronement

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