Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim anoints Syriac Scholar Andreas Juckel into the Syriac Orthodox Church
Born into a Protestant family in East Germany, Andreas Juckel grew to love and adore the Syriac Orthodox Church and informed His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim that he wanted to convert. On Sunday, October 14th, at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Teaneck, New Jersey, the Archbishop, in a very joyous ceremony, witnessed by several fellow Syriac Scholars and a Cathedral filled with our Syriac Orthodox faithful, His Eminence, at the foot of the altar, anointed and accepted Professor Juckel into the faith. Several Clergy and deacons of the Archdiocese, including the newly ordained Ewangeloyo George Kiraz, took part in the service.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, His Eminence spoke about Professor Juckel noting that he is on the staff of The Institute for New Testament Textual Research at Muenster University, where he is responsible for the institute’s work on the Syriac New Testament. The Syriac scholar has traveled extensively doing research on the subject and is recognized for his accomplishments in the field.