On April 11, 2014 His Holiness Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II received Sheikh Sami Merhi, Chairman of the Muwahdeen Druze Community in North America at the headquarters of the archdiocese. Mr. Merhi is the Secretary of the Standing Conference of Christian and Muslim Leaders in North America, of which His Holiness is a member.
“We congratulate His Holiness for his election to the Patriarchate of Antioch and we commend his affirmation that the Patriarchate See remains in Damascus,” said Mr. Merhi. “Christianity is the heart of the Middle East and one cannot remove the heart from its body” he added.
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Please Join us this Saturday April 12, 2014 for an afternoon of fun at The Annual Archdiocese Easter Egg Hunt and Reading Time and Book Signing Event with Patriarch-Elect Ignatius Aphrem II.
From 1:00PM – 3:30PM.
Location: Church of the Virgin Mary
644 Paramus Road
Paramus, New Jersey 07652
His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II arrived in the United States on April 5, 2014, following his election as Patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch and All the East by the Holy Synod on March 31, 2014. He was greeted at Newark-Liberty International Airport by a delegation composed of the Archdiocese Executive Council, representatives of the local parishes in the New York-New Jersey area and His Eminence Mor Titus Yeldho of the Malankara Archdiocese. A motorcade led by the Bergen and Passaic County Sheriffs escorted His Holiness to St. Mark’s Syrian Orthodox Cathedral, where 10 Bishops from the various…
God’s Little Children Pre-School was buzzing with excitement while staff and 19 students waited for the arrival of His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II to arrive. This is the first Archdiocese sponsored pre-school in the entire Eastern Archdiocese. His Holiness gave his blessing over 3 years ago to launch this project. Our first academic year, God willing the first of many to follow, has truly been a learning experience. The students have blossomed and learned so many things while preparing to enter Kindergarten. Each day has been filled with joy, laughter and some tears here and there. His Holiness reminded us…
On April 11, 2014 His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Grace Mor Thomas Mar Eusebius, Malankara Catholic Exarch in the USA, who headed a delegation that visited His Holiness to congratulate him for his election as Patriarch of Antioch and All the East. Mor Eusebius expressed the heartfelt joy of the Syro-Malankara church for the election of His Holiness. In return, His Holiness expressed his commitment to ecumenism and to leading the flock of Christ in a spirit of ecumenism.The Syro-Malankara delegation consisted of His Grace Mor Eusebius, Monseigneur Peter Kochery, Vicar General, five other priests and one…
Paramus – NJ. On April 13, 2014, His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy at the Church of The Virgin Mary in Paramus, NJ. His Holiness was greeted at the entrance of the church and met by Very. Rev. Fr. John Khoury and the the Board of Trustees. Hundreds of faithful parishioners attended the Holy Liturgy inside the sanctuary with hundreds more in the simultaneous broadcast at Church hall. The entire congregation participated in the procession on church grounds where a dozen doves were released in a symbol of peace and harmony. The entire service was recorded…
On April 17th His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received Mr. M. Levent Bilgen, Consul General of the Republic of Turkey. Mr. Bilgen expressed his condolences for the passing away of the late Patriarch Mor Ignatius Zakka I and congratulated His Holiness for his election as Patriarch of Antioch.
His Holiness recalled the visits of his predecessor Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I to Turkey and his meetings with the President and Primer Minister there. He expressed that the Suryani community and its monasteries and churches are part of the cultural heritage of Turkey and maintaining them will only enrich the diversity and…
On April 12, 2014 Author Cyril Aphrem Karim, now known as Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II, read a few stories from his newest publication Animals from the Bible during The Annual Archdiocese Easter Egg Hunt at Church of the Virgin Mary in Paramus, New Jersey. He was accompanied by Very Rev Fr Corepiscopa Varkey Mundakkal, from the Malankara Archdiocese as well as Very Rev. Fr. John Khoury and Very Rev. Fr. Joseph Chamoun. Afterward, His Holiness signed copies for children and families including his previous pictorial In The Tree House.
Our youth are sponsoring a Patriarch Appreciation Night on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7pm in Teaneck, NJ. All youth are encouraged to attend!
On Tue April 15, 2014 His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II was visited by His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, Prelate of the Armenian Prelacy in the Eastern USA, who was accompanied by His Grace Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Vicar General of the Prelacy. The Armenian delegation expressed its congratulations to His Holiness, with whom they have had a long relationship while serving as bishops in the Eastern US. They talked of current events and the importance of continuing the existing ecumenical work of both churches. The Armenian bishops wished His Holiness the best of luck in his new position as Patriarch…
The New Jersey & New York Parishes are hosting a farewell banquet in honor of our beloved Archbishop Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim who was recently elected as His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II Patriarch of Antioch and All the East.
Date: Friday, May 9, 2014: 7PM – 11PM
Location: The Terrace
293 Paramus Road, Paramus, New Jersey 07652
Additional Information: Tickets – $75.00 – Check with your Parish Council
13 Years & up only. Parking is extremely limited; shuttle service will be available to and from the Church of the Virgin Mary in Paramus, New Jersey and to and from the…
On April 22, 2014, His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II offered special prayers on behalf of the abducted Archbishops of Aleppo, Syria: Archbishop Mor Gregorius Youhanna Ibrahim & Archbishop Boulous Yazigi as well as the other kidnapped priests and lay people. The service was held at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Teaneck, New Jersey.
The Syriac Orthodox Church, one of the oldest churches in the world and seated in the heart of war-ravaged Syria, has selected a U.S.-based archbishop as its next patriarch.
Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, a native of Syria, has been Metropolitan and Patriarchal Vicar to the Archdiocese of the Syriac Orthodox Church for the Eastern United States, based in New Jersey, since 1996. He was elevated Monday, March 31 during a private meeting of church archbishops in Beirut, Lebanon, following the March 21 death of Patriarch Zakka II.
Aphrem II now takes up the challenge of leading a worldwide diaspora of Syriacs…
Our beloved Archbishop Mor Cyril Aphrem was elected Patriarch of Antioch as Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II. His Holiness will be arriving this Saturday and we will be holding a prayer service to welcome him at 3:00 PM at St. Mark’s Cathedral.
Please note that due to airport security, no one is permitted to go to the airport apart from designated people. Please be at St. Mark’s Cathedral no later than 2:30 PM.
As parking is limited, please make all efforts to car pool.
The Archdiocese Executive Council
By: Tony Augustine
On a late January morning at the New Delhi airport in 2010, I was cursing my stars for the delay of flight to Bangalore because of the seasonal fog.
However, the delay led to one of the most unforgettable moments in my life. I had a meaningful interaction with — who else – Metropolitan Cyril Aphrem Karim, who became the 123rd Patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox Church on March 31.
The prelate had reached Delhi early morning from the United States and was all set to take a 7 am flight to Kochi, Kerala, to participate in some functions…
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Biography of His Holiness
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Patriarchal Election Process
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Official Patriarchate Letter
April 5, 2014 Program
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