Anthony (Bashir) of New York

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Anthony (Bashir) of New York

His Eminence the Most Reverend Anthony (Bashir) Archbishop of New York was the ruling bishop of the North American archdiocese of the Church of Antioch from 1936 to 1966 and successfully led the splintered members associated with the Church of Antioch into an efficient, tightly-knit and financially sound organization. He recognized early the need to introduce English in the American milieu and accept converts into the Church including ordaining many to the priesthood.

Life

Anthony Bashir was born on March 15, 1898 in Douma, Lebanon. He initially studied at the Balamand Orthodox Theological Seminary in Tripoli, Lebanon, then continued his education at the the Law School of Baabda, Lebanon and at the American University of Beirut where he later taught Arabic literature. He was ordained a deacon on 1916 and actively worked for the Church in Lebanon. In 1922 the Patriarch of Antioch sent him to the United States where for the next 13 years he was active organizing societies, building churches, and serving Syrian (Arab) parishes of the “unchurched Syrians in America.

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