Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of the British Isles and Ireland

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The '''Antiochian Orthodox Deanery of the United Kingdom and Ireland''' is a part of the [[Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Europe|Archdiocese of Europe]] headed by [[John (Yazigi) of Western Europe|Metropolitan John (Yazigi) of Europe]].
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The '''Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of the British Isles and Ireland''' is an archdiocese of the [[Church of Antioch]].  It was created by the Holy Synod of Antioch, led by Patriarch [[John X (Yazigi) of Antioch|John]], on 17 October 2013.  It is currently led by Archpriest Gregory Hallam, awaiting the appointment of a Patriarchal Vicar Bishop.
  
The [[Dean]] is Archpriest Gregory Hallam, who was appointed on [[December 21]], 2009.  He was elevated to the rank of Archpriest on [[June 19]], 2010.
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==History==
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In 1995, the Antiochian Orthodox Deanery of the United Kingdom and Ireland was created to serve over a dozen communities of Orthodox Christians who had recently converted to Orthodoxy, mostly from the Church of England.  The first dean was Archpriest Michael Harper.  He was succeeded by Fr Gregory Hallam on [[December 21]], 2009 (who was soon elevated to Archpriest on [[June 19]], 2010).
  
The Deanery includes fifteen full [[parish]]es (including a [[cathedral]] in London), as well as seven missions.  Initially in 1995 most of the communities, with the exception of the cathedral, consisted largely of converts from the Church of EnglandBy 2000 this had changed significantly with a much more diverse congregational profile.
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On [[October 17]], 2013, the Holy Synod of Antioch, as part of a greater restructuring of Antiochian parishes in Europe, transformed the Deanery into the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of the British Isles and IrelandWhile the current Dean and Deanery Trust will continue for the time being, it is expected that a Patriarchal Vicar Bishop will soon be appointed to oversee the transition to Archdiocese status, with a ruling bishop expected to be appointed in 2014.
  
All of the communities use English as the liturgical language.  The mission of the Deanery and the Archdiocese to which it belongs is to enable the indigenous European cultures to rediscover and reaffirm their Orthodox roots whilst at the same time integrating Orthodox of many other backgrounds in a unified ecclesial whole, the hallmark of catholicity.
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The Archdiocese has a cathedral, 14 parishes and 7 mission communities - a list of these can be found [http://www.antiochian-orthodox.co.uk/Parishes/parishes.htm on the Archdiocesan website].  Though most communities consisted largely of converts from the Church of England, this had changed significantly by 2000 for a much more diverse congregations.  All communities of the Archdiocese use English as the liturgical language.  The mission of the Archdiocese is to enable the indigenous cultures to rediscover and reaffirm their Orthodox roots whilst at the same time integrating Orthodox of many other backgrounds in a unified ecclesial whole, the hallmark of catholicity.
 
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==Parishes and Communities==
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===Athelhampton===
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'''St Edward, King and Passion-bearer'''
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<br>Fr. David Harris
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===Audley and Dresden===
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'''St Michael the Archangel'''
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<br>Fr. Samuel Carter
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===Belfast===
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'''St Ignatios the God-bearer of Antioch'''
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<br>Fr Irenaeus du Plessis
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<br>Fr. Paul Totten
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''Also provides pastoral care for Armagh, Ballydehob and the Isle of Man''
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===Bournemouth and Poole===
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'''St Dunstan'''
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<br>Fr Chrysostom MacDonnell
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===Colchester===
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'''St Helen'''
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<br>Fr Alexander Haig
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''Also provides pastoral care for Basildon and Clacton-on-Sea''
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===Doncaster===
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'''St Columba and St [[Kentigern of Glasgow|Kentigern]]'''
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<br>Fr George Evans
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<br>Fr David Senitt
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===Dublin===
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'''Holy Trinity'''
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<br>Fr David Lonergan
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<br>Dcn John Hickey
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''Also provides pastoral care for Cork''
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===Lancaster===
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'''Holy Cross'''
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<br>Fr Jonathan Hemmings
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===Lincoln===
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'''All Saints of Lincolnshire'''
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<br>Fr Philip Hall
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<br>Fr George Hackney
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<br>Dcn Paulinus Heggs
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===London (City)===
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'''at St. Botolph's in the City of London'''
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<br>Fr Alexander Tefft
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===London (Cathedral)===
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'''St George's Cathedral'''
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<br>Fr Samir Gholam
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<br>Dcn Naim El-Hage
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===Louth===
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'''St Aethelheard'''
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<br>Fr Michael Harry
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''Also provides pastoral care for Grimsby''
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===Manchester===
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'''St Aidan'''
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<br>Fr Gregory Hallam
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<br>Fr Christopher Neill
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<br>Dcn Emmanuel Kahn
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===Sutton===
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'''St. Fursey'''
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<br>Fr Stephen Weston
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===York===
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'''St Constantine'''
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<br>Fr Aethelwine Richards
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<br>Fr Peter Ford
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<br>Dcn Michael Alexander
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==External link==
 
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*[http://www.aidanorthodox.co.uk/ St Aidan's, Manchester]
 
*[http://www.aidanorthodox.co.uk/ St Aidan's, Manchester]
 
*[http://www.yorkorthodox.org/ St Constantine's, York]
 
*[http://www.yorkorthodox.org/ St Constantine's, York]
 
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*[https://www.facebook.com/archdiocesebii/ Archdiocesan Facebook Page]
 
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[[Category:Orthodoxy in the United Kingdom]]
 
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Latest revision as of 04:49, October 29, 2013

The Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of the British Isles and Ireland is an archdiocese of the Church of Antioch. It was created by the Holy Synod of Antioch, led by Patriarch John, on 17 October 2013. It is currently led by Archpriest Gregory Hallam, awaiting the appointment of a Patriarchal Vicar Bishop.

History

In 1995, the Antiochian Orthodox Deanery of the United Kingdom and Ireland was created to serve over a dozen communities of Orthodox Christians who had recently converted to Orthodoxy, mostly from the Church of England. The first dean was Archpriest Michael Harper. He was succeeded by Fr Gregory Hallam on December 21, 2009 (who was soon elevated to Archpriest on June 19, 2010).

On October 17, 2013, the Holy Synod of Antioch, as part of a greater restructuring of Antiochian parishes in Europe, transformed the Deanery into the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of the British Isles and Ireland. While the current Dean and Deanery Trust will continue for the time being, it is expected that a Patriarchal Vicar Bishop will soon be appointed to oversee the transition to Archdiocese status, with a ruling bishop expected to be appointed in 2014.

The Archdiocese has a cathedral, 14 parishes and 7 mission communities - a list of these can be found on the Archdiocesan website. Though most communities consisted largely of converts from the Church of England, this had changed significantly by 2000 for a much more diverse congregations. All communities of the Archdiocese use English as the liturgical language. The mission of the Archdiocese is to enable the indigenous cultures to rediscover and reaffirm their Orthodox roots whilst at the same time integrating Orthodox of many other backgrounds in a unified ecclesial whole, the hallmark of catholicity.

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