Diocese of Los Angeles and the West (Antiochian)

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When he first stepped onto American soil in 1920, little did Archdeacon [[Anthony (Bashir) of New York|Antony Bashir]] know that he would plant the seeds that would blossom into the [[Diocese]] of Los Angeles and the West. That year, the future Metropolitan-[[Archbishop]] of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America came to Portland, Oregon on a visit with [[Metropolitan]] GERASIMOS (Messara). Shortly thereafter, Arch[[deacon]] Antony was secured to minister to the Antiochian flocks yearning for Jesus Christ throughout the United States and Canada as a priest and hierarch. As the latter, Metropolitan ANTONY organized and established the collection of parishes in the west as the Western Region, the predecessor of the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West.
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When he first stepped onto American soil in 1920, little did Archdeacon [[Anthony (Bashir) of New York|Antony Bashir]] know that he would plant the seeds that would blossom into the [[Diocese]] of Los Angeles and the West. That year, the future Metropolitan-[[Archbishop]] of the [[Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America]] came to Portland, Oregon on a visit with [[Metropolitan]] GERASIMOS (Messara). Shortly thereafter, Arch[[deacon]] Antony was secured to minister to the Antiochian flocks yearning for Jesus Christ throughout the United States and Canada as a priest and hierarch. As the latter, Metropolitan [[Anthony (Bashir) of New York|ANTHONY(Bashir)]], organized and established the collection of parishes in the west as the Western Region, the predecessor of the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West.
  
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===Founding of the First Parish in the Western Region===
 
It was in Portland, Oregon, that those seeds of Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in the western United States bore the initial fruit with the establishment of St. George Church in 1930. This was soon followed by the founding of the community of St. George in Los Angeles, California in 1933 (which later gave way to St. Nicholas in 1950). St. Nicholas in San Francisco, California was established in 1938, followed by the birth of St. George in Phoenix, Arizona in 1949, thus giving the region four [[parish]]es in three western states. The Orthodox Church in the west continued to grow as the faithful continued to establish parishes for the purpose of worship and fellowship.
 
It was in Portland, Oregon, that those seeds of Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in the western United States bore the initial fruit with the establishment of St. George Church in 1930. This was soon followed by the founding of the community of St. George in Los Angeles, California in 1933 (which later gave way to St. Nicholas in 1950). St. Nicholas in San Francisco, California was established in 1938, followed by the birth of St. George in Phoenix, Arizona in 1949, thus giving the region four [[parish]]es in three western states. The Orthodox Church in the west continued to grow as the faithful continued to establish parishes for the purpose of worship and fellowship.
  
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===Cathedral Established===
 
On May 5, 1964, Metropolitan ANTONY declared St. Nicholas of Los Angeles to be the Cathedral of the Western Region, the see of the metropolitan (and later, the diocesan [[bishop]]) for the western United States and Canada. Its pastor, Father Paul Romley, was named the first dean of the [[cathedral]] and [[exarch]] of the Western Region clergy.
 
On May 5, 1964, Metropolitan ANTONY declared St. Nicholas of Los Angeles to be the Cathedral of the Western Region, the see of the metropolitan (and later, the diocesan [[bishop]]) for the western United States and Canada. Its pastor, Father Paul Romley, was named the first dean of the [[cathedral]] and [[exarch]] of the Western Region clergy.
  
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===New Leadership===
 
Though the passing of Metropolitan ANTONY in 1966 was indeed a sad one, a new hierarch took charge of the flock in the west and throughout all of North America. Metropolitan [[Philip (Saliba) of New York|PHILIP (Saliba)]]) was consecrated in Lebanon on August 14, 1966. His first visit to the flock was in the Western Region, as he returned to preside over the Archdiocese Convention hosted by St. Nicholas of San Francisco. Metropolitan [[Philip (Saliba) of New York|PHILIP (Saliba)]]then visited the western churches before heading for New York to be enthroned on October 13, 1966.
 
Though the passing of Metropolitan ANTONY in 1966 was indeed a sad one, a new hierarch took charge of the flock in the west and throughout all of North America. Metropolitan [[Philip (Saliba) of New York|PHILIP (Saliba)]]) was consecrated in Lebanon on August 14, 1966. His first visit to the flock was in the Western Region, as he returned to preside over the Archdiocese Convention hosted by St. Nicholas of San Francisco. Metropolitan [[Philip (Saliba) of New York|PHILIP (Saliba)]]then visited the western churches before heading for New York to be enthroned on October 13, 1966.
  
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===Reunification===
 
By 1975, with the joyful reunification of the Archdioceses of New York and Toledo, Ohio, the number of parishes grew to ten and now included the state of Nevada. Though small in stature at this point, the Orthodox Christian witness and ministry shone brightly out west. We shared in the joy of the “Antiochian Holy Year
 
By 1975, with the joyful reunification of the Archdioceses of New York and Toledo, Ohio, the number of parishes grew to ten and now included the state of Nevada. Though small in stature at this point, the Orthodox Christian witness and ministry shone brightly out west. We shared in the joy of the “Antiochian Holy Year

Revision as of 08:20, June 29, 2006

When he first stepped onto American soil in 1920, little did Archdeacon Antony Bashir know that he would plant the seeds that would blossom into the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West. That year, the future Metropolitan-Archbishop of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America came to Portland, Oregon on a visit with Metropolitan GERASIMOS (Messara). Shortly thereafter, Archdeacon Antony was secured to minister to the Antiochian flocks yearning for Jesus Christ throughout the United States and Canada as a priest and hierarch. As the latter, Metropolitan ANTHONY(Bashir), organized and established the collection of parishes in the west as the Western Region, the predecessor of the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West.

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Founding of the First Parish in the Western Region

It was in Portland, Oregon, that those seeds of Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in the western United States bore the initial fruit with the establishment of St. George Church in 1930. This was soon followed by the founding of the community of St. George in Los Angeles, California in 1933 (which later gave way to St. Nicholas in 1950). St. Nicholas in San Francisco, California was established in 1938, followed by the birth of St. George in Phoenix, Arizona in 1949, thus giving the region four parishes in three western states. The Orthodox Church in the west continued to grow as the faithful continued to establish parishes for the purpose of worship and fellowship.

Cathedral Established

On May 5, 1964, Metropolitan ANTONY declared St. Nicholas of Los Angeles to be the Cathedral of the Western Region, the see of the metropolitan (and later, the diocesan bishop) for the western United States and Canada. Its pastor, Father Paul Romley, was named the first dean of the cathedral and exarch of the Western Region clergy.

New Leadership

Though the passing of Metropolitan ANTONY in 1966 was indeed a sad one, a new hierarch took charge of the flock in the west and throughout all of North America. Metropolitan PHILIP (Saliba)) was consecrated in Lebanon on August 14, 1966. His first visit to the flock was in the Western Region, as he returned to preside over the Archdiocese Convention hosted by St. Nicholas of San Francisco. Metropolitan PHILIP (Saliba)then visited the western churches before heading for New York to be enthroned on October 13, 1966.

Reunification

By 1975, with the joyful reunification of the Archdioceses of New York and Toledo, Ohio, the number of parishes grew to ten and now included the state of Nevada. Though small in stature at this point, the Orthodox Christian witness and ministry shone brightly out west. We shared in the joy of the “Antiochian Holy Year

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