Gabriel (Saliby) of Western Europe

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Metropolitan '''Gabriel (Saliby)''' (1923 - 2007) is the former [[Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Western and Central Europe|Metropolitan of Western and Central Europe]] in the [[Church of Antioch|Patriarchate of Antioch]]. He was succeeded as Metropolitan in 2008 by [[John (Yazigi) of Western Europe|Sayedna John (Yazigi)]].
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Metropolitan '''Gabriel (Saliby)''' was the [[Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Western and Central Europe|Metropolitan of Western and Central Europe]] in the [[Church of Antioch|Patriarchate of Antioch]] from 1980 to 2007. He was succeeded as Metropolitan in 2008 by [[John (Yazigi) of Western Europe|Metr. John (Yazigi)]].
  
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==Life==
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Metr. Gabriel was born in Lebanon in 1923 and received his theological education in Russia. On [[August 5]], 1966, he was [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated]] assistant [[bishop]] to Metr. Elias of Beirut.  Bishop Gabriel was a fluent speaker of a number of languages including Arabic, English, French, Spanish, German and Russian.
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In 1980, the Church of Antioch established a [[Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Western and Central Europe|Vicariate of Western Europe]] to which Bp. Gabriel was appointed to lead. In 1982, he moved to Paris, France as the bishop of the new [[diocese]]. Under his leadership the vicariate grew to comprise 23 [[parish]]es that included two parishes in France, ten in Great Britain, nine in Germany, and one each in Switzerland and Austria. In addition a [[monasticism|monastic]] community of eighteen nuns was established in the south of France.
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In 1998, Bp. Gabriel was awarded the "Legion of Honour" by the nation of French in recognition of his contribution to French society. In the Autumn of 2000 the [[Holy Synod]] of Antioch elevated the Vicariate for Western Europe to the status of a metropolitan [[see]]. Paralleling the change in the status to a Metropolis, Bp. Gabriel was elevated to the dignity of [[Archbishop]].
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Metr. Gabriel reposed on [[October 20]], 2007. His funeral took place at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Paris. Burial was at Montparnassie Cemetery.
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==Sources==
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*[http://www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/resources/hierarchs/antioch/current/bios/bio_gabriel_saliby_metr_western_europe.htm  ORI: Metropolitan Gabriel (Saliby) of Western Europe]
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*[http://www.antiochian-orthodox.co.uk/Archive/metropolitan-gabriel-repose.pdf  Metropolitan Gabriel - Memory Eternal!]
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Revision as of 10:25, November 24, 2010

Metropolitan Gabriel (Saliby) was the Metropolitan of Western and Central Europe in the Patriarchate of Antioch from 1980 to 2007. He was succeeded as Metropolitan in 2008 by Metr. John (Yazigi).

Life

Metr. Gabriel was born in Lebanon in 1923 and received his theological education in Russia. On August 5, 1966, he was consecrated assistant bishop to Metr. Elias of Beirut. Bishop Gabriel was a fluent speaker of a number of languages including Arabic, English, French, Spanish, German and Russian.

In 1980, the Church of Antioch established a Vicariate of Western Europe to which Bp. Gabriel was appointed to lead. In 1982, he moved to Paris, France as the bishop of the new diocese. Under his leadership the vicariate grew to comprise 23 parishes that included two parishes in France, ten in Great Britain, nine in Germany, and one each in Switzerland and Austria. In addition a monastic community of eighteen nuns was established in the south of France.

In 1998, Bp. Gabriel was awarded the "Legion of Honour" by the nation of French in recognition of his contribution to French society. In the Autumn of 2000 the Holy Synod of Antioch elevated the Vicariate for Western Europe to the status of a metropolitan see. Paralleling the change in the status to a Metropolis, Bp. Gabriel was elevated to the dignity of Archbishop.

Metr. Gabriel reposed on October 20, 2007. His funeral took place at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Paris. Burial was at Montparnassie Cemetery.

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Gabriel (Saliby) of Western Europe
Preceded by:
Metropolitan of Western Europe
(Anitochian)

1980-2007
Succeeded by:
[[John (Yazigi) of Western Europe
John (Yazigi)]]
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