Theodosius VI (Abourjaily) of Antioch

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His Beatitude Theodosius VI (Abourjaily) of Antioch was the patriarch of the Church of Antioch from 1958 to 1970.


Spiridon Abou Rjeily was born in Karssoun (Mount Lebanon) in 1885, after which his family moved to Ashrafieh in East Beirut. He had five siblings, two sisters and three brothers. Spiridon received his early education in Ashrafieh. He then attended the Ecole des Trois Docteur in Beirut, followed by studies at the Kasibiya school in Damascus, Syria. Then, he joined the theological school that was resident at the Monastery of Our Lady of Balamand in Tripoli in north Lebanon.

In 1906, Spiridon was ordained subdeacon by Patriarch Gregory IV (Haddad) of Antioch. In 1908, he was transferred to the Archdiocese of Diyar Bak in northern Iraq to learn the Turkish language. He returned in 1912. Later, he was sent to Constantinople to learn the Greek language. In addition, Spiridon was also to become fluent in Arabic and French with a working knowledge of English and Russian.

In 1914, Theodosius was appointed a liaison officer between the Antiochian patriarchate and the Turkish government serving the Orthodox Christian communities in Syria and Lebanon. The following year, 1915, he was ordained a priest and subsequently was elevated to the dignity of archimandrite by the Patr. Gregory IV to whom Archim. Theodosius became an aide and became known as the "Translator".

In 1923, Fr. Theodosius was elected Metropolitan Archbishop of Tyre and Sidon in south Lebanon, a position he held for 25 years. In 1948, Metr. Theodosius was appointed by the Holy Synod of the Church of Antioch to lead the Archdiocese of Tripoli.

During 1935, Metr. Theodosius guided the election of a new archbishop for the Syrian Orthodox in North America that resulted in the consecration of Antony (Bashir).

On November 14, 1958, Metr. Theodosius was elected Patriarch of Antioch as Theodosius VI, succeeding Patr. Alexander III (Tahan), after having served as locum tenens following Patr. Alexander's death on June 17, 1958.

On September 19, 1970, Patr. Theodosius reposed in Saint Georges Hospital in Ashrafieh, Beirut.

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Theodosius VI (Abourjaily) of Antioch
Preceded by:
Metropolitan of Tyre and Sidon
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Preceded by:
Metropolitan of Tripoli
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Preceded by:
Alexander III (Tahan)
Patriarch of Antioch
Succeeded by:
Elias IV (Muawad)
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